Inside Out and Back Again

February 22, 2017

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.”

An author’s note explains how and why Thanhha Lai translated her personal experiences into Hà’s story. This updated digital edition also includes an interview with the author, an activity you can do with your family, tips on writing poetry, and discussion questions.

At the end of the Vietnam War, 10-year-old Ha and her family are forced to flee Saigon, the only home she’s ever known. Landing first in Florida, Ha’s mother decides to settle in Alabama, where she hopes her children will have the life they were robbed of in Saigon. Though she is now physically safe, the transition is hard, and Ha struggles with a new language, new customs, and a longing for the life she left behind. The story is told in free-verse, through Ha’s perspective, which allows the reader a deeper emotional connection, as they view the world through Ha’s eyes.

Product details

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What’s this?)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061962783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061962783
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars   571 customer reviews

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