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Drita, My Homegirl
Fleeing war-torn Kosovo, ten-year-old Drita and her family move to America with the dream of living a typical American life. But with this hope comes the struggle to adapt and fit in. How can Drita find her place at school and in her new neighborhood when...more
Anyway, Drita, My Homegirl! I was honestly surprised at how ...more
I thought this book was great, but I only gave it 4 stars because they spoke Kosovian a lot and it was hard to understand.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves touching, funny,and awesome books.I think it was also very sad and suspenseful at some parts.
Okay, so I understand that this message of this book is about accepting different cultures. It's a great message and this book also goes well with my class unit over different cultures. However, this is just not a good book to utilize as a read-aloud in a third grade classroom. (view spoiler)[Alas, I cannot say these things to my mentor since I am just a lowly intern. (hide spoiler)] Here are my reasons for disliking this book:
1. Language - Well, the word 'd ...more
I don't have a lot of experience with children's literature. One thing I noticed right away was that the sounds of laughter, honking cars, etc. are put into words, like "Ha ...more
On the last page of this book, there is one sentence that caught my attention. I think it sums up the theme of the book. The sentence is "Even though on the outside we are different, on the inside we were just the same." This book teaches not only children but adult ...more
What I did REALLY like was Drita - an immigrant from Kosovo wh ...more
Together the girls make friend ...more
Title: Drita My Homegirl
13 digit ISBN: 978-0-439-02006-0
Number of pages: 135
Rating: 4 stars: very good; without serious flaws; highly recommended
Genre: Junior Fiction
Honestly, I did not have high hopes when I selected this book. It is a Scholastic Trade Book publication, which often causes me to be (snobbishly) dismissive. To say that I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. I am a l ...more
"Drita, My Homegirl" is a story in two voices. It takes place in NYC in the 1990's, during the Yugoslav Wars. The two main characters are Drita, a young girl from Kosovo and Maxie, an African-American girl. My daughter and I had fun taking turns reading outloud to each other.
The story deals with changes in each of the girls' lives. Drita has just moved to the US from war-torn Kosova. She kno ...more
“Two girls from different worlds and cultures come together in this deft representation of immigration and multicultural friendship. Escaping the horror of war, persecution and destruction of their Albanian life, Drita and her family emigrate from Kosovo to New York City. Thrown into the school environment of rival groups and peer discrimination, Drita’s lack of English, coupled with her refugee status, immediately places her in a vulnerable position. Simultaneously, ...more
A girl name Maxy was born and rased in New York. In Newyork its school time and Maxy is a popular cool girl until......This girl name Drita arrives from Koshava and and she knows nobody. One day all of the girls were outside about to play a game of basketball and she wants to play.This girl Brandi automatically jumps up and say she doesn't like her and she can't play. Then M ...more
Maxie is the class clown and one of the most popular girls in the fourth grade. But Maxie's got a secret ...more
I really loved this book. The cover may look like it's boring,but it's actually one of the the best book I've read!!!!!!!!! This girl named Drita is from another c ...more
Drita just came to this country, from Kosovo. Kosovo had been in war for a very long time. So her and her family had moved to Ameri ...more
In the 1990's, an Albanian immigrant girl- Drita, arrives in NYC and is befriended by Maxine, an attitude-filled New Yorker. Quite a bit of the book is in Albanian, as the author uses it to show how little Drita and her family understand English in their new country. So often, all the immigrant books focus on the waves of the 19th c. This one shows the trauma and modern-day challenges we as native Americans have long forgotten. It also covers post-traumatic ...more