Jude is a 12-year-old girl from Syria, and this story chronicles her life from before the war, during the war, and when her and her mother are forced to leave Syria, her father, and her brother for Cincinnati. Jude always loved American movies and was one of the best in class at English, but neither of those prepared her for her new life. In America, Jude takes on some new identities: new student, Middle Eastern, English for Speakers of Other Languages student, and immigrant. Readers will find that the most important identities are the ones that Jude chooses herself.
Told in verse, Other Words for Home is a 2020 Newbery Honor book that you'll find hard to put down. Jude is a brave and honest narrator who expertly navigates the difficulties of first-generation immigrant and middle-school life. I found her story compelling and moving, and I'm looking forward to our group discussions.
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