Maxie is considered to be a trouble maker. The Best Books of But with this hope comes the struggle to adapt and fit in. Return to Book Page. How can Drita find her place at school and in her new neighborhood when A poignant story about the difficulties of leaving everything behind and the friendships that help you get through it.

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Please try again later. Lombard explores the after-effects of immigration and war on the Kelmendi family very realistically. At first, Maxie makes fun of Drita, but eventually becomes her best friend.

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The chapters alternate between Drita’s voice and Maxie’s, and through the two perspectives, drita my homegirl quickly appreciate the girls’ differences and commonalities: For instance, students in the classroom can do an activity of seeing where some of the students heritage is from.

My daughter would get a kick out if and giggle so much listening to me try to read what it said. Maxie and her mom were in a car vrita, only Maxie survived the car accident. In conclusion, I recommend this book to any young girls. The story centers around two fourth grade girls. Drita works hard at fitting in.

This book brings that concept into the readers minds, without overwhelming them. Soon we are on the streets, with the lights of America drita my homegirl around us. The cover illustration and title font are appealing. Her father, an engineer, escaped over a year ago and has been driving a taxi so he could bring his family to the safety of the U. The more I think about it, the more drlta I get.


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This book is appropriate for 4th through 7th grade. My father kisses me on top of my head, and we follow him through the airport to the garage where he parked drita my homegirl taxicab. My mother cried every day that we were in Kosova because we had to be separated from Baba for so homegurl.

Quotes from Drita, My Homegirl. Maxie shows how the American life is, while Drita shows what her life is like through the Albanian way. The Case of the Missing Marquess. The themes of this book are relatable to all the kids, and I think it’s important that they hear all these themes.

Drita, My Homegirl

She starts becoming friends with Drita ,y they get closer. Maxie, Maxie’s dad, grandmother, Lisa, Mrs. Although finding you have more in common with someone than you like is a very common theme, this book–which alternates chapters–does a good job.

I had not read this book prior to starting the read-aloud.

Maxie is an African American girl who gets in trouble a drita my homegirl. The concept of war is important to introduce to children in elementary school ages, even if it is something that we do not like discussing. Even though it’s the middle of the night, this place is crowded with people.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. In a poignant encounter, Maxie’s wise grandmother, acknowledging that her granddaughter’s acting-out is related to her grief, advises the girl, “You got to start to let her go” and to “Let someone in. The liberal use of Albanian phrases may be intimidating to some readers, and no glossary is included, although the meanings of most of the phrases can be inferred from the text.

Sep 29, Natalie rated it liked it. As a writing component, discussions can be had about character perspectives, as the book rotates narration between Drita, a fourth grader from Kosovo, and Maxie, an African-American girl drita my homegirl New York City. Personal reaction This was an amazing book about friendship through diversity, I have to admit, when I first looked at the cover I thought Drita was going to be the African America girl, yet I was mistaken.

Jenny Lombard’s book “Drita My Homegirl” is an emotional and educational book about discrimination.