Drita, My Homegirl

Title

Drita, My Homegirl

Publisher

Puffin Books

Publication Year

2008

ISBN

9780756989194

Pages

135 pages

Genre

realism

Format

chapter book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

When ten-year-old Drita and her family, refugees from Kosovo, move to New York, Drita is teased about not speaking English well, but after a popular student named Maxine is forced to learn about Kosovo as a punishment for teasing Drita, the two girls soon bond.

Grade Level

3-5

Lexile Measure

630L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Disability and Health; Single parent; Immigrants and refugees; Mental illness; single father; refugee family; refugee child; depression; depressed adult

Main Character

female children

Race/Ethnicities

Black / White (Albanian)

Family Formation

mother, father, and grandmother; father and grandmother

Awards

Best Children's Books of the Year, 2007 Ages (9 to 12)
Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, Supplement, 2007
School Library Journal Book Review Stars
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, 2006

Keywords

war; Kosovo; Kosovo War; New York City; elementary school; school assignment; friendship; differences; Muslim; Islam

Diversity Impact

direct

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