Inside Out & Back Again (Hardcover)

Author: Lai, Thanhha

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Inspired by the author''s own childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam as a refugee and immigrating to Alabama, this tween novel told in verse is sure to capture young readers'' hearts and open their eyes.


Publisher Harpercollins Childrens Books
Mfg Part# 9780061962783
SKU 216380259
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0061962783
Release Date 2/22/2011
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 1T
"In her not-to-be-missed debut, Lai evokes a distinct time and place and presents a complex, realistic heroine whom readers will recognize, even if they haven't found themselves in a strange new country."
"Narrating in sparse free-verse poems, 10-year-old Hà brings a strong, memorable voice to the immigrant experience as her family moves from war-torn South Vietnam to Alabama in 1975."
"This novel in verse, based on Lai's experiences, is written in a spare, yet accessible style that bears no trace of her struggles to learn English as a 10-year-old immigrant."
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Editors Note 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.
Annotation Written is spare but piercing verse, this is the story of 10-year-old Ha's life-altering experience emigrating from war-torn Saigon to rural Alabama in 1975. With a father missing in action since she was a baby, Ha's tight-knit family is her mother and three brothers. Just before the historic fall of Saigon, the family decides to flee, each child allowed only one precious possession. A harrowing journey by boat, filled with disaster, takes them to a refugee camp in Guam, and from there, to Alabama. Desperately missing her papaya tree, best friend, and the liveliness of Saigon, Ha finds the transition to an American elementary school difficult. Ha is used to being one of the smartest in her class at home, but her teachers mistake her lack of English for ignorance. Tormented by classmates, Ha struggles to find a place for herself in an alien world. Her first year in America has a steep learning curve, and is just the beginning of a new life. Based on the author's own life, this is the winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
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Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 08
Number of Pages 0262
Publisher Harper

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