Inside Out And Back Again – by Thanhha Lai

Interest Level: Grades 5- 7                            Inside Out And Back Again

Reading Level: Grade level Equivalent: 5

Lexile Measure®: 800L

DRA: 60

Guided Reading: W

Genre: Verse Novel, Historical Fiction


Family Life, Growing Up, Immigration, Bullying,

Vietnam War, Tolerance And Acceptance


“Inside Out And Back Again” – Newbery Honor Book and the National Book Award Winner – by Thanhha Lai. The main character is a 10 year old girl, Kim Ha, who flees war time Vietnam with her family in search of better life only to end up in 1970s Alabama. Kim Ha tells her story through poems. The growing pains, a strange new place and its people, as well as, the authenticity of adolescent experience are brilliantly crafted.

“Inside Out and Back Again” is an ideal book for teaching 5th grade poetry, World History, and U.S. History at the same time.

Happy Reading!

For the “Inside Out & Back Again” Novel Unit/Lesson Plan go to:

Lena, M. Ed.


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