Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

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  • Lexile: N/A, but recommended for 5-8th grade
  • Written in verse, easy to comprehend vocab
  • Narrator is an ELL- first person
  • Short chapters


  • Narrator is a Somali refugee, culture shock, family trauma, going to school for the first time
  • Issues with it being written by a white woman from America, but that may not be noticeable to students
  • Very “happy ending”- almost everything “goes right” for Kek

Goodness: Yes- would recommend