The Queen Anne’s County Free Library invites readers in grades 6-8 to participate in a discussion of Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate on Wednesday, October 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the Centreville Library and on Thursday, October 14, at 2:30 p.m. at the Kent Island Library.
Copies of the book, which is the first One Maryland One Book selection for younger readers, are available for checkout at both libraries. No registration is required, and the program is free of charge.
“This is a short novel written in free verse, which can be read quickly,” said librarian Julie Ranelli. “I’m eager to hear how readers respond to the main character, Kek, who is a Sudanese refugee trying to adjust to American life.”
Sponsored by the The Maryland Center for the Book, a program of the Maryland Humanities Council, One Maryland One Book encourages everyone in Maryland to read the same great book at the same time.
Maryland Humanities Council Executive Director Phoebe Stein Davis noted, “For three years teachers and librarians have asked us to provide a companion book for younger readers as part of One Maryland One Book.”
This young adult novel complements the themes of the 2010 One Maryland One Book selection, Outcasts United, by Warren St. John.
Both Outcasts United and Home of the Brave are stories of refugees relocated to the United States, their struggles to adjust to their new home, and the community’s response to these new and different residents.
Initiated in fall 2007, One Maryland One Book is designed to bring diverse groups of Marylanders together in library, school, or community settings to share a common reading experience by discussing a work of literature.
To receive more information about library programs, please call the Centreville Library at 410-758-0980 or Kent Island Branch at 410-643-8161 or visit the library website, www.quan.lib.md.us.