INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN by Thanhha Lai
DIFFERENT BUT THE SAME
Run from Vietnam.
Sweet papayas; schoolyard taunts.
New state of normal.
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