Butterfly Yellow is the YA debut from  award-winning author of Inside Out & Back Again, Thanhhà Lại. In the final days of the Việt Nam War, Hằng takes her little brother, Linh, to the airport, determined to find a way to safety in America. In a split second, Linh is ripped from her arms—and Hằng is left behind in the war-torn country.


“Searingly beautiful...a radiant pearl of a book..."

—Jennifer Donnelly, New York Times

Inside Out and Back Again is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award. This coming-of-age novel told in verse offers a touching child's-eye view. Inspired by the author's childhood experience as a refugee—fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama.


"Open this book, read it slowly to savor the delicious language. This is a book that asks the reader to be careful, to pay attention, to sigh at the end.” 

Kathi Appelt, bestselling author of Newbery Honor Book The Underneath

Listen, Slowly follows the charming and emotionally poignant journey of a young girl as she discovers that home and culture, family and friends, can all mean different things. Listen, Slowly is a New York Times Book Review Notable Book as well as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. 


"Lai does a superb job of creating a memorable setting and populating it with fully developed, complex characters. Gracefully written and enriched by apposite figures of speech, Listen, Slowly is a superb, sometimes humorous, always thought-provoking coming-of-age story." 



Thanhhà Lại is a writer living in upstate New York. Her dog Pico assists her by stepping directly onto the keys of her computer as she types.


Pronounced "Than-ha"


Her novels include Inside Out & Back AgainListen, Slowly and most recently, Butterfly Yellow.


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