Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Inside Out & Back Again

Thanhha Lai

fiction childrens historical reflective medium-paced

262 pages


Inside Out and Back Again is a New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award Inspired by the author's childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama, this com...
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emotional 85%
sad 57%
hopeful 42%
reflective 42%
adventurous 28%
challenging 28%
inspiring 28%
informative 14%
tense 14%


medium 50%
fast 50%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 33% | Character: 33% | Plot: 33%

Strong character development?

Yes: 71% | It's complicated: 28%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 100%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

It's complicated: 40% | Yes: 40% | N/A: 20%

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