Inside Out and Back Again Characters

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Ha

Ha is the narrator and main character in "Inside Out & Back Again". She is a ten-year-old Vietnamese girl whose family flees Saigon near the end of the Vietnam War. In Part 1: Saigon, Ha and her family celebrate Tet 1975 as the war nears their home. Ha tends her papaya tree, excited for the fruit to blossom, and she is ecstatic as fruit begins to appear. Mother chants for Father's safe return on the ninth anniversary of his disappearance. On her birthday, Ha wishes for Father to return. Shortly after the presidential palace is bombed, Mother and Ha attend the president's speech for war wives in order to get food at the end. Mother feels guilty that their poverty inhibits her children's enjoyment of life. After school closes a month early because of the war, Father's best friend, Uncle Son, begins planning to escape Vietnam through Ha's house to the...

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