A poignant story about the difficulties of leaving everything behind and the friendships that help you get through it.
Fleeing war-torn Kosovo, ten-year-old Drita and her family move to America with the dream of living a typical American life. But with this hope comes the struggle to adapt and fit in. How can Drita find her place at school and in her new neighborhood when she doesn?t speak any English? Meanwhile, Maxie and her group of fourth-grade friends are popular in their class, and make an effort to ignore Drita. So when their teacher puts Maxie and Drita together for a class project, things get off to a rocky start. But sometimes, when you least expect it, friendship can bloom and overcome even a vast cultural divide.
As a refugee from Kosovo and a new student at her school in New York City, Drita's transition is made even more difficult when Maxie, a tough African-American girl, teases her for just about everything she says and does, but a special assignment from their teacher makes Maxie more sensitive to Drita's situation and leads to a friendship that surprises everyone involved. Reprint.
Number of Pages: 135
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Age Range: 9-12 years
Author: Jenny Lombard
Street Date: May 15, 2008
Item Number (DPCI): 248-48-4363