Inside Out and Back Again

Inside Out and Back Again

By Thanhha Lai

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Interest Level Reading Level Reading A-Z ATOS Word Count
Grades 4 - 8 Grades 3 - 5 U 4.8 14925

Inside Out and Back Again is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award!

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.

For all the ten years of her life, Hà has only 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. In America, Hà discovers the foreign world of Alabama: the coldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food . . . and the strength of her very own family.

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.

Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN-13: 9780062574022
ISBN-10: 0062574027
Published on 10/24/2017
Binding: Hardcover
Number of pages: 288

Book Reviews (143)

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Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai has it all: interest, sadness, shock - all in one. I love the intriguing journey that Ha goes through in her life from her little home in Saigon to traveling on a boat to another country. Also, I love the mood changes when Ha goes from finding a lovely home in a new country with some new people to having a heartbreaking moment with someone in her life. One thing I wish was there's a sequel. I really want to know what happens in Ha's life next! I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.

I really loved reading Inside Out & Back Again ,It was written very well and it wasn't cliche. In this story Ha and her family have to move to America because the Vietnam war.Then they all had to adapt to their new life's in America. A main problem was that her dad was gone and it built a lot of anticipation through the book while other things were going on.This book has a lot of soul and heart put into it and I think that other readers would really appreciate it too. I really wish that there was a sequel and i'm absolutely going to be reading more books by Thanhha Lai in the future.

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This is an amazing book! It is very emotional and sad at some parts and it will really make you feel like you are actually in the main character’s shoes. I love how the book is written in poetic form. I am not a big fan of poetry, but Thanhha Lai writes so beautifully that it is most definitely worth it. Also, it is cool how the author bases the main character, Hà, off of her own experiences and life. Read the author’s note! I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a heart-warming story. Inside Out & Back Again is definitely one of my all time favorite books. READ IT!

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I love this book I am reading it in my book group!

I read this book in class with my partner. It was amazing! I love that it is written in poetic verse! My favorite chapter was eggs (for the record).

it is a really good book! if you are reading this commnet READ THIS BOOK!!!

Madison Hardman Madison Hardman

This book is sooooo good and you will love it

Madison Hardman Madison Hardman

This book is great for many middle grade readers if you love realistic fiction then you will love this book 😺

I read Inside Out and Back Again and I wasn't very fond of it. If you aren't really into historical fiction and/or poetry this isn't the book for you.

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