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  • Writer's pictureElla Fothergill

Children's Book Review: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Updated: Mar 7

Age: 9+

Told in the form of verse, Thanhha Lai’s Inside Out and Back Again is a beautiful little book which is guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and sympathise with it’s sweet protagonist, Hà.

Hà grew up in hot, bustling Saigon, where sweet papaya, family gatherings and cultural traditions were all a part of her very happy life. Until, the Vietnam War reaches her town. Hà and her family are forced to flee their beloved country and head towards the safety of North America.

Their journey tells of the tale of heartache, friendship and resilience, giving a voice to millions of refugees and teaching children the importance of sharing, kindness and tolerance. A fantastic read!

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