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Call Me American (Adapted for Young Adults): The Extraordinary True Story of a Young Somali Immigrant
In Somalia, Abdi Nor Iftin grew up amidst a blend of cultures. His mother entertained him with vivid folktales and bold stories about her rural, nomadic upbrinding. As he grew older, he spent his days following his father, a basketball player, through the bustling street of the capital city of Mogadishu.
But when the threat of civil war reached Abdi’s doorstep, his family was forced to flee to safety. Through the turbulent years of war, young Abdi found solace in popular American music and films. Nicknamed Abdi the American, he developed a proficiency for English that connected him–and his story–with news outlets and radio shows, and eventually gave him a shot at winning the annual U.S. visa lottery.
Abdi shares every part of his journey, and his courageous account reminds readers that everyone deserves the chance to build a brighter future for themselves.
Four Starred Reviews!
” . . . devastating, inspiring, and ultimately hopeful.” —SLJ, Starred Review
“An absolutely stunning survival story . . .” —Booklist, Starred Review
“. . .facilitates a deeper understanding of immigration today.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
” . . . genuinely suspenseful.” —Bulletin, Starred Review
Publisher:Ember (August 10, 2021)
Reading age:12 years and up
Grade level:7 – 9
Item Weight:8 ounces
Dimensions:5.56 x 0.54 x 8.31 inches
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