Saturday, May 13, 2023

Other Words for Home book recommendation #iLoveMG

Welcome to #iLoveMG where I share middle grade books that my fifth graders recommend. (Please note that my fifth graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for fifth graders.) Or check out #3rdfor3rd for recommendations from when I taught third grade.

Other Words for Home

Recommended by Abby


My book is Other Words for Home, written by Jasmine Warga and the genre is realistic fiction. This book is about a girl from Syria named Jude. Apart from her older brother, Issa, slowly growing apart from the family, all is well. That is until wars strike out in the area, and her family finds that it is no longer safe to stay. Leaving her father and Issa behind, Jude and her mother flee to the other side of the Atlantic, to America. What will happen with the emotion of being away from friends and family and being treated like an outcast at her new school? 

I really enjoyed this book because it contains a lot of emotional and meaningful scenes. The book also gives us a good sense of some Arabic words, including a glossary of the words at the back of the book. The story has so much character and heartfelt lines. 

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys realistic fiction books and books where characters have to move somewhere else because of problems in their lives in their home country. Finally, if I were to be asked how I would rate it out of ten, I would give it a solid eight out of ten.

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