Thanhha Lai Will Visit Glenwood Elementary on May 31 Featuring the New Book When Clouds Touch Us

Thanhha Lai will be visiting with When Clouds Touch Us — as well as other favorites!

About Thanhha Lai

Thanhha Lai is a Vietnamese-American writer of middle-grade and young adult novels. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and daughter. Her dog Pico assists her by stepping directly onto the keys of her computer as she types.

Her first novel, Inside Out & Back Again (2011), which won the National Book Award and a Newbery Honor, was partly based on her childhood as a refugee growing up in the southern United States. Other books include Listen, Slowly (2015), a middle-grade novel, and Butterfly Yellow (2019), her YA debut. Hundred Years of Happiness (2022) is Thanhha’s first picture book. Her latest novel is When Clouds Touch Us (2023), the long-awaited sequel to Inside Out & Back Again.

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About When Clouds Touch Us

Inspired by the author’s own childhood, this stunning novel in verse, sequel to the award-winning #1 bestseller Inside Out and Back Again, picks up two years after Hà and her family arrive in Alabama as refugees from the Việt Nam War.

Hà and her family have worked hard to make a life for themselves in the US, but it hasn’t come easy. Hà has only just started to feel settled when Mother decides that the family will move to Texas for a new job.

Hà knows how hard starting over is and doesn’t want to have to do it again. But sometimes even an unwanted change can bring opportunity, new friends, and a place to call home.

This lyrical and compelling sequel to the National Book Award Medalist and Newbery Honor winning, #1 New York Times bestselling novel Inside Out and Back Again follows Hà and her family through another year of upheaval, growth, and love.

Books ordered by May 30 can receive personalization while supplies last; books ordered by June 5 come with a signed bookplate.

Books will be delivered to your school for distribution, so please be sure to fill out the student name, grade, and teacher fields!

This offer is available to students of Glenwood Elementary School only.

If you need assistance, please contact Children’s Book World.