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I am learning how to be
sad
and happy
at the same time.


Jude never thought she’d be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives.

At first, everything in America seems too fast and too loud. The American movies
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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Balzer + Bray
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Caighley The overall concept of the book is amazing.! The only things I would say to be mindful are mentions of menstrual cycles (twice or thrice), a bomb goi…more The overall concept of the book is amazing.! The only things I would say to be mindful are mentions of menstrual cycles (twice or thrice), a bomb going off, cities that are being torn apart by war, and Islamophobia.
Nothing of overly graphic, but it is realistic. I hop this helps!(less)

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Lala BooksandLala
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfection
Shehzeen Muzaffar
Dec 16, 2018 marked it as to-read
More hijabi girls on the cover? Hell yeah
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story is told from the perspective of Jude who had to leave Syria with her mother to America due to the uncertain situation rising up in her hometown, leaving her father, older brother, her best friend and her relatives behind.

The themes handled in this book are coming of age; family bond; and most importantly the discrimination and the cultural differences which the immigrants have to face in another country.

I appreciate how the adults and the education system were represented as. It's rati
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was so, so good.
Warda
Middle grade out here representing my Muslim identity better than any YA or adult book.

“There is an Arabic proverb that says:
She makes you feel
like a loaf of freshly baked bread.

It is said about
the nicest
kindest
people.
The type of people
who help you
rise.”


This story perfectly depicts what it like to be an immigrant, to have parents who are immigrants, the difficulty of assimilating into a society that strongly believes you don’t belong.
We follow Jude, a young Syrian refugee who moves to
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Tina
This is a middle grade book that is about a young Arabic girl just trying to find her place in American. The main character is Jude. Jude comes to American with her mother, but leaves her brother and her Dad in her home country. I think this is a great book that teaches us you should not judge people by where they come from or look like. I really did not know if I would like this book, but I loved it.
Gavin
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a beautifully-told story about a young girl forced to move to America with her mother from Syria during uncertain unrest. Leaving behind her father and brother, Jude tries to fit in at the American school she has gone to.

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
♛ may
book #5 completed! ✔ for the contemporary-a-thon under the challenge of: "read a hard-hitting contemporary"
“There is an Arabic proverb that says:
She makes you feel
like a loaf of freshly baked bread.

It is said about
the nicest
kindest
people.
The type of people
who help you
rise.”

beautiful. so beautiful.

the cover, the prose, the metaphors, the young syrian girl trying to make sense of a new world and keep her identity, the strong sense of belonging that this book left me with.

well done, jasmi
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megs_bookrack


Another character named JUDE!

I was just commenting on this the other day. There are so many characters lately with the name Jude. I have never, ever in my life, met someone with that name!

What gives?!
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Britt / Basically Britt
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Wow. Wow. Wow.
Laura (bbliophile)
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-releases
I guess dinner tonight will be seasoned with my tears
Swaroop
Jun 13, 2021 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
“…and, I just want to live in a country where we can all have dinner again without shouting about our president or rebels or revolution…”
unknown pokemon
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-favorites
"I just want to live in a country where we can all have dinner again without shouting about our president or rebels and revolution."

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4.25/5 stars

As someone who doesn't read a lot of middle-grade, I was surprised to read a book so vulnerable, raw and realistic about Islamophobia. I think it's incredible that children, these days, get to read more diverse books like this when they're growing up.

"Americans love labels. They help them know what to expect. Sometimes, thou
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Jessica
May 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was amazing. I loved Jude's story so much and could not recommend this book enough! ...more
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
CW: Islamophobia, islamophobic hate crime, war

This was such a precious, equally heartbreaking and hopeful story about identity, family and making a home away from home. Jude (pronounced Joo-deh) is a Syrian girl who, after things grow tense, dangerous and the future uncertain in her home country, gets whisked away by her mom to the US, leaving her dad and brother behind. A brother involved in the resistance movement in Syria.

This book was so easy to like. There isn't one single thing about it th
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Anya
This was such an important story, I really loved it!
Krista Regester
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The way to my heart is in verse.
Claude's Bookzone
Apr 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Well that was absolutely brilliant.

