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Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
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Jun 19, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: middle-school-fiction, multicultural-fiction, historical-fiction, poetry

Historical fiction told in verse, this is the story of young Ha and her Vietnamese family during the fall of Saigon, and their flight to the U.S. Much of the story is autobiographical for author Lai. She captures her native culture -- the sights, smells, traditions, beliefs -- in incredibly spare and beautiful language. Many Americans at that time did not welcome Vietnamese refugees, especially if they had loved ones fighting in the war. Refugees experienced culture shock and discrimination. You'll see the same discrimination in Jasper Jones and The Wednesday Wars. Ha and her family have to learn who their friends and foes are and work to preserve their culture in this strange new land. A quick read.
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