Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

By Katherine Applegate

12 ratings 8 reviews 21 followers
Interest Level Reading Level Reading A-Z ATOS Word Count
Grades 4 - 8 Grades 4 - 8 W 3.5 21702

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.

Publisher: Paw Prints
ISBN-13: 9781439594414
ISBN-10: 1439594414
Published on 4/9/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Number of pages: 267

Book Reviews (11)

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My heart was pouring out love as I read read each page. What a beautiful reminder to us that our country offers so many opportunities that we take for granted. Be prepared to cry.


The book is good

Kel is a sweet boy I wonder what will happen at the end.đź““đź““????

This book is about a little kid named Kek who is from Africa and has been through a lot. He had to go to a refugee camp during a war but the camp was invaded, and he lost people he loved. He moves to America to live with his cousin and aunt, and works on a farm. He has a hard time adjusting to America and thinks Americans take things for granted. This book might make you sad, and it makes you think about the things we take for granted. It made me cry, it’s very emotional, and it makes me realize how much we have in America.

This is a amazing book lots of detail the book is right in in verse and has an amazing plot

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.

Very good book for kids that are refugee

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!

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.

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