Other Words for Home

By: Jasmine Warga

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 that Jude has always loved haven’t quite prepared her for starting school in the US—and her new label of “Middle Eastern,” an identity she’s never known before. But this life also brings unexpected surprises—there are new friends, a whole new family, and a school musical that Jude might just try out for. Maybe America, too, is a place where Jude can be seen as she really is.

This lyrical, life-affirming story is about losing and finding home and, most importantly, finding yourself.



Glossary of Arabic words. Author’s note.

ISBN: 9780062747808

JLG Release: Oct 2019


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination, Harsh realities of war
Topics: Refugees , Immigration , Syria , English as a second language (ESL) , School plays , Friendship , Islamophobia , Hijab , Family life , Relatives , Stories in verse

$16.85  Member Price


Add to Wishlist

Like this book? Get more like it every month.

Realistic Fiction Middle Plus

Grades 5-8

14 titles/year

$235.90/year

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Booklist*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

Horn Book

Warga’s (My Heart and Other Black Holes, rev. 1/15) latest book is a middle-grade novel written in free verse and narrated by a Syrian girl named Jude. The first signs of things going wrong in her world are arguments between Jude’s older brother, who is dedicated to the cause of a free and democratic Syria, and their father, who wants st Warga’s (My Heart and Other Black Holes, rev. 1/15) latest book is a middle-grade novel written in free verse and narrated by a Syrian girl named Jude. The first signs of things going wrong in her world are arguments between Jude’s older brother, who is dedicated to the cause of a free and democratic Syria, and their father, who wants stability even if that means allegiance to the oppressive President Assad. When military fighting comes dangerously near their hometown, Jude and her mother leave their home and family to come to the United States, where Jude’s uncle lives with his American wife and their daughter. Starting school, improving her English in an ESL classroom, making new friends, and taking part in a school play are challenges in Jude’s new life, as is dealing with the ugliness of Islamophobia and being brave: both for her pregnant mother and to fulfill her promise to her beloved brother, now missing in a war zone. But Jude is strong enough to face all challenges. Her voice throughout is convincing and authentic, infused with thoughtfulness, humor, determination, and hope. Her adjustment period upon arrival in the United States offers a realistic portrait of the strength it takes to move to a new country, as well as of the complicated dynamics between first- and second-generation immigrants.

Book Details

ISBN

9780062747808

First Release

October 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

352

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 6.6; Points: 10;

Lexile

Level 930L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Balzer + Bray

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination, Harsh realities of war

Topics

Refugees, Immigration, Syria, English as a second language (ESL), School plays, Friendship, Islamophobia, Hijab, Family life, Relatives, Stories in verse,

Standard MARC Record

Download Standard MARC Record

Cover Art

Download Cover Art

Recommended Titles From Realistic Fiction Middle Plus

The Usual Suspects

by Maurice Broaddus

Realistic Fiction Middle Plus

$16.85

A Place to Belong

by Cynthia Kadohata

Realistic Fiction Middle Plus

$16.85

Orange for the Sunsets

by Tina Athaide

Realistic Fiction Middle Plus

$16.85

Realistic Fiction Middle Plus

$16.85
Copyright © 2017 Magento, Inc. All rights reserved.