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INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN by Thanhha Lai

Posted in reviewku: plunder, middle grade, reviewku: poetry (all)

DIFFERENT BUT THE SAME

Run from Vietnam.

Sweet papayas; schoolyard taunts.

New state of normal.

 

Nitty Gritty:

YA/Middle Grade

Verse novel

Historical fiction

First person point of view – young girl

Themes of escaping Vietnam just before the fall of Saigon and entering into life as a US citizen

Free verse format allows vivid emotions and multiple settings as main character moves across countries and oceans

Immigration, naturalization, integration

Learning a new language, new culture, new way of normal

Food differences – specially papayas

Wanting to fit in but needed to stay true to a different heritage

Part history lessons, part diary, part coming of age story

Surviving and finally thriving in a new world