Drita, My Homegirl – LA & Civics – Grades 4-6

Interest Level: 3-5 

Grade Level Equivalency 3.7      

Lexile Measure: 690L

Guided Reading: Q 


Realistic Fiction


Elementary School

Friends and Friendship


Drita is a fourth grader who just arrived in New York City from Kosovo. As every immigrant, Drita is excited at first, but soon encounters many hard adjustments. Their “new” apartment is small, old, and dirty. She is having a hard time making friends at school and her whole family goes through big changes.

What is really amazing about this novel is how real it feels when you read it. Even though, the author, Jenny Lombard, is not an immigrant/refugee herself, she did an amazing job portraying the life of an adolescent girl who is trying to start her new life in a new country.

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