Parents' Guide to

Inside Out and Back Again

By Kristen Breck, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Inspiring verse story of immigrant's new life in the U.S.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 9+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 9+



This title has:

Great messages
age 9+

Fantastic read!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can easily recommend it to anyone!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (13 ):

INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN is a memorable story, told beautifully in free verse poetry. The poetry makes Ha's story easy to read and allows readers to fully experience a wide range of situations and emotions without being overwhelmed. Tweens will like the fast pace and Ha's childlike but authentic voice, and parents will appreciate the quality of the characters and opportunity to discuss values, culture, and choices. This story is filled with wisdom (Ha's mother warns her to "be surprised," "be agreeable," and "learn to compromise,") as well as humor (when Ha's mother says to her, "You love to argue, right?" she replies, "No, I don't.") While the Vietnam War is the backdrop to this story, the narration is free from judgment and politics. The story is good for boys and girls in a wide age range, and it also lends itself well to a read-aloud experience. Overall, this is an inspiring story that can be read multiple times, each time providing readers with a deeper appreciation for the writing itself, the characters, and the poignant but subtle life lessons.

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