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Home of the Brave A touching beginning One feels for Kek right away.Finished and so glad I read this story Kek s courage, love of life and sorrow for his family is felt on every page.This book is a wonderful story of what it must be like to emigrate to America after a life of war and camps Kek braves both his home and his new home, never losing hope that Life will somehow be alright, even while he mourns and hopes for his lost mama A humbling story, reminded me of how much I have and how much I haven t had to A touching beginning One feels for Kek right away.Finished and so glad I read this story Kek s courage, love of life and sorrow for his family is felt on every page.This book is a wonderful story of what it must be like to emigrate to America after a life of war and camps Kek braves both his home and his new home, never losing hope that Life will somehow be alright, even while he mourns and hopes for his lost mama A humbling story, reminded me of how much I have and how much I haven t had to live through My heart goes out for all the Keks of the world and I hope they all find a welcoming new home A beautiful, heartwarming story Kek comes from Africa In America he sees snow for the first time, and feels 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 unkindIn Africa, Kek lived with his mother, father, and brother But only he and his mother have survived, and now she s missing Kek is on his own Slowly, he makes friends a girl who is in foster care an old woman who owns a rundown farm, and a cow whose name means family in Kek s native language As Kek awaits word of his mother s fate, he weathers the tough Minnesota winter by finding warmth in his new friendships, strength in his memories, and belief in his new countryBestselling author Katherine Applegate presents a beautifully wrought novel about an immigrant s journey from hardship to hope Home of the Brave is aBank Street Best 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(Will Trent, By Karin Slaughter ➵ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and a cow whose name means family in Kek s native language As Kek awaits word of his mother s fate ❰Epub❯ ➜ Ghost Author Fred Burton – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk he weathers the tough Minnesota winter by finding warmth in his new friendships [Reading] ➷ Nerve By Dick Francis – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk strength in his memories [Download] ➾ Cinco Dias de Vida By Julie Lawson Timmer – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and belief in his new countryBestselling author Katherine Applegate presents a beautifully wrought novel about an immigrant s journey from hardship to hope Home of the Brave is aBank Street Best Children s Book of the Year This is an important book in today s environment It is a beautiful look at the experiences of a young refugee whom moves from Africa to Minnesota It is a reminder of humanity A story of loss and hope and love and discovery A little glimpse into a life of someone who went through so much and is discovering how different things can be A little reminder that sometimes we have no clue about what others have gone through, and maybe we need to remember to treat people with kindness I got through This is an important book in today s environment It is a beautiful look at the experiences of a young refugee whom moves from Africa to Minnesota It is a reminder of humanity A story of loss and hope and love and discovery A little glimpse into a life of someone who went through so much and is discovering how different things can be A little reminder that sometimes we have no clue about what others have gone through, and maybe we need to remember to treat people with kindness I got through this book quickly as it really is written for a younger audience I look forward to reading it out loud to my kids and discussing the beautiful prose and story I really like Katherine Applegate I enjoy reading her books with my daughter, who is also a fan 4.5 5 stars I have some reservations about the book For starters, I think I should start a tag called something like, Books about refugees and or people of color from war torn countries written by white women because for some reason lately I have been coming acrossandbooks that would fall under this genre The Breadwinner author, I m looking at you.While I found the book compelling, my big complaint about it is that the reader doesn t learn Kek is from Sudan until maybe about halfway through I have some reservations about the book For starters, I think I should start a tag called something like, Books about refugees and or people of color from war torn countries written by white women because for some reason lately I have been coming acrossandbooks that would fall under this genre The Breadwinner author, I m looking at you.While I found the book compelling, my big complaint about it is that the reader doesn t learn Kek is from Sudan until maybe about halfway through the book I found an interview with Applegate addressing this where she responds with, Although I did very specific research, it seemed to me that many aspects of the refugee experience are universal The loss and fear, the struggle to belong, the hopes for the future that s all part of the process, no matter where you re from While it s a nice sentiment to believe feelings of loss, fear, the struggle to belong, etc are universal, I find it somewhat offensive she refers to Kek s homeland simply as Africa for much of the book Because, hey, it s all Africa Who cares which country or which tribe Kek is from It s all Africa It s all exotic and different And can t we all relate to feelings of loss, the struggle to belong, and hopes for the future as a refugee brand new to America, as someone who saw his parents murdered Can t we all relate to that Hey, we re all in this together Let s all hold hands now and sing kumbaya Admittedly, that was pretty harsh, but I wanted to get my point across Yes, the book is incredibly moving and many, many people are going to love it, but it seems to beabout what we Americans want the refugee experience to be like, rather than what it actually is I would have also preferred the author to have includedcontextual background as to what happened in Sudan that caused Kek to come to America I never thought I would read a novel in verse Somehow the concept made me think of William Wordsworth or Burt Bacharach Or Dr Seuss And to be honest, I didn t want to read anything written by those people for 200 pages or.But last year someone gave me Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas I ignored it for a while, let