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The Good Braider was selected as the 2013 Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year and a Book of Outstanding Merit.

In spare free verse laced with unforgettable images, Viola's strikingly original voice sings out the story of her family's journey from war-torn Sudan, to Cairo, and finally to Portland, Maine. Here, in the sometimes too close embrace of the local Southern Sudanese Community, she dreams of South Sudan while she tries to navigate the strange world of America—a world where a girl can wear a short skirt, get a tattoo, or even date a boy; a world that puts her into sharp conflict with her traditional mother who, like Viola, is struggling to braid together the strands of a displaced life. Terry Farish's haunting novel is not only a riveting story of escape and survival, but the universal tale of a young immigrant's struggle to build a life on the cusp of two cultures.

The author of The Good Braider has donated this book to the Worldreader program.

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published on May 1, 2012 by Skyscape
ISBN-10: 0761462678
ISBN-13: 9780761462675
1 Book Review
  • marcar2021
    marcar20218 months33 stars
    How would you feel if you had to leave your family, to get away from a very dangerous and hurtful situation? If you’ve ever expericend something of that sort I would recomend the book The Good Braider by Terry Ferish, You may be able to relate, depending on a struggle youve gone through. This book may be something that makes you feel good, like you have another person feeling the same way as you, or been through the same situation as you. In this book a girl named Viola from Sudan Africa, moved to Portland Maine, because of the way she was poorly treated in her Country, she experienced a lot of harsh and disturbing things while staying in her country, all though she was tired of being treated terrible, she didn’t want to leave her family and other things behind. This book is very deep and I personally would not recommend 12 under, there's very harsh topics maybe a child isn't ready to hear about quite yet. The book is very good and educational.