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Inside Out & Back Again

Lai, Thanhha (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Inside Out & Back Again


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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.
Authors: Lai, Thanhha
Statement of Responsibility: Thanhha Lai
Title: Inside out & back again
Publisher: New York :, Harper,, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 262 p. ;,22 cm.
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Report This Aug 25, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

All told, Inside Out and Back Again has the brevity of a verse novel packed with a punch many times its size. It’s one of the lovelier books I’ve read in a long time, and can make you think about and question the entire immigrant novel genre, so long a permanent part of the American children’s literary canon. Lai drew upon much of her own life to write this book. Now I’d like to see what she’s capable of when she looks at other subjects as well. Great new author. Great new book.

Report This Aug 03, 2011
  • 1libraryuser rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written story about how a young girl and her family escaped the war of vietnam and started over in the U.S.

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  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Report This Aug 25, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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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Report This Aug 25, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama.”

Report This Aug 25, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“On one side of the bright, noisy room, light skin. Other side, dark skin. Both laughing, chewing, as if it never occurred to them someone medium would show up.”

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