The Day of the Pelican
By Katherine Paterson
Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780547181882, 145pp.
Publication Date: October 2009
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Meli Lleshi is positive that her drawing of her teacher with his pelican nose started it all. The Lleshis are Albanians living in Kosovo, a country trying to fight off Serbian oppressors, and suddenly they are homeless refugees. Old and young alike, they find their courage tested by hunger, illness, the long, arduous journey, and danger on every side.Then, unexpectedly, they are brought to America by a church group and begin a new life in a small Vermont town. The events of 9/11 bring more challenges for thisMuslim family--but this country is their home now and there can be no turning back.A compassionate, powerful novel by a master storyteller.
[A] powerful, finely crafted novel.”Publishers WeeklyPaterson exposes the complexities of a war halfway around the globe and how its scars reach across an ocean. Young readers who did not know where Kosovo was before will not forget it after reading the Lleshis's remarkable story.”Shelf Awareness