Inside Out & Back Again

Inside Out Back Again For all the ten years of her life H has only known Saigon the thrills of its markets the joy of its traditions and the warmth of her friends close by But now the Vietnam War has reached her home H

  • Title: Inside Out & Back Again
  • Author: Thanhha Lai
  • ISBN: 9780061962783
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For all the ten years of her life, H has only known Saigon the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the warmth of her friends close by But now the Vietnam War has reached her home H and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope In America, H discovers the foreign world of Alabama the coldness of its stFor all the ten years of her life, H has only known Saigon the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the warmth of her friends close by But now the Vietnam War has reached her home H and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope In America, H discovers the foreign world of Alabama the coldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food and the strength of her very own family.

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    • Thanhha Lai

      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 She then spent the next decade correcting her grammar Starting her writing life as 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 Lai lives with her husband, daughter and a little white dog in New York City.

    150 thoughts on “Inside Out & Back Again

    • This review originally appeared on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.I now understandwhen they make fun of my name,yelling ha-ha-ha down the hall when they ask if I eat dog meat,barking and chewing and falling down laughingwhen they wonder if I lived in the jungle with tigers,growling and stalking on all fours.I understandbecause Brother Khoinodded into my headon the bike ride homewhen I asked if kidssaid the same thingsat his school.Thanhha Lai writes her verses in her award winning middle grade novel [...]

    • “I’m practicingto be seen.”This book grabbed my attention with its beautiful cover, and I’m really glad that it did. Inside Out and Back Again tells the tale of Kim Hà and her journey during wartime in Vietnam.Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward Alabama.In America, the family has to start anew, where they discover the coldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food, the strange shape of its landscape . . . and the strength of th [...]

    • Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/#udFor those of you who know me, you might remember last year I discovered my youngest was failing to get his required nightly reading completed by opting to sit on the toilet and stare at the wall for 20 minutes every night rather than ever opening a flippin’ book. That little revelation led to us buddy reading Wonder. Unfortunately the boy child still appears to have been swapped with someone else’s baby and has yet to discover the wonderful world o [...]

    • Inside Out & Back Again, Thanhha Laiعنوانها: زندگی پشت و رو؛ در رویای خانه؛ نویسنده: تانا (تاینها) لایی؛عنوان: زندگی پشت و رو؛ نویسنده: تانا (تاینها) لایی؛ مترجم: بهزاد صادقیان؛ تهران، آفرینگان، 1395؛ در 318 ص؛ شابک: 9786003910256؛ موضوع: داستانهای امریکائیان ویتنامی تبار - قرن 21 معنوان: در رویای خانه؛ [...]

    • Read this straight through in one evening. It repeatedly put me in mind of an outstanding teacher at my school, whose family immigrated to the United States when she was about Ha's age. When we had a "Guess That Baby Picture" contest at school, she brought a school photo of herself around the age of 8, because that was all she had. There were no baby photos of her, no visual memories of her early years; they were too poor for photographs. All through this book I kept thinking, "I wonder if this [...]

    • Let me tell you something. If I wasn't forced to write so many essay's about this stupid book, then I might have enjoyed it more. Maybe if we didn't have to analyze every sentence discussing every little detail until I accidentally tear one of the papers out because we had to flip back so many times, I probably might have enjoyed it more. This could have been a great book, and it's a shame that the new common core thinks we are "Learning" from writing useless paragraphs on how Ha's experience re [...]

    • Thinking about the most memorable of children's novels, one trait in all of them has to ring true in order for them to click with their readers. The books must contain some kind of "meaning". Even the frothiest Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-type offering isn't going to remain long in the public's brain if there isn't at least a little "meaning" slipped in there. Now when I use the term "meaning" I'm being purposefully vague because it's not the kind of thing you can easily define. What is me [...]

    • Read this review and more on my blogIn a nutshell: A beautifully written story of immigration told through verse and the eyes of a young girl.After the Fall of Saigon at the end of the war in Vietnam, Hà and her family are forced to flee home. Inside Out & Back Again tells their story, inspired by the author's experiences, of leaving their home, spending many wary days at sea unsure of their future, and finally immigrating to Alabama. Through Hà's eyes, the reader experiences the difficult [...]

    • I always love a good verse novel, and this book was just that. A story about immigration and attempts to adapt to a new culture, Inside Out & Back Again was truly beautiful and heartwarming. It touched me emotionally on the struggles Hà had to deal with.Hà is different from everyone around her. She is a Vietnamese girl among Americans. She is the weird black-haired girl in her school. She is the girl everyone makes fun of. Despite all this, Hà tries to stay strong and continues working an [...]

    • Hey, reviewers? A lot of you are using the word "prose" where you mean "poetry", and I can't take it.Also, there are actually lots and lots of kids' and YA books written in verse. Thanks.Anyway, actual review: I find it difficult to review this, just like I found it difficult to review the last novel-in-verse about a Vietnamese refugee in the 1970s that I read, All the Broken Pieces. Like anything negative I might say is me judging the immigrant experience itself.At first I didn't like this that [...]

    • It's a book I didn't know exist until a few days ago, and I'm truly glad it came into my life.This book deeply touched me because my dad's own family immigrated from Vietnam to France and the Vietnamese culture is one I grew up hearing about but never truly experienced it.This story follows Hà, her mother and three brothers, through their journey from a Vietnam at war to an American that doesn't necessarily welcome them with opened arms. It's a book about being stripped off your culture, your l [...]

