Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha LaiFor all the ten years of her life, Hà 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. Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope. In America, Hà 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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No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. This is the moving story of one girl's year of change, dreams, grief, and healing as she journeys from one country to another, one life to the next. Language: English Copyright: Age Range: 8 to Read more about the PowerV Word Selector.
The novel is written in free verse poetry form and is told from the perspective of a young Vietnamese refugee. As readers, we feel her heartbreak as she has to flee her home and leave everything behind. We can see her life being turned inside out when she escapes and can feel her hope as she settles into her new home in America. Students were asked to research a country with a refugee crisis, and write a poem from the perspective of a refugee. The teacher modified this assignment to incorporate more recent refugee crises—Syria, Iraq, Sudan, and Afghanistan. Students watched videos and read news reports, articles and websites to gather their information. They spent several days researching their country of choice, taking notes on the country, its conflict, and the culture, history, and traditions of its people.
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. She is a feisty girl who is very determined and strong in nature. She is the protagonist and the voice of the story Inside Out and Back Again. She is very close to her mother, and although she describes her three brothers as annoying, it is apparent that she loves them as well. While she is the source of love and comfort for her children, she is also witty and does not allow disobedience. All the while, in her parenting she displays wisdom in her explanations; helping the children understand why her rules are the way they are. Although, she remains strong for her family in the midst of so much loss and difficulty, her physical appearance must attest to her grief.
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A young girl escapes her homeland of Vietnam on a boat and journeys to an awesome and frightening place: America. July 6, In Saigon , young Ha attends school, fights with her older brothers, and watches her papaya tree grow. Her life is ordinary, with notable exceptions. Her best friend has moved away quite suddenly. Soldiers patrol the streets of Saigon. The war in Vietnam is changing the way she, her mother, and her three brothers live.