Tuesday, January 15, 2008
This free verse novel vividly portrays the life of a Sudanese refugee boy in America. Kek's entire family has been killed in Sudan, excpet for his mother who is missing. He lives with his aunt and cousin in a Minnesota city while trying to make sense of the language and customs in this strange new land. As he makes friends, gets a job, and struggles with nightmares, he longs for his lost country and family. This story will have usefulness in helping American students tounderstand their refugee classmates. It could be used as a read-aloud and discussion starter.