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Thanhhà Lại

Vietnam (b.1965)

Thanhha Lai was born in Vietnam. At the end of the war, she fled with her family to Alabama. There, she learned English from fourth graders. She then spent the next decade correcting her grammar. Starting her writing life as journalist, she worked at The Orange County Register. She switched to fiction, leading to an MFA from New York University and short story publications in various journals and anthologies. Lai lives with her husband, daughter and a little white dog in New York City.

Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Children's Fiction

Non fiction
   Guys Read (2014) (with Candace Fleming, Douglas Florian, Nathan Hale, Sy Montgomery, Jim Murphy, T Edward Nickens, Elizabeth Partridge, Jon Scieszka, Steven Sheinkin and James Sturm)
Newbery Medal Best Novel nominee (2012) : Inside Out and Back Again

Thanhhà Lại recommends
The Assignment (2020)
Liza Wiemer
"This wise and nuanced novel has loving arms that, while hugging two teens who must confront a popular teacher, also can reach all those who are belittled and unheard."

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