Inside Out and Back Again

Inside Out and Back Again

By Thanhha Lai

113 ratings 151 reviews 178 followers
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

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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.

It was very emotional and sad and i could not imagine living life like the main character did. I really liked the book!

Inside out and back again is a pretty good book. I thought Thanhha Lai did a really good job explaining what was going on in that time period.

This book left me with a feeling of satisfaction...and a bunch of wet tissues. I loved this book and I recommend this book to whoever likes historical fictions and poetry.

Originally I was very bored, like, meeh. But now I understand that this heartwarming story is AMAZING. I LEARNED SOOOO much and much was learned. LOVE THIS BOOK. Close to my heart, and you're even getting it from the professor ;)

i decided to read this book because i learned so much about this book and this book is so interesting another thing is i have been reading it in class and what i have learned so far about this book is the character kim Ha she is a refugee and she needs to flee her home town because it gets destroyed by war, and the communist.

This book was a wonderful book, it gave an amazing point of view to the refugee experience. It showed the way ha and her family felt going through with leaving their country and going to a new one.

It is a book about refugees and it talk about Ha and her personal life.Example such as tet' tradition with her missing her father and how the communism took over.

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