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Ebook A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata read! Book Title: A Million Shades of Gray
The author of the book: Cynthia Kadohata
Edition: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: January 5th 2010
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 3.8
ISBN: 1416918833
ISBN 13: 9781416918837
Language: English

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Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

I have been going through the reviews to see if anybody read between the lines as I did, and from the few I've read it doesn't seem like it. Perhaps I'm reading too much into it, but this is what I've noticed:

Tomas = Foreign Interference
Y'Tin - South or North Vietnam
Y'Juen - South or North Vietnam

The relationship between the three change drastically as they travel through the jungle. Y'Juen and Y'Tin grew up together, best friends, etc. They even escape the village with each others help. When they meet Tomas, who is older than both of them and Y'Tin's teacher, they are suddenly split into two teams. Y'Juen and Tomas become a 'we', as Y'Tin puts it, and it takes all of Y'Tin's self control not rise to their goading. The life-long friendship between Y'Tin and Y'Juen draws to an abrupt close - similar, it would seem, to the relationship between South Vietnam and North Vietnam did, when foreign meddling (the 'Tomas' here) placed them at loggerheads.

As Y'Tin's father says, his choice to help the Americans 'crossed a line' and he can't go back on it. That is, the north and south, once whole, crossed a line when they went to war with each other. Thankfully, in the case of Vietnam, they've fared much better than most countries that have been divided and made enemy to each other by foreign instigators - they're one again, but they crossed a line, and reading this book has actually made me interested in the relations between the North and South now that the war is well behind them - is the brotherhood they may have once had now lost forever?

These have been entirely my own observations from reading the story. If it was the writer's intention to subtly create these parallels then she has done so quite brilliantly.

As for the character Y'Tin - he is written as more of an objective observer than an actual child-victim of war. This further convinces me that this book serves better as a commentary on war than a story of war.

I would have gladly given this book five stars but a line in the closing pages irked me:

In the novel, the characters often comment on the promise the Americans made with the Dega: to return and help with the war if the North Vietnamese violated the Paris Peace Accords. Sadly the promise the was never fulfilled... The US Special Forces did honour their relation-ship with the Dega in another way....

Erm... no. I'm sorry, the only way you 'honour' a relationship is by keeping the promise you made to them. There is no way to sugarcoat betrayal.

Fun Fact: The way I came across this book is a bit of a story: I was discussing with a friend what would she think that other, undeservedly popular book with 'shades of grey' in the title was about if she didn't already know. "A story about elephants," was one of the answers. Later, I came across this book. I told her about it and we had a good laugh. Then I saw it at the Library, and I borrowed it for kicks. Turned out to be quite an interesting story.

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Ebook A Million Shades of Gray read Online! Cynthia Kadohata is a Japanese American writer known for writing coming of age stories about Asian American women.

She spent her early childhood in the South; both her first adult novel and first children's novel take place in Southern states. Her first adult novel was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Her first children's book, Kira-Kira, won the 2005 Newbery Medal. Her first published short story appeared in The New Yorker in 1986.

Reviews of the A Million Shades of Gray


Written easily, vividly, wisely.


One breath reads!


When you regret the book ends!


A book that leaves nothing behind, no feelings, no thoughts.


Just a terrific book.

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