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The Journey of the Ancestors' Gifts

By Linda Trinh
Illustrated by Clayton Nguyen
Interest Age: 6–9
Grade: 1–4
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RL.2.2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Reading Level: Lexile 630L
Paperback : 9781773218137, 128 pages, October 2023 , 7.25" x 5.5"
Hardcover : 9781773218120, 128 pages, October 2023 , 7.25" x 5.5"


The Nguyen kids are going on vacation!

It’s their first time in Vietnam and staying in Grandma Nội’s childhood home, so they should be excited. As soon as they enter the house, though, something doesn’t feel right. Why is the door to the ancestors’ room always closed? And why can’t they connect with Grandma Nội using their gifts, the way they can at home?

The Nguyen kids are back for the fourth book, this one told in alternating perspectives, in this charming early chapter book series. An exploration of Vietnamese culture and identity through the eyes of the Nguyen siblings, with elements of the supernatural, spirituality, and social justice woven in, The Nguyen Kids "should be considered for all chapter book collections" (School Library Journal, review of Book #1).

The Secret of the Jade Bangle, book #1 awards: New England Independent Booksellers Association Windows & Mirrors List pick, a New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2022, a nominee for The Outstanding Works of Literature Award nominee, BookPal 2022!


"Kids will love the characters in this heartfelt adventure in Vietnam. The story has elements of humor, heart, and a hint of the paranormal. Linda Trinh perfectly captures the conflicting emotions of a kid straddling two cultures with grace and honesty." 

- Marty Chan, author of The Marty Chan Mystery Series