Thorndike Press

Other Words for Home

  • Jasmine Warga
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432878964
  • ISBN-13: 9781432878962
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.30 lbs ( .59 kgs)
  • 414 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released August 2020



A New York Times Bestseller
A Newbery Honor Book

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 school in the U.S. — and her new label of “Middle Eastern,” an identity she’s never known before. But this life also brings unexpected surprises — there are new friends, a whole new family, and a school musical that Jude might just try out for. Maybe America, too, is a place where Jude can be seen as she really is.

Age Range: 8-10 | Grade Level: 3-7 | Lexile Measure: 930L


Customer Reviews

“[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)

“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)

“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)

“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)