Free with Museum Admission
Recommended for ages 9–12 and their adults
This Veterans Day weekend, we’re exploring the history of the Vietnam War through Lai’s National Book Award-winning novel in verse about a young girl’s transition from Vietnam to Alabama after the fall of Saigon. Lai will join us to meet families and discuss her book. Then we’ll explore part of the Museum’s landmark exhibition The Vietnam War in a family friendly mini-tour.
About Inside Out and Back Again
Ten-year-old Ha is forced to flee Saigon with her mother and three older brothers after her home city falls into a terrible war that has already claimed her father. After an arduous journey, Ha and her family finally land safely in Alabama. But the struggle doesn’t end there. Ha faces bullying as she tries to fit into her new American community, finding the most solace getting to know a teacher who lost a son in the same war that claimed Ha’s father. Eventually, readers will cheer for Ha as she learns the ropes of a new culture. Lai’s award-winning, semi-autobiographical debut novel is “enlightening, poignant and unexpectedly funny” conjuring up “a distinct time and place and…a complex, realistic heroine whom readers will recognize, even if they haven’t found themselves in a strange new country.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
About the Reading into History Family Book Club
Every month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book together at home and then attend a Book Wrap event, where they share reactions to the book, see cool museum artifacts and documents related to the story, and meet other history detectives and special guests! Past special guests have included authors Walter Dean Myers, Avi, Laurie Halse Anderson, and Jewell Parker Rhodes, plus museum curators, historians, and other experts.