Inside Out & Back Again

Written by:
Thanhhà Lai
Narrated by:
Doan Ly

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2012
2 hours 31 minutes
No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama.

For all the ten years of her life, Hà has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by … and the beauty of her very own papaya tree.

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, the strange shape of its landscape … and the strength of her very own family.

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.

“Open this book, read it slowly to savor the delicious language. Before closing it, go back to the beginning, this time to let the story of ten-year-old Hà and the year she escaped from South Vietnam, 1975, leaving behind the world she knew and loved, sink in. Don’t close the covers yet. Read it again to notice how perfect the thin line of the prose itself mirrors the thin line that Hà walks during that year.

This is a book that asks the reader to be careful, to pay attention, to sigh at the end.”—Kathi Appelt, bestselling author of the Newbery Honor Book THE UNDERNEATH
National Book Award
Newbery Honor Book
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Devourje Bryant

i love this book. i'm reading this book at school in english language arts

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Great book

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Maria S.

Listened with my teenage girls. We learned a lot! Eye-opening book!

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Great listen.

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Janice T.

This is a powerful book. All 4th graders should be reading this wonderfully addressed story of being different. Also a good segue into learning about the Viet Nam from the Vietnamese people's perspective.

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