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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (476 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cynthia Kadohata Narrator: Keith Nobbs Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Tin is known throughout his Vietnam village as being brave, possessing the calm and courage needed to expertly train wild elephants. But when American troops—who Tin’s tribe, the Dega, have been helping—pull out of the Vietnam War and his village is occupied by Viet Cong forces seeking revenge, twelve-year-old Tin watches his life change in a million terrible ways. His bravery is put to a new test: He must choose between staying captive or saving his elephant’s life by fleeing into the dangerous depths of the jungle.


At once heartbreaking and full of hope, A Million Shades of Gray brings listeners close to a world few know about—and no one will ever forget. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Newbery Medalist Cynthia Kadohata commingles shadow (Y’Tin helps dig a mass grave) and light (his gentle care of his little sister and the elephants) in this finely drawn portrait of a boy trying to find hope and direction in an upended world. This remarkable work of historic fiction powerfully evokes a specific time and place while exploring issues pertinent to any war.”

    Washington Post

  • “Newbery Medalist Kadohata shows that truth has as many shades of gray as an elephant in this emotionally taut survival story, set in war-torn South Vietnam…Kadohata delves deep into the soul of her protagonist while making a faraway place and the stark consequences of war seem very near. Y’Tin’s inner conflicts and changing perception of the world will haunt readers. Ages 10 and up.”

    Publishers Weekly, (starred review)

  • “Like a child in any war, Y’Tin has to cope with a situation that he doesn’t understand, one that has completely overturned his life. Kadohata depicts the questions, fears, confusion, and apprehension skillfully. Y’Tin is a thoughtful young man searching for clear answers where there are none.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Teen readers will be caught by the jungle adventure and the village conflict, as well as by Y’Tin’s personal battles with friends and enemies and his playful bond with Lady.”


  • “War has never been far from Y’Tin’s life…As he and Lady escape from the massacre that kills half the village, Y’Tin sees that between right and wrong are ‘a million shades of gray,’ like the elephant’s hide, like the jungle in the dim light. A fascinating window into post-Vietnam War history and a wonderfully intimate character study.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Nobbs has a calm delivery that holds the listener rapt as he describes the North Vietnamese invasion of Y’Tin’s village and the horrors of war and occupation experienced by civilians young and old. His depiction of Y’Tin’s journey to maturity celebrates the human ability to hope and survive in spite of unbelievable odds.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Maureen Milton | 2/18/2014

    " An interesting bit of as-yet unmined vein of middle reader historical fiction depicting the lives of the tribal hill people (the Rhade) in the highlands of central Vietnam. Y'Tin is the ?13-yera-old protagonist, the youngest elephant handler in his village when the story opens in 1973 and his family and people are helping the American forces there. The narrative jumps to 1975 after the fall of Saigon and the Americans are gone and Y'Tin (with his excellent tracking skills in the jungle and his beloved elephant, Lady) must do what he can to help his people survive the Vietcong's destruction of their villlage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessica Trinkella | 2/3/2014

    " It was good, but I doubt I'll read it again. It was really slow to start, but made up for it when Y'Tin was captured. The story was left on a cliff hanger. Personally, I would have given the book a couple hundred more pages and made it worth the work of writing a book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jean Haberman | 1/30/2014

    " I don't know who the audience should be for this book. It looks like an elementary book, but the subject matter is too difficult for elementary. This book is about the "Dega" people who lived in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam. It took place after America left Vietnam and the Dega people were left to fend for themselves. Y'Tin, a 13-year-old boy, experiences the horrors of the Vietcong takeover. My favorite character was Y'Tin's elephant Lady. The redeeming value of this book is the explanation of the Vietnam War and how America didn't fulfill their promise to the Dega people. There were many interesting facts about elephants and how they are trained. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jo Sorrell | 1/28/2014

    " What happened in Vietnam aftger Americn troops pulled out in 1975. "

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