Meli Lleshi is positive that her drawing of her teacher with his pelican nose started it all. The Lleshis are Albanians living in Kosovo, a country trying to fight off Serbian oppressors, and suddenly they are homeless refugees. Old and young alike, they find their courage tested by hunger, illness, the long, arduous journey, with danger on every side.
Then, unexpectedly, they are brought to America by a church group and begin a new life in a small Vermont town. The events of 9/11 bring more challenges for this Muslim family - but this country is their home now and there can be no turning back.
A compassionate, powerful novel by a master storyteller.
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Amazing Book! Affected me as much as "Bridge To Terabithia" when I was in 6th grade many many years ago. So glad to share this with my daughters and open a discussion on other cultures, religions and war. Great and easy read for young readers and adults.
A great book expressing different countries point of view and the situations they face.