The Good Braider by Terry Farish

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The Good Braider was selected as the 2013 Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year and a Book of Outstanding Merit.

In spare free verse laced with unforgettable images, Viola's strikingly original voice sings out the story of her family's journey from war-torn Sudan, to Cairo, and finally to Portland, Maine. Here, in the sometimes too close embrace of the local Southern Sudanese Community, she dreams of South Sudan while she tries to navigate the strange world of America—a world where a girl can wear a short skirt, get a tattoo, or even date a boy; a world that puts her into sharp conflict with her traditional mother who, like Viola, is struggling to braid together the strands of a displaced life. Terry Farish's haunting novel is not only a riveting story of escape and survival, but the universal tale of a young immigrant's struggle to build a life on the cusp of two cultures.

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About Terry Farish

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Terry Farish lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Published May 1, 2012 by Skyscape. 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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In brief free-verse chapters, Viola makes Juba real: the dusty soil, the memories of sweetened condensed milk, the afternoons Viola spends braiding her cousin's hair.

May 02 2012 | Read Full Review of The Good Braider

A Patchwork of Books

Every single day, when she started working on it, she gave it a new title, made a list of new characters, decided on a new theme, and gave them new goals to accomplish, new problems to solve, and different obstacles to overcome.

Jul 11 2013 | Read Full Review of The Good Braider

Gr 9 Up—Sixteen-year-old Viola's family leaves their home in South Sudan after she is raped by a soldier. The arduous journey brings hunger, tragedy, and years in a refugee camp before they relocate to Portland, ME. Consumed by the horrors of her past and a typical teen's desire to fit in, Viola ...

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