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Inside Out & Back Again
Inside Out & Back Again | Thanhha Lai
Inside Out and Back Again is a New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award! Inspired by the author's childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama, this coming-of-age debut novel told in verse has been celebrated for its touching child's-eye view of family and immigration.Ha has only ever known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the warmth of her friends close by. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Ha and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope toward America. This moving story of one girl's year of change, dreams, grief, and healing received four starred reviews, including one from Kirkus which proclaimed it "enlightening, poignant, and unexpectedly funny." An author's note explains how and why Thanhha Lai translated her personal experiences into Ha's story. This paperback edition also includes an interview with the author, an activity you can do with your family, tips on writing poetry, and discussion questions.Supports the Common Core State Standards"
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erinhannahs
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Inside Out and Back Again was written by Thanhha Lai. This is a chapter book writen in diary/poem style. I feel that this would be a good book for upper grades like 4th and 5th grade to read.

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Shievad
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MG book. Very quick read. Shows a child‘s POV of the Vietnam War and immigrating to the US. Vivid writing that focuses on the good and confusing times a young child would experience living in those conditions and the love they have for their county/culture. Shows refugees‘ early struggle with living in a new country.

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Eggs
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An endearing story-based on the Vietnamese author‘s own experience being transported from the Fall of Saigon to Alabama in the US.

#ToldInVerse #BookMoods @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 7mo
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Emily92Bibliophile
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Also my book reviews from my class with the focused genre POETRY. Forgot to share in the craziness of my huge project I posted below. https://thediverseshelvesbookreviews.blogspot.com/

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BookishTrish
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A very quick and moving read about the emotional life and real-life experiences of a Vietnamese refugee in the US

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BookishTrish
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I try and stick to three books a week: one paper, one Ebook, one audiobook. But I didn‘t quite finish The Great Bear and I‘m Possible last week… so this forecast looks more impressive than it is.

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HeathHof
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This was my pick for #foodandlit #Vietnam
Loved this story so much and it does absolutely deserve all the stars. Planning on rereading this one with my 11 y.o. These characters were so easy to love and empathize with and there are valuable lessons sprinkled throughout. Loved learning about Vietnam through the eyes of this character and her family. Will definitely read more by this author. 💜💛💗

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OutAndAbout
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A touching story of a young girl leaving Saigon and coming to Alabama, told in poetry. Listened to this in audio which enriched the experience by voicing accurate Vietnamese pronunciations and pacing the right cadence.

#foodandlit

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AnneCecilie
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Saigon 1975, at the end of the Vietnam war. We meet Ha, her mother and brothers and learn that her father is missing. We follow them over the next year as the escape to the US and start again in Alabama.

I had no idea that immigrants had to have sponsors to get out immigration camps in the US. Is this still as thing?

It also shows how it is to come to a new place and not know the language and suddenly be seen as dumb.

AnneCecilie I felt for Ha and her family so many times. #foodandlit #Vietnam @Texreader @Butterfinger This was also my #DoubleSpin for February @TheAromaofBooks 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
Butterfinger I honestly think so. That is why we lost so many immigrant children because they would be sponsored and then the government couldn't find them. @Texreader I bet you know more about it than I do. 2y
bnp Initial sponsors are most likely one of the 9 resettlement agencies in the US, who then find local organizations to help if possible. And the average length of time people wait from recommendation by UNHCR as refugees to the US was 18-24 months. Many refugees spend 10 or more years in a camp before getting to resettle in a third country 2y
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Chrissyreadit
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This book deserves every accolade and award it has received. I loved the emotional use of language. #ownvoices #foodandlit I love that my view of Viet Nam is growing from the one I had as a daughter of a Veteran from the war. I love that all of my knowledge and preconceptions have been challenged this month.

