Home of the BraveBook - 2007
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.
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Kek arrives from an African refugee camp and now lives with his aunt and cousin in snowy Minnesota. His new life is strange and he is lonely for Mama. Friendship with a cow helps, also with a foster girl. Refugee story.
Kek, a refugee from Sudan, encounters many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner. Grade 4 - 9
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