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Goodbye, Vietnam

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  330 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
"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 ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 19th 1993 by Yearling (first published 1992)
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Matisse Nikolaevna
Jul 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting read, goes through the story of a migrant well and shows the difficulties from a hard time in history!
Kristalynn A
When the government in Vietnam becomes drunk with power, Mai and her family make the decision to leave their small village and seak a new life in a different country. Mai, her parents, younger brother, sister, and grandmother have to leave in the middle of the night so they are sure to make it out unnoticed. They travel two nights to their first destination on their road to freedom to Go Cong where they must catch a boat o Hong Kong. When they realiz just how small the boat will be they have tho ...more
Jerry Jennings
Today we live in a world where refugees in the news. We read about and see people leaving there home land in hope of a better life.

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 c
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Lizzie White
Goodbye, Vietnam is the well-constructed story of a girl named Mai and her sea voyage from Vietnam to the United States. The characters in this culturally diverse story are extremely believable, and their actions throughout the book seem very authentic. In Mai's first-person narration, her family leaves their home and start a new life, many family and peer relationships are shown in the story. On the journey Mai's family takes to the U.S., their group of travelers face many problems, such as lac ...more
Sam Parry
Apr 25, 2012 rated it liked it
The book Goodbye Vietnam is about people fleeing their home land for an oppertunity that is equal for eveyone in America regardless of their race or political backround. This book is told in 1st person by a teenage boy named Mai. Some people living in Vietnam were being discrimainated, this resulted in many people fleeing Vietnam and persueing their American dream by finding refuge in America. This book takes place in Vietnam and on the ocean around 1960. By reading about these dynamic character ...more
Trynity Ririe
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Goodbye Vietnam was a very interesting book about children and adults surviving on a boat oversea for three months. The reason why they were on a boat for so long is because all of them wanted a better life then the one in Vietnam. Goodbye Vietnam shows people mostly the vietnamese fleeing from oppression. It was very accurate secondary account of this time period. The main charecter Mai was a tound charecter like mostly all the other charecters. The plot was very credible, also the setting and ...more
Gas 'n Mask
May 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
The book "Goodbye, Vietnam" is an interesting book, to say the least. It tells the story of young Mai, a Vietnamese girl who must run away from the unjust and unkind Vietnam government with her family. She faces many hardships along the way, including guards, corrupt guides, the ever-present Vietnamese government, and an entire ocean. This book is written in first person, and exhibits strong themes like perseverance,and the American Dream. However, this book is not without it's faults. The autho ...more
Kortney S
May 24, 2012 rated it liked it
'Goodbye, Vietnam' by Gloria Whelan written in first person narraration is a well written story that illustrates the American Dream and immigrants searching for a better life constituted by it. Mai, the main character and her family are a poor Vietnamese family that get the opportunity to get on a boat and sail to America for a better life. They get on a boat with tons of other people in cramped quarters. They have to go through a lot of trials to get there and they have to stay in refugee camps ...more
Mikaela Ripley
Apr 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Goodbye, Vietnam by Gloria Whelan is a contemporary realistic fiction novel about Vietnam immigrants. This book is about leaving to go got America for an oppurtunity of freedom. The manin character, Mai, and her family leave their small village in Vietnam. They go on a hard, long, and distasterous, journey aboard a boat to Hong Kong. The setting of the book is in Vietnam and in Hong Kong during the 1900's era. Themes of the novel include resilience and hope. The plot of the book is seemingly aut ...more
Lauren H
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
In Goodbye, Vietnam by Gloria Whelan, a family in Vietnam is being treated unfairly and taken advantage of by the government. When moans (the main character) grandmother is going to be taken away because she practices the "old ways", the family leaves their old city to go to Hong Kong and eventually America to seek refuge and saftey. This historical fiction book is told in 1st person from a young girls point of view as she accounts her travels of going across the ovens with a maniac captian. It ...more
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Gloria Whelan is the best-selling author of many novels for young readers, including Homeless Bird, winner of the National Book Award; Friutlands: Louisa May Alcott Made Perfect; Angel on the Square and its companion, The Impossible Journey; Once on this Island, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award; Farewell to the Island; and Return to the Island. She lives with her husband, Joseph, in the woods ...more
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