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Home of the Brave

Autor Katherine Applegate
en Limba Engleză Paperback – dec 2008 – vârsta de la 10 până la 13 ani

Bestselling author Katherine Applegate presents Home of the Brave, a beautifully wrought middle grade novel about an immigrant's journey from hardship to hope.

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 unkind.

In 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 country.

Home of the Brave is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780312535636
ISBN-10: 0312535635
Pagini: 267
Dimensiuni: 135 x 201 x 20 mm
Greutate: 0.2 kg
Ediția:Reprint
Editura: Square Fish
Locul publicării:New York, NY, United States

Textul de pe ultima copertă

When the flying boatreturns to Earth at last, I open my eyesand gaze out the round window.What is all the white? I whisper.Where is all the world?

Recenzii

"American culture, the Minnesota climate, and personal identity are examined in this moving first-person novel written in free verse . . . Kek is both a representative of all immigrants and a character in his own right . . . Kek will be instantly recognizable to immigrants, but he is also well worth meeting by readers living in homogeneous communities."--"School Library Journal," starred review "In her first stand-alone book, Applegate (the Animorphs series) effectively uses free verse to capture a Sudanese refugee's impressions of America and his slow adjustment . . . Prefaced by an African proverb, each section of the book marks a stage in the narrator's assimilation, eloquently conveying how his initial confusion fades as survival skills improve and friendships take root . . . Precise, highly accessible language evokes a wide range of emotions and simultaneously tells an initiation story. A memorable inside view of an outsider."--"Publishers Weekly"
"This beautiful story of hope and resilience . . . is an almost lyrical story . . . Kek's voice is particularly strong as he models the difficulties experienced by a new immigrant . . . The book highlights the importance of attitude to success, a life lesson worth repeating as well."--"VOYA"
"The boy's first-person narrative is immediately accessible. Like Hanna Jansen's "Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You, "the focus on one child gets behind those news images of streaming refugees far away."--"Booklist"
." . . [Kek] relates the process of adjusting to his new life in poignant and lyrical free verse, a stylistic choice that helps set the tone of a character who of necessity thinks in images when he can't find the words tocarry him from his old language to his new language . . . Kek's observations about the weirdness of American culture and customs will be familiar to immigrants and will cause non-immigrants to see everyday patterns and material possessions in a new light; the evocative spareness of the verse narrative will appeal to poetry lovers as well as reluctant readers and ESL students."--"Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books" (BCCB)
." . . beautifully written in free verse . . . a thought-provoking book about a topic sure to evoke the empathy of readers."--"KLIATT"
." . . a beautiful, meaningful, wonderful novel . . ."--Alison Morris, Wellesley Booksmith bookseller and "Shelftalker" blogger ("PW" online)
"In an immediate, first-person voice, we get a detailed, emotional glimpse into Kek's adjustment to America and its ways. With exact and accessible language--as well as many evocative metaphors, as Kek tries to acclimate to his new life . . . --Applegate gives young readers a compelling account of life as an outsider in America."--Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (blog)
"Kek's experience is not simply that of an immigrant boy looking to be brave in a new situation. He teaches much, of course, of the things challenging a person recently introduced to a place and culture. He also teaches about preserving the valuable parts of one's own history and culture. But most important, his universal longing to be part of a family, to display bravery and courage, to be accepted, make him just like any young person. His poignant story communicates the shared longings of all young people."--Children's Literature Network

"Beautiful. Thank you for publishing this book. Thank Katherine Applegate for writing it."--Karen Hesse "Moving . . . Kek is both a representative of all immigrants and a character in his own right."--"School Library Journal", Starred Review
"Precise, highly accessible language evokes a wide range of emotions and simultaneously tells an initiation story. A memorable inside view of an outsider."--"Publishers Weekly"
"This beautiful story of hope and resilience . . . is an almost lyrical story."--"Voice of Youth Advocates"
"The boy's first-person narrative is immediately accessible. Like Hanna Jansen's "Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You", the focus on one child gets behind those news images of streaming refugees far away."--"Booklist"
"The evocative spareness of the verse narrative will appeal to poetry lovers as well as reluctant readers and ESL students."--"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"
." . . beautifully written in free verse . . . a thought-provoking book about a topic sure to evoke the empathy of readers."--"KLIATT"

Descriere

"A man I helped to settle here
taught me a saying from Africa.
I'll bet you would like it:
A cow is God with a wet nose."
Kek comes from Africa where he lived with his mother, father, and brother. But only he and his mother have survived. Now she's missing, and Kek has been sent to a new home. In America, he sees snow for the first time, and feels its sting. He wonders if the people in this new place will be like the winter--cold and unkind. But slowly he makes friends: a girl in foster care, an old woman with a rundown farm, and a sweet, sad cow that reminds Kek of home. As he waits for word of his mother's fate, Kek weathers the tough Minnesota winter by finding warmth in his new friendships, strength in his memories, and belief in his new country.

Notă biografică

Katherine Applegate is the author of several best-selling young adult series, including Animorphs and Roscoe Riley Rules. "Home of the Brave," her first standalone novel, received the SCBWI 2008 Golden Kite Award for Best Fiction and the Bank Street 2008 Josette Frank Award. "In Kek's story, I hope readers will see the neighbor child with a strange accent, the new kid in class from some faraway land, the child in odd clothes who doesn't belong," she says. "I hope they will see themselves." She lives with her family in Irvine, California.