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Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
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Jul 23, 2010

it was amazing

A story in poetry that really get to the heart of the loss and the hope that current immigrants to the US face: so many new things they have no way to understand from language to washing machines; so many losses, especially the "old" ways of marking time and family; the ever present hope that this new start will work, that people lost will be found, that new friends will in fact be friends. As poetry, the book is a very fast read - but the story is haunting in a good way. We follow Kek, the newest of a family from Sudan to arrive in Minnesota where the harsh winters provide an immediate contrast to the warm sun of home. He is living with his aunt and cousin as he hopes against hope that his mother can be found. He saw as did his cousin the rest of the family die in gunfire, and the nightmares remain. He also saw his mother wounded. A very strong book for discussion.

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