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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  585 ratings  ·  117 reviews
A poignant story about the difficulties of leaving everything behind and the friendships that help you get through it. 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
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Published May 15th 2008 by Puffin Books (first published March 16th 2006)
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Monica!
I'm in the process of investigating middle-grade books for an Immigration Experience program we're doing here at the library, so this is going to be the first of potentially innumerable Books About People Who Have Immigrated To The United States. I can already sense that I'm going to have to work to keep my reviews from becoming obnoxious a la "Wow, we might all look different on the outside, but inside, WE ARE THE SAME go figure."

Sigh.

Anyway, Drita, My Homegirl! I was honestly surprised at how
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EMMY
I think DRITA My Homegirl was a very awesome book replacement while i was waiting on the book The Genie Scheme. This book is about a girl named Maxie (a trouble maker) who is getting into trouble of corse and lives in NYC. She meets a girl named Drita who has moved to NYC from Kosova. When fourth grade comes around for Maxie and Drita, they meet while doing a report on Drita's home town. When Maxie was at a younger age she and her mom were in a car accident and only Maxie survived now Maxie and ...more
Samantha
Drita has to move from Kosova to New York City because her country is in war and they have to stay safe. She goes to New York City and has to learn english, meet new friends, and start a whole new life.

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.
Taylor
Student Teaching Read-Aloud Adventures

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) Here are my reasons for disliking this book:

1. Language - Well, the word 'd
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Caroline
This is one of my favorite books I've read this summer. The story centers around two fourth grade girls. Drita is Albanian. Her family has just fled Kosova (she explains that Kosovo is the English way of spelling it) because of the recent surge of violence there. They settle in New York, where she meets Maxie. Maxie is one of the popular girls in class who makes fun of Drita at first. Then, the teacher assigns Drita to Maxie as a social studies project, and Maxie begins to learn just how difficu ...more
Kelly
For my children's literature class, I was required to choose a novel from a themed list about Coming to America. After I reviewed the titles and checked out their descriptions on Goodreads, I settled on Drita, My Homegirl by Jenny Lombard because I wanted to read a contemporary immigration story as opposed to a historical one.

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
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Julia Frederick
This is a really nice book about Drita, a girl from Kosovo who ran away to America with her family, and Maxie, a girl who lost her mother and is acting out at school. These two girls find each other and form a friendship, despite their language barriers and differences.
Lindsey Haas
Jenny Lombard's book "Drita My Homegirl" is an emotional and educational book about discrimination. I enjoyed how this book alternates chapters of each girls point of view. As each chapter went by, the girls grew closer to each other.

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
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Haleysamun
Drita is a ten year-old refugee from Kosovo who arrives in Brooklyn with her family. Her father, an engineer, escaped over a year ago and has been driving a taxi so he could bring his family to the safety of the U.S. Drita just wants to fit in and be liked by the students in her new class, but things start out pretty lonely for her, with her limited English skills, albanian lunches, and unfashionable clothes. Drita's mother is in a deep depression about leaving home and worries about her family ...more
Carolyn
In the words of Randy Jackson, this was "just Ok for me." This seemed like a sister book to "Because of Mr. Terupt" with it's 4th grade vehement mean girl plot, and kids being disrespectful to adults. This book also features a pet peeve of mine: unnecessary curse word use in a book written for intermediate grades - automatic star deduction. I think the characters and topics in this book would be more suitable to a middle school novel.

What I did REALLY like was Drita - an immigrant from Kosovo wh
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Rebecca
Drita, a 10-year-old Albanian, arrives with her immigrant family to finally join her father who has prepared the way for them in New York City. Drita hopes this reassembly will end her mother's constant crying. She is also very excited to go to school where her experiences will mirror those on the sitcom, "Saved by the Bell." Their new home is a small, dirty, rundown apartment and Drita's mother immediately despairs. By turns hysterical or soporose, Drita's mother makes this new situation more s ...more
Amanda
I was not expecting this book when I picked it up...students who pick it up because of the title are going to be disappointed, students who don't pick it up because of the title are missing out. This is a great book about trying to fit in - both regularly and as an immigrant student. Important lessons for all readers, without being too preachy.
Ingrid
Drita's family comes to the United States from Kosovo in order to escape the violence there. Life is not easy for Drita as she doesn't speak any English, but she wants to fit in with her classmates. Maxie, a popular student is paired with Drita for a class project. Although they can't communicate very well, an unlikely friendship develops.
Jackie
A heart-warming story about differences, friendship, and tolerance. Drita, newly arrived from Kosovo with her family, has escaped their war-torn country in hopes of finding peace, jobs, and security in America. When Drita begins school in Brooklyn, at first she is ostracized and bullied. Then, Miss Salvano assigns a project for Maxie, one of the bullies, to study and report on Kosovo. Maxie learns a lesson she won't soon forget...and she takes Drita under her wing.

