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Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

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
Collections:Your library
Tags:Newberry Award, young girl, Vietnam, bully

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Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai (2011)


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This book talks about the way that girl and her family escapes Vietnam after the war. The main character of the story tells the story in the first person narrative. This book was written in the choppy formation, that appeared to be fudging poetry. The young girl and her family were placed in the refugee home in southern Alabama. The young girl was bullied and harassed for being different and for not being able to speak the language. Her favorite food with me was papaya. Young girl in school, because she is unable to speak the language. Older lady helps the young girl check me to make an society by mentoring her and showing her a lot. The young girl has an arch nemesis. This boyfriend to hurt her. One day she had the boy
  magen.rauscher | Apr 15, 2015 |
I enjoyed following H`a's story through the free verse poetry. I love how the author began in Saigon where we got to learn about her many traditions and customs. It was definitely emotional while reading about her struggles beginning with not really knowing her father because he had to leave in the Navy when she was one, being a young girl seeing her home become violent and drastically change, having to flee for safety over an ocean only to live in refugee camps. The author makes you feel for H`a struggling to fit in, feeling so isolated, and dealing with prejudice. This book could be used in literature circles for different themes, or as an example of free verse poetry. It could also be used to learn about the history of the Vietnam War and what happened to many Vietnamese who immigrated to the US.
  MSara | Apr 15, 2015 |
Inside Out and Back Again is a multicultural novel written in a series of short poems. The novel is about a young girl named Ha's journey who leaves Vietnam with her mother and brothers in hopes to escape the war. It begins with writings about her home in Vietnam, continues to her experience leaving Vietnam and entering into the United States, and ends with her family's experience in the United States. Both Ha and her family have difficulty learning the English language, integrating into the American Culture, and face many other struggles. This multicultural novel is historical fiction.
  Jcadd13 | Apr 14, 2015 |
Ha must leave Saigon with her family for America. On their long and difficult journey, food is scarce. They also must learn a new language, the language of their new home, America. Ha’s family experiences a great deal of loss, including the death of her father who had to remain in their home country. The book ends with hope for their new life in America.

Personal Reaction: This book is written beautifully. It is an eloquent way to share the personal experiences of one family with young readers. It is difficult to imagine what life was like for refugees like Ha’s family. This book goes a long way to close the gap in understanding, even for children that are far too young to remember the war or sociopolitical climate themselves.

Classroom extensions:
Children can draw a picture of what they love about their home (would miss the most if they had to leave it behind), perhaps comparing it to the Ha’s dearly loved papaya tree.

Extend the story, in what ways do things begin to become better for Ha and her family? Would you want to be friends with Ha? ( )
  Lena_Krenzke | Mar 23, 2015 |
A book written in the form of a diary of a young girl who is a refugee from Vietnam after the war. She moves to Alabama and starts a life there with her family, having to learn English and how to make friends.
  elindseyziegler | Mar 15, 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 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:42:28 -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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