Young people's literature.

Position::Awards - Young adult review - Book review

Inside Out and Back Again

By Thanhha Lai

At the height of the Vietnam War, 10-year-old Ha is forced to leave Saigon with her mother and three brothers. Written in short, free verse poems, Inside Out and Back Again follows Ha to Guam, Florida, and finally Alabama, where she must adapt to a new culture and learn how to fit in. This powerful, semiautobiographical novel offers an unrelenting coming-of-age tale from a refugee's perspective.




By Fanny Billingsley

Living in Wales in the early 20th century, Bryony Larkin, 17, feels guilty about her family's hardships. To make matters worse, she is a witch - a Secret that is punishable by death. Then she meets Eldric, the son of the city engineer, and with his help, she starts to piece together the puzzle of her life.


My Name Is Not Easy.

By Debby Dahl Edwardson

In the early 1960s, Luke, an Alaskan native whose Inupiaq name is hard To pronounce, is transplanted from his village to Alaska's Sacred Heart Boarding School. He soon finds himself in a culture where his heritage is not important. Set during the civil rights era, My Name Is Not Easy explores Luke's sense of loss, displacement, personal growth, and, above all, survival.


Flesh and Blood So Cheap.

The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy


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