Thanhhà Lại - When Clouds Touch Us - At Conn Ave

Upcoming Event
Tuesday, May 23, 2023 - 10:30am

When Clouds Touch Us, the stand-alone sequel to Inside Out and Back Again finds Ha and her family leaving Alabama for Texas, losing hard-won familiarity and friendships behind. Starting over is challenging but with grit, determination, and teamwork they work together as a family to finally find a place to call home. This novel in verse is written to emulate the cadence of Lai’s native Vietnamese as Ha continues to synthesize her two lives: Vietnamese and American. 


Thanhhà Lại 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, 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.

Ages 9-12

This event is free to attend and open to the public, however, reservations are required for school groups interested in attending. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.


5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Child & Teen
When Clouds Touch Us By Thanhhà Lai Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063047006
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: HarperCollins - May 9th, 2023

Inside Out and Back Again: A Newbery Honor Award Winner By Thanhhà Lai Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061962790
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2013