Other Words for Home
I am learning how to be
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.
JLG Release: Oct 2019
Awards & 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
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Kirkus Reviews*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Booklist*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*
8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Level 5.3; Points: 5;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 6.6; Points: 10;
Balzer + Bray
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War
Refugees, Immigration, Syria, English as a second language (ESL), School plays, Friendship, Islamophobia, Hijab, Family life, Relatives, Stories in verse,