Welcome, PedsAcademy Book Club Members! January‘s book club pick is Jasmine Warga‘s “Other Words for Home”. Told in verse, “Other Words for Home” follows 12-year-old Syrian refugee Jude as she and her mother work to build a new home in Ohio while her father and brother are still in Syria. When posting, please remember to use the tags #NCHPedsReads and #JanPedsReads to connect with other PedsAcademy book club members!
Jude is a young girl from Syria, an aspiring movie star and best friend to her cousin and brother, Fatima and Issa. She remembers the old Syria with bustling tourists, scents of money and French perfume however this summer will be different according to Fatima. Issa and baba‘s tension grows stronger when Issa is no longer welcome to ghadah. Issa and Baba argue about political change. Jude feels this has broken up her family.
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga starts the story of Jude and her family‘s interaction with unrest and revolutionary ideas of the young population of Syria. Jude is just like any other growing young lady, laughing at American pop culture and dreaming of being a movie star. But she has the heartbreaking addition of watching her brother Issa and father Baba, argue about Syria‘s political direction. excited to learn more! #JanPEDSReads
Things I love about novels in verse: beautiful language, you can breeze through them, they have the ability to convey intense emotions and big subjects for their readership without detailing every horror or hardship. Jude‘s story is lovely, inspiring, and encourages its readers to be who they want to be without apology. 🎭🎭🎭🎭🎭
A great book to introduce middle grade children to the kinds of conflicts happening in the Middle East as well as to help teach kids of all backgrounds about the importance of empathy, tolerance, and acceptance - very vital themes - especially during our current troubling political climate. This book is also in verse and makes for a quick, lyrical read.
I really loved this book! It had a good mix of humour, sadness, knowledge and feeling! Although my life is very different from Jude‘s I can connect to her on many level. My favourite part of the book was when Jude and Issa got to talk on the phone for the first time! I would really recommend this book to someone who likes books that really a sad story with some happiness in it!
Fantastic MG book told in verse about a young girl who flees war-torn Syria with her mother, while her father & brother stay behind, for Cincinnati & a home with her uncle & how she navigates this new life. A powerful, heartfelt story about the reasons families leave their homes, & the courage it takes to make that decision, as well as the courage, hope, & perseverance it takes to rebuild their lives in a new & unfamiliar place. Recommended.
It‘s not the book, it‘s me. I thought I would try verse again but I just don‘t like it. That said, the story is good and I like the characters, I‘m just not the target audience (and that‘s okay!)
Might try it again if I can get it in hard copy from the library. For now, returning this digital loan and moving on to the next thing!
About to start this #blameitonlitsy read having just finished Gods Of Jade And Shadow (review to come because WOW). Featuring about half the books Little Dude brought me to read to him today (his dad already put the other half away, my rainbow shelves be damned — bless his heart, he tries); now that we‘re done with camp, both kiddo and I are enjoying a lot more reading time!
#BOTM #libraryhaul #raisingreaders
When Jude‘s home in Syria becomes too violent she and her mother flee to the U.S. where her uncle and his family live. As Jude navigates school in a language she is learning, she also finds excitement in trying out for the school play, even as she worries about her father and brother left behind in Syria.
This beautifully told novel in verse is a great read for upper elementary and early middle.
“I have learned that sometimes the simplest things are the hardest things to say. That sometimes there is no word for when you feel, no word in any language.” Beautiful story in verse of Jude who flees war-torn Syria, arriving in Cincinnati without her father and brother. The contrasts in her surroundings and identity propel her to find hope and courage. Empathy-building book.
This book is written in verse. The portagnast is a 12 year old girl from Syria who flees from her war torn country to America with her mother leaving behind her father and her brother. This book deals with the struggles and the heart ache of leaving everything you know behind and starting something knew and foreign in your life.