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Inside Out & Back Again - Thanhha Lai
Inside Out & Back Again
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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... show more
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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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780061962783 (0061962783)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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Just Another Bibliophile
Just Another Bibliophile rated it
5.0 Inside Out & Back Again
Another bedtime story finished, and another one to read again when Lily is older. This is the story of Hà, a refugee girl from Saigon, who flees with her mother and three brothers, at the end of the Vietnam war. She and her family end up in Alabama, where their otherness leads to hurt and frustra...
My Never Ending List
My Never Ending List rated it
4.0 Inside Out & Back Again
Written in verse, Ha tells us what it is like to be a refuge from Vietnam. Her father is a Navy MIA soldier and as the youngest daughter of the family, you can feel the fear and the honesty in the words and the actions as Ha adjusts to the situations around her. Traveling by boat, the situation at...
Heartless Lyn @ Great Imaginations
Heartless Lyn @ Great Imaginations rated it
3.0 Mini Book Review: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Review: I stayed away from free verse poetry for a majority of my life. Now, in my wizened old age, I have built a healthy relationship and have a new-found respect for the format. My love for Thuy Trang spurred my interest in Vietnam. I've taken a great interest in the Vietnam War due to this pop ...
Thoughts of a Future Librarian
Thoughts of a Future Librarian rated it
5.0 Inside Out and Back Again
Plot Summary: Ha has lived in Vietnam all her life, but when war approaches her hometown of Saigon, she and her family flee to safety in the United States. The journey is treacherous and adjusting to the American way of life is incredibly difficult for Ha. Told through prose poetry, this moving stor...
Saturdays in Books
Saturdays in Books rated it
3.0 Inside Out and Back Again
Let's start with the part the jacket neglects to mention: this book is written entirely in verse. I don't mean that as a judgement, just a description. And a warning that if you have eyeballed the page count and used it to estimate the amount of time it will take your ten year old to read, this will...
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