Homes

Homes

A Refugee Story

eBook - 2018
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In 2010, the al Rabeeah family left their home in Iraq in hope of a safer life. They moved to Homs, in Syria – just before the Syrian civil war broke out. Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was ten years old when the violence began on the streets around him: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and school, firebombs late at night. Homes tells of the strange juxtapositions of growing up in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by normalcy – soccer, cousins, video games, friends. Homes is the remarkable true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone – and found safety in Canada – with a passion for sharing his story and telling the world what is truly happening in Syria. As told to her by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, writer Winnie Yeung has crafted a heartbreaking, hopeful, and urgently necessary book that provides a window into understanding Syria.
Publisher: Toronto : Freehand Books, 2018.
ISBN: 9781988298290
9781988298306
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC RESOURCE
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Now living in Canada, Abu Bakr al Rabeeah recalls his struggles as a teenage refugee from Syria and shares stories of his childhood in Iraq and Syria.


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brangwinn
May 19, 2019

The autobiography of a young Iranian refugee is stark in the horrors he observed as his family found themselves fleeing to Syria. It highlights the division between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. Detailing the struggle to get Canadian refugee visas, the story is a stark reminder of the challenges faces by people displaced by war.

mazinwhistler May 13, 2019

I picked this book up as it was this month's Book Club - I am so glad I did! What a story! Beautifully told by Bakr and beautifully written by Winnie Yeung. This story evokes so many emotions - I cried, laughed and rode the rollercoaster with Bakr and his family on their journey. For those of who have been so fortunate to never experience war and destruction to a place we love and hold dear it is reminder that we are truly lucky to live in a country that is not only safe but willing to help those in need. A worthwhile read and well deserving recipient of this year's Canada Reads.

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ritarufus
Apr 21, 2019

Really enjoyed the book. Canada reads 2019

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snailgem
Apr 13, 2019

"The writing makes you feel that you are right there with the characters experiencing what they experience. Even when you breathe a sigh of relief that they are safe in Canada you feel the loss as the family struggles to make a new life. "-- (comment by Dirtbag) and I totally agree! plus I learned some things about Islam, Iraq, and Syria, not to mention what it's like to come to a new country.

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dirtbag
Apr 10, 2019

I found this to be similar to 'By Chance Alone' another of the Canada Reads books. However, I liked this one better. The writing makes you feel that you are right there with the characters experiencing what they experience. Even when you breathe a sigh of relief that they are safe in Canada you feel the loss as the family struggles to make a new life. It is an amazing book.

BPLpicks Mar 25, 2019

Homes is the remarkable true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone — and found safety in Canada. Another powerful story from the five titles that will battle it out during the 2019 Canada Reads event.

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mctet
Dec 31, 2018

Wow, this is a powerful book! Everyone who has been fortunate enough to live their entire lives in a place of peace would do well to read Abu Bakr's story. I found it did a very good job of immersing the reader in the wide variety of emotions a young person would feel going through two civil wars and then suddenly being dropped into a Western city. Fear, safety, home and belonging can wear different faces in different places, and it is not an easy thing to change "home" even when you are in a safer place. I would recommend this book for any teen or adult.

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ownedbydoxies
Nov 02, 2018

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. But I can say, imagine the shoe being on the other foot: Canada is immersed in civil war and life is precarious, so you are offered sanctuary in a safe place, Syria, to which you move, leaving all your 'normal' life behind and immersing yourself and your family in new customs and a language of which you have only learned a couple of words. Imagine working to succeed in this new country. That's this book. It's a wonderfully written story of a young man and his love for his family.

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Margush
Oct 21, 2018

Great book. A real story of a hard working family from Iraq and later Syria finding their new home in Canada. Peace should never be taken for granted. Thank you, Abu Bakr, for telling the story of your childhood, happiness and fears, and sharing wisdom of your father with us. No angry, no hate, no resentment. Just be your best. I look forward reading more books by this talented young man.

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mctet
Dec 31, 2018

mctet thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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