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Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Growing up in Saigon offers its delicious fruits and memories of fun and laughter. Yet, life doesn't always remain that way, especially for a young ten year old girl. Ha and her family soon discover that war isn't only wearing them out in the physical world, but also emotionally.

Filled with her family traditions and sights and sounds of her youth, the novel shares how Ha struggles to find herself in a new place and try to regain her hope and joy.

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Inside out & Back again