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Drita, My Homegirl Hardcover – June 1, 2008
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A first novel, "Drita" is the story of a ten-year old girl who comes with her mother, grandmother, and brother from war-torn Kosova (that is how it is spelled in her country) to join the father, who has worked and saved a year to bring his family over. The females are dismayed by the dirty, unkempt apartment and spend their first few hours cleaning it.
The story shifts viewpoint every other chapter. Chapter two begins with Maxie's story. Maxie is African-America with grief in her heart over the loss of her mother in an auto accident two years previously. Wise Ms. Salvato, their fourth grade teacher, gets Maxie interested in Drita and assigns Drita's journey and country to Maxie and Drita as their big project.
The two girls do become friends in a most unlikely way. What a sweet and kind friendship it becomes, which, of course, is the main plot. Reverberating around these two are family members whose lives are touched and changed in such loving ways because of this friendship.
This book is highly recommended for friendship, geography and history lessons, resolution of family problems for both girls, and the sheer joy of the story. No girl could ask for better!
It was a very interesting book to read.
The book was about a girl from Kosovo who traveled to New York and met this girl named Maxie and then eventually became friends.
And how they did it I can't tell you!
It is a beautiful and relevant book which deals with what it means to be a human being. In light of the events of the last few weeks-- which happened to be when I read it-- it is relevant to the time in which we live.
The section which struck me the most was when Maxie's grandmother walked into the Drita's apartment to find her mother literally physically and mentally in shambles on the floor. This was their first introduction and instead of questioning anything about the situation or causing further damage or dissonance Maxie's grandmother rolls up her sleeves and asks "How can I help?"
This moved me to tears. These two families, so culturally different, moved forward with a solution together. To turn and walk away would have been devastating. Instead- she mended the situation for everyone by choosing to be proactive and calm.
The book gives a prime example of the kind of thinking and positive action that all adults, children, and anyone interested in making a difference should be engaged in.
Harry, New York City
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book I brought this book to follow along with my son in school to help with his homework. But to my surprise I actually enjoyed reading it myself.Published 28 days ago by Mercedes
I liked how they were alternating the chapters from person to person great great great great great great great bookPublished 18 months ago by awesome 101
It was very good. I loved the ending. Some times It was very emotional.it was just really really very goodPublished on May 5, 2014 by Greg Hacobian
Excellent book! Great for teaching elementary students about culture, friendship and bullying! This book generated great classroom discussions. I would use it again.Published on June 24, 2013 by Holly
I'm looking for novels that depict immigration to the United States for a research project for my 4th grade students. Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by Eric M Fogle
I am an ESOL teacher. This a great book for any teacher who has students from other countries. It is written in first person from Drita's point of view and Maxie's point of view. Read morePublished on May 22, 2011 by pokey
Review from my perspective as an elementary school counselor:
I always have a lot of optimism as the school year begins that students will continue to blossom in their... Read more