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Inside out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Inside Out & Back Again is written entirely in free verse, by Vietnamese-American author, Thanhha Lai. It deals with the horrifying concepts of refuge, familial separation, and national displacement– all through the eyes of ten-year-old, Kim Hà.


Hà has lived in Saigon her entire life. She adores the bustling marketplaces, bright green papayas, and her charismatic friends. But one dark night, her life changes forever. She is on a ship to the United States, the country of dreams, hopes and opportunities. She starts a new life in Alabama, armed with nothing but a broken image of what her past used to be. With a foreign language, and sceptical bullies at her new school, she struggles to understand the seemingly perfect, “America." Composed creatively entirely of short poems, Inside Out & Back Again is a provocative story suitable for readers above the age of 9, making it all the more powerful since the author is able to express complex ideas in such simple language.

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Book Recommendations for the month

This One Summer

Author: Mariko Tamaki

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Age group: Grades 9 and up

Esperanza Rising

Author: Pam Munoz Ryan

Genre: Historic Fiction

Age-group: Grades 5 and up

Milk and Honey

Author: Rupi Kaur

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Age group: Grades 8 and up

The Uglies

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Genre: Dystopia

Age group: Grades 8 and up

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