Inside Out and Back Again

Inside Out and Back Again

By Thanhha Lai

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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.

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.

Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
ISBN-13: 9781432863982
ISBN-10: 1432863983
Published on 3/13/2019
Binding: Paperback
Number of pages: 290

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I just finished reading this book called Inside Out and Back Again. I really liked this book. I would rate this book a 3, just right. It had a few words I didn't know, and i had to re-read a few times. I would recommend this book for grades 4 to 6, just right for me. This is about a girl who moves to a new home and is bullied by some of the kids in her class because of who she is and what she looks like. If you like those kinds of books, this is the book for you. I really recommend this book.

Inside out and back again is a book of well written poems. Although I prefer fantasy, this book is very intresting. It's about a Vietnemese girl named Hà who is forced to flee her home due to the Vietnemese war. She runs away on a ship with her mother and three older brothers and thousands of other vietnemese people. Then Hà moves to Arizona with her family and learns english. This book is also unexpectedly humorous. A specific part of the story that gave me a laugh was when Hà plucks the arm-hair of a man with bright golden-red hair out of curiosity. I reccomend Inside out and back again to grades four to seven.

This was one of the best books I have ever read. Taking place in Saigon during the Vietnam War, Ha's life is deteriorating, as her friends move away, and food becomes more and more expensive to buy. Ha is taken to America, where they speak a whole other language, and kids in her new school make fun of her. Ha must find a way to turn inside out and back again. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a touching read, or a book that you'll probably read in one sitting. I love this!

Other favorite realistic fiction book! Read it bunches of times.

Inside out and back again is a out an immigrant girl named Há. All she has ever known is her home country and the town she has been living in. But now the Vietnam war has reached her home, and the must flee to Alabama. Há does not feel at home, and wants to leave. But America has hope for HÁ and her family. Told in poetry, hà's story is a fast paced novel that all middle schooler would enjoy. Told from há's pov, children of all ages will love this book.

Its a good book-- a book about a girl who has to escape her homeland because of a war (I can't recall which one), but it's still good.


Inside Out and Back Again is a good book. Lots of things happened to the main character but she is staying strong. This story has some information about the war in Vietnam.

i love how she exsperss her fellings and i feel like i'm goningthew it too but I hate that she's having to travel

this will be great bood for 5th graders

Yea i feel like the 5th graders should start this app so then they can read the books