Thanhha Lai

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Thanhha Lai was born in Vietnam. At the end of the war, she fled with her family to Alabama. There, she learned English from fourth graders and then spent the next decade correcting her grammar. Starting her writing life as a journalist, she worked at The Orange County Register. She switched to fiction, leading to an MFA from New York University and short story publications in various journals and anthologies. Then came "Inside Out & Back Again", a National Book Award and Newbery Honor-winning verse novel based in part on her childhood as a refugee in Alabama. Next was "Listen, Slowly", another middle grade novel featuring a young Vietnamese-American girl. Her most recent work, "Butterfly Yellow", is also her first foray into the YA genre. ...more

Australian release of "Butterfly Yellow"

Butterfly Yellow is being sent out to Australian reviewers in preparation for its MARCH 3rd Australian release.

Here's a look inside the lovely package that Australian reviewers will be getting. Included is a copy of "Butterfly Yellow" (of course) and a brilliant word tree courtesy of my Australian publisher, University of Queensland Press.









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Inside Out & Back Again

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Listen, Slowly

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Butterfly Yellow

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“Oh, my daughter,
at times you have to fight,
but preferably
not with your fists.”
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again

“Mother says,
People share
when they know they have escaped hunger.

Shouldn't people share
because there is hunger?”
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again

“This year I hope
I truly learn
to fly-kick
not to kick anyone
so much as
to fly.”
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What Book Shall We Read in June?

I have chosen books that are getting a lot of attention and were published in January and February. Feel free to add books to the list, if they were published in January and February.

If you get the chance, check and see what your library has before you vote.

 
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  5 votes 9.3%

 
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Inside Out and Back Again
 
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Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy
 
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Alexander Hamilton
 
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“Y'all have a song?'

H nods. 'Bất-tơ-phơ-lai de-lồ.'

'Butterfly yellow? You mean yellow butterfly.'

H starts to explain but pulls out her notebook. The most prepared notetaker on earth.

Bướm = butterfly, vàng = yellow.”
Thanhha Lai, Butterfly Yellow

“The gray guilt had grown heavy, refusing to pause its relentless infusion into her joints and marrow. After all, it was her fault her brother was taken.”
Thanhha Lai, Butterfly Yellow

“Should 'sleep' be plural? No, sleep is an idea, like love, no s. So many decisions in a single simple sentence. Exhausting, this elaborate dance of words.”
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