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Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai – an autobiography for older children

I have fallen in love with the work from Thanhha Lai and her poetric writings. Inside Out & Back Again is an autobiographical novel written in verse. It captures one year in the life of ten year old Kim Hàbook which reflects Lai’s own childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama. She writes for us to read slowly, to encapsulate the descriptions of the markets, the traditions and the warmth of friends and family. In contrast as the war reaches her home we understand the grief and the changes that need to be made as she journeys from one country to another.

Inside Out & Back Again is a book for older children and their parents. I would recommend to read it together and discuss it closely. You will both learn from this book and be moved by it.

You can purchase Inside Out & Back Again from all good bookstores or online here.

Vanessa x


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