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Other Words for Home

by Jasmine Warga

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Newbery Honor Book

New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor Book!

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.

Product Details

Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780062747815
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
Pages: 368
Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780062747808
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: May 28, 2019
Pages: 352
For Ages: 9-12