Johnston Community Read

Join us for a summer of thinking about family stories by reading–with your family, friends, and neighbors–a moving story about a family in transition.

About Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

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.”

Where to find Inside Out & Back Again

Reserve a paper or audio copy from the Library or an e-book or e-audiobook copy from Bridges.

Meet author Thanhha Lai on Saturday, August 17th at the Johnston Community Read Fest

Come to Johnston Public Library Saturday, August 17th, 1pm – 4pm for the Community Read Fest featuring a virtual author visit with author Thanhha Lai at 2pm and the following ongoing activities throughout the event:

  • Have your photo taken by a local artist Liz Brown for JPL Humans of Johnston Photography Project
  • Make your own mini family story podcast in our Tech Lab
  • Create your own story-telling craft
  • Sample favorite family recipes from around the world

Registration is required for this free event. Register online beginnning May 27th

Register for the Community Read Fest