"Inside Out and Back Again" by Thannha Lai

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"Inside Out and Back Again" by Thannha Lai

First-Time Author Wins National Book Award for Y.A. Lit

Inside Out and Back AgainDebut author Thannha Lai is this year's winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Inside Out and Back Again tells the story of a 10-year-old named Hà who flees Vietnam with her mother and three older brothers during the fall of Saigon. The beautiful narrative poetry provides a stark contrast to the harsh life that Hà experiences as a refugee amid wartime struggles.

The field of children's literature has seen an explosion in narrative stories told in verse. Here are a few recommended titles for you to read:

Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Love that Cat by Sharon Creech
Hate that Dog by Sharon Creech
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse