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Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
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Nov 08, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: juv, novels-in-verse, immigrants
Read in November, 2008

A really lovely (I feel like I'm using that word too much lately) novel-in-verse about a fifth grade boy who comes to Minnesota from Sudan. I wasn't sure, at first, if the story really needed to be told in verse, but by the end I was completely convinced that it was the perfect way for Kek to tell his story. The characters really shone through, and the way Kek interacted with language and the new world around him. His sense of not deserving to be the one who survived, as well as his cousin's initial apathy, were convincing. While a finely written story in its own right, this would also be a great way to introduce children to issues driving present day immigrants/refugees from places like Sudan - and the issues they face once they get here. There's definitely heavy subject matter mentioned, but it's never graphic.

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