“good book, I could never live in that despresion, not the best book, i would reccomend this to people who like books about the survival of war”Anshu D wrote this review Friday, September 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Touching story of a girl who comes from Vietnam. She faces discrimination as well as people who help her adjust to a new way of life in America.”Jill C wrote this review Tuesday, September 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's all poetry! Yay! I like it. ”purpleowl3 wrote this review Monday, September 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is in diary form. A young girl is writing about her live and it takes place in China. The ”Teacher Jamesetta wrote this review Saturday, September 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great historical fiction written in free verse poetry. Ha and her family flee Vietnam as their home country is in the midst of war.”Mrs. Heres wrote this review Monday, September 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a good novel written in free verse. It was a Newbery honor and won the National Book Award. It was about a 10 year old girl and her family as they lived in Vietnam during the war and fled to America and their struggles with their lives there. When Ha says she’d sometimes rather live in war torn Saigon than Alabama it shows how difficult coming to such an alien cultural can be. Well written.”Kat M wrote this review Thursday, September 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“this book is for people who love personal stories ”Danielle K. wrote this review Tuesday, September 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Inside Out & Back Again/Thanhha Lai
2012 Newbery Honor
Genre: Historical Fiction
Lexile : 800
Grade Level Equivalent: 5
Teaching Idea-If I were teaching US History, I would use this book with my students as an introduction to the Viet Nam war and the immigrants that came to our country.
The story of Ha and her family, her mom and 3 brothers begins during the later stages of the Viet Nam war, just before Saigon is taken over. Ha's Naval officer father has been missing since she was a baby and her family must fend for their own. As the South begins to fall, a Navy friend helps Ha's family board a South Vietnamese Navy ship, along with many others we now call the "boat people." The second half of the book is Ha's new life in Alabama. How she misses Viet Nam, but begins to find strength in her family, her character, and the new friends they make.
I was in the 7th grade when the last helicopter left the South Vietnamese Embassy, I watched it on TV. Several months later when my Uncle Pat was on leave from the Marines, he shared his story; he was part of the crew on the last helicopter that left the South Vietnamese Embassy. I have a strong connection to the Viet Nam war, but wonder about the audience this book was written for. It is such a beautifully written story, but I wonder if young people will connect.”
“I almost completely skipped this book because it looked like it was poetry when I picked it up. While it is written in verse, it is standard prose made to look like poetry. It made the reading a little awkward, but not as bad as I’d expected. This book did a good job of dealing with way a new refuge would feel in adjusting to a new life in the United states. It addressed the hardships that new comers to this country face. However, it never went in depth into anything. I felt I got a general overview of how a immigrant could feel, but it left me wanting to know more about the main character. I was also surprised it just ended. I was flipping pages and then it was done. There were just no more. No indication or tying up of anything. Maybe that was done on purpose because there is no tying up in life itself, but it didn’t seem that way to me.”Em wrote this review Sunday, August 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No