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Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
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Jul 18, 11

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Another novel in verse that I will absolutely consider using in my undergraduate classroom someday. Kek is a refugee from Sudan seeking safety with family in Minnesota. The weather alone is enough of an adjustment, but of course, the culture of America is a bit overwhelming as well. Kek lost his brother and father during the fighting, but is trying not to lose hope that his mother will join him someday; they got separated during a siege and he is not entirely sure of her whereabouts. In the meantime, Kek has to start to learn how to navigate school, the library, his new living situation, the busses...all the while dealing with a huge language and cultural barrier. Yet he shows remarkable resilience and initiative and ends up being ok (with help from his rather surly cousin, Ganwar, a white foster kid, Hannah, and...a cow he names Gol).

Though Applegate is a white American female from North Carolina, she manages to capture a glimpse into the life of an immigrant.
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