“Other Words for Home” by Jasmine Warga – is a beautiful new novel for middle schoolers. Jude leaves Syria, her father and brother, with a heavy heart for Cincinnati, Ohio. She not only needs to learn a new language, but has to start middle school in a new country, make new friends, and be brave and hopeful in spite of all that is and can go wrong. This charming coming of age realistic fiction book has been receiving rave reviews. Jude leaves Syria with words “be brave” and she not lives up to being brave, but she makes everyone around her double check their own notions of how things can and should be.
Major themes: empathy, kindness, family, coming of age, courage, perseverance, friendship, overcoming;
The author of “Other Words for Home” Jasmine Warga, Cincinnati native, who currently resides in Chicago, actually does school visits. She is available for school presentations and can be reached at The Author Village.
I am starting to think,
might be the bravest thing a person can do.”
– Jasmine Warga