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A gorgeously written, hopeful middle grade novel in verse about a young girl who must leave Syria to move to the United States, perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Aisha Saeed.

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 US - 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.

This lyrical, life-affirming story is about losing and finding home and, most importantly, finding yourself.



About the Author

Jasmine Warga

**I am only on when one of my publishers sets up a Q&A for me, so the best way to contact me is through my website: or on twitter: @jasminewarga. Thanks so much!**Hi. I'm Jasmine. My first novel, My Heart and Other Black Holes, will be published in 2015 by Balzer Bray/HarperCollins. I'm currently writing my second book which is tentatively scheduled to be published in 2016. I like emotive music, animals of all sorts, lemonade, and Swedish Fish. And books.



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