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3.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 5 3.85 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katherine Paterson Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781441802101
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Grade Level: 4-6 Age Level: 9-11 Listening Level: Grades 4-6 Meli Lleshi is positive that her drawing of her teacher with his pelican nose is what started it all. The Lleshis are Albanians living in Kosovo, a country trying to fight off Serbian oppressors. Suddenly, they are homeless refugees. As they travel the dangerous roads at night and leave burning farms and houses behind, young and old alike find their courage and resilience constantly tested. It is humiliating to have to live in crowded tent cities with hundreds of other displaced persons. If it weren’t for Mama and Baba’s efforts to keep the family together, who knows what would happen to them? Then one day Baba makes a surprise announcement: they will all soon be going to a country far away. It will be a great adventure, he assures the family. There will be no more running from an enemy, and no turning back to their old way of life. But will they really find freedom at last? Meli wonders. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Richard | 2/18/2014

    " I really liked this book and learned a LOT from it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 1/17/2014

    " Meli and her family live in Kosovo. In the 1990s there were wars in what was once Yugoslavia between Christians and Muslims. The Christians were led by a man that was determined to remove all Muslims in his country by any means necessary. Because of these wars, Meli and her family are kicked out of their homes and forced to live as a refugee in "tent cities" and then they move to Vermont. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/17/2014

    " This book is a quick read---except for the fact that there is much history behind the events. (Katherine Paterson added a "Historical Note" at the end of the book.) This book made me think about war-torn countries and the people in danger, but at times I felt like the main character, Meli, was not quite believable or not as well-developed a character as I needed. It may be because the author was trying to tell someone else's story through her novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Newport Librarians | 1/13/2014

    " I did not expect to enjoy this book, but found it riveting. I've never suffered any type of persecution, but still found myself drawn in and attached to these characters. I hurt for them, feared for them and in the end was very proud of them. I think you will be too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn S | 12/31/2013

    " I did learn a lot and it was a quick read. Lots to take in. Make you appreciate what you have, and know our lives haven't seen that much that would effect the way their lives changed them. Peace and the power to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 11/30/2013

    " I really liked this book. It was very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria Ryan | 11/17/2013

    " Loved this story of a family that left their home in kosovo. Definitely a reminder that our families are the most important thing we have. Lots of great life lessons in this short book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marva | 11/17/2013

    " Katherine Paterson did an excellent job of writing this book. However, she describes some pretty horrible scenes that really happened in Kosovo. Historically, this is an accurate book, but sadly, it's a story about suffering people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lila | 10/25/2013

    " This was the Vt. Humanities Council Community Read book for 2010. A good young adult book on an important topic, the experiences of a Muslim family in Kosovo who emigrate to the U.S. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colin | 12/16/2012

    " Hmmm. I don't have much to say about this. It was alright, the writing was good enough. Not nearly as good as Bridge to Terabithia though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 10/21/2012

    " Read the ARC. Excellent story about Muslim refugees in Kosovo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alipeeps | 10/8/2012

    " This one was filled with recent history, real events and so unbelievably touching. I cried for the main character and her family many time. I even found myself researching the events of the Kosovo war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 9/3/2012

    " Paterson does a great job with a time and place that is not often covered in childrens' books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 7/29/2012

    " Maine Student Book Award Nominee 2010-2011 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 6/11/2011

    " VERY VERY good historical fiction type with great suspense and an interesting and touching plot of a young girl and her point of view running from a war and immigrating to America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/19/2011

    " Excellent. The audience is more for young adults, but still an excellent, fast read for adults. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/9/2011

    " I did learn a lot and it was a quick read. Lots to take in. Make you appreciate what you have, and know our lives haven't seen that much that would effect the way their lives changed them. Peace and the power to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 1/9/2011

    " Maine Student Book Award Nominee 2010-2011

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 12/22/2010

    " A bit different for Patterson and shed light on a period I'm not well versed in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 11/4/2010

    " Paterson does a great job with a time and place that is not often covered in childrens' books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 11/2/2010

    " Powerful story of a Muslim family surviving the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. Good read that will give kids pause for thought about life for kids in a war torn country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 10/26/2010

    " Once again, Katherine Paterson gives us a book to remember. When Meli's family is forced out of Kosovo, she has experiences that no child should ever know. Yet, her family survives and Meli thrives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lila | 10/20/2010

    " This was the Vt. Humanities Council Community Read book for 2010. A good young adult book on an important topic, the experiences of a Muslim family in Kosovo who emigrate to the U.S. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 10/3/2010

    " Another sad, but detailed and accurately portrayed book from Katherine Paterson. I got to meet her this week which was exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M | 9/24/2010

    " I rather liked this book. It brings a real world occurence alive in a fictious book. It was not hard to read. It is also a Vermont Reads book for 2010 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 8/9/2010

    " A story about an Albanian family living in Kosovo. The family emigrates to America, where they are truly strangers in a strange land. A look into the struggle to find acceptance in a new place without forgetting where you come from. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 8/6/2010

    " This book was really good, and interesting. "

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About the Author
Author Katherine Paterson

Katherine Paterson was born in China, where she spent part of her childhood. After her education in China and the American South, she spent four years in Japan, the setting for her first three novels. She has received numerous awards for her writing, including two National Book Awards and two Newbery Medals. An active promoter of reading and literacy, she lives with her husband in Barre, Vermont. They have four grown children.

About the Narrator

Tavia Gilbert, an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry, is an eight-time Audie nominee and the recipient of thirteen Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. With frequent inclusion on best of year and annual top ten lists, Tavia is a trusted and increasingly sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, nonfiction, and genre fiction. Audible recently named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir, and Library Journal said of this highly acclaimed actress, “as close as you can get to a full cast narration with a solo voice.” Tavia is a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral, with fiction and nonfiction focusing on relationships, love, and identity.