Children's Book Club in April
April is National Poetry Month. I chose a novel written in verse for the Children's Book Club in April. On Tuesday, April 3, at 4 p.m., we will discuss the book Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai.
Look at the last two letters of the author's first name. Ha is the main character of this wonderful book about leaving behind everything you know and starting a new life. This book is based on the experiences the author had leaving wartime Vietnam at age 10 and relocating to Alabama.
It is not often I read a novel straight through, but I swallowed this book whole. It is no wonder Inside Out & Back Again received a National Book Award in 2011.
The book club is intended for ages 8 - 12, but all are welcome, especially with this title.
-- Judith Oliver, Children's Librarian