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About Author Thanhha Lai


I wrote Inside Out & Back Again, published in 2011. My second novel Listen, Slowly, was published February 17, 2015.  Butterfly Yellow, my third book, is available in Fall 2019. I was born in Saigon, Vietnam, immigrated to Montgomery, Alabama after the war in 1975 and currently live north of New York City.


Most importantly, I’ve started a not-for-profit organization called Viet Kids Inc. to buy bicycles for poor students in Vietnam.  To donate, please read the Viet Kids Inc. tab.


Click HERE to learn how to pronounce my name, Thanhhà Lai.

It is an honor and surprise to become #1 New York Times of Inside Out & Back Again and win various awards, including National Book Award and a Newbery Honor. It is wonderful to hear that readers enjoy my work and I appreciate every one!

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