Daisey This is one of my favorite novels in verse! 2y
Butterfinger Love this review. 2y
CBee My dad is also a Vietnam veteran. He never told me much of anything about it except it was “bad.” 😔 2y
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Come-read-with-me Great review!! This goes my my “must read” list! (edited) 2y
Chrissyreadit @Daisey I can see why! 2y
Chrissyreadit @CBee Yes. My son and I are watching Ken Burns documentary together too, and I am amazed at how narrow my scope was even though it was a huge part of my childhood. But bad is a common description from my experience too. 2y
GingerAntics Oh, this one is on my wish list after reading Brown Girl Dreaming. I‘ve read good things. 2y
KVanRead My daughter picked this book from a Scholastic book order years ago and it became an instant favorite of hers, so much so she urged me to read it and I absolutely fell in love with it too. 2y
Catsandbooks Wonderful review! 💖 2y
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Jerdencon
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Read this today for #foodandlit Vietnam - what an amazing little story! @Butterfinger @Texreader

Butterfinger It is a great book. 2y
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AnneCecilie
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The struggles of learning an other language is real

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Chrissyreadit
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This is what I want to make for my Vietnamese eating experience. Now I have to figure out how. #foodandlit

Mitch Mmmmmm...yes please! 2y
tournevis 🍴🍴🍴🍴 2y
Butterfinger Love everything about this post. 2y
Catsandbooks Ooo yes! I want that! 2y
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Jadams1776
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10 year old Ha and her family fled Vietnam after the war. She has tells the story about trying to adapt to her new life in America through short poems. A very touching book.
#foodandlit

This is also my February #Bookspin.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Butterfinger I loved this book. 2y
TheBookHippie I love this book. 2y
ChasingOm This one was wonderful on audio. 2y
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Jerdencon
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Picked out my first book for #foodandlit Vietnam
Hope to start it tomorrow! @Texreader @Butterfinger

Clwojick Oooo maybe I‘ll reread this one ♥️ 2y
Butterfinger Loved this book. 2y
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gpraytor
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A Newbery Honor book, and National Book Award Winner, follow a girl named Hà as she has to flee her home during the Vietnam war. This HF book is written in verse and beautifully tells the story and can be read by using the PR strategy in a 4th grade class.
#ucflae3414su20

gpraytor Using UDL Principle 3.2: highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships. This is an ideal principle because of the nature of the book and overall theme. ESOL Strategy 12: teach language and content, this is useful because of the nature of the book and can be used in conjunction with the UDL. 3y
gpraytor https://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?tid=28054 this is a great resource for teachers to get ideas on what kind lessons to pair with this book using the prior strategies. 3y
nquintus Hey Grace! I would definitely recommend A Different Pond by Bao Phi as another book to read on the same subject. Nice post!! 3y
DrSpalding I am not sure that partner reading would be the best option for this book but it might work. This is a beautiful story that can be incorporated into your social studies instruction. 2y
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IamIamIam
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Hà leaves Vietnam with her family in 1975 for a better life away from the war torn country. After traveling on a ship full of refugees, they arrive in Alabama and try to acclimate to their new life. Many challenges follow but they encounter people willing to help and also, people resistant to change. Written in a unique poetry style, Hà's emotional journey shines through. #quarantinereads #NutsInMay @Andrew65 #mountTBR

Andrew65 This sounds good and would cover Alabama for me. 3y
IamIamIam @Andrew65 It was really interesting! Let me know what you think about it! 3y
Andrew65 @IamIamIam Will do 👍 3y
Tanisha_A This sounds very good! 3y
IamIamIam @Tanisha_A It's definitely worth a read! 3y
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Nute
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#AcrossApril - Verse: This is a middle grade novel written in verse that is very well done. It feels like a memoir because the author, Thanhha Lai, laces memories of her family‘s immigration to Alabama after the Vietnam War and her family‘s experiences of living as immigrants in America into the story.

