Sangoel is a refugee. Leaving behind
his homeland of Sudan, where his father died in the war, he has
little to call his own other than his name, a Dinka name handed
down, proudly from his father and grandfather before him.
and his mother and sister are resettled in America, things are supposed to be
better but life in their new home is strange and lonely. The refugee camp
seems better than this place where no one can pronounce his name and some even
make jokes about it. Sangoel quietly endures the homesickness and ignores
his mother’s suggestion that he might want to take an American name. He
finally comes up with and ingenious solution to this problem and in the process
begins to make friends and perhaps feel a little at home.
Co-authored with Khadra Mohammed and Illustrated by Catherine Stock in bright
detailed scenes this is a poignant story of identity and belonging that will
help young readers understand the plight of many children around the world as
well as in their own neighborhoods.