Something About America
Something About America
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Annotation: In poetic free verse, a thirteen-year-old Serbian girl describes her life in America after being badly burned during the war in Kosovo.
Catalog Number: #4708882
Format: Paperback
No other formats available
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Word Count: 4,034
Reading Level: 5.2
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.2 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 103512 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.4 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q37562
Lexile: NP

"Maria Testa uses. . . . verse to tell a poignant story about a child touched by war. . . . An excellent choice for classroom discussion." — BOOKLIST

The thirteen-year-old from Kosova thinks of herself as a typical American schoolgirl. But for her parents, moving to Maine was just a sad necessity, a way to escape from war and find medical care for a daughter scarred up to her chin. But then a hateful event changes everything — forcing residents old and new to reexamine what it means to be an American.

A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

A Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year

Cut short
Citizens of the world
Because I look like where I'm from
Something pretty special
If fire can be kind
Scarves and mirrors
Home never changes
What I like about America
One small sticker (like a neon sign)
Food processing
Not Americans
Work is important to a man
Reality TV
Soccer (only in America)
Big fish
My mother is ready to explode
A dream divided
Maxed out
My parents in action
Close enough
My father on a school bus
First rally in the world
Word travels fast
All the world's sadness
Love poem for my father.

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