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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.

Ha 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. Ha 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 Ha's story. This paperback edition also includes an interview with the author, an activity you can do with your family, tips on writing poetry, and discussion questions.
By:   Thanhha Lai
Imprint:   HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 191mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   181g
ISBN:   9780061962790
ISBN 10:   0061962791
Pages:   262
Publication Date:   02 January 2013
Recommended Age:   From 9 to 12 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Thanhha Lai is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Inside Out & Back Again, her debut novel in verse, which won both a National Book Award and a Newbery Honor, and the acclaimed Listen, Slowly and Butterfly Yellow, both of which were named to numerous best book of the year lists. She was born in Viet Nam and now lives in New York with her family. To learn more about Thanhha and her charity, Viet Kids Inc., visit www.thanhhalai.com.

Reviews for Inside Out & Back Again

Ha's voice is full of humor and hope. --School Library Journal (starred review)


  • Short-listed for Massachusetts Children's Book Award 2013

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