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Other Words for Home



by
Jasmine Warga

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Balzer + Bray
ISBN
9780062747808

Awards and Honors
2020 Charlotte Huck Award Honor
Kirkus Best Books - 2019
Publishers Weekly Best Books - 2019
SLJ Best Books - 2019
NPR’s Book Concierge - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019
CSMCL Best Books - 2019
Newbery Medal Honoree - 2020
The Walter Award Honoree Younger Readers Category - 2020
NCTE’s 2020 Notable Poetry List in the Notable Verse Novels Category
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War
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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 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.

Glossary of Arabic words. Author’s note.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

352

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5.3: points 5

Lexile

930L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

10

JLG Release

Oct 2019

Book Genres


Topics

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

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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 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.

Praise & Reviews

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 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.

Grades 5-8
Realistic Fiction Middle Plus
For Grades 5-8

Stories with strong, relatable characters that portray believable contemporary or historical real-life experiences.

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