Eggs Great choice👏🏻🤗❤️ 3y
Daisey This is one of my favorite novels in verse in my class library. 3y
BookishMe Absolute 💗💗 3y
Nute @Eggs @BookishMe Thank you!💕 3y
Nute @Daisey I can see how this would be a favorite story-in-verse for many folks! 3y
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Eggs
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Here are 4 of my favorite YA novels told in verse

#verse
#acrossapril

ShelleyBooksie I just finished White Rose and LOVE it. Thank you for posting these other recommendations. 3y
Eggs You‘re most welcome @shelleybooksie 💕 3y
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Ashley_B
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A HF novel is about a young girl, Kim Há, who moves to America after the Vietnam war. Kim ends up in Alabama where she has a few struggles, but in the end, she celebrates her new life in America. I would use this book for a LC having the students discuss the difference in cultures. #UCFLAE3414SP20

Ashley_B ESOL strategy 3 (Encourage self-talk (positive thinking)) & UDL 3.1 (Activate or supply background knowledge) http://www.bookrags.com/studyguide-inside-out-and-back-again/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw6_vz... 3y
DrSpalding Expand on your classroom application a bit. This is an excellent book! It caused me to look more into the time. And as you noted, would make for an excellent literature circle option in social studies instruction. 3y
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KatiaP
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A HF book about Kim Há who has to move to America after the Vietnam war had reached her hometown. She ends up in Alabama where she struggles with a bully. In the end she celebrates her new life in America. Great book for a LC and would be great to use to talk about culture change. Great to link lesson topic to students‘ prior knowledge (ESOL strategy 4) since they know what it is like to not know English and culture change while in America.

KatiaP UDL strategies: Promote understanding across languages (2.4) and develop self-assessment and reflection (9.3). You can use these by talking about what it feels like to be somewhere new and how they would feel in Kim's shoes. More about the author https://www.thanhhalai.com/. #UCFLAE3414SP20 3y
KatiaP Book is a Newberry award winner and National book award winner 3y
DrSpalding This book caused me to do some additional research about this historical time. It is a multi award winner and could be used in fifth grade to supplement social studies instruction. Newbery has only one R. 3y
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Tracey3
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A touching story, written in verse, about a little girl forced to flee her home country as the Vietnam War was coming to a close. This story highlights the difficulties of transitioning to a new country in times of great difficulty.

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Camrynm
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This lovely P N, Inside Out and Back Again, written by Thanhha Lai won the Newbery Honor and would be a great IR in your 3-5th grade classrooms. This wonderful poetry book is inspired by the author's own life. This book follows a girl who escapes Vietnam and immigrates to Alabama. Follow her on her unforgettable journey! #UCFLAE3414F19

Camrynm The EL strategy I would use would be 38: Assign short readings for homework. For IR's, it is important for students to have a little bit of reading to do each night. The UDL principle I would use would be 9.2: Facilitate personal coping skills and strategies. This book can be very eye opening for students so it is important to go over coping skills. 3y
Camrynm Here is a great resource that goes over how to have a family book club about this book! http://dia.ala.org/sites/default/files/images/DiaCurriculum_8-12_Lesson5_%20Insi... 3y
DrSpalding This is a powerful story! Excellent universal design alignment! This is a quick read due to the format and could be used as an independent read as you noted or an option for literature circles. 3y
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cparsley
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i like this quote becuase it shows imagery with the shouts and police whistles

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cparsley

This would not be good for children in the classroom becuase it‘s for an older audience

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Mehso-so

This is a poetry book. It used imagery in the poem a day downtown when talking about the street at night

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Dandan0131
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I liked this book, from the few amount of poems that I did read. The poetry shows imagery by reminding me about my own past birthdays from when I was younger. I could also taste the birthday cake as I was reading the poem “Birthday Wishes“

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Dandan0131

I wouldn't use this in my classroom because I think the language in this book is too mature and not suitable for children.

