Inside Out & Back Again
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Told in verse, a Vietnamese family shapes a new life in 1975 Alabama. Hardcover edition.
Told in verse, a Vietnamese family shapes a new life in 1975 Alabama. Paperback edition.
New York State Recommended Curricular Title Gr. 8
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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"This year I Hope"
"No more Migration
No more letters
No more family"
"Oh, my daughter, at times you have to fight, but preferably not with your fists."
“No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama.”
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This is the story of a young girl named Ha who is forced to move with her family to America because of the Vietnam War that has reached her homeland. They start a new life in Alabama that Ha finds challenging because she does not fit in with the culture around her. Eventually, with the help of her teacher, Ha finds herself and begins to enjoy her new life in Alabama.
This story is about Ha` and her family being forced from her home in Vietnam to move to the United States because of a war. Ha` and her family moved to Alabama to start over. Although, Ha` and her three brothers were bullied and taunted by the children at school and their neighbors, they found hope in each other and one of their neighbors Miss Washington.
“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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