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ISBN: 9780312535636272 Pages, Ages 10-14
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A man I helped to settle here
taught me a saying from Africa.
I'll bet you would like it:
A cow is God with a wet nose.
Kek comes from Africa where he lived with his mother, father, and brother. But only he and his mother have survived. Now she's missing, and Kek has been sent to a new home. In America, he sees snow for the first time, and feels its sting. He wonders if the people in this new place will be like the winter—cold and unkind. But slowly he makes friends: a girl in foster care, an old woman with a rundown farm, and a sweet, sad cow that reminds Kek of home. As he waits for word of his mother's fate, Kek weathers the tough Minnesota winter by finding warmth in his new friendships, strength in his memories, and belief in his new country.
Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, CT Nutmeg Children's Book A ML, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Choice Award Master List, Hawaii Nene Book Award Master List, Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, Illinois Rebecca Caudill YR Choice Award ML, Book Sense Children's Pick, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List, School Library Best Books of the Year, Kansas William Allen White Award Master List, Connecticut Nutmeg Children's Book Award Master List
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