BOOKS

Young Adult Fiction
Can Patrik and his family escape their totalitarian country before they are found out?
multicultural middle grade fiction
In Baghdad, war is being waged all around Talib and Nouri. Can these two Iraqi boys solve their own war and live in peace with each other?
Living in the Mayan jungle, Rosalba knows nothing about the 2012 prophesy of the end of the world. Then sophisticated Alicia comes from Mexico City to tell her all about it...
Susana and Pina grow up in an Italian orphanage Will either find a parent?
Can a white boy and an African boy keep their friendship in a changing world?
Overnight, Tinh's Vietnamese village is destroyed by a cyclone. How can Tinh make things right for himself and his family?
Binh's Ameican aunt is coming to her Vietnamese village. Will she bring the riches that Binh longs for?
Gregory has to leave the Navajo reservation for the big city of Tucson.
Why won't the new Chinese girl be Ginny's friend?
In this sequel to The Gold-Threaded Dress, Oy must again make a decision. In the talent show will she do what others want or be true to herself?
What if your best friend is also your biggest rival?
Will Noi be sent to the factory to work, or can she learn to paint umbrellas? Will a young artist be able to pursue her gift?
Gloria wakes up on Christmas morning to find that Mama is going to work instead of taking her to Nana's house in Mexico to celebrate.
Oy, a Thai immigrant, has to decide what she will give up to fit in. What would you do if the most popular girl demanded that you bring or special dress to school, or else?

Binh's Ameican aunt is coming to her Vietnamese village. Will she bring the riches that Binh longs for?

AWARDS
A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book

Selected for the 2008 list of Notable Books for a Global Society, awarded by the Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association

REVIEWS
School Library Journal
Vietnamese and American cultural assumptions are woven seamlessly into the plot in this accessible and inviting story… the story of Binh and her family shines through the spare text, creating a welcome chance to experience another culture.
Publishers Weekly

“Marsden …once again mingles two cultures…Marsden brings her tale to a satisfying close.” Kirkus

“Marsden's simply written story of family and the legacy of war is full of subtle details about life in contemporary Vietnam, and Binh is an appealing young girl whose dreams will resonate with all young readers.”
Washington Post

“…this quiet gem of a novel… Marsden writes with a grave but sly wit that reflects her interest in Buddhism and a poet's acuity that leaves tiny epiphanies on every page: "morning dawned, a lime green blush above the hills"; a "voice like dried leaves underfoot"; the "green faces of the men" on American money. Part of the appeal of When Heaven Fell is its feel for everyday life in a Vietnamese village: the dogs, cats and ducks underfoot, the bright fruits and vegetables, the rituals and the love of story”

“An unusually accessible introduction to the culture of modern Vietnam.”Booklist

“With uncommon honesty, Marsden digs beneath the surface story of reunion to expose a hornet's nest of issues -- economic disparity, family expectations, culture clash, sexism and racism, in this case aimed at those of mixed heritage. Marsden also develops the idea of belonging.”
The San Francisco Chronicle


HOW I GOT THE IDEA
I was traveling in Vietnam when someone told me about the documentary, "Daughter from Danang." I was very moved by the story and as I traveled kept my eyes and ears open for setting and characters. WHEN HEAVEN FELL is loosely based on that documentary.
IDEAS FOR CLASSROOM DISCUSSION:

*Vietnamese culture
*adoption
*expectations of different cultures