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Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
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Oct 02, 2012

What are you waiting for? Read this book now. It will only take an hour, two at the most!

Inside Out & Back Again is one of those rare gem novels, combining free verse and historical fiction. I was drawn into the free verse quickly. Thanhha Lai shares the story of a young girl named Ha (there is an accent on the "a." I'm just not sure how to add on with Goodreads) who leaves Vietnam with her family when Saigon falls. The details of what transpired to Ha and her family are based on experiences that Lai herself went through when her family left Vietnam. Although this novel is geared toward middle grade, anyone of any age will deeply appreciate this story and will learn from it. There are numerous themes throughout this novel: the horror of war, prejudice, family bonds, death, and survival. The descriptions will give you a clear and vivid concept of the sights and smells and tastes of Vietnam and of Alabama circa 1975. Ha is one of those characters you won't quickly forget. But most of all, you will appreciate this connection to the past through the eyes of a Vietnamese child on a journey to America and the trials and tribulations of adjusting to her new home.
A MUST READ for all.

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