Youth Author Series: Jasmine Warga
Aug 3, 2019 - Aug 3, 2019 | 3:00 am - 4:30 am
City of Asylum
40 W. North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Jasmine Warga is the internationally acclaimed author of Other Words For Home, My Heart and Other Black Holes, and Here We Are Now. Her novels have received multiple starred reviews and have been translated into more than twenty-five different languages.
Other Words For Home, written in verse, is a middle grade novel centered on a young girl who must leave Syria for the United States. Jude never thought she’d be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives.
At first, everything in America seems too fast and too loud. The American movies that Jude has always loved haven’t quite prepared her for starting school in the US—and her new label of “Middle Eastern,” an identity she’s never known before. But this life also brings unexpected surprises—there are new friends, a whole new family, and a school musical that Jude might just try out for. Maybe America, too, is a place where Jude can be seen as she really is. This lyrical, life-affirming story is about losing and finding home and, most importantly, finding yourself.