Other Words for Home

Book review by Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media
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age 10+

Hopeful, relatable story of Syrian refugee in middle school.

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age 10+
This novel is written in free verse, in the voice of Jude, a 12-year-old girl who comes to America fleeing war in Syria. Only one other student at her new school is also Middle Eastern and Muslim. A "handful of violent episodes" (a bombing and police raids) are discussed in a few words, but never graphically. Two girls get their first periods.

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age 10+

Beautiful inside and out

I read this book in a couple of days. I could barely put it down. I am a 4th / 5th grade reading teacher, and I think this would be a great book for my students to read to gain a window into a world of which they are very unfamiliar. There are great lesson's about seeing another person's viewpoint and seeing her for who she is, not thinking you know a person based on her clothing, skin color, the food she eats, or cultural and religious practices of her family. There are a couple brief mentions of Jude and a friend getting their first periods, but this would be a great opportunity for parents to talk about this milestone with young readers.

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