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.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ♭2019
ISBN: 9780062747808
Characteristics: 342 pages ;,22 cm.


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Amanda_HT Feb 24, 2021

Written in versus, this middle-grade novel tells the story of a Syrian girl and her mother as they immigrate to the US. It features strong and diverse female characters and it is beautifully written from the point of view of the daughter. Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years old.

IndyPL_MollieB Feb 23, 2021

"Mama says that only tourists would pay / Mariana's prices for cake. / Mama says the word 'cake' like it's just an ordinary food, / which is strange since everyone knows that cakes are made of magic."

"One night, though, Mama wins and Aunt Michelle / lets her cook dinner. / Mama does not find her recipe online. / She finds it in her memory, / her heart."

Novel in verse = #EpicPoetry

#IndyPLKids #WakeUpIndy #OwnVoices

JCLBrittanyC Dec 16, 2020

This was one of the titles for Tween Book Club this month and it was a wonderful pick. We follow Jude who moves to the United States with her mother from Syria. As a reader we get to experience this journey right alongside Jude. She experiences grief while missing her father, brother, and family back in Syria. She experiences discomfort learning a new language and culture. But also experiences a ton of love and growth. Jude’s story is one that I’m so glad is getting told, and that I think many young people can learn from. Other Words for Home is also written in verse, making something really quick and easy to fly through with still just as big of an impact as a typical novel. Want to try your hand at some juvenile titles to broaden your scope or have some kids in your life that need a good book? Grab this and I’m sure all will love it!

JCLGladisO Nov 09, 2020

I loved the way this book was written from the perspective of a young girl. This was a beautiful story about a young girl who has to leave Syria with her pregnant mother leaving behind her father and brother. While in the US Jude goes through many emotions, trying to make sense of all that has happened and is happening. She doesn't lose sense of who she is, if anything she holds strong to her identity. I love Jude's strength, resilience, and hope.

Jun 30, 2020

I honestly have no idea how people can possibly stand poetry yet even I enjoyed this one. Beautifully written.

Jun 01, 2020

this is the best book ever. the author of this book,Jasmine warga actually came to our school. and explained that this book is based little parts from her life like how her DAD WAS A REFUGEE. that is why I love the this book so much. and over all that it is emotionally very sad that i actually cried while I read. the book may look big but it very small really. it doesn't have much in every page. it is also written in a special way. it is almost like a poem. of course every thing is clear and it has no metaphors that will confuse you. I don't know how to explain it. and also it has a couple Arabic words in the book that improved my Arabic vocabulary. there is a glossary for those words ate the end of the book. another reason i like this book is because,me myself is a Muslim just like Jude. so i imagine myself to be so much like her.

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".

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Jun 13, 2020

alibonis thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 14

OPL_KrisC Oct 15, 2019

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Aug 12, 2019

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Jun 13, 2020

jude is a young girl who lives in the middle east. her life completely changes wars and protests come and her most beloved brothers runs off to fight. at the same time her mother gets pregnent. since it is too risky to give birth to baby in the middle jude's parents decided jude and her mother would run of to Cincinnati to live with some reletives. and she would have to leave her father and brother behind. over at Cincinnati jude has to deal with couple of the hardest situation in her life. read this wonderful book to see what they


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