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Inside Out & Back Again

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Published 22 Feb 2011
Inside Out & Back Again.pdf
Format Hardcover
Pages272
Edition23
Publisher HarperCollins
ISBN 0061962783
ISBN139780061962783
Languageeng



For all the ten years of her life, Hà has only 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. Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope. In America, Hà discovers the foreign world of Alabama: the coldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food . . . and the strength of her very own family.

"Inside Out & Back Again" Reviews

Sandra
- Canby, OR
5
Thu, 19 Apr 2012

{This review originally appeared on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.}

I now understand
when they make fun of my name,
yelling ha-ha-ha down the hall
when they ask if I eat dog meat,
barking and chewing and falling down laughing
when they wonder if I lived in the jungle with tigers,
growling and stalking on all fours.
I understand
because Brother Khoi
nodded into my head
on the bike ride home
when I asked if kids
said the same things
at his school.

Thanhha Lai writes her verses in her award winning middle grade novel in verse, Inside Out and Back Again, from the heart, and memory of deeply felt experience.
She poignantly and artistically brings emotion, both painful and joyful, straight from the page and into the senses. She recounts her family's escape before the fall of Saigon through the eyes and the voice of Ha Ma. With other refugees they're packed into small, often unsanitary quarters on a ship that will take them to safety, freedom and a new culture.
Ha Ma, her brother Quang remembers, “was as red and fat as a baby hippopotamus” when he first saw her, thus inspiring her name, Vietnamese for river horse. He could not have imagined that in a few years her name would become the stick that tormented her in a foreign land (Alabama) far from her beloved Saigon.
I taught in a public high school for many years and some of my students were children of those leaving their homelands in search of a better or freer life. Children that were just like Ha Ma. I went through the process to become certified to teach English as a Second Language. Yet with all my training and experience I realize that I could not have known the real pain these children lived with each day, in a new and strange environment.
Reading Inside Out and Back Again brought me insights I'd never considered. Perhaps it is an all too human failing to believe we have understanding.
Emily Dickinson wrote that she knows something is poetry when,
...it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me. I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?

No, Emily, there is no other way.
Verse or poetry distills experience into its most elemental form. It drips with love, scorn, hope, desperation, faith and understanding. Feeling the confusion of a small child in beautifully constructed lines brings a childlike dimension of understanding of the heart of experience.
The reader experiences this in Inside Out and Back Again, when the family is on a ship swaying in the ocean, headed for another country. Ha's fatherless family drifts rocking back and forth seeing only water stretching before them endless and overwhelming. At only ten years of age, she comes to the realization that she has only her mother and brothers.
The father lives in the family's minds as a rainbow of hope. Still they must move forward to escape certain death. If they stay in Vietnam they would likely be caught up in the throes of a lost war facing a dark, uncertain future. After a long time at sea, a sponsor from America boards their ship to bring them to a small Alabama town to begin a new life in a strange, odd land.
Thanhha Lai's writing is such that while reading, I found myself imagining myself as a child seeing someone who looks so different reaching out for my family, offering home, hope, hospitality and happiness, yet, still not feeling emotionally safe.
All the while
shame.
This year I hope
I truly learn

Needless to say, Inside Out and Back Again is most deserving of all of its aclaim. If you're not accustom to reading novels in verse, this would be a wonderful choice with which to start, as the writing is very tight and the story is completely absorbing

Nat
3
Fri, 17 Jun 2016

“I’m practicing
to be seen.”

This book grabbed my attention with its beautiful cover, and I’m really glad that it did. Inside Out and Back Again tells the tale of Kim Hà and her journey during wartime in Vietnam.
Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward Alabama.
In America, the family has to start anew, where they discover the coldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food, the strange shape of its landscape . . . and the strength of their very own family.
“Oh, my daughter,
at times you have to fight,
but preferably
not with your fists.”

