DRITA, MY HOMEGIRL
New York : Putnam's Sons, 2006
IL 5-8, RL 4.4
and Drita couldn't be any more different than two girls
spoiled and spunky,
hates Monday, but loves double dutch and her friends,
what she calls her
homeys—you know, the people that feel like home to
you. Your best friends.
But she gets in trouble a lot at school for the things
she says, and well,
for things that she just can't help at times, like
Making fun of Drita in class has gotten Maxie a few laughs lately, but in trouble again with her teacher. Her teacher says she must research Kosovo, Drita's home country, and present it to the class. But how can Maxie communicate with Drita if Drita can' speak English? Her grandmother says she's got to be nice to people but how can she do that? She's even on probation for flooding the girls' bathroom one day. She knows she has to change her ways, and even meet her dad's new girlfriend one day. Maybe, she can even find something in Drita she likes, a new basketball teammate or a new homey after all. ( L.M.)
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Emigration and immigration -- Fiction.
Albanian Americans -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.