Together the girls make friend
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Jen
Drita is from Kosovo and she and her mother and father come to New York, in order to avoid the war that is going on there. They are very poor and can only afford a small apartment and the bare essentials. Drita is in the same 4th grade class as Maxie. She lives with her father and her Grandmother. Her mother died when she was younger and she hates the fact that her father is starting to date again. Like many of the other popular girls, Maxie does not treat Drita well when arrives in their class. ...more
Cheryl
Short and sweet. Definitely best for ages 8-11 though so I can't quite give it 5 stars. Yes there's a lesson - several in fact. But it's funny and graceful, with some intense bits, and doesn't read like an educational book.
Andrea Lepe
Drita, my homegirl is a good story because it was about a friendship and I love a developing friendship. If this book was a series i would continue reading it because I would like to know more about the girls.I can connect with Maxie because in kinder I had to help a girl from Mexico. I would recommend this book to people that like chapters from different perspectives. This book can relate to the world because many people have experienced helping other people that are from other countries. One o ...more
Alison Tseng
Looking for an excellent culturally diverse, realistic fiction book to recommend for 3rd to 5th grade? Drita and Maxie are heart-warming and inspiring characters who, at first, believe that they are two different to be friends, until they start finding common ground. I love the incorporation of current issues by enlightening our younger readers about some of the issues children face in Drita's home country of Kosovo. A book that teaches kindness, tolerance, and how two very different view points ...more
Mary Lourdes
Author: Lombard, Jenny
Title: Drita My Homegirl
Publisher: Scholastic
Edition: paperback
13 digit ISBN: 978-0-439-02006-0
Price: $4.95
Number of pages: 135
Rating: 4 stars: very good; without serious flaws; highly recommended
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Format: Prose
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
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Natalie
A nice pleasant read. I would recommend this to 3rd - 6th grade. It makes an excellent read-aloud as well.

"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
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Ashley
Kirkus Reviews says it best:

“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,
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Kim
What a treat. This goes far beyond the "typical" friendship stories aimed at 3rd through 5th graders. A refugee from Kosovo, Drita has just arrived in America with her family. She is excited about attending school, but her first day in Miss Salvato's fourth grade classroom proves challenging: even though she does not speak English, she can tell that one of the girls is making fun of her. Miss Salvato turns the tables on this class clown, though, when she suggests that Maxie's social studies proj ...more
Hellokitty83
O my gosh, Have you ever met someone totally different or just not like you. Well in this story thats what its all about.
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
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Abby Johnson
Drita is new to America, fleeing war-torn Kosova with her family. She's glad to be reunited with her father and to be safe in America, but Drita's really nervous about starting school. Will she understand what's going on? Will her teacher think she's stupid? Will she make any friends? To make matters worse, Drita's mother is not well, sleeping all day and refusing to eat. What could be wrong?

Maxie is the class clown and one of the most popular girls in the fourth grade. But Maxie's got a secret
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Mustang
I L-O-V-E-D loved this book!!! It was about 2 girls that almost seem like they are from 2 different planets!I really liked how the two friends barely know each other, then they become best friends. But I think there is a moral to this story. Even though people may look different on the outside they may be a lot alike on the inside. -ng

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
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Beth
Oh, the trials of being a public school librarian. While I do not wish to censor (too much), I also do not want to bring myself trouble by having books on the shelf that invite parents to complain. If not for one small little word, I would give this book a 4 star rating for a public school library. It is a well-written story about an inner city girl and a new student from Kosovo. The book is written in the voices of these girls in alternating chapters, which is a style that I enjoy. After clashe ...more
Sharie
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PurpleRoyalty83
A little girl and her family move from a wartorn country to New York. There it was very different. She meets a girl that almost "rules" the fourth grade. In class they have to do a project with each other. They grow closer the more they see each other. At the end the girl from the other country, Drita. Becomes Maxie's, the girl that originally lived there,homegirl.
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
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Kara
Drita is new to school after her family fled Kosovo for peace and freedom in New York. Teased for her poor English and newness to school, Drita has difficulty making friends. When Maxie, the toughest kid in class takes the teasing too far, she is assigned to write a paper about Drita’s hardships. Slowly, Maxie learns that the two have a lot in common and when Drita’s mother gets sick, Maxie is the unlikely friend who knows how to help.
Heather
William Allen White honor book for 2008
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
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