Inside Out & Back Again
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Told in verse, a Vietnamese family shapes a new life in 1975 Alabama. Hardcover edition.
When Ha and her family relocate from Vietnam to Alabama in 1975, she discovers her family's inner strength despite the challenges of a new language, culture shock, and the neighborhood bully.
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“No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama.”
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“No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama.” Ha has known both in her life, actually. Born in Vietnam during the war, Ha lives with her mother and three older brothers. Her father disappeared years ago on a navy mission when Ha was just one. Today the family doesn’t even know if he’s alive, but when the chance comes to flee Saigon and make a new life in America, Ha’s mother doesn’t hesitate. Once they’re settled in Alabama, Ha has a whole new set of problems ahead of her. She’s homesick, mad that she’s no longer the smartest girl in class, and tormented after school by some of the boys. Yet the solution, it seems, is not to become someone different but to take what she is already and find a way to make her new life work.
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