by Thanhha Lai

Reviewer Rating:
4

Review

In 1975, Ha starts the year in the familiar and comforting territory of her home in Vietnam, where the traditions make sense, the food tastes good, and her beloved papaya tree holds promise even as the world around her threatens chaos. But the end of the Vietnam War and the approach of the Communist army means her family must flee before Saigon falls, taking with them only a few necessities and some food. They end up in Alabama, where the food is weird, their classmates are mean, and the new language they have to learn makes no sense.

Inside Out and Back Again is a compelling novel in verse about some of the hardships, frustrations and ambitions of one family of refugees which begs the question, "How much do we know about those around us?"

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