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Written in the first person by the middle school Syrian immigrant female protagonist. I would rather not rate it because I seldom like free verse, and this not an exception. I mostly feel free verse is an unsuitable framework for juvenile fiction, especially for fiction where I prefer a plot and a convincing voice. There are some special moments and lines, but mostly I felt like the author tried too hard and it showed. It did not feel seamless or authentic.
This is a beautiful story of a Syrian girl, who moves to the United States with her pregnant mother, leaving her father and brother behind. They leave Syria out of fear for their safety due to much unrest in their home country. The story depicts the experiences and intense feelings of an immigrant child which draws out much empathy in the reader. Surely an important book in these times in which many immigrants are being treated poorly. It addresses language barriers, cultural differences, loss of country and of family, fear and the experience of bigotry. A very important read! Strongly recommend.
I loved this story of Jude and her transition from Syria to America. The verse is a lovely way to tell it. I am also saddened by the prejudice she faced, and that refugees still face. I think it is important to remember that we share the same dreams.
I really love this book. The verse novel format makes it very engaging, and students will love Jude! I'm always trying to find books to help students understand new perspectives, and Jude's story of immigration is very timely. I recommend this book for fans of Wishtree by Katherine Applegate!
I loved going through this adventure! This book waz so easy to read and I wanted the story to continue. The only warning I would give for younger readers is twice they talk about menstruation. It was not in detail but just to be cautious since the reading level is about 10 years old.
I loved this book from the first page to the last page. The characters, especially Jude will always have a special place in my heart. I loved the way they grew together, became more of a family, and realized that there really is more than one word for home.
This book is truly a "page turner". The story is told from a child's perspective and how her family is separated because of war in her home land. She must learn a new language, new food, adjust to her new family in America, and deal with all the emotions of leaving part of her family back home.
I think this might be the first novel in verse I've finished. And it was great. Jude's voice, heart, and growth were clear and powerful. The relationships were spot on. The friends/not friends of middle school. The unconditional love of parents.
This is a new book that I’ve acquired for my middle school library. I think the short lines and simple but soulful ways this book is written will really resonate with my students and teachers. This is such a sweet story of redemption. Loved it.