Home Of The Brave

Paperback | December 23, 2008

byKatherine Applegate

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A man I helped to settle here
taught me a saying from Africa.
I'll bet you would like it:
A cow is God with a wet nose.

Kek comes from Africa where he lived with his mother, father, and brother. But only he and his mother have survived. Now she's missing, and Kek has been sent to a new home. In America, he sees snow for the first time, and feels its sting. He wonders if the people in this new place will be like the winter-cold and unkind. But slowly he makes friends: a girl in foster care, an old woman with a rundown farm, and a sweet, sad cow that reminds Kek of home. As he waits for word of his mother's fate, Kek weathers the tough Minnesota winter by finding warmth in his new friendships, strength in his memories, and belief in his new country.

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A man I helped to settle heretaught me a saying from Africa.I'll bet you would like it:A cow is God with a wet nose.Kek comes from Africa where he lived with his mother, father, and brother. But only he and his mother have survived. Now she's missing, and Kek has been sent to a new home. In America, he sees snow for the first time, an...

Katherine Applegate is the author of several best-selling young adult series, including Animorphs and Roscoe Riley Rules. Home of the Brave, her first standalone novel, received the SCBWI 2008 Golden Kite Award for Best Fiction and the Bank Street 2008 Josette Frank Award. "In Kek's story, I hope readers will see the neighbor child wi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.63 × 5.2 × 0.72 inPublished:December 23, 2008Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312535635

ISBN - 13:9780312535636

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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In this novel, told in free verse, an eleven year old African boy who has seen more than he should have seen and known great loss and sadness, opens our eyes to the horrors of war. Through his perceptions we also get a fresh view of our own county and ourselves, and we are prompted to ask questions and come to conclusions.The combination of young Kek's innocence, the poetry of the telling, and the emotional impact of the story itself, compels readers to respond powerfully to the book, to the issues it raises, and to the telling itself.You'll find many Literature, Language Arts, and Social Studies lessons in the novel - and many opportunities for discussion.

Editorial Reviews

"Beautiful. Thank you for publishing this book. Thank Katherine Applegate for writing it." -Karen Hesse"Moving . . . Kek is both a representative of all immigrants and a character in his own right." -School Library Journal, Starred Review"Precise, highly accessible language evokes a wide range of emotions and simultaneously tells an initiation story. A memorable inside view of an outsider." -Publishers Weekly"This beautiful story of hope and resilience . . . is an almost lyrical story." -Voice of Youth Advocates"The boy's first-person narrative is immediately accessible. Like Hanna Jansen's Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You, the focus on one child gets behind those news images of streaming refugees far away." -Booklist"The evocative spareness of the verse narrative will appeal to poetry lovers as well as reluctant readers and ESL students." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books". . . beautifully written in free verse . . . a thought-provoking book about a topic sure to evoke the empathy of readers." -KLIATT