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After a storm engulfs his village, a Vietnamese boy has glimmers of a new calling in this spare middle-grade novel written with authenticity and grace. (Ages 8-12)
Every day, Tinhheads out to sea with his father to catch fish for their family and themarket. While he may miss his simple life, flying kites with other children on the beach, Tinh is proud to work alongside Ba. Then a fierce storm strikes, and Ba entrusts Tinh to secure the family vessel, but the boy panics and runs away. It will take courage and faith to salvage the bamboo boat, win back Bas confidence, and return to sea. This graceful tale lyrically narrates a young Vietnamese boys literal and spiritual coming-of-age.