- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Yearling; First Edition edition (October 19, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067982376X
- ISBN-13: 978-0679823766
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Goodbye, Vietnam Paperback – October 19, 1993
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"When Mai's family discovers that Vietnam government soldiers will soon apprehend her father and grandmother, the family slips away in the night. They trudge through the swamps of the Mekong Delta toward the sea. The gut-wrenching trip to Hong Kong is just another step toward a new life, which the family eventually finds. Whelan's characters are distinctive, and her story is riveting, haunting, and memorable, reflecting the human virtues of determination, hope, love, and courage in the face of the most devastating of circumstances and injustices."--"Booklist.
About the Author
Gloria and her husband Joseph moved from Detroit to the woods of northern Michigan several years ago. Many of Gloria's books take place during the summer -- because she does a lot of her writing during the northern Michigan blizzards! Gloria has been telling stories for as long as she can remember. Before she could read or write, she used to dictate stories to her baby-sitter, who would type them out. Being an only child, many of Gloria's stories were about having a brother or sister. Gloria would like to have written Little Women, because Jo March was one of her role models growing up! Gloria once had a set of five guinea pigs, all named after Detroit Tiger baseball players!
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The plot is suspenseful enough to keep middle schoolers entertained, but not so much that you (the teacher) feel like you're entertaining them. The story line has merit and lends itself to open discussion. The reading level is perfectly aligned for the complexity needed for 7th graders who are reading on grade level. Some vocabulary will need to be frontloaded or, if reading the novel aloud, discussed and explained as you encounter it. There are great opportunities for teaching connotation and denotation here.
All of the major characters are dynamic. They are likable; there are multiple opportunities to teach how the characters are shaped by their setting. You can track how the characters change over the course of the plot and how they are similar or different from other characters.
At least two of my students commented that they enjoyed reading the book (one a boy who does not read for pleasure~think typical reluctant reader). We read the entire novel in two weeks taking time to explore all of the basic elements of fiction. This story lent itself to several writing opportunities.
Definitely worth reading or recommending to middle schoolers.
Goodbye Vietnam by Gloria Whelan is a story about Vietnamese refugees after the war in Vietnam. Even though this is decades ago the story of Mia rings true today. This 13-year-old girl and her family and their hardship in Vietnam and their courageous journey to their hope for future on a tiny boat with way too many people want is relevant.
Written in 1992, this is certainly is an important story for young people to be reading today. Today people very much like Mia are facing danger if they stay in their homeland and danger if they leave. Yet they leave everything behind because they embrace a gritty hope for better life. Goodbye Vietnam is an ALA recommended book for reluctant young adult readers. I see it as a great book for any reader interested in a realistic depiction of what it means to be a refugee from your country.
This story appeals to young people, their parents and teachers because of its relevant and accessible content. Many students and some of my teacher friends read this book 20 years ago. I am suggesting that it is time to bring Goodbye Vietnam to new audiences.