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Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (Free Download)

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (Free Download)
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (Free Download)

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (Free Download), Inspired by the author’s childhood experience as a refugee–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.

Back cover copy

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.

Inside Out & Back Again (PDF Download).

Review quote

“In this free-verse narrative, Lai is sparing in her details, painting big pictures with few words and evoking abundant visuals.”–Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.

Product details

  •  9-12
  •  Paperback | 262 pages
  •  130 x 191 x 18mm | 181g
  •  02 Jan 2013
  •  HarperCollins
  •  New York, NY
  •  English
  •  Reprint
  •  0061962791
  •  9780061962790

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