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Publisher's Summary

Kek, a young Sudanese refugee, is haunted by guilt that he survived: he saw his father and brother killed, and he left his mother behind when he joined his aunt's family in Minnesota. This debut novel by nonfiction writer Applegate examines an immigrant child's dislocation and loss as he steps off the plane in the snow.
©2007 Katherine Applegate (P)2007 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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A beautiful and touching story

This book touched on the hardships of escaping a war torn country in a sensitive and engaging way suitable for younger readers. My ten year old daughter enjoyed this as much as I did.

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This app\book makes a good way to do my project and yes I am in fifth grade

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Hope is Hard Work

Kek has the attitude of he's going to make it through this. He's going to try try again. A good part was when his class took the field trip to the petting zoo. I like the ending the best!

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moo

loved it its a very good book . mooooooo best book ever . loved it