it sit on the shelf But let me tell you, when I finally opened it, I couldn t put it down I was blown away.So this year I was actually excited when I got my hands on I never thought I would read a novel in verse Somehow the concept made me think of William Wordsworth or Burt Bacharach Or Dr Seuss And to be honest, I didn t want to read anything written by those people for 200 pages or.But last year someone gave me Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas I ignored it for a while, let it sit on the shelf But let me tell you, when I finally opened it, I couldn t put it down I was blown away.So this year I was actually excited when I got my hands on Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate I had seen positive reviews from people and the story sounded interesting enough Kek, a ten year old boy from the Sudan, is shipped off to Minnesota in winter after his father and brother are killed and his mother disappears But like other books I enjoy, it isn t just the story that pulled me in It s the writing.Kek moves in with an aunt and older cousin who had escaped the refugee camp earlier He has so much to discover in Minnesota snow, English, grocery stores The words are written beautifully, but the book is funny, too This passage with Kek and his cousin Ganwar before his first day of school made me laugh out loud That night, I try on the school clothes in the box Dave has brought for me I pick a button shirt with flowers on it and soft red pants, but Ganwar rolls his eyes Thos are pajamas, he says You wear them when you sleep I try again Ganwar shakes his head The kids will eat you alive, he says This is bad news, since I didn t know 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 Year Of course, if you re like me, awards don t mean you want to read the book.What I m really enjoying about this book is seeing how the author can get a point across with very few words If two people are talking outside in the cold, she doesn t say It s cold She writes His laughter makes little clouds.Isn t that great Here s a kid who has never experienced winter and what does he notice Laughter makes little clouds Brilliant Whether or not you enjoy novels in verse, if you are a writer, I highly recommend that you read one Home of the Brave and Because I am Furniture are great choices, but there are plenty of others out there I think Lisa Schroeder will be next on my list Look at how the authors use language, how they say so much with so little Then think about how you can apply that to your own writing.We re not all going to write novels in verse But learning to beeconomical with words is a lesson we can all use I m not a fan of books in verse in general and that was the first problem The greater problem was my concern with the portrayal of a young Sudanese refugee as naive to the modern world in the extreme.I find it hard to believe a young man having spent time in refugee camps has never heard of jeans and calls television a TV machine At best it was an unsuccessful attempt at telling the story in broken English and at worst poorly researched and first world, white bias on Katherine Applegate s pa I m not a fan of books in verse in general and that was the first problem The greater problem was my concern with the portrayal of a young Sudanese refugee as naive to the modern world in the extreme.I find it hard to believe a young man having spent time in refugee camps has never heard of jeans and calls television a TV machine At best it was an unsuccessful attempt at telling the story in broken English and at worst poorly researched and first world, white bias on Katherine Applegate s part Middle grade readers, especially fans of books in verse and sad stories, might appreciate this book It may serve to introduce kids to the plight of global refugees and immigrant experiences in general, though I have a hard time imagining myself recommending it to someone I would have loved to see an author s note at the least I am a tall boy,like all my people.My arms stick out of the coatlike lonely trees.My fingers cannot makethe gloves work.I shake my head.I say, This America is hard work My first book of 2018 did not disappoint Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate was a beautifully written novel in verse about Kek and his struggles to fit in, learn a new language, and make America feel like his native home of Sudan This book would pair up great with A Long Walk to Water I m definitely making this one an o I am a tall boy,like all my people.My arms stick out of the coatlike lonely trees.My fingers cannot makethe gloves work.I shake my head.I say, This America is hard work My first book of 2018 did not disappoint Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate was a beautifully written novel in verse about Kek and his struggles to fit in, learn a new language, and make America feel like his native home of Sudan This book would pair up great with A Long Walk to Water I m definitely making this one an option for students to read for our next round of classroom book clubs Home of the brave is a very inspiring and sad book It is silly too, the way Kek talks sometimes and humorous It is a amazing book 10 10 and I think any reader would enjoy it unless they don t like a bit of sadness The author Katherine Applegate has vivid descriptions and very good humor. Katherine Applegate puts words together creating beautiful images Dave is a an American helping Kek, a Sudanese refugee, settle in Minnesota with his cousin 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 To not understand the language To know this new place is Katherine Applegate puts words together creating beautiful images Dave is a an American helping Kek, a Sudanese refugee, settle in Minnesota with his cousin 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 To not understand the language To know this new place is not home To desperately long to return to what is comfortable and familiar Humor is balanced with tragedy through the eyes of Kek, who tries to see the good in life When he gets a job helping on a farm, it reminds him of back home when he helped take care of the village cattle.There is a Kirkus review that criticizes this book for Kek s character being stereotyped and not fleshed out enough I didn t notice this when reading the book, but that could be because I have worked with Sudanese boys and my brain already knows about their culture and plight I agree that Kek might lack some authenticity and there are didactic moments, but I did like how the author has him deal with grief and life in a new land I thought the criticism somewhat harsh and not as extreme as the reviewer felt Perhaps Kek s school