A Grain of Rice

A Grain of Rice

Series: Refugee Stories
Tag: All books
Publisher: Tradewind Books
Publication Year: 2018
Length: 224 pages
ISBN: 9781926890333
About the Book

Thirteen-year-old Yen and her family have survived the ravages of the Vietnam War and the ensuing famine and persecution. After a flood destroys their village, her family decides to take the ultimate risk on the high seas for a chance at a better life.

Praise for A Grain of Rice:

“Thirteen-year-old narrator Yen, her siblings, and her mother . . . escape Vietnam and experience a range of obstacles, from corrupt police to prejudice; aboard a refugee boat to Malaysia, they witness sickness, death, and piracy. The descriptive narrative is straightforward with a strong sense of immediacy.”  The Horn Book, 3 January 2019

“Based on events from the author’s childhood, this fictionalized narrative offers readers a gripping account of the refugee experience. . .the action never flags, and Yen’s feistiness makes her an engaging and empathetic character.”  Booklist Librarians, January 2019

“A sobering read, which gives insight into . . . the struggles of refugees.” — Quill & Quire

“Tran-Davies does not shy away from the terrible realities of postwar Vietnam.” — Kirkus Reviews

“A deeply moving . . . account of her family’s escape from Vietnam.” Highly Recommended. — CM Reviews


Finalist for the Ontario Library Association Red Maple Reader’s Choice Award
Finalist for the Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading Silver Birch Award 2020/2021


About the Author
Nhung N. Tran Davies

Nhung N. Tran Davies is a physician and works as an advocate for social justice through education. Her family came to Canada as refugees from Vietnam when she was a young child. Nhung and her family live just outside Edmonton, Alberta.