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 creator’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 circle of relatives and immigration.
Hà has only ever known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the heat of her friends close by. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà and her circle of relatives are forced to escape as Saigon falls, they usually board a ship headed toward hope—toward The united states.
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 all of a sudden funny.”
An creator’s note explains how and why Thanhha Lai translated her personal experiences into Hà’s story. This paperback edition also includes an interview with the creator, an activity you’ll be able to do together with your circle of relatives, recommendations on writing poetry, and discussion questions.