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“Beautiful. Thank you for publishing this book. Thank Katherine Applegate for writing it.” ―Karen Hesse
“Moving . . . Kek is both a representative of all immigrants and a character in his own right.” ―School Library Journal, Starred Review
“Precise, highly accessible language evokes a wide range of emotions and simultaneously tells an initiation story. A memorable inside view of an outsider.” ―Publishers Weekly
“This beautiful story of hope and resilience . . . is an almost lyrical story.” ―Voice of Youth Advocates
“The boy's first-person narrative is immediately accessible. Like Hanna Jansen's Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You, the focus on one child gets behind those news images of streaming refugees far away.” ―Booklist
“The evocative spareness of the verse narrative will appeal to poetry lovers as well as reluctant readers and ESL students.” ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“. . . beautifully written in free verse . . . a thought-provoking book about a topic sure to evoke the empathy of readers.” ―KLIATT
Kek is new to America, having made the trip from Africa but he still yearns for his past. For now, Kek is living with his aunt and cousin until they can find his mother. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Live Outside
Great book written from the perspective of a refugee living in Minnesota. It taught my students a lot about different Sudan culture and how different other people's lives are from... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
Marvelous, touching book that gives a new perspective to the plight of displaced people around the world. Oh, the cruel ramifications of war.Published 29 days ago by joan reynolds
I loved reading this from a teacher's perspective. The scenes where Kek found hope and amazement at school made me cry. I loved this.Published 2 months ago by Danielle Lei
Katherine Applegate creates an engaging character, a young boy, Kek, who is a refugee from war-torn Sudan. He travels to the U.S. Read morePublished 3 months ago by RCY
I like how it was very detailed and how most things where described how some one who is new to America would describe It. Over all its a very good book I realy enjoyed it.Published 5 months ago by Nancy Vela