Inside Out and Back Again

This story, inspired by the author’s own refugee experience, is beautifully written in verse. We journey with ten-year-old Ha as she experiences the Vietnam war, time in a refugee camp, her family’s journey to America, and the adjustment to life in Alabama. I especially appreciate the insight into her experiences learning the English language. This book would be a powerful read-aloud to an upper elementary or grade seven class providing many opportunities for making connections, exploring the author’s craft, and discussing the intricacies of the English language.

May 20, 2019

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