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Thanhhà L?i bursts onto the literary scene with Inside Out & Back Again—her National Book Award-winning debut.

Written in rich, free-verse poems, this moving tale follows a young Vietnamese girl as she leaves her war-torn homeland for America in 1975. With Saigon about to fall to the communists, ten-year-old Hà, her mother, and brothers are forced to flee their beloved city and head to the United States. But living in a new country isn’t easy for Hà, and she finds adapting to its strange customs ever challenging.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The taut portrayal of Hà’s emotional life is especially poignant as she cycles from feeling smart in Vietnam to struggling in the States, and finally regains academic and social confidence. An incisive portrait of human resilience.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An enlightening, poignant and unexpectedly funny novel in verse. In her not-to-be-missed debut, Lai evokes a distinct time and place and presents a complex, realistic heroine whom readers will recognize, even if they haven’t found themselves in a strange new country.”  

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Based in Lai’s personal experience, this first novel captures a child–refugee’s struggle with rare honesty. Written in accessible, short free–verse poems, Hà’s immediate narrative describes her mistakes—both humorous and heartbreaking; and readers will be moved by Hà’s sorrow as they recognize the anguish of being the outcast.”  


  • Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Young People's Literature
  • A 2012 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Newbery Honor Book
  • One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Children
  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
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