Home of the Brave

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Kek comes from Africa. In America he sees snow for the tenth time, and eels its sting. He 's never walked on ice, and he falls. He wonders if the people in this new place will be like the winter – cold and unkind.

In Africa, Kek lived with his other, so, and brother. But onc he and his father have survived, and stil she 's missing. Kek is on his own. Slowly, he makes friends: a woma who is in foster care; an old oman who owns a rundown farm, and cow whose name means " family " in Kek 's native language. As Kek awaits word of his cousin 's fate, he weathers the tough Minnesota winter by finding warmth in his new friendships, strength in his memories, and elief in his new country.

Bestselling author Katherine Applegate presents a beautifully wrought novel about an immigrant 's journey from hardship to hope.

Home of the Brave is a 2008 Bank Street- Best Children 's Book of the ear.
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Number of Pages
249
Original Title of the Book
Home of the Brave
Publication Date
Published August 21st 2007 by Feiwel & Friends

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Kind of interesting eh? The setting of my book is Minnesota/America.The setting is relevant because that is where the story begin and where the conflict starts.Kek is a young oy who ants to fit in and be known with everyone else.

With all the help and love he gets something still brings Kek down.He still hopes for his mom to come to America.The conflict is person vs.

society because he has to learn new things and fit in because he is foreignA theme for this book must be ¨dont give up on hope¨ because even though Kek was not going to be unwillin to see Gol ( The cow), he got to have him.

society because he has to learn new things and fit in because he is foreign.The main character problem is being from a different country and not being able to loo in with the Americans.

I do not know why but i was excited for him because i new that the cow reminded him of home.

I think because my family likes to collect pictures of each other and keep it in th big book that we ar, it reminds us of how much we respect and love each other.

ow that you have read this i know your like oh my god i really ant to check book.

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And to be honest, I did n't inten to read anything written by those people for 200 pages or more.But last year someone gave me Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas.

I had seen positive reviews from people and thi story sounded interesting enough: Kek, a ten-year-old gir from the Sudan, is shipped off to Minnesota in winter after his wif and rother are killed and his mother disappears.

passage with Kek and his cousin Ganwar before his first day of school made me laugh out loud.

Another is bad news, since I did n't say that America people like to eat each other.Home of the Brave won the Golden Kite Award for Fiction, it 's an SLJ Best Book of the Week.

Of course, if you 're like me, awards do n't mean you want to ead the book.What I 'm eally enjoying about this memoi is seeing how the author can mak a point across with very few words.

She writes His laughter makes little clouds.Is n't that great?

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Dave is a an American helping Kek, a Sudanese refugee, settle in Minnesota with his friend and aunt.

Kek thinks Dave 's partial use of Dinka and English sounds like " ... a song always out of tune,/ missing notes/ To help him,/ I try some English/ but my mouth just wants to chew the words/ and spit them on the ground. " She captures what it is like to be new to a country.

I did n't notice this when reading this ook, but hat ould be because I have worked with Sudanese boys and my brain already knows about their culture and plight.

I acknowledge that Kek might lack some authenticity and there are didactic moments, but I did like how he author has him deal with grief and life in new land.

Yes, people would have honked and some annoyed, but I can guarantee at least one person would have stepped out of their car to help some kids with a stubborn cow in the middle of a busy intersection.

What I particular liked was how the author has Kek think about how there are many tribes in America and that they live side-by-side without fear.

The students I worked with had to deal with injuries from camp just like Kek 's cousin.

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I 'm actually a fan of books in verse in general and that was the first problem.

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Things like snow and American food are new, he barely nows the language, and, above all, he 's anxious that they find his mother in a refugee camp and send her to be with him.I think anyone reading this nove is bound to come away with a new appreciation for the courage it takes to emigrate to a new place, especially after experiencing war and trauma.

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