Inside Out and Back Again is an award winning, historical fiction novel by Thanhha Lai. It is 1975 and ten-year-old Hà lives with her mother and three brothers in Saigon, which is about to be taken over by the North Vietnamese. The family decides to make the dangerous journey to flee as refugees to the United States. Once in America, they find kindness and generosity as well as cruel racism, bullying, and the struggle to start over in a new land while learning a new language. Lai weaves Hà's story through moving chapters written in verse that is concise and compelling, giving readers a view of the perspective of refugee children and their families in America.