Books I Love: Coming to America

Inside Out and Back AgainInside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A beautiful verse novel about a young girl’s move from war-torn Saigon to Alabama in 1975.

I read this right after Dogtag Summer. They are nice companion books, both providing a glimpse into what it was like for children during the Vietnam War. Our biggest minority at the school where I work is Hmong. Their relocation to Wisconsin was directly related to what happened during the Vietnam War. Both these books, and the ones below, would be valuable reads to all my older students.
Dogtag Summer   Escaping the Tiger   Little Cricket   Cracker!  The Best Dog in Vietnam   Escape from Saigon  How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy   Home of the Brave   A Long Walk to Water  Based on a True Story. (Not all are about Vietnam, but the themes are similar, and HOME OF THE BRAVE is also written in verse.)

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p.s. I definitely felt a twinge of oldness when I stuck the historical fiction genre labels on both DOGTAG SUMMER nd INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN. Sigh.