Inside Out   Back Again Book
Score: 4
From 155 Ratings

Inside Out Back Again


  • Author : Thanhha Lai
  • Publisher : Univ. of Queensland Press
  • Release Date : 2013-03
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 276
  • ISBN 10 : 9780702251177

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Inside Out Back Again Excerpt :

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

Inside Out and Back Again Book
Score: 4
From 169 Ratings

Inside Out and Back Again


  • Author : Thanhhà Lai
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2011-02-22
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062069726

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Inside Out and Back Again Excerpt :

Inside Out and Back Again is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award! Inspired by the author's childhood experience as a refugee—fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama—this coming-of-age debut novel told in verse has been celebrated for its touching child's-eye view of family and immigration. Hà has only ever known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the warmth of her friends close by. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope—toward America. This moving story of one girl's year of change, dreams, grief, and healing received four starred reviews, including one from Kirkus which proclaimed it "enlightening, poignant, and unexpectedly funny." An author's note explains how and why Thanhha Lai translated her personal experiences into Hà's story. This updated digital edition also includes an interview with the author, an activity you can do with your family, tips on writing poetry, and discussion questions.

Inside Out   Back Again Book
Score: 4
From 148 Ratings

Inside Out Back Again


  • Author : Thanhha Lai
  • Publisher : University of Queensland Press(Australia)
  • Release Date : 2013-03
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 276
  • ISBN 10 : 9780702251160

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Inside Out Back Again Excerpt :

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

Listen  Slowly Book
Score: 4
From 13 Ratings

Listen Slowly


  • Author : Thanhhà Lai
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2015-02-17
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062229205

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Listen Slowly Excerpt :

This remarkable and bestselling novel from Thanhha Lai, author of the National Book Award–winning and Newbery Honor Book Inside Out & Back Again, follows a young girl as she learns the true meaning of family. Listen, Slowly is a New York Times Book Review Notable Book and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year! A California girl born and raised, Mai can’t wait to spend her vacation at the beach. Instead, she has to travel to Vietnam with her grandmother, who is going back to find out what really happened to her husband during the Vietnam War. Mai’s parents think this trip will be a great opportunity for their out-of-touch daughter to learn more about her culture. But to Mai, those are their roots, not her own. Vietnam is hot, smelly, and the last place she wants to be. Besides barely speaking the language, she doesn’t know the geography, the local customs, or even her distant relatives. To survive her trip, Mai must find a balance between her two completely different worlds. Perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia and Linda Sue Park, Listen, Slowly is an irresistibly charming and emotionally poignant tale about a girl who discovers that home and culture, family and friends, can all mean different things.

Forget Me Not Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

Forget Me Not


  • Author : Ellie Terry
  • Publisher : Feiwel & Friends
  • Release Date : 2017-03-14
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250096289

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Forget Me Not Excerpt :

Astronomy-loving Calliope June has Tourette syndrome, so she sometimes makes faces or noises that she doesn't mean to make. When she and her mother move yet again, she tries to hide her TS. But it isn't long before the kids at her new school realize she's different. Only Calliope's neighbor, who is also the popular student body president, sees her as she truly is--an interesting person and a good friend. But is he brave enough to take their friendship public? As Calliope navigates school, she must also face her mother's new relationship and the fact that they might be moving--again--just as she starts to make friends and finally accept her differences. Ellie Terry's affecting debut will speak to a wide audience about being true to oneself.

The Girl Who Looked Beyond The Stars Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Girl Who Looked Beyond The Stars


  • Author : L B Anne
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019-10-28
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 180
  • ISBN 10 : 1700075721

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The Girl Who Looked Beyond The Stars Excerpt :

"This story is a captivating blend of science fiction, fantasy, and mystery. For 11-13-year-old readers that enjoy books such as A Wrinkle In Time.""What am I?"Sheena Meyer is the girl that brings an extra sandwich to school each day just in case someone doesn't have lunch. She's also the girl that questions and investigates everything, driving her parents and teachers nuts. She spends most days waiting for some grand event to happen and change her life. But this isn't what she had in mind. The Murk is coming for her because of a gift she doesn't know she has.Nine years ago an angel appeared in front of select kids all over the world. In Michigan, it appeared in a willow tree in front of a four-year-old little girl. She's the only child that saw it, the one with the gift. Sheena is now thirteen and has since forgotten what she saw. But things change when her father is in a terrible accident, and she witnesses a supernatural being save him."I saw what you did. Come back!" An elderly man, the arrival of a peculiar new kid at school, and mysterious text messages will change everything Sheena has ever believed in, sweeping her out of a humdrum, teenage existence, and setting in motion what one little girl's destiny can mean to the world.

