A gorgeously written, hopeful middle grade novel in verse about a young girl who must leave Syria to move to the United States, perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Aisha Saeed.
Jude never thought she’d be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives.
At first, everything in America seems too fast and too loud. The American movies that Jude has always loved haven’t quite prepared her for starting school in the US—and her new label of “Middle Eastern,” an identity she’s never known before.
But this life also brings unexpected surprises—there are new friends, a whole new family, and a school musical that Jude might just try out for. Maybe America, too, is a place where Jude can be seen as she really is.
This lyrical, life-affirming story is about losing and finding home and, most importantly, finding yourself.
|File size:||1 MB|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Jasmine Warga is the author of My Heart and Other Black Holes, which has been translated into over twenty languages, and Here We Are Now. Her debut middle grade book is Other Words for Home. She lives and writes in Cincinnati, Ohio. You can visit Jasmine online at www.jasminewarga.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga is a book that has melted my heart. From the moment I picked up this verse novel, I was engrossed in the story and the courage of the characters. Jude, the main character, is a young girl from Syria. Her family has been separated by the unrest and violence in her country. To keep Jude and her mother safe, Jude's father has sent them both to live with an uncle in America. Life in America is challenging and scary. Jude is finding herself continually heeding her brother's words to "be brave." Taking his words to heart, Jude holds her head high as she starts school in America, meets new friends, and tries to find a balance between her life in America and her life in Syria. She even emulates his example and makes the choice to audition for the musical at her new American school. Other Words for Home is a modern-day story of immigration and bravery. It tells the story of one young girl's desire to start her new life in America while she still honors the family and life she left behind in Syria. It hits on the struggles of fitting in, learning a new language, and the realities of racism and intolerance that happens even here in America. As I was reading Other Words for Home, I got lost in the poetic words that just flowed from the pages. They were melodic and entrancing. Jasmine Warga has a talent that I would put right up there with other verse novelists, such as K.A. Holt and Kwame Alexander. The verse novel structure was done with perfection, and it was a beautiful asset to Jude's story.
Touching and timely.
Across the world, a family of four is living a happy, contented life. Then unrest brings fear, danger, and violence to their doorstep. Jude and her mother flee to America and the safety of her uncle’s home leaving her beloved father and brother behind in war-torn Syria. This is the story of twelve year old Jude’s struggle to fit into a different culture, to master another language, and to make new friends all the while worrying about the welfare of her father and brother. With a unique lyrical writing style the author has crafted a lovely story. The big-hearted main character is so brave and strong and endearing. You can’t help but like her. I think this is a great story and not only for middle grade readers. I think everyone could benefit from this moving tale that reminds us to not only accept our differences, but to celebrate them and will help foster a better understanding of different cultures.