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Inside Out & Back Again : Newbery Honor Book, National Book Award

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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.

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.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 262 pages
  • 147.32 x 215.9 x 27.94mm | 317.51g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0061962783
  • 9780061962783
  • 105,589

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No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama.

For all the ten years of her life, Hà 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. 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, the strange shape of its landscape . . . and the strength of her very own family.

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.
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Review Text

"Open this book, read it slowly to savor the delicious language. This is a book that asks the reader to be careful, to pay attention, to sigh at the end." Kathi Appelt, bestselling author of Newbery Honor Book The Underneath
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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
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Rating details

30,725 ratings
4.1 out of 5 stars
5 41% (12,493)
4 37% (11,388)
3 16% (4,980)
2 4% (1,176)
1 2% (688)
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