Home of the Brave


By: Katherine Applegate

Home of the Brave tells the story of Kek, an eleven year old boy from Sudan, using poetry. Kek flees his country because of war and becomes an immigrant to the United States. Kek arrives in the United States knowing his father and brother are dead, and his mother is missing. He ends up living in Minnesota with his aunt and cousin, who left Sudan before he did. Kek relies on his optimism to get him through the hard process of adjusting to a new country and culture. Over a year, Kek learns about America and himself while he hopes to reunite with his mother. Kek’s story traces his resilience and flexibility as he builds a new life and home for himself.