    • Putting side that I was not the biggest fan of the writing, because I do not think that simply separating sentences with a lot of space is poetry, the story and her experiences made up for it. “Whoever invented Englishshould have learnedto spell.” It is not often that I see a book about immigration to which I can relate. I come from an European background and nationally, I am Caribbean, so I have the whole, not a native English speaker, but still get white privilege thing. This book took me [...]

    • I don't recommend listening to this one. The narration is stiff and the Vietnamese words are spoken in italics (see Older's thoughts on italicizing a native language)I didn't read this one with my eyes because I have an aversion to novels in verse. While they can be more nuanced than the typical novel and though you have to work harder to get to the depths due to a scarcity of words, they seem choppy to me, jarring, and a little flighty. I'm not a fan of poetry, either, so the whole paint a big [...]

    • A short, but significant, story. This book is one of the reasons reading is so important. How else would we understand what it feels like to be a refugee? I firmly believe if more people read this or similar books, there would be fewer acts of xenophobia. I've never read a book written in free verse, but I absolutely loved it. I thought the fact that the author could get you to feel so much for the characters with so few words was amazing. Highly recommended. "Her brows twist so muchwe hush."Des [...]

    • I love this book!!! It is about a young Vietnamese girl and her family. It is a great story told in her perspective. It shows the struggles of being brought into a new land (America). She has to face lots of problems whether that be losing her papaya tree or facing the schools bully. I would totally recommend this book!!!!

    • This moving novel in verse chronicles a year in the life of a young girl who must leave behind all that is familiar for a world where everything is strange and new. It is 1975, and as the war draws closer to her Saigon, Vietnam home, Ha reflects on the whereabouts of her missing father and the family's difficult straits. When they have the chance to flee, the family boards a boat, eventually ending up in Alabama. The book illustrates perfectly many of the struggles immigrants face as they deal w [...]

    • In this short, easy-to-read collection of poems, 10 year old Ha recounts one year of upheaval in her life as she is forced to leave Saigon upon the invasion of North Vietnam. She and her family escape on an over-crowded navy ship one day before the fall of Saigon and they take shelter at the US naval base on Guam. Eventually, her family of five arrive in the US as refugees and are taken in by a generous sponsor in Alabama where they finally settle, find jobs and go to school. The one-year transi [...]

    • I don't care how old you are, I don't care if you like poetry or not, you should still read this. I'm 45, I'm not into poetry, and I loved this. In spare but elegant verse, the story of one year in the life of a girl is told. A year where Saigon falls and her family becomes refugees fleeing to safety in the United States. A year of coming to terms with a new culture and language. A year of struggle as a forced immigrant. This is amazing both as a piece of literature and as a learning experience. [...]

    • A young girl's heart touching story set in Saigon during Vietnam war and the family's subsequent immigration to America. Story written in free-verse style.

    • Thanhha Lai writes about Ha, but mostly she writes about her own childhood. Being a child in Vietnam, and then needing to flee to a safe place. A strange place, where you look different, the customs are different, in addition to being poor, and not understand a single word. A new place, where the kids do not know what to make of this olive complexion, the black hair and the hair on the arms. She was coming from a place with papaya and nature to a new strange place, and it is not exactly fun most [...]

    • I thought that this book was a really good book and I liked how it was her diary so you thought that she was writing in her diary while you where reading.I can relate to how the main character felt when everyone was being mean to her because she was the new kid, When I was the new kid, no one wanted to play with me until a couple days after the first day of school. I would like to read more books that this author has made, because she is a great author, and I love her style of writing.

    • Một cuốn sách cảm động, chân thật và đẹp đẽ. Thanh Hà đã mang lại cho tôi rất nhiều cảm xúc và một góc nhìn khác về chiến tranh Việt Nam cũng như câu chuyện cũa những người xa xứ dưới góc nhìn của một cô bé 9 tuổi, tuyệt vời!

    • This is a great perspective to read about. And because some of what our main character goes through the author details from her own life, it makes it that much more meaningful. Although for younger readers, those who are learning about Vietnam in history classes could benefit from reading this as well.

    • Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai I was in the US Navy in 1975, headed toward the Philippines when our squadron personnel were off-loaded in Hawaii so that our carrier could rush to the coast of Vietnam to pick up refugees fleeing South Vietnam before it fell to Communist forces. So this story has particular personal meaning.Like most Americans, I owe the life I live to the courage and hope of immigrant ancestors. The powerfulness of this story rings true. The US is a nation of immigrants [...]

    • "No one would believe mebut at times/I would choosewartime in Saigonoverpeacetime in Alabama."This prize winning book is powerful and sad. A young girl named Kim Ha has to leave Vietnam during the war and ends up in the southern State of Alabama.To begin with, Kim Ha's father has been MIA for 10 years, and after they leave for America they wonder how he can find them if he comes home. So already Kim Ha has sadness in her heart. There is so much more that she has to leave in Vietnam, mainly her p [...]

    • It’s the end of the long Vietnam War and Ha and her family live in Vietnam. It’s a beautiful place, despite the war going on all around them, with delicious food and lush gardens. Ha does brilliant work in school and she has a wonderful, close-knit family. It’s a small Eden in the midst of the terrible war.Then the family cannot put things off any longer; the country they love is collapsing and they must leave Vietnam. The family escapes on a packed boat and is taken in by a cowboy in the [...]

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