The writing was fabulous and Jude was one of the most engaging characters I have ever read in a middle school novel. She drew me in with her strength and determination to make America her home despite the fears she had for the safely of her family in Syria. I thoroughly recommend this moving and inspirational verse novel.
fatima
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
SUCH. A. BEAUTIFUL. BOOK.
I LOVE how the author represented a hijabi girl, who didn't take off her hijab for a white boy lol.
A book about a Syrian refugee, who moves with her mom to America, leaving her older brother and father behind.
Very heartwarming!
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Emma
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
"I'm learning how to be sad and happy at the same time."
Admittedly, I can be a bit shallow from time to time, and pick up a book simply because of the gorgeous cover. But, um, can you blame me?? Look at it!! Plus, it's a MG novel told in verse, so even if I decided it wasn't really my thing, it wouldn't take me super long to read.

Fortunately, this book was every bit as exceptional as I hoped it would be. It's a very lovely story about a twelve year old Syrian girl adjusting to life in America,
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Kate Olson
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stellar, breathtaking middle grade novel in verse. Adding to my 6th and 7th grade lit circle lists for next year!
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Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner!

Beware spoilers ahead!

Trigger Warning(s): Islamophobia, xenophobia, racism, discrimination, mention of war and physical violence, vandalism, and harassment.

Rep: Jude is Syrian. Sarah is American-Syrian. Grace is Korean. Ben is Chinese. Omar is Somali. Layla is American-Lebanese. Michelle and Miles are American. 

Disclaimer: Other Words for Home was read during The Theme Thieves November challenge Standalone. 

I won this book in a giveaway hosted by the lovely
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Paperback
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
For a middle-grade this had SO MANY LESSONS and issues that were touched on.

Discussed in my April Wrap Up Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWZJ3...

In my opinion this book should be read in schools - awesome dialogue starter for issues that should be discussed.
I recommend this for younger and older readers alike.
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Jan 12, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
Other words for home:
domestic
central
familiar
family
household
local
national
native
at ease
at rest
down home
homely
homey
in one's element
in the bosom
inland
internal

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Casey Lyall
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So beautiful. This novel is an immersive, emotional experience. One of my favourite passages:

"There is an Arabic proverb that says:

She makes you feel
like a loaf of freshly
baked bread.


It is said about
the nicest
kindest
people.

The type of people
who help you
rise."

100% recommend it for any collection.

Thank you to the publisher for sending a copy for review.
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Erin Kelly
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is incredible. Seriously. I am hoping with my whole heart that it wins the Newbery or a Newbery Honor so it will get even more exposure and circulate through the hands of even MORE readers. There is so much to love about this book. I cherished every carefully placed word. Bravo, bravo.
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
I choked up so many times reading this. Other Words for Home is just so incredibly beautiful, filled with some of the most stunning verses I have ever read.
An effortless favourite read of 2019.

- Told entirely in verse, the story follows Jude, a Syrian girl who, with her mother, escapes to America when things at home in Syria are growing tense, violent, and uncertain.
- This is a story about many things, but chief among them are about immigrating, regrowing roots, finding yourself, and the gnawi
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Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
Thank you HarperCollins for the gifted review copy!

How can I find the words to describe how perfect this book is? I picked this one up on a whim the other day and devoured it in one sitting. It truly was that good.

The story follows Jude who has to leave her home in Syria to move to America with her mother, leaving her brother and father behind. In this book we watch Jude try to adjust to her new surroundings while also keeping her identity. I loved watching Jude grow while also staying true to w
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Sarah Ressler Wright
Sooo good. Although labeled MG, it reads for YA as well and especially as it’s written in verse, students will love it. The descriptions of food-fabulous! The metaphors and turns of phrase are fantastic and the themes of resilience and surviving to thriving so well done.

Phenomenal a must read for everyone!

The audio is good, although the pronunciations are not quite in the region of Jordan Warga is using to set her characters' back story. The food descriptions make me hungry every time!!
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daria ❀ دریا
absolutely stunning. jude is an incredibly vulnerable and courageous protagonist and the people who populate her world are wonderfully complex and nuanced. highly recommend to anyone and everyone!!
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Jasmine Warga is a writer from Cincinnati, Ohio who currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. She is the internationally bestselling author of My Heart and Other Black Holes and Here We Are Now. Her books have been published in over twenty-five countries and optioned for film. Her debut middle grade novel, Other Words For Home, will be published in Spring 2019. Jasmine lives in an apartment filled w ...more

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“There is an Arabic proverb that says:
She makes you feel
like a loaf of freshly baked bread.

It is said about
the nicest
kindest
people.
The type of people
who help you
rise.”
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I’m starting to think,
might be the bravest thing a person can do.”
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