When Heaven Fell

Book review by Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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age 8+

Snapshot of Vietnamese culture past and present.

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age 10+

Engaging story

This story pulls you in right away. It is great as an American to get a peak into a culture so different. The flashbacks to war were very sad and could upset sensitive readers, especially a line about a young boy dead. Keep in mind it is a book from a Vietnamese perspective so there is some anti American sentiment. There was also some prejudice against a half American that included a derogatory name. (There is prejudice in all countries and this didn’t just skate over it)

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Book Details

  • Author: Carolyn Marsden
  • Genre: Family Life
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: March 1, 2007
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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