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Katherine Applegate is the author of several best-selling young adult series, including Animorphs and Roscoe Riley Rules. Home of the Brave, her first standalone novel, received the SCBWI 2008 Golden Kite Award for Best Fiction and the Bank Street 2008 Josette Frank Award. "In Kek's story, I hope readers will see the neighbor child with a strange accent, the new kid in class from some faraway land, the child in odd clothes who doesn't belong," she says. "I hope they will see themselves." She lives with her family in Irvine, California.
"Beautiful. Thank you for publishing this book. Thank Katherine Applegate for writing it." --Karen Hesse "Moving . . . Kek is both a representative of all immigrants and a character in his own right." --School Library Journal, Starred Review "Precise, highly accessible language evokes a wide range of emotions and simultaneously tells an initiation story. A memorable inside view of an outsider." --Publishers Weekly "This beautiful story of hope and resilience . . . is an almost lyrical story." --Voice of Youth Advocates "The boy's first-person narrative is immediately accessible. Like Hanna Jansen's Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You, the focus on one child gets behind those news images of streaming refugees far away." --Booklist "The evocative spareness of the verse narrative will appeal to poetry lovers as well as reluctant readers and ESL students." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books ." . . beautifully written in free verse . . . a thought-provoking book about a topic sure to evoke the empathy of readers." --KLIATT