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Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 8W3.521702

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.

Bestselling author Katherine Applegate presents a beautifully wrought novel about an immigrant's journey from hardship to hope.

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

Hardcover, 267 pages
Published on April 9, 2009 by Paw Prints
ISBN-10: 1439594414
ISBN-13: 9781439594414
7 Book Reviews
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  • dmsquad
    dmsquadThursday, January 17, 2019 at 11:45 am55 stars
    This is a amazing book lots of detail the book is right in in verse and has an amazing plot
    • fovynufovegale
      fovynufovegaleThursday, November 15, 2018 at 1:02 pm44 stars
      IT is a very sad yet happy and interesting book so far. MY favorite character is Ganwar. He is sometimes mysterious and I like it.
      • henhen
        henhenThursday, November 8, 2018 at 5:55 pm55 stars
        Very good book for kids that are refugee
        • winterneeser
          winterneeserTuesday, February 18, 2014 at 7:57 pm33 stars
          Great Book!
          • ezdragon
            Ellen ZockThursday, August 1, 2013 at 3:25 pm55 stars
            Another great book from the author of "The One and only Ivan" - fantastic! Her books are such great reads. Wonderful language and ease in reading. She make you "become" her characters and share in the same feelings as what she's writing. Love this book!
            • mrsmccarthy
              mrsmccarthyTuesday, January 17, 2012 at 5:15 am
              Great book about a 5th grade boys journey from Africa to Minneapolis. He has to learn the language and culture. It is filled wit beautiful language, friendships and reinforces the power of family.
              • vic
                vicFriday, December 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm
                good book

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