Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Forced to leave her home country of Vietnam because of war, Ha's family ends up in Alabama sponsored by a "cowboy". Ha's brothers seem to fit in fairly well right from the start. Her oldest brother gets to go to college while another attracts admirers because he is an expert in martial arts just like his hero Bruce Lee. But Ha faces troubles at school where several boys pick on her for being different. Worse than that, she is treated like she is stupid just because she doesn't know English yet even though she was at the top of her class in Vietnam. It seems impossible to believe but she preferred her life in war torn Vietnam to her safer life in America. This is based on the author's actual experiences coming to America as an immigrant from Vietnam.

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