This is what I'll be reading
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate tells the story of Kek, a Sudanese refugee who has come to America after the murders of his father and brother. I've read bits and pieces of this book and drawn several activities from its pages. We use it frequently with our ninth grade students because it ties in so well with their unit on African Studies, but I haven't read it cover to cover, so I'm going to take the opportunity to do it this week.
The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder. I love Lisa Schroeder's books, but haven't had a chance to read this one. I ordered it about a week ago from our local children's bookstore, but it hasn't arrived yet, so I'm just going to borrow the amazon description: