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Inside Out and Back Again Lesson Plan

Introduction to Inside Out and Back Again

Set in 1975, Thanhhà Lại's Inside Out & Back Again is a novel written in verse that follows ten-year-old protagonist Kim Hà and her family as they flee Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War and adapt to life as refugees in Alabama.

Published in 2011, the coming-of-age novel is based on Lại's own experiences as a child displaced by the conflict in Vietnam. Inside Out & Back Again was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for Young People's Literature and a 2012 Newbery Honor.

Key Aspects of Inside Out and Back Again


The tone is poetic, shifting between feelings of giddiness, despair, and resilience.


The story is set in 1975 and moves from Saigon, Vietnam to Alabama, the...

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