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Home of the Brave
by Katherine Applegate
2010 Texas Bluebonnet NomineeSM
Kids' Wings Award

“Hope is a thing made only for people, a scrap to hold onto in darkness and in light.”
(Kek, page 246)

Kek is a refugee.
His father is dead.
His brother is dead.

His mother is missing.
His herd has been stolen.
His home has been destroyed.
He has been rescued from the wars in his country.
What will he do when he arrives in America?
Will he find it to be heaven on earth as they all said in the camp?

Kek might be in your ESL class, learning English with you.
Maybe, your ESL teachers, like Kek's, give you hope as you learn.
Maybe you, like Kek, have ghosts that haunt you from your past.
Perhaps you, too, have heard the taunts of your classmates because you look and sound different from them.
Hopefully, you have a sense of humor, an optimist attitude, and a good brain like Kek to help you find your cow.

But, maybe you haven't.
Maybe you were born in America.

Maybe you have always had enough to eat.
Maybe you have not lost someone you loved in a war you didn't understand.
Maybe you have chosen to become a friend to one who is new, frightened, and confused.

Home of the Brave is a one-of-a-kind, poetic narrative, written in the first person by Kek through metaphors and similes that paint pictures when he has no words. His story will encourage you to reach out to those who are different, to learn about the problems in Africa, and to find a place in your heart for the Keks around you.

Research Links
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

Author, Katherine Applegate

Manute Bol, Freedom Fighter
Interview with Manute Bol

New Violence in Sudan
News Story from Africa
New York Times: War in Sudan

Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services

Helping Children Mange their Grief

Award-winning Literature about Leaving Home

Freaky Fast Frankie Joe by Lutricia Clifton
Nory Ryan's Song
by Patricia Reilly Giff
All the Way Home by Patricia Reilly Giff
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, 2000 Newbery Medal
Crispin by Avi

Thunder from the Sea by Joan Haitt Harlow
Sélavi, That Is Life: A Haitian Story of Hope by Youme
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan

Home of the Brave and Fourteen Cows for America included in the Kids Wings Tempests and Teamwork Collection of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books. Included are 29 titles with over 700 pages of activities, nine "Jeopardy-type" games, Karoke-type songs, and professionally recorded songs! You can purchase a literature guide individually for around $19.95, but if you order Tempests and Teamwork, you can get 29 literature guides for only $25, or less than $1 each! This is one of the greatest bargains in the USA, as long as quantities last!


Award-Winning Literature About Challenges That Kids Face

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (Poverty, homelessness)
Freaky Fast Frankie Joe by Lutricia Clifton (Bullying)
The Thing About Georgie
by Katherine Applegate

The Middle of Somewhere
by J. B. Chaeney (ADHD)
Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles (Death of a Relative)
The Graduation of Jake Moon by Barbara Park (Alzheimers)
Mick Hart Was Here by Barbara Park with a Kids' Wings Unit
in the Literature-Based Learning Collection
Tall Tales by Karen Day (alcoholism)

Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
You can purchase the 20-page unit for Fourteen Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy PLUS the 34-page unit for Home of the Brave by Kathryn Applegate NOW for immediate download for only $19.95! Click Here to Download

A 33-page unit, perfect for lesson planning and handouts for projection on your SmartBoard for Home of the Brave is now available!

The Kids' Wings Study Guide Contains:
Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
Map Study
Research the Violence in Sudan
2-page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Making Connection--Predict/Confirm Chapter Questions
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Character Studies
Words that Paint Pictures
Crossword Puzzle
Changing Voice and Genre
Visualizing the Story--2 pages
Questions for Discussion and Writing for Reviewing Part 2
Write about Your Emotional Foods
Sequencing Part 3
A Comic Book Story of Kek's Idea in Action
Writing Prompts
Answer Keys
PLUS A Jeopardy-Type Game


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