Other Words for Home

Other Words for Home

Book - 2019
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Sent with her mother to the safety of a relative's home in Cincinnati when her Syrian hometown is overshadowed by violence, Jude worries for the family members who were left behind as she adjusts to a new life with unexpected surprises. Told in verse format.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062747808
Branch Call Number: J FIC WARG
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 22 cm


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This novel in verse was beautifully written. I genuinely enjoyed reading it. Jude is believable and real, as are the other characters in the book. I love how well the author shows the difficultly of understanding the English language. I especial love how she pointed out the use of the phrase "You know...." How sometimes when difficult topics arise people just say you know and then let others fill in the hard parts. As an adult I don't find myself doing this anymore but I distinctly remember doing this when I was younger. I would recommend this book for middle grade students and anyone who enjoys reading about immigrant experiences in America.

Mar 24, 2020

This story is about a girl named Jude who's lived in Syria for most of her life, but when war struck, her mother and she must leave her home, friends and family to move to America to stay with her uncle. I enjoyed this book because it has a good portrayal of refugees and new Muslims. The style of writing very unique as it's written in a poetic form of writing, which I love. I also feel like this book represented me well.

Nov 30, 2019

What an amazing read! I love the fact that Jude did not give up on herself and her family. She was determined despite unexpected surprises in her life.

OPL_KrisC Oct 15, 2019

A moving account of a young Syrian girl's experience leaving home and trying to fit in in America. Written as a novel in verse, this is a powerful and quick read. For fans of Aisha Saeed's "Amal Unbound".

Oct 10, 2019

I loved this book. I ended up listening to it because I have a hard time reading books in verse. I loved the reader and she really brought the story to life. The struggles on immigrants are real and they need to be heard.

IndyPL_ShannonO Sep 21, 2019

The more books I read in verse the more I love them. Other Words for Home is a beautiful, lyrical story about a young Syrian girl named Jude who comes to live in America with her pregnant mother. Her father and brother remain in Syria. The story deals both with Jude's anxiety about what is happening in her homeland and her troubles with trying to fit into her new American life. I think this is a great book to introduce middle grade children to the kinds of conflicts happening in the Middle East as well as help teach kids of all backgrounds about the importance of empathy, tolerance, and acceptance - very vital topics, especially during our current troubling political climate.

ArapahoeKati Aug 22, 2019

Amazing! An incredibly moving novel, written in verse, about family, love, pride, xenophobia and courage. One of the best middle grade novels I've read this year.

Aug 12, 2019

I enjoyed the reality of this outstanding read. Jude is very brave and she never gives up.

Jul 24, 2019

amazing, we need more books like this

Tigard_HollyCP Jul 22, 2019

Jude and her mom and soon-to-be-born baby sister are refugees. When it starts to get more dangerous in Syria, Jude and her mom leave behind her beloved brother, father and best friend to go live with her uncle in the United States. It’s hard to fit in in a new country at a new school with a new language and even with her new-to-her family. It seems that people only see Jude as a refugee, but there is so much more to her, like her dream of being a famous actress. Despite discouragement by her only American friend and her not-so-supportive cousin, when she hears about the tryouts for the school musical, she auditions. Will she get a role? Will she ever hear from her best friend back in Syria? Will her brother survive the violence that he has risen against? So many questions. This novel in verse is a very important piece of work, and very well-done.

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