Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai is about a young girl named Ha who lives in Vietnam with a father who is missing in action during the Vietnam War. Her mother, Ha, and her three brothers flee across the sea to Alabama after the fall of Saigon. It is in Alabama where Ha discovers that life is not the same as life in Vietnam. Leaving her papaya tree behind, she mourns the loss of her father and struggles to blend in with her classmates in Alabama as they call her racist names and bully her for the way she looks and where she comes from, Vietnam.
For our study, we'll be reading four poems from the book: The Outside, Sadder Laugh, Rainbow, and Black and White and Yellow and Red.