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Inside Out and Back Again: A Newbery Honor Award Winner Paperback – Jan. 2 2013
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Inside Out and Back Again is a New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award! Inspired by the author's childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama, this coming-of-age debut novel told in verse has been celebrated for its touching child's-eye view of family and immigration.
Hà has only ever known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the warmth of her friends close by. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope—toward America.
This moving story of one girl's year of change, dreams, grief, and healing received four starred reviews, including one from Kirkus which proclaimed it "enlightening, poignant, and unexpectedly funny."
An author's note explains how and why Thanhha Lai translated her personal experiences into Hà's story. This paperback edition also includes an interview with the author, an activity you can do with your family, tips on writing poetry, and discussion questions.
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|Inside Out and Back Again||Inside Out and Back Again: A Harper Classic||When Clouds Touch Us||Thanhha Lai Young Readers' Collection|
|Modern classics from #1 New York Times bestselling author Thanhhà Lai||A novel-in-verse inspired by the author's childhood experience as a refugee fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama||A special edition including an author's note, interview, family activity, tips on writing poetry, and discussion questions||A stunning sequel picking up two years after Hà and her family arrive in Alabama as refugees from the Việt Nam War||An eBook collection including Inside Out and Back Again along with Listen, Slowly|
From the Back Cover
For all the ten years of her life, Ha has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by, and the beauty of her very own papaya tree. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Ha and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope.
This is the moving story of one girl's year of change, dreams, grief, and healing as she journeys from one country to another, one life to the next.
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Reprint edition (Jan. 2 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0061962791
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061962790
- Item weight : 181 g
- Dimensions : 13 x 1.47 x 19.35 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in Canada on April 15, 2022
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Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on April 15, 2022
The artwork doesn’t contain bright and shinny color, but it is appealing enough for the reader/viewer to stop and think.
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This book tells the story of Ha, a little girl, who found herself immigrating to the United States with her family after the fall of Saigon. It is a story about holding on to your past, your home, your family, and struggling to move forward into the future.
It is a story that tells the difficult journey of leaving a place you are so attached with to finding a new home in Alabama, learning a new language, making new friends, eating food you are not familiar with and having a new life.
It was very heartfelt and very profound, and the fact that it is based on the author's experiences makes it all the more real. I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to.
I like how this book has a great storyline, though it is in written in the style of lots of different poems. It also fits in with the lessons I am learning about in class. I am learning about WWII and discrimination so it’s great to learn about the effects of another war too.