interactions might be showing too much how people should act toward immigrants versus what Kek was really going through You ll have to read it yourself to decide.Some things did not always seem spot on for me, but other things did Such as when the cow stops traffic and everyone in the cars are mad Minnesotans are overly polite in their cars and helpful Someone would have stepped out to help 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 Some observers would have thought it funny But that s really minor and I only know this because I spent 40 years living in this state 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 When working with the Sudanese students at our school, that was the one thing they marveled at the most Many times they said, You have many tribes but you get along And you don t kill the leader if you disagree with him While some readers might see this as unalloyed enthusiasm for America, it was something I heard many times from the refugees.Maybe Kek is too nice and positive for some readers Yes, he could havecharacteristics explained such as his language and looks But I was able to put a clear picture in my head even if the free verse lacked details Of course, my personal experience dealing with Sudanese boys needs to be considered It s easier to picture something when you have background knowledge The students I worked with had to deal with injuries from camp just like Kek s cousin No one was missing a hand, but one was missing an eye and another had serious back problems These four of the kids lived together and three of them worked additional jobs to pay for their apartment It was not easy for them Trying to write a story about a different culture when the author is not from it is always going to be tricky The pitfalls of stereotyping is one issue, as well as, a lack of authenticity While this book falls short in some spots I didn t think it should be written off It did speak to me as a foreigner living in a different country I could empathize with Kek s culture shock and I didn t think he was quite as two dimensional as other readers thought Like I said, you ll have to decide for yourself Have you ever went to a public library or school library, trying to look for a common book Well today is your lucky day, My book is called Home of the Brave The genre is Realistic Fiction.My opinion on this book is I liked it, at first I took it because it had short words and paragraphs But once i started reading it I was starting to get the hang of it I liked how the author described the way the character Kek was talking because he was not from the country When he arrived to America, he c Have you ever went to a public library or school library, trying to look for a common book Well today is your lucky day, My book is called Home of the Brave The genre is Realistic Fiction.My opinion on this book is I liked it, at first I took it because it had short words and paragraphs But once i started reading it I was starting to get the hang of it I liked how the author described the way the character Kek was talking because he was not from the country When he arrived to America, he called a airplane a flying boat Kind of interesting eh The setting of my book is Minnesota America.The setting is relevant because that is where the story starts and where the conflict starts.Kek is a young boy who wants to fit in and be known with everyone else But he is from a different country, so its kind of hard to fit in with people you do not know His father and brother had been killed, so Kek is staying with his aunt and cousin who has been in America longer than him He meets this lady name Lou who lives on a farm with her cow Kek falls in love with the cow, the cow reminds him of his home Then Kek meets this girl from a foster care, and becomes her friend She shows him around and teaches him new things 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 would be dont give up on hope because even though Kek was not going to be able to see Gol The cow , he got to have him I like this theme because it reminded me of me I don t really believe in luck but I believe in hope One time my great grandmother was in the hospital, and I never gave up on my hope for her to come home Now we are all blessed and thankful I was moved by how he explained that his father and brother passed I have a father and brother of my own, and to know that if something so sad and hurtful happened I would lose my soul Thats exactly how much love i have for my family and I know Kek feels the same way The conflict is person vs 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 fit in with the Americans He has to learn how to speak a different language He has to adapt to the different nature Like when he first came to America he didnt know what snow was He said What is all this white I whisper Where is all the world From my perspective i got the hint that he had to be from another country My favorite part was when i found that kek got to keep the cow I do not know why but i was excited for him because i knew that the cow reminded him of home I know because my family likes to collect pictures of each other and keep it in this big book that we have, it reminds us of how much we respect and love each other On a scale from 1 to five i rate this book 4.3 because i made a lot of connections as you can see in my two paragraphs and also because i never took the time to read a book like this usually i would read girly and romantic books I recommend this book to people who like modern world books and can relate to the people in the book Now that you have read this i know your like oh my god i really want to check this book I know trust me i know 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About the Author: Katherine Applegate

Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal Her novel Crenshaw spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times children s bestseller list, and her first middle grade stand alone novel, the award winning Home of the Brave, continues to be included on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists.Katherine has written three picture books The Buffalo Storm The Remarkable True Story of Ivan, the Shopping Mall Gorilla often used as a companion book to The One and Only Ivan for younger readers and Sometimes You Fly publishing in spring, 2018 For beginning readers, Katherine wrote Roscoe Riley Rules, a seven book series.With her husband, Michael Grant, Katherine co wrote Animorphs, a long running series that has sold over 35 million books worldwide.Katherine lives in Marin County, California, with her family and assorted pets.


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