Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Imagine living in Vietnam during the war as a 10-year-old girl. The war is near your home and you have to leave with your family to Alabama. This is what happens to Ha, the main character in this book.
I like this book because the author inspired me through the character Ha. She learned to live in a whole different place. Ha also had to leave her things such as her home, friends, toys, and most of her memories. When Ha gets to Alabama, she finds her new home completely different from her home in Vietnam. Ha struggles to find friends because she pronounces certain letters weird and doesn’t look like people in her new town. She gets picked on. The kids at Ha’s new school follow her home, throw rocks at her, promise to stomp on her chest, and pull on her hair. She learns to ignore their teasing.
This story reminds me that I am extremely fortunate and to be very thankful for what I have. Ha’s experiences taught me to never give up. This book is written in free-verse poetry and I recommend this book for girls 9 years old and up.
Jubilee K., Noble Elementary, 9 years old, 3rd grade