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“I wish I could lose my chubby cheeks“

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Ddzmini
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LibrarianRyan I love this book, but that's not quite right. This is a stand alone. The pink cover is the original hard cover, and the green was a recent paperback. A cover change mid series would be something like Royal Rebels Academy, or Percy Jackson. if you look at #coverchange there are a whole bunch of examples. 3y
Ddzmini Awe but I like this book ... back to the book list 🤣🤣🤣 3y
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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An adorable little prose book. The writing is captivating. Finding out that a lot of the story was a direct reflection of the author's time as a child refugee from Saigon only made the book more touching. The main character, Ha, is perfectly captured in the story as a child who has the cares and worries of a child but is going through real world, adult problems. All students should read this, for an understanding of refugees struggling today.

Nute Nice review! I thought that it contained excellent representation of a immigration situation as well. 3y
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Macker11
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This HF written in poetry form has won the National Honor award and Newbery. Kim Ha has a lot going on in her life, having to leave home because of the war and the being bullied in her new school. What was always a solid foundation? Family. Her mom and three brothers were always there for her, and at the end of the day, that matters. I think students would gain a lot from this being a RA, the emotions that are put into text can be expressed.

Macker11 This book could lead to a great poetry unit, and show expressive terms without actually saying what you mean. Which goes along with ESOL#11: place language in meaningful text. Also, UDL 5.3 which is building fluencies with levels of support for practice and performance. https://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?id=16136&a=1 this has multiple resources depending what you want your class to accomplish. #UCFLAE3414SU19 4y
TheSpineView Welcome to Litsy! 💜📚 4y
SW-T A belated welcome to Litsy 😊 4y
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Dylanburgett Wow looks like a great read! 4y
Summerm The way you described this book sounds very intriguing. It seems like there are a lot of emotions in this book that would make for a great RA and classroom discussion on real life events! 4y
DrSpalding I found this book to be extremely informative and emotional. You learn a lot about the culture by reading this text. Excellent choice. 4y
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GatheringBooks
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#WanderingJune Day 28: #GoodnightSaigon - this memoir-in-verse talks about Saigon and their often-difficult life with the smell of the war drawing closer each day. Yet, despite this, we taste the texture of life in Vietnam with Hà‘s papaya tree, the rationing of meals, the smell of incense. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-2nf

Cinfhen Another #middlegrade for #booked2019 that looks really good 😍 4y
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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Book mail & library books 📚📬🤓

Hestapleton Such a great stack! 4y
wanderinglynn Great haul! 👍🏻 4y
BooknerdsLife 😍😍 Great stack! 4y
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime Thanks everyone, I'm pretty excited to read it all! 4y
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mreads
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Would not normally read a middle grade book but I am a completist and this was recommended on booktube recently so I chose it for #booked2019 8. Diverse middle grade.
It's excellent actually, about a young girl and her family living in Vietnam before, during and after the fall of Saigon, the boat trip to escape and her first year or so in America. On audio a bit over 2 hours.
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Sorry, missed this post!!! Well done ♥️ 4y
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Addison_Reads
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1. Sorry, I never have pics of me. Here's my nephew from his performance last night at his school and one of my puppies, Willow, when she went to work with us recently.
2. I haven't had much reading time this week, the tagged book is the only one I've finished so far and I loved it.
3. Working all weekend
4. Today it's 73 and raining here in TX.
5. Vegan black bean, sweet potato enchiladas.

#Friyayintro @howjessreads

readordierachel Dinner sounds delicious! 4y
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Addison_Reads
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Since the weather here in Texas is gorgeous today, my husband and I are taking advantage and clearing some brush and trees from our property. Because @sblbooks has been posting for her upcoming #middlegrademay reads, I was inspired to download these 3 from Overdrive to keep me company while I work today. 💙

