April Tween Book Club
Published on Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 8:44am
When Kim Há’s mother visits a fortuneteller for Vietnamese New Year, he tells her that her family’s lives will “twist inside out.” Naively, 10-year-old Há hopes that this means her hometown of Saigon will not see any fighting from the Vietnam War and perhaps, her missing father of nine years will return. However as fate would have it, the fighting continues to rage on and forces Há’s family to flee for safety. Starting with a fishing boat in Vietnam, to a refugee camp in Guam, to Florida, and ending with their final residence in Alabama, Há's life changes dramatically. Quickly she finds herself trying to learn English, confronting bullies, and forced to eat strange American food. Há learns self-confidence and summons the courage to make new friends in this unique, harrowing tale of childhood immigration.
In honor of National Poetry Month, the Southeast Tween Book Club will be reading Thanhha Lai's Inside Out & Back Again. As an extra twist to our typical meetings, we're hosting a Trivia Night on April 27 at 4 p.m., based on information from this book. Those who read the book and come prepared to talk will have a chance to win some really great prizes!