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The Good Braider by Terry Farish
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it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, kindle, multicultural-fiction, historical-fiction, novels-in-verse, realistic-fiction, ya, 2017-the-hub
Read 3 times. Last read May 15, 2017 to May 17, 2017.

I re-read this popular paperback as part of the 2017 Hub Challenge & loved it even more that when I read it in 2013!!! Viola's harrowing journey with her family from the war torn country of Sudan to Portland, Maine. Before laving Juba, Viola is raped by a soldier; her self worth and her bride price are stripped. Farish does a superb job painting the fear, anguish and despair of Viola and those in her community in fear for their lives while trying to flee a country gripped in civil war. Once Viola, her mother and little brother escape, Juba, they begin a long perilous journey to Khartoum. Once Viola arrives in Portland, Maine settling into a community of African immigrants, attending school and working a job there is the clash of the new American culture and preserving the Sudanese culture. This novel in verse achieves the beauty of Viola's new American world and harsh reminders of the brutal civil war, Viola's voice is strong, happy, conflicted, scared, and hopeful. I loved the braiding title, which symbolized Viola's African world of beauty and how once in the US, she does not braid anymore and will not have her own hair braided. It is through her friends and family from the Sudan as well as her American friends that Viola finds her place in her new world of Portland, Maine. This is a must read for young adults; they will learn about the genocide the Sudanese suffered through, they will appreciate the customs and community that are so important to Viola. What is even more important for teens is to see the world through Viola's eyes and the positive and negative impact of American culture on immigrant communities. Powerful, this book is beautiful!
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Quotes bjneary Liked

Terry Farish
“We both keep walking in the desert, following a fragile dream of America.”
Terry Farish, The Good Braider

Terry Farish
“Braids are from our culture,” he says, this boy who reads and knows all the American capital cities. “They are the African designs we give to the world. When you are ready, you will braid.”
Terry Farish, The Good Braider

Terry Farish
“How could a white girl know how only someone you trust should braid your hair, how someone bad could work magic against you? How could a white girl know what the braid means to an African man? How a braid factors into the girl’s value as a bride, her beauty and quick tongue, her education, her prospects as a mother. Her virginity. All these things add value. How can this white girl know?”
Terry Farish, The Good Braider


Reading Progress

July 31, 2013 – Shelved
July 31, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
August 27, 2013 – Started Reading
September 1, 2013 – Shelved as: favorites
September 1, 2013 – Shelved as: kindle
September 1, 2013 – Shelved as: multicultural-fiction
September 1, 2013 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
September 1, 2013 – Shelved as: novels-in-verse
September 1, 2013 – Shelved as: realistic-fiction
September 1, 2013 – Shelved as: ya
September 1, 2013 – Finished Reading
May 15, 2017 – Started Reading
May 15, 2017 – Started Reading
May 17, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
May 17, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017-the-hub
May 17, 2017 – Finished Reading
May 17, 2017 – Finished Reading

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bjneary Love this quote - p. 111
No one in America is from America.


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