I'm really not sure how I got anything accomplished before I discovered audiobooks. 😉

sblbooks Yay! Enjoy the weather, and your audio books. 4y
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This wonderful HF told in verse won National Book Award and was a Newbery Honor. The story follows Kim Hà‘s life as she is forced to move to America because of the Vietnam war. She struggles fitting in since her English isn‘t great and deals with bullying & learning the importance of her own family. This would be a great upper elementary LC or RA to support Social Studies learning & Poetry, and very relatable to some ELLs. #LAE3414sp19

melindamcmullen84 This book would definitely need some extra time and planning to make sure the children understand exactly what‘s going on in the story, because of the way it‘s written. I feel like this is perfect for 5th grade https://www.google.com/amp/s/katherinewanner.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/inside-out... 4y
melindamcmullen84 UDL 5.1 & 2.5 both emphasize multiple media outlets, and I think you would need a variety of methods to teach this book. ESOL 17 is important for contextual support through many different aids. 4y
DrSpalding This is a perfect example of historical fiction. Beautiful book written in an alternative format that makes it very easy to read. Well done! 4y
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cjegolden99

Poetry. This is definitely a book I will continue reading. I didn‘t want to put it down at all, I was so caught up in Hà‘s thoughts and feelings and life. It‘s a wonderful story that will work wonderfully as a read aloud for older early childhood classrooms or as an independent read for anyone.

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cjegolden99
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Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, 2011. This is a gorgeous book of poetry about war, change, and life. The poems flow like thoughts, depicting the real struggles of life for a migrant and victim of the destruction of war. The poems are told in such a way that make you feel as though you are Hà. I could feel the suffocation if not being understood or heard. This is a wonderfully done book of poetry.

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This story, told in a series of poems, is lovely, sad, and enlightening. We follow Ha, a wonderfully spunky girl, as she witnesses the fall of Vietnam, escapes with her mother and brothers to Alabama, and learns to live their new lives in their new home.

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85eliana
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Gorgeous refugee story with so many connections to today. Moreover, it‘s an excellent way into students learning about this time and place in American history. #middlegrade

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UrsulaMonarch
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A beautiful collection, appropriate both for children and adults. While I liked individual poems a lot, I found the overall structure and arc to be the most powerful and satisfying aspect of the book.
So glad to have heard about this book from @thereadingwomen podcast!

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Kristy_K
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This book has been on my radar (and my shelves) for a while and I‘m glad I finally read it. Told in verse from the POV of 10 year old Hà, we get a glimpse into life in Vietnam during the war, the journey of a refugee, and the struggles to adapt and be accepted in a new country. Truly a wonderful, heartfelt (and sometimes heartbreaking) book.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#vietnam #childrens #verse

CarolynM @TheFunkyBookworm was just asking about this. 5y
tammysue Sounds great, stacking! 😊 5y
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TheFunkyBookworm
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Look at this lovely stock photo of wonderful calm children raising their hands ready to participate... unless they ALL have to go to the bathroom 😂

So this is the first book in our new 8th grade curriculum- looks promising! Anyone read this one?

CaliforniaCay Yes! Nice, quick, sad, but meaningful read. And it's written in beautifully lyrical way 😄 5y
TheFunkyBookworm @CaliforniaCay Oh good! We only had the opportunity to look at the first few pages in our training today and the MC already stole my heart with her precociousness lol hoping my kiddos will enjoy this one!!! 5y
BookishMe Love how much the free verse conveyed 5y
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emtobiasz Handed this to a girl last week who said she liked strong female characters and real life heroes like Malala! 5y
Paula3 My son read it last year in 7th grade. It moved him ♡ 5y
CarolynM @Kristy_K just posted a review 5y
Peddler410 Loved this one! My students have also enjoyed it. 5y
JoScho Lol I also like how there are like 8 kids in this class. It is very realistic. 5y
TheFunkyBookworm @BookishMe @emtobiasz @Paula3 @CarolynM @Peddler410 thanks guys- im really excited about it now! 5y
TheFunkyBookworm @JoScho the other 20 must already be in the bathroom then 😂😂😂😂 5y
JoScho Exactly!! 😂😂😂 5y
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