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.

Reviews "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)

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDERS Butterfly Yellow is the YA debut from  award-winning author of Inside Out & Back Again, Thanhha Lai. 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.

Kirkus Starred Review 6/10/2019  "It is their warm and comic love/hate relationship, developing over the course of the summer into something more, that is the soul of award-winning Lai’s (Listen, Slowly, 2015, etc.) first young adult novel. Every sentence is infused with warmth, and Lai shows readers that countless moments of grace exist even in the darkest times."

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. 

Reviews "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." Booklist Starred Review

 

 

Thanhha Lai is a writer living in upstate New York. 

 

 

Pronounced "Than-ha"

 

 

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

 

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