Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Other Words for Home

I am learning how to besadand happyat the same time.Jude never thought she’d be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives.At first, everything in America seems too fast and too loud. The American movies that Jude has always loved haven’t quite prepared her for starting sch...

Details Other Words for Home

TitleOther Words for Home
Release DateMay 7th, 2019
PublisherBalzer + Bray
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Contemporary, Poetry, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction

Reviews Other Words for Home

  • Lala BooksandLala
  • Clemlucian (🏳️‍🌈the villain's quest)
    "I just want to live in a country where we can all have dinner again without shouting about our president or rebels and revolution." Instagram | blog 4.25/5 starsAs someone who doesn't read a lot of middle-grade, I was surprised to read a book so vulnerable, raw and realistic about Islamophobia. I think it's incredible that children, these days, get to read more diverse books like this when they're growing up. "Americans love labels. They help...
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    I guess dinner tonight will be seasoned with my tears
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    Stellar, breathtaking middle grade novel in verse. Adding to my 6th and 7th grade lit circle lists for next year!
  • Sarah Ressler Wright
    Sooo good. Although labeled MG, it reads for YA as well and especially as it’s written in verse, students will love it. The descriptions of food-fabulous! The metaphors and turns of phrase are fantastic and the themes of resilience and surviving to thriving so well done. Phenomenal a must read for everyone!
  • Casey Lyall
    So beautiful. This novel is an immersive, emotional experience. One of my favourite passages:"There is an Arabic proverb that says:She makes you feel like a loaf of freshlybaked bread.It is said aboutthe nicestkindestpeople.The type of peoplewho help yourise."100% recommend it for any collection.Thank you to the publisher for sending a copy for review.
  • Daniel
    Jasmine WargaOther Words for HomeBalzer + Bray352 pages8.6 (Best New Book)Other Words for Home is written from a perspective of an innocent Syrian teenager, but her naivety, amplified by her short verses, is an eye-opening experience as we learn what these refugees actually feel: scared, confused, but mostly hopeful.It is not far-fetched to compare Jasmine Warga's latest effort, Other Words for Home, to the oeuvres of Jason Reynolds in Long Way D...
  • Mariam Elnaggar
    Very beautiful and necessary.
  • Lata
    Lovely writing and a bold and smart main character, Jude, make this a great little story of a girl and her mother who leave Syria for safety in the US. Jude encounters racism, not surprisingly, but she also finds kindness and friendship, and a great opportunity, as part of her school play, to act on a dream of hers. There are constant reminders of the dangers for those still in Syria, as her father is still there, and her older brother is engag...
  • Thea’s Reading World 💛
    If you’re a parent that wants to teach their child about islamophobia and how a Muslim girl might feel in America, then you should make your kid read this book, because it feels like such a good representation of that. I’m not a Muslim, nor an immigrant, but it still made me emotional.
  • Veronika
    "That 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."This book touched me and my heart and left me happy and hopeful, that maybe not everything is bad and if we just let the others show us how full of love they are, we wouldn't be so prejudiced. It was about young girl from Syria, who had to move to America and deal with the hate, but there was also so much love, that it made the bo...
  • Elysse
    Other Words for Home is one of those books that you read and know will go down in history. Much like The Hate U Give, this brilliant middle grade novel from writer Jasmine Warga touches on racism in America and the stigma surrounding being “other”.Jude, a 12 year old girl from Syria, comes to America and has to learn what “home” is, and how to feel comfortable in this seemingly new world that she has inhabited. Her story, gut-wrenching an...
  • AJ
    Honestly, books like this shouldn't be allowed to exist because they break my heart and make me cry a lot. Ugh.
  • theresa 🌸🥑
    Everyone needs to read Judes story 💜
  • Michele Knott
    Fantastic. I love the decision to make this a novel in verse. It felt so right as Jude tells her immigration story.
  • Mandi1082
    This book is written in verse. The portagnast is a 12 year old girl from Syria who flees from her war torn country to America with her mother leaving behind her father and her brother. This book deals with the struggles and the heart ache of leaving everything you know behind and starting something knew and foreign in your life. 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Rachel Strolle
    brb sobbing
  • Susan
    This beautifully written novel-in-verse provides readers with an important context for examining prejudice, racism & misinformed assumptions. A story everyone should read & share.
  • katayoun Masoodi
    Lucky. I am learning how to say itover and over again in English.I am learning how it tastes—sweet with promiseand bitter with responsibility.loved every moment of reading this book. can't recommend it enough.
  • Kaitlyn
    This was such a beautiful, immersive and emotional experience. I don't remember the last book I've read that was written in verse, but Other Words for Home really inspired me to look for more books written like it. I've read so many different stories related to migration and important social causes, and this is definitely one of the best. Full review coming closer to release date on my blog!
  • Rodoreads
    “Sometimes I feel like you have to say things out loudjust to remind the universethat you’re still thinking about them.”Jude and her mother has to move away from Syria to America. Life back home was becoming bad everyday. They arrive at Jude's uncle's home in America and a new world starts for Jude to discover. “I break a lot of things,But I try not to break promises” The poems made my heart ache, I smiled at Jude's innocence and the wa...
  • Lynn Plourde
    Such an important eye-opening book. Jude is a Syrian refuge in America with her pregnant mother and staying with her uncle's family. But her heart and her home straddle both sides of the Atlantic Ocean as her father and older brother are still back in wartorn Syria. A beautiful book told in accessible free verse. A story everyone of all ages should read. No matter our homeland, we are all more alike than different.
  • Lili
    This is so beautiful, I want to cry.
  • Alex Johnson
    Phemonally written. Jude's voice is vibrant and wistful as she navigates a new home and new challenges. I love how Warga explored Jude's feelings about learning English, making new friends, and Islamaphobia through verse. Highly recommend this cute yet pogniant middle grades read.
  • Cindy
    I've been excited to read Jasmine Warga's debut middle grade, OTHER WORDS FOR HOME, ever since I first began seeing things about it. So many of my favorite things are wrapped together in this book: wrestles with identity, tight-knit family structures, a poignant examination of big issues, and a child who slowly flourishes as she finds her place in the community around her. And to top it all off, it's told in verse, one of my favorite formats! War...
  • Alexandra
    Jude and her family stuck with me long after reading - I am still rooting for her! Beautifully written in verse, Other Words for Home is a story that is powerful and enjoyable for children and adults alike. Simply put - a must read! Other Words for Home
  • Susan
    Other Words for HomeBy Jasmine WargaThank you to the author @jassiewarga for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.When I received this book, I immediately noticed author, Jason Reynolds, quote on the front of the book. “This is a necessary story. We’re lucky to have it in our world.” After reading this moving MG book, I so agree. Jude lives in Syria with her Mama, Baba and her older brother. It’s the only home she’s eve...