Thanhhà Lại is the New York Times bestselling author of "Inside Out & Back Again," which won both a National Book Award and a Newbery Honor. This semi-autobiographical, debut novel in verse is part of the eighth-grade curriculum in New York and is taught throughout the world. Her second novel, "Listen, Slowly," was named to numerous best book of the year lists. Her recent novel "Butterfly Yellow," a YA debut, was reviewed in the New York Times as "a radiant pearl of a book." Before turning fiction, Thanhhà was a reporter at The Orange County Register in Southern California. She was born in Việt Nam and now lives in New York with her family.