I wasn’t expecting to read this so fast, but I simply could not put it down. I especially appreciated the love this family held for one another during such difficult times.
However, the format of the story made me feel a bit disconnected from the tale. I felt like I was getting a glimpse into someone’s life, but not being fully immersed into it. I wanted to feel more connected to the family and know a bit more of their past.
But overall it was a poignant and important story that will be on my mind for the next few days.
3.5 stars
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Ahmad
- Tehran, 28, Iran
4
Sun, 03 Jul 2016

Inside Out & Back Again, Thanhha Lai
عنوانها: زندگی پشت و رو؛ در رویای خانه؛ نویسنده: تانا (تاینها) لایی؛
عنوان: زندگی پشت و رو؛ نویسنده: تانا (تاینها) لایی؛ مترجم: بهزاد صادقیان؛ تهران، آفرینگان، 1395؛ در 318 ص؛ شابک: 9786003910256؛ موضوع: داستانهای امریکائیان ویتنامی تبار - قرن 21 م
عنوان: در رویای خانه؛ نویسنده: تانا (تاینها) لایی؛ مترجم: زهره خرمی؛ تهران، پرتقال، 1395؛ در 262 ص؛ شابک: 9786008111641؛
یک دختر ده ساله ویتنامی به نام: «ها»؛ شخصیت اصلی است، او روزهای خود را با مراقبت از درخت پاپایا، گوش دادن به قصه‌ های مادر، انتظار برای برگشتن پدری که هرگز او را ندیده، و سر و کله زدن با سه برادر بزرگتر خویش میگذراند. اما آنگاه که آتش جنگ در ویتنام جنوبی شعله ور می‌شود، «ها» مجبور می‌شود همراه خانواده‌ اش سوار کشتی شده، ویتنام را ترک کند. «زندگی پشت و رو» روایتگر سالهای سرنوشت ساز زندگی همین دختر است
ا. شربیانی

babyhippoface
- Oklahoma City, OK
5
Mon, 07 Mar 2011

Read this straight through in one evening. It repeatedly put me in mind of an outstanding teacher at my school, whose family immigrated to the United States when she was about Ha's age. When we had a "Guess That Baby Picture" contest at school, she brought a school photo of herself around the age of 8, because that was all she had. There were no baby photos of her, no visual memories of her early years; they were too poor for photographs. All through this book I kept thinking, "I wonder if this is what it was like for her," and "I have to give her a copy of this book, see what she thinks of it."
Me? I thought it was wonderful. I am always drawn to novels written in free verse. The form forces a talented author to show clarity and emotion with minimal language, and Lai's is just beautiful. It helped me understand what it would feel like to move from a familiar, beloved homeland to a new country with foreign customs, words, foods, and faces, to suddenly feel stupid because you cannot communicate verbally. Entitled Feel Dumb, this poem expresses that feeling succinctly:
MiSSS SScott / points to me, / then to the letters / of the English alphabet.
I say / A B C and so on.
She tells the class to clap.
I frown.
MiSSS SScott / points to the numbers / along the wall.
I count up to twenty.
The class claps / on its own.
I'm furious, / unable to explain / I already learned / fractions / and how to purify / river water.
So this is / what dumb / feels like.
I hate, hate, hate it.

Because of Lai's insight, I gain insight myself. I can place myself in Ha's shoes in that moment. I feel what she is feeling. And I hurt for her. I get a sense of how must it feel to be physically and verbally attacked because I look different from everyone else in the room, because I cannot speak their words, because I practice a different religion, because I am an outsider with no idea of how I can make them understand me, know me. I am able to see how even good intentions can hurt, as the situation in the above poem and several others demonstrate.
There is so much pain in this little novel, but oh, so much hope. Just beautiful.

Moe
2
Tue, 21 Jan 2014

Let me tell you something. If I wasn't forced to write so many essay's about this stupid book, then I might have enjoyed it more. Maybe if we didn't have to analyze every sentence discussing every little detail until I accidentally tear one of the papers out because we had to flip back so many times, I probably might have enjoyed it more. This could have been a great book, and it's a shame that the new common core thinks we are "Learning" from writing useless paragraphs on how Ha's experience relates to the title. Don't let something like school ruin what could have been a great novel.

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