Review: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Based on Lai’s experiences as a 10-year-old girl growing up at the end of the Vietnam War, Hà and her family are forced to leave behind their beloved country full of markets and papaya trees. Heading out on a dangerous sea journey with an uncertain fate, the family is rescued by an American ship. They decide to start over in the United States and are adopted by a generous sponsor in Alabama. Many of the residents of Alabama are less than welcoming, and in diary-like entries written in broken English and verse, Hà chronicles the trials and tribulations of adjusting to America. A slightly heartbreaking story of loss, bullying, family, and adapting, Lai successfully captures and brings to life her own story in this award-winning, historical fiction piece. A Newbery Honor Book and National Book Award Winner for eight to twelve year olds, Inside Out and Back Again is touching and…

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Review: Alvin Ho- Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

Alvin is afraid of everything and everyone except for explosions and when he is at home disguised as Firecracker Man. Entering second grade, Alvin carries around his own Personal Disaster Kit (PDK) with instructions and gadgets to survive. He even refuses to speak at school, which is unfortunate since his two goals in life are to be a gentleman and to make new friends. Flea, a girl with one eye and a peg leg, has always been kind to Alvin and tries to help him navigate the social scene of second grade. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things is a hilarious story about gaining confidence and growing up. Appropriate for first to fourth graders, especially those just getting into chapter books, children can laugh along as Alvin and his classmates pay money to catch chicken pox from Jules (no chickens involved), squirm as Alvin breaks his dad’s favorite…

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