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by Katherine Applegate,Dominic Hoffman

Kek come from Africa. In America, he sees snowfor the first time and feels its sting. He's never walked on ice and he falls. He wonders if the people of this new place will be like the winter - cold and unkind. In Africa, Kek lived with his mohter, 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 his 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.
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ISBN: 073936216X
ISBN13: 978-0739362167
Category: No category
Author: Katherine Applegate,Dominic Hoffman
Publisher: Listening Library (2007)
ePUB size: 1138 kb
FB2 size: 1267 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 765
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Ava babcock
Ms. Shine
Book review
March 23, 2017

Persevere and be brave

The book Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate, is one of the most touching and entertaining books I've read in a long time and it never stopped making me want to read more. Keks journey through the book is very lighthearted but funny and he perseveres through the tough situations he goes through and doesn't stop believing in what he wants. This book has strong emotions to flow and carry you through book, strong and poetic descriptions to create a visual image in your mind, and finally, realistic characters to help you relate. In the end, we learn The most about persevering than anything else.

This story takes place in present time. Kek is from Africa and has to move to America because his dad and brother died from an attack and his mother went missing. He doesn't want to live in America and really wants to find his mother. But eventually, he finds friends and has a fun time. He even makes a special friend... A cow! Kek goes through a lot during these situations in the story but his friends and family help him throughout the way.

This book can get very emotional. For example, at one point in the story Kek he's talking to his cousin, Ganwar. Ganwar is saying that Kek shouldn't believe what he does. He thinks that believing is not right. The text says, “Finally Ganwar speaks/ They're all gone Kek/ They're all dead./ I want to hate Ganwar for his words./ But I am too weary for anger./ Already there are so many people to hate,/ too many./ Not all ,I finally whisper./ Not Mama./ He sighs, it isn't good to fool yourself./ I've learned that much./ Hoping isn't foolish, I say.” (p. 44) This was emotional because Keks cousin was just pushing all his hopes down the drain and not letting him think what he wants to think, even if it might not be true. The text also says, “Listen, buddy, Dave says,/ I'm afraid I've got some more news./ I heard from Diane./ They tracked down the people made it to/ The two refugee camps I told you about./ Something grabs my throat/ and tries to steal the air away./ None of them was your mom, Kek./ I look away./ Nearby a crow flaps it's great, black wings.”(p. 196) This was emotional because Kek was just figuring out that the people hadn't found his mom yet. He was super disappointed and from then on started little by little, not believing. This book can be very emotional.

This book is very poetic and descriptive. For example, the text says,” The cow is near a fine,/ wide-armed,/ good-for-climbing tree./ To say the truth of it,/ she is not the most beautiful of cows./ Her belly sags/ and her coat is scarred/ and her face tells me/ she remembers sweeter days.” This part of the text shows me that it is very poetic and descriptive because reading this, I could really imagine what the cow looks like. The text also says, “Lou puts her hands on her hips./ She’s wearing jeans like mine and a big shirt./ Her hair is short and silver/ like a fresh moon./ She has many wrinkles/ to show her great knowledge/ of the world.” (p. 118) this part in the book was very descriptive. It really helped me figure out and know what the lady looks like. Her description helped me know what her personality is like. This book is very descriptive.

And last, this book has very realistic and relatable characters. Having realistic characters helps you relate to the book. For example, the text says,” I reach out and touch/ a piece of bright green food/ I've never seen before./ And then I begin to cry./ Hannah rushes over to my side./It's OK, she says./ We can leave if you want.” This shows relatable characters because I think if you were new to a country, and has never seen a store before, you would most likely be overwhelmed with all the items and food. The text also says, “Do you like the cold?/I want to say/ No, this cold is like claws on my skin!” This quote from the story may be short, but it sure is relatable. I can imagine that someone that hasn't been in snow before would dislike it. I know I would, with all the stinging and coldness of it! This book is relatable.

Throughout this book, Kek goes through very tough situations that finds a way to sneak through all of them. We learned that persevering and having grit is the best way to get through almost all the tough situations in life. Just be brave and try your best. I definitely give this book a five out of five star rating! You absolutely have to read this.
My kid's 5th grade teacher is reading this outloud in class. She told me she was having trouble with it so we bought it to read at home where she can ask questions.
Nice quality paper back book.
It's written in poetry type format in the view point of a someone who doesn't speak English very well so describes items strangly. Seems to evoke much thought and teaches to visualize the text.
This is a beautiful book: the author conveys brilliantly the experience of being a child
refugee from Africa who comes to Minnesota after experiencing great loss in his young life from war in Sudan.
I felt the wonder, fear, optimism , sadness and hope of the main character Kek as he walked forward into his new country. This I attribute to the author’s ability to express profound emotion in few words. She just gets it as far as touching on the human spirit.
It helped me understand what that experience (as a refugee)must be like.
While mourning and working through the pain of loss, Kek triumphed by forming new relationships with people and the beloved cow he was a caretaker for. Kek made a new beginning each day without really knowing how to, but this was so inspiring to me. A young sweet human just kind of figuring it out as he went. And never losing his hope.
I highly recommend this book!!
Hilarious Kangaroo
Wow! I'm a sixth grade teacher looking for a summer reading book that would be a great appetizer for our first unit of the year – "My place in the world." The story is riveting and touching, with a perfect amount of humor that keeps it from being too heavy. The language is both rich and accessible to middle school readers. This is beyond my wildest expectations!
Everything is wonderful - characters, plot, and writing. This book can span from early elementary through high school. The cover isn't babyish so kids aren't put off. It's not slanted toward a particular audience, it's everyone. It's humorous. It's serious. It's empathy-building. It's short!
Enjoyed the use of poetry to tell Kek’s story. Descriptive, interesting, and a fast read. Was fun discussing it with my son. I love Hannah and Ganwar. I love Lou, too. It is beautiful how Gol helped both Kek and Ganwar adjust. This book is thought provoking, especially since the story helps readers look at the struggles immigrants experience from an immigration lens. The story doesn’t get too deep into the characters or their experiences but it clearly conveys their struggle and inner turmoil. My younger teen son also enjoyed the book. We each said that we’d read it again.
Katherine Applegate has an uncanny knack for writing from very different perspectives. This book will captivate young and more mature readers alike with such a warm and realistic story so important to these times.
A book that has many themes woven throughout. War, acceptance, social issues, adapting, fitting in, and much more. Read this in class with my students and they were able to relate to the character in some aspects while also learning about what's going on in the world around them. Learning about Kek and how he experiences a new world and people is intriguing. The friendships he builds are ones to cherish.
Story is set up into small poem-like chapters with no rhyming.