Escondido, CA

Book club to discuss Inside Out & Back Again

Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, will meet on Friday, December 2 in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Thanhha Lai’s novel, “Inside Out & Back Again.”

Registration is required and now open at Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout and can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at library.

Ten-year-old Hà narrates the pivotal year in her life when she and her family flee the war in Vietnam and make the long journey to America. Once there, Hà copes with learning English and the taunts of cruel children. She also witnesses her brothers’ and mother’s struggle to find their own places in the community. Drawing on each other’s support, as well as the help of a few kind neighbors and classmates, Hà and her family eventually find their way.

The Vietnam War and refugee crisis are not easy subjects but Hà is brave and funny, and her singular voice illuminates her and her family’s struggle to navigate a strange land and maintain hope.

“Inside Out and Back Again,” a New York Times bestseller, Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award, is inspired by the author’s personal experience as a young immigrant.

Library programs are free and open to the public. The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on this and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5458 or Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido.

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