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Other Words for Home by [Jasmine Warga]

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[In] this timely book... rhythmic lines distill Jude’s deepest emotions…. Warga effectively shows, as she writes in an author’s note, that “children who are fleeing from a war zone... want the same things all of us do—love, understanding, safety, a chance at happiness.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Warga portrays with extraordinary talent the transformation of a family’s life before and after the war began in Syria.… Her free-verse narration cuts straight to the bone... [and] confront[s] the difficult realities of being Muslim and Arab in the U.S. Poetic, immersive, hopeful.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Warga’s middle-grade debut puts its hands around your heart and holds it, ever so gently, so that you’re aware of your own fragility and resilience: just as Jude is while her life changes drastically… Other Words for Home should find its way into every middle-grade reader’s hands.” -- ALA Booklist (starred review)

“This powerful middle grade novel explores the complicated concepts of war and corruption, home, family, [and] belonging.... Highly recommended for all libraries, this title will easily find a home next to books like Refugee by Alan Gratz and Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai.” -- School Library Journal (starred review)

“Convincing and authentic, infused with thoughtfulness, humor, determination, and hope…. A realistic portrait of the strength it takes to move to a new country, as well as of the complicated dynamics between first- and second-generation immigrants.” -- Horn Book (starred review)

“Warga situates her verse novel at a sweet spot for middle-graders…the complications of assessing whether Jude is as lucky as everyone makes her out to be ring poignantly true, and when Jude takes her place on the school stage, Warga’s audience will surely applaud.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Through Jude’s eyes readers see firsthand what it is to leave behind one’s beloved home and family as many refugees do every single day. Young readers will laugh with Jude, cry with her, and root for her every step of the way. A beautiful, powerful, and necessary book.” -- Aisha Saeed, New York Times bestselling author of Amal Unbound.

Other Words for Home is a gorgeously written middle grade novel with words that soar off the page. Told in stunning verse and featuring an effortlessly lovable narrator, this book will be a staple of middle grade shelves for years to come.” -- Rachel Strolle, Teen Librarian, Glenside Public Library

“This is a necessary story. We’re lucky to have it in the world.” -- Jason Reynolds, award-winning, bestselling author of Ghost and Long Way Down --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Jasmine Warga's debut middle grade book, Other Words for Home, is a Newbery Honor Book. She is the author of the novels for teens My Heart and Other Black Holes, which has been translated into over twenty languages, and Here We Are Now. She lives and writes in Cincinnati, Ohio. You can visit Jasmine online at www.jasminewarga.com.

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07CKY3MZ7
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (28 May 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1384 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 341 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 1,034 ratings

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Reviewed in India on 16 July 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary and Timely. Truly Beautiful.
By Gayatri Saikia - PER_FICTIONIST on 16 July 2021
“Other Words for Home” is truly a beautiful book in every sense that I would urge everyone to read. The story traces the life of Jude, who moves from Syria to America with her mother leaving behind her father and her brother Issa and the place she calls home.
“There is an Arabic proverb that says:
She makes you feel
like a loaf of freshly baked bread.

It is said about
the nicest
kindest
people.
The type of people
who help you
rise.”
Written in verse, Other Words For Home is divided into six fractions where we see Jude come face to face with the fact that her country is changing and might not be the same ever again. Before Jude could understand what it means to live in her home torn apart by war she arrives at Cinncinati, with her mother in search of a new life. Jude never fails to awe you with her innocence and how she holds on to hope every step of her life is just inspirational. Every character be it Issa, who finds his place fighting for his country or Sarah, who yearns to learn to more about her father’s heritage and Layla, who struggles to belong is a story that someone can resonate with.
Jasmine Warga paints a mesmerizing picture with words as we see Jude learning many new things, forming bonds with her new friends and family and growing. Laced with heartbreak yet brimming with hope, Other Words For Home is a middle grade book that is necessary and timely.
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Irfana Saeed
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and inspiring story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 October 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS!
Reviewed in Germany on 28 August 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS!
Reviewed in Germany on 28 August 2020
🌟 “I cover my head not because I am ashamed forced or hiding. But because I am proud and want to be seen as I am.” Other Words for Home, Jasmine Warga.
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🌟 I do not usually read Middle Grade or Young Adult but once in a while, I like to take a sneak peek just to see how the other half lives. Also, the fascination I have with how to do children process trauma and manifest it into their lives which might seem oblivious to many. If you have a teenager in your life, and you are searching for books to teach them empathy and tolerance regardless of their religion, gender, and ethnicity, then I highly recommend this book.
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🌟 We often talk about war and its ramifications, its pre-existing turbulence, and future implications but it is hardly contemplated what principles are we instilling into the juveniles. This is the book that perhaps has raised the subject unambiguously. Or else often the books like these which highlight such important sensitive issues are met with bizarre interpretations.
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🌟 Other Words for Home is about a twelve-year-old Syrian girl, Jude, who just not had to leave her home but is forced to separate from her father and brother. She moves to the United States with her mother and is instantly condemned to an identity crisis and religious condescension. Wagra has fluidly paid homage to the attribute that Hijab, or covering of one’s head is a personal choice for many. She disbands the concept of Islamophobia and beautifully conveys everyone to not stereotype.
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🌟 My favorite thing about this book is the fact that it represents children, the age group we often tend to forget or misapprehend. We mistake their rapid physical healing to mental healing. We take their accommodating and adjusting age for-granted. They are as bit of humans as the adults are. They do not know malice or animosity. We introduce them to these feelings. We teach them these words. Please be mindful of how you are around them, how you are treating them, or else the vicious cycle of traumatization will never cease to end.
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LM
5.0 out of 5 stars ¡Es precioso!
Reviewed in Mexico on 13 August 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars ¡Es precioso!
Reviewed in Mexico on 13 August 2020
Me encantó la edición, ¡es preciosa!, y se ve que se leerá rápido ya que la letra es grande. Vi la recomendación aquí en Amazon y me gustó la sinopsis así que espero que me guste.
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Alejandra CT
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book!
Reviewed in Mexico on 18 February 2021
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Jasmine Warga grew up outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. Before becoming a full-time writer, she briefly worked as a science teacher. This is her first novel.