Sunday, August 10, 2014

Inside Out and Back Again

by Thanhha Lai

This book is about a 10-year old girl named Hà who lives in Vietnam with her mom, three older brothers, and a beloved papaya tree. There is a war going on and Hà's dad went missing in action while fighting in the war 9 years ago. When the war reaches their home they are forced to flee, and Hà is forced to leave the papaya tree which she grew from a tiny seed and nurtured for most of her life. Hà and her family flee to America and settle in Alabama where they live in the basement of a cowboy hat-wearing man and his wife who hates them. Hà faces a lot of challenges in America such as bullies, bad food, and patronizing teachers.

This book is funny and heart-touching. One cool thing I liked about this book is that it is written in free verse (but it doesn't feel like you are reading a poem).

I recommend this book to everyone.

For more information on this book and its author, check out: Harper Collins.

Rating: 5 out of 5 worms

Interest Level: Grades 3 to 7
Reading Level: 5.3
Pages: 272

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