The Underneath Book
Score: 4
From 75 Ratings

The Underneath


  • Author : Kathi Appelt
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2012-07-24
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781416998587

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The Underneath Excerpt :

There is nothing lonelier than a cat who has been loved, at least for a while, and then abandoned on the side of the road. A calico cat, about to have kittens, hears the lonely howl of a chained-up hound deep in the backwaters of the bayou. She dares to find him in the forest, and the hound dares to befriend this cat, this feline, this creature he is supposed to hate. They are an unlikely pair, about to become an unlikely family. Ranger urges the cat to hide underneath the porch, to raise her kittens there because Gar-Face, the man living inside the house, will surely use them as alligator bait should he find them. But they are safe in the Underneath...as long as they stay in the Underneath. Kittens, however, are notoriously curious creatures. And one kitten’s one moment of curiosity sets off a chain of events that is astonishing, remarkable, and enormous in its meaning. For everyone who loves Sounder, Shiloh, and The Yearling, for everyone who loves the haunting beauty of writers such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Flannery O’Connor, and Carson McCullers, Kathi Appelt spins a harrowing yet keenly sweet tale about the power of love—and its opposite, hate—the fragility of happiness and the importance of making good on your promises.

Bamboo People Book
Score: 4.5
From 30 Ratings

Bamboo People


  • Author : Mitali Perkins
  • Publisher : Charlesbridge
  • Release Date : 2012-07-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781607342274

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Bamboo People Excerpt :

Two Burmese boys, one a Karenni refugee and the other the son of an imprisoned Burmese doctor, meet in the jungle and in order to survive they must learn to trust each other.

Butterfly Yellow Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

Butterfly Yellow


  • Author : Thanhhà Lai
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2019-09-03
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062229236

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Butterfly Yellow Excerpt :

Winner of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction! Perfect for fans of Elizabeth Acevedo, Ibi Zoboi, and Erika L. Sánchez, this gorgeously written and deeply moving novel is the YA debut from the award-winning author of Inside Out & Back Again. 4 starred reviews! In the final days of the Việt Nam War, Hằng takes her little brother, Linh, to the airport, determined to find a way to safety in America. In a split second, Linh is ripped from her arms—and Hằng is left behind in the war-torn country. Six years later, Hằng has made the brutal journey from Việt Nam and is now in Texas as a refugee. She doesn’t know how she will find the little brother who was taken from her until she meets LeeRoy, a city boy with big rodeo dreams, who decides to help her. Hằng is overjoyed when she reunites with Linh. But when she realizes he doesn’t remember her, their family, or Việt Nam, her heart is crushed. Though the distance between them feels greater than ever, Hằng has come so far that she will do anything to bridge the gap.

Body Kindness Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Body Kindness


  • Author : Rebecca Scritchfield
  • Publisher : Workman Publishing Company
  • Release Date : 2016-12-27
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780761189756

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Body Kindness Excerpt :

Imagine a graph with two lines. One indicates happiness, the other tracks how you feel about your body. If you’re like millions of people, the lines do not intersect. But what if they did? This practical, inspirational, and visually lively book shows you how to create a healthier and happier life by treating yourself with compassion rather than shame. It shows the way to a sense of well-being attained by understanding how to love, connect, and care for yourself—and that includes your mind as well as your body. Body Kindness is based on four principles. WHAT YOU DO: the choices you make about food, exercise, sleep, and more HOW YOU FEEL: befriending your emotions and standing up to the unhelpful voice in your head WHO YOU ARE: goal-setting based on your personal values WHERE YOU BELONG: body-loving support from people and communities that help you create a meaningful life With mind and body exercises to keep your energy spiraling up and prompts to help you identify what YOU really want and care about, Body Kindness helps you let go of things you can't control and embrace the things you can by finding the workable, daily steps that fit you best. Think of it as the anti-diet book that leads to a more joyful and meaningful life!

