Park can't figure out why his mother refuses to talk about his father who died in Vietnam eleven years ago. Park has no memory of him. ... But he is determined to find the answers to his questions. When Park's search finally takes him to his grandfather's farm in rural Virginia, he meets obstacles beyond his imagining. Instead of being welcomed as the long lost heir, he is taunted by a young Vietnamese girl. Who is she and what is she doing on the family farm? And will Park be able to accept the ultimate truth he has sought? Book jacket.
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Being a 5th grade teacher for 30 years, I'd read this book no fewer that 15 times to my students. Each reading, done orally, took me into a deeper understanding of the twists and turns and subtle nuances of the book. Being a Vietnam veteran and a father it was impossible to finish the book without weeping, unabashedly. The scene at the springhouse, at night, under the moon, making the connection with the inarticulate grandfather, Park understands what is consuming both he and his grandfather... the loss of the man they both so dearly loved... brings tears to my eyes yet again. Patterson outdoes herself in another book "Bridge to Terribithia"... another stellar intermediate books I found most beloved by my students and myself.
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So dated, I'm not sure today's kids could relate well. The protagonist was unlikeable and arrogant, but somehow transformed into a loving, tolerant kid in the blink of an eye; I found his epiphanies ... Read full review
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