Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Katherine Applegate's novel in verse is superior, Kek is a young boy from Africa trying to understand what it is like to live in America (without his Mother, Father & Brother). Due to the war, Kek has lost his father and brother and does not know if his mother is still alive. Will immigrant Kek be able to survive in Minnesota filled with snow, dead trees and a language he does not understand? With the help of his neighbor, Hannah, Kek will migrate the often hard path that life is while going to school. He also falls in love with a cow and works on the farm with his cousin Ganwar. I loved Applegate's African proverbs and how they help Kek strengthen his resolve to find find his mother and discover his new character in a new world. Highly recommended.
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