Half Sick of Shadows Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Half Sick of Shadows


  • Author : Laura Sebastian
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2021-07-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593200537

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Half Sick of Shadows Excerpt :

"Laura Sebastian is the next Madeline Miller. . . . a fierce, fresh, lyrical tale that will enthrall until the last page."--Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Huntress A Popsugar Best Summer Read of 2021 A Bibliolifestyle Most Anticipated Summer 2021 Sci-fi and Fantasy Book "Magical, haunting, unique--I haven't been so excited about an Arthur book since I read The Once and Future King ."--Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author The Lady of Shalott reclaims her story in this bold feminist reimagining of the Arthurian myth from the New York Times bestselling author of Ash Princess. Everyone knows the legend. Of Arthur, destined to be a king. Of the beautiful Guinevere, who will betray him with his most loyal knight, Lancelot. Of the bitter sorceress, Morgana, who will turn against them all. But Elaine alone carries the burden of knowing what is to come--for Elaine of Shalott is cursed to see the future. On the mystical isle of Avalon, Elaine runs free and learns of the ancient prophecies surrounding her and her friends--countless possibilities, almost all of them tragic. When their future comes to claim them, Elaine, Guinevere, Lancelot, and Morgana accompany Arthur to take his throne in stifling Camelot, where magic is outlawed, the rules of society chain them, and enemies are everywhere. Yet the most dangerous threats may come from within their own circle. As visions are fulfilled and an inevitable fate closes in, Elaine must decide how far she will go to change destiny--and what she is willing to sacrifice along the way.

Little Green Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Little Green


  • Author : Chun Yu
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-04-07
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442460317

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Little Green Excerpt :

In China in 1966, Chun Yu was born as the Great Cultural Revolution began under Chairman Mao. Here, she recalls her childhood as a witness to a country in turmoil and struggle--the only life she knew.

The Better Angels of Our Nature Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

The Better Angels of Our Nature


  • Author : Steven Pinker
  • Publisher : Penguin Group USA
  • Release Date : 2012-09
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 802
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143122012

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The Better Angels of Our Nature Excerpt :

Presents a controversial history of violence which argues that today's world is the most peaceful time in human existence, drawing on psychological insights into intrinsic values that are causing people to condemn violence as an acceptable measure.

The Bench Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

The Bench


  • Author : Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex
  • Publisher : Tundra Books
  • Release Date : 2021-06-08
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN 10 : 9780735272170

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The Bench Excerpt :

Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex’s first children’s book, The Bench, beautifully captures the special relationship between father and son, as seen through a mother’s eyes. The book’s storytelling and illustration give us snapshots of shared moments that evoke a deep sense of warmth, connection, and compassion. This is your bench Where you’ll witness great joy. From here you will rest See the growth of our boy. In The Bench, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, touchingly captures the evolving and expanding relationship between father and son and reminds us of the many ways that love can take shape and be expressed in a modern family. Evoking a deep sense of warmth, connection, and compassion, The Bench gives readers a window into shared and enduring moments between a diverse group of fathers and sons—moments of peace and reflection, trust and belief, discovery and learning, and lasting comfort. Working in watercolor for the first time, Caldecott-winning, bestselling illustrator Christian Robinson expands on his signature style to bring joy and softness to the pages, reflecting the beauty of a father’s love through a mother’s eyes. With a universal message, this thoughtful and heartwarming read-aloud is destined to be treasured by families for generations to come.

Boy Bites Bug Book

Boy Bites Bug


  • Author : Rebecca Petruck
  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Release Date : 2018-05-08
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781683352471

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Boy Bites Bug Excerpt :

Will didn’t plan to eat a stinkbug. But when his friend Darryl called new kid Eloy Herrera a racial slur, Will did it as a diversion. Now Will is Bug Boy, and everyone is cracking up inventing insect meals for him, like French flies and maggot-aroni and fleas. Turns out eating bugs for food is a real thing, called entomophagy. Deciding that means he can use a class project to feed everyone grasshoppers, Will bargains for Eloy’s help in exchange for helping him with wrestling, but their growing friendship only ticks off Darryl more. Will may have bitten off more than he can chew as crickets, earthworm jerky—even a scorpion—end up on his plate, but insects are the least of his problems. When things with Darryl and Eloy heat up, Will wrestles with questions of loyalty, honor—and that maybe not all friendships are worth fighting for.