Explore Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhhà Lại

Book cover of Inside Out and Back Again with the silhouette of a girl leaning from a tree lit by the sunset.

For all ten years of her life, Hà has lived in Saigon with her family, growing and learning and raising her very own papaya tree. Now, though, war has come to Vietnam and Hà and her family must seek safety in a new country. They embark on a journey to the United States, where they are met with new people and experiences. Inside Out and Back Again is a gorgeous, funny and moving story of one family’s refugee experience, told in verse. Come along with the Book Explorers as we get to know Hà and her world.

Check out the book with your Denver Public Library card:

Library Program Associate Rinh introduces the book and reads passages about Hà's experiences:

Denver Public Library staff discuss Hà's journey:

Continue the discussion with the people in your life. Ask: What can you do to help your classmates and friends feel more comfortable and welcome at school and in your neighborhood?

Librarian Liesel has this suggestion for an activity you can try after you finish reading Inside Out and Back Again:

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