by Thanhha Lai
THEMES: poetry, refugees, family dynamics, Vietnam War, dreams
“My name is Hà and I am ten years old! Today is Tết, the first day of the lunar calendar, the first day of the new year!”
Living in Saigon with her mother and brother, Hà enjoys the vibrancy of her home: the sweetness of lotus seeds, her papaya tree, and teasing her brother about his fascination with Bruce Lee movies. But, the year is 1975 and her family must flee Vietnam to start a new life in America. After settling in Alabama, Hà is faced with new challenges like learning English, going to school, and surviving being “the only one with straight hair and a flat face.” Weaving together the poetry of the novel with original music and fun physicality, Inside Out & Back Again is a moving story of one girl’s year of change, dreams, grief, and healing.
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Adapt It! Stage It! Students analyze a selection of text, adapt it in the Book-It Style, and stage it for an informal performance. (Grades 3-8, one hour, 35 students max)
Post-Show Workshops: First workshop is $150; additional workshops $100 each
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Photo of Molly, by Chris Bennion.