Roots and Wings

Roots and Wings GRACE S GRANDMOTHER HAS died and she and her mother must travel back to the Cambodian community to give her a proper Cambodian funeral But Grace wants to use the trip to solve a few mysteries like w

  • Title: Roots and Wings
  • Author: Many Ly
  • ISBN: 9780385735001
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Hardcover
  • GRACE S GRANDMOTHER HAS died, and she and her mother must travel back to the Cambodian community to give her a proper Cambodian funeral But Grace wants to use the trip to solve a few mysteries, like who her father was, why her mother and grandmother moved from St Petersburg to Pennsylvania, where they re the only Cambodians Grace has ever seen, and what Cambodian cultureGRACE S GRANDMOTHER HAS died, and she and her mother must travel back to the Cambodian community to give her a proper Cambodian funeral But Grace wants to use the trip to solve a few mysteries, like who her father was, why her mother and grandmother moved from St Petersburg to Pennsylvania, where they re the only Cambodians Grace has ever seen, and what Cambodian culture is really about.Embraced by her mother s old friends, Grace feels both at home and lost, fascinated by the traditions she s never known, but strangely judged by some members of the community Can she make sense of, and honor, the life of the grandmother she barely knew And will revelations about the past bring Grace closer to her mother, or push them even further apart

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  • 4.5-ish?The writing style wasn't out-of-this-world amazing, but the characters and themes made the story engaging and poignant. For me, this is a book that really captures gracefully the complexity of family and community and intergenerational loss and love.


  • Reviewed by Harmony for TeensReadTooAfter her grandmother dies, Grace finds herself and her mom on a trip to the Cambodian community of St. Petersburg, Florida, to give her grandmother a proper funeral. But Grace plans on using her first trip to a Cambodian community for more than just a funeral. She plans on solving some mysteries, like why she's never met her father, and why her mom and grandma left St. Petersburg to begin with. Once in St. Petersburg, Grace is warmly welcomed by her mom's old [...]


  • Cambodian refugees have come to the US after the Vietnam War. They try to keep as many customs in the US as they had in Cambodia. Their children, being born in the US, do not understand the customs nor the silence the parents keep about the past. When they ask why they are to do something, the adults don't explain and there is hurt feelings on both sides. Grace is never told about the past. She comes to know it and then understands why her mother and grandmother never told her.I found this inter [...]


  • Roots and Wings is about a young girl who's traveling with her mother to St. Petersburg, FL to giver her grandmother a proper Cambodian funeral. This book touches on Cambodian culture, American culture, self-identity, destiny, and the often tenuous relationships between women (mothers and daughters especially) in Asian cultures. In some ways I was able to relate to the characters as an Asian woman, in others I was able to relate and understand the sometimes strained relationships between mother [...]


  • WASHYARG REVIEW BOOKThis is a sensitive, well-written book about the struggles in immigrant familes, and especially illustrating the differences in generational experiences. The feeling and issues rang true with what I know of Cambodian immigrants.Summary: Grace's grandmother has died, and she and her mother must travel back to the Cambodian community to give her a proper Cambodian funeral. But Grace wants to use the trip to solve a few mysteries, like who her father was, why her mother and gran [...]


  • Understanding one’s past is difficult enough, but when you are Cambodian-American, fourteen, not raised with the culture or a father, one’s desire may be stronger. Grace was devastated when her Grandmother passed away, but it also provided a reason to visit the Cambodian village where her grandparents and parents grew up. The emotional ride is slow-moving at first, but you will soon get caught up in the close-knit Cambodian community and its culture which richly engrossed this novel. Grace [...]


  • Grace never knew her father because her mother and grandmother moved from Florida to Pennsylvania right before she was born. So when her grandmother dies and they return to Florida to give her a proper Cambodian burial, Grace thinks she will finally find some answers to her past. But it seems like all she comes up with are more questions, as she learns about her mother's and gradmother's histories and her own past.


  • This was hard to read. Grace was hard to sympathise with. I guess her self-centredness, superficiality, and lack of empathy are traits expected in teenagers, but they don't make for the most sympathetic POV characters.Aside from that, this was a book filled with old and new pain and peopled by characters who were limited by that pain. Still, there were some flashes of reaching out, some bits of explanation. Overall, it was okay.


  • A young girl discovers secrets from her past while traveling from Scottsville, PA to St. Petersburg, Fl for her Grandmother's funeral. She learns about her Cambodian heritage and what kind of person her grandmother was. She also learns secrets about her mother and why they left St. Petersburg. Interesting read if not a bit confusing at times.


  • Grace is really annoying to read about from an adult perspective. I understand her desire to want to know about her father and why her mother and grandmother left the community in St. Petes, but she she just seemed so whiny.


  • One of the most horrible books I have ever read. I don't know why. But I don't like it. The book just kept on going and going and going and going and there wasn't any real conflict or anything and Grace was just too annoying.



  • Winner of Asian Pacific American Award for LiteratureThis book is the story of a young Cambodian girl's journey of self-discovery.


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