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Drita, My Homegirl

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  797 Ratings  ·  147 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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Jubilation Lee
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."


Anyway, Drita, My Homegirl! I was honestly surprised at how
Mar 02, 2011 EMMY rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 05, 2010 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mary-Lynn Kebker
Nov 21, 2015 Mary-Lynn Kebker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wow-books
If you’ve ever been the new kid in school, you know how stressful of a feeling that can be. It’s even worse when you are an immigrant that speaks broken English. This is exactly what fourth grader Drita Kelmendi is feeling when she leaves war-torn Kosovo with her family to find safety in New York City. On the surface, it looks as if the culture-gap between Drita and her NYC classmates is too wide to overcome. But, as Drita is forced to form an unwanted alliance with a classmate, Maxie, she disco ...more
Oct 09, 2014 Taylor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-alouds
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
Personal Reaction: This book was very funny and cute and I actually know someone who has somewhat of a similar story! My friend, Ina, is from Albania like Drita. Drita came to New York when she was in 4th grade, not speaking any english but eager to make new friends. I found that this book captured many similar experiences to what my friend, Ina, endured. I can’t imagine being in a world that spoke a different language than I.

Purposes/Use in Classroom

read aloud enrichment: Since this book is wri
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
Jan 24, 2010 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
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
Julia Frederick
Jul 31, 2014 Julia Frederick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grades
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.
Dawn Parkman
Jul 13, 2016 Dawn Parkman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Haley Hardwick
Personal Reaction: I enjoyed this book about Drita and Maxie who form a friendship throughout the school year. I really enjoyed how their friendship was able to blossom despite the cultural divide. It also reminded me of when I changed schools in the fourth grade, and it was completely different, the environment from public school to private through the story of Drita's struggle to adapt and fit in.

Purpose/Classroom Use: read aloud grades 3-4
- this book could be used to in a history/social stud
Aryana Ahmad
1. Personal Reaction: Being from a different country and moving to a new country is not the easiest thing to do. Especially when you are in school, it is really tough to make friends. Having read this story I have found that a lot of people have some similarities, but they don't even notice it. In this story Ditra and Maxie have something in common which is about their moms. Ditra's mom is traumatized by a car accident she was in and is depressed. While, Maxi's mom died from a car accident. At f ...more
Abbie Shawano
Drita, a young girl from Kosovo, starts her new journey in New York where she meets another young girl, Maxie. Maxie is not very nice to Drita in the beginning of the book, but throughout conflict and consequence, they become friends due to their similarities. I enjoyed the diverse friendship that the two young girls were able to create in the midst of this book. I also liked the setting and overall concept of the story. Many young children go through hardships and this story is a great way of s ...more
Anna Frame
I really enjoyed this book. Watching Drita and Maxie form a friendship over the school year was really cool and I think a lot of children would enjoy that. The story has very interesting characters that would keep young readers entertained.

-i think that kids anywhere from 2nd to 5th grade would enjoy this book
-this would be great to read as one of the first realistic fiction books in a classroom because it is easy to see how real this situation could have
Abby Zwetzig
I thought this book was okay, it would be good for a unit on culture and it would teach the kids to treat new kids with respect. I'm not sure that I would read this aloud to my class because of the language in the book, the author used a lot of Kosovian language so it's hard to understand because the author does not translate it into English. The language used by the characters was not correct, I understand that it was supposed to be because they are from other places and don't use the same lang ...more
Hannah Evilsizor
I found this book to be interesting. I enjoyed that included the language that Drita spoke in the text. I thought that the book deals with some issues such as the mom being sick. Some student could have gone through so the book could be relatable in that way.I think the purpose for the book in the class would depend on the group of students that you had. If I was teaching a group of students who were mostly middle class and white, I would use this book as a way to get them to see from a differe ...more
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
Mar 01, 2014 Haleysamun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 27, 2014 Carolyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Erin Feller
Personal reaction
This was an amazing book about friendship through diversity, I have to admit, when I first looked at the cover I thought Drita was going to be the African America girl, yet I was mistaken. This books deals with so many great issues such as bullying, cultural difference, and friendship. The perspective from these girls teaches a meaningful lessen that any kid can take something away from.

Purpose in the classroom
I would use this book as either a book conference or in a literatur
Bianca Rosa-Aviles
Drita learns that friendship can bloom and overcome even a vast cultural divide at the same time she learns about who she is. Drita and her family come to New York as refugees from war-torn Kosovo. Even though she barely speaks English, Drita can’t wait to start school and make a new best friend. Drita's new classmates don’t make it easy. The worst is Maxie, a tough African-American girl who teases her about everything. We learn that her sassy attitude hides a painful secret. Their teacher sees ...more
Char Hight
Personal Thoughts:

This book was well written. I could picture the plot unfolding as I read it. I think this is a great book for both boys and girls but especially for girls. Some girls have the tendency to be cruel and clique up leaving other girls out. I was apart of a clique once and looking back, to those early middle school years, I do not know why I was ever apart of something so ugly. This is a very easy read. I didn't find the vocab to be challenging enough. However, there are words in Dr
Mar 24, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Hannah Taylor
Personal reaction: I thought Drita My Homegirl was a good book because of how it included people from other cultures and how it portrayed them. Unfortunately, I did think the book was a little slow and hard to understand at times, but, overall, I see the value of using it in the classroom.

Purpose: This would be a good book for both individualized reading for 2nd to 5th graders as well as read aloud in class for 2nd to 5th graders because of how it includes diverse perspectives. It also talks abo
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
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
Drita and her family are newly arrived refugees to New York City from Kosovo. Drita is happy to be in America but despite her efforts isn't fully welcomed by the other kids at school. Maxie is a black girl in her class who wants to be a comedian someday although right now her irresponsible humor mostly gets her in trouble. Despite the language and cultural differences the two become unlikely friends when a teacher assigns Maxie to do her social studies project on Kosovo and interview Drita. Conc ...more
Andrea Lepe
Oct 06, 2014 Andrea Lepe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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