Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

Kek comes from Africa. In America he sees snow for the first time, and feels its sting. He's never walked on ice, and he falls. He wonders if the people in this new place will be like the winter – cold and unkind.

In Africa, Kek lived with his mother, father, and brother. But only he and his mother have survived, and now she's missing. Kek is on his own. Slowly, he makes friends: a girl who is in foster care; an old woman who owns a rundown farm, and a cow whose name means "family" in Kek's native language. As Kek awaits word of his mother's fate, he weathers the tough Minnesota winter by finding warmth in his new friendships, strength in his memories, and belief in his new country.

Bestselling author Katherine Applegate presents a beautifully wrought novel about an immigrant's journey from hardship to hope.

Home of the Brave is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Title:Home of the Brave
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780312367657
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    Home of the Brave Reviews

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    This is the story of a young Sudanese boy, one of the "Lost Boys," who comes to the U.S. to live with his aunt and cousin and tries to adjust to life in a new land. Things like snow and American food ...

  • Yoonmee

    I have some reservations about the book. For starters, I think I should start a tag called something like, "Books about refugees and/or people of color from war torn countries written by white women" ...

  • Petra

    A touching beginning. One feels for Kek right away.Finished and so glad I read this story. Kek's courage, love of life and sorrow for his family is felt on every page.This book is a wonderful story of...

  • Mandy

    This is an important book in today's environment. It is a beautiful look at the experiences of a young refugee whom moves from Africa to Minnesota. It is a reminder of humanity. A story of loss and ho...

  • Lindsay

    I'm not a fan of books in verse in general and that was the first problem. The greater problem was my concern with the portrayal of a young Sudanese refugee as naive to the modern world in the extreme...

  • Sherrie Petersen

    I never thought I would read a novel in verse. Somehow the concept made me think of William Wordsworth or Burt Bacharach. Or Dr. Seuss. And to be honest, I didn't want to read anything written by thos...

  • Christina Hanson

    I am a tall boy,like all my people.My arms stick out of the coatlike lonely trees.My fingers cannot makethe gloves work.I shake my head.I say, This America is hard work.•My first book of 2018 did no...

  • Tejas

    Home of the brave is a very inspiring and sad book. It is silly too, the way Kek talks sometimes and humorous. It is a amazing book 10/10 and I think any reader would enjoy it unless they don't like a...

  • Barb Middleton

    Katherine Applegate puts words together creating beautiful images. Dave is a an American helping Kek, a Sudanese refugee, settle in Minnesota with his cousin and aunt. Kek thinks Dave's partial use of...

  • Imari

    Have you ever went to a public library or school library, trying to look for a common book? Well today is your lucky day, My book is called Home of the Brave. The genre is Realistic Fiction.My opinio...