Children’s Book on Vietnamese Refugees Wins National Book Award

Thanhha Lai, who was born in Vietnam and moved to this country in 1975, received the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature last night, November 16, at the annual awards ceremonies in New York.

Lai was honored for her first book, Inside Out & Back Again (Harper, 272 pp., $15.99), a series of autobiographical free-verse poems aimed at children in grades four to eight. The story-poems deal with the saga of a ten-year-old Vietnamese girl who flees Saigon with her family as the communists take over in 1975 and goes on to face immense adjustment problems in the United States.


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Posted on November 17th 2011 in Book News

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