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Inside Out and Back Again (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Thanhha Lai

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Title:Inside Out and Back Again
Authors:Thanhha Lai
Info:HarperCollins (2011), Hardcover, 272 pages
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Tags:Newberry Award, young girl, Vietnam, bully

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Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai (2011)

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National Book Award for Young People's Literature (2011), Newbery Honor (2012), Jane Addams Children's Book Award Nominee for Older Children (2012), Washington State Sasquatch Award Nominee (2014), NCBLA - Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts (2012)
  Liz_Haggerty | Jul 28, 2015 |
Multi-awards ( )
  nickietravis | Jul 26, 2015 |
Written as a series of short poems, a 10 year old girl writes of how her family survives the year they evacuated Saigon and relocated to Alabama. The book really captures the emotional swings of such enormous upheavals. Very moving. I recommend it to any reader. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
Recommended by Jennifer Quimbey
Lots of awards
  RhondaHoward | Jul 22, 2015 |
Wonderful story inspired by the authors childhood and her experience fleeing Vietnam. This novel is told in verse and is about a little girl who lived in Saigon for 10 years. When the war reached her home her and her family fled on a boat to Alabama.
  foleysh | Jul 20, 2015 |
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To the millions of refugees in the world, may you each find a home
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1975: Year of the Cat / Today is Tet, / the first day / of the lunar calendar. / Every Tet / we eat sugary lotus seeds / and glutinous rice cakes. / We wear all new clothes, / even underneath.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061962783, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:04 -0400)

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Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

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