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Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
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Mar 05, 10

bookshelves: african-american
Read in January, 2010

Katherine Applegate's story of Kek, a boy from Sub-Saharan refugee camps, allows the reader to see and experience cultural differences and comparisons between Kek's prior and current life. The story is filled with his struggles to learn English and also mystifying American customs. Good intentions expressed in the customs of one culture are often misinterpreted in another culture. The same is true for negative intentions as Kek discovers. Applegate, through her characters, poses the question of what is important in life? In her notes she reminds us that, in perhaps different forms and situations, all of us encounter persons who are lost and struggleing to find what for them is "home."

I highly reccommed this book to both adults and middle to high school students.
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