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by Julia Keller


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"It is a story, told well and accurately, that summons up both tears and outrage."—Walter Dean Myers

BACK HOME is the story of 13-year-old Rachel Ann "Brownie" Browning, whose family faces a tragic loss. Her father has just returned from the war in Iraq. He has suffered a traumatic brain injury—and is no longer the father she knew.

Keller's powerful and affecting novel explores important territory—the challenges faced by families of returning soldiers across America, many thousands of whom have suffered traumatic brain injuries. BACK HOME is one of the first children's books to explore this emotionally fraught territory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606846476
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Julia Keller is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and the Culture critic at the Chicago Tribune. She is the author of several mysteries for adults, A Killing in the Hills, Bitter River, and Summer of the Dead. She holds a PhD from Ohio State University and was the McGraw Profess of Writing at Princeton.

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Back Home 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
It should be a joyous time for Rachel, her mom, and her siblings, Marcy and Robbie. Her father is coming home from Iraq. They should be celebrating and creating new memories together as a family. Things will never be the same, though. Her father was injured while overseas. He's lost an arm and a leg and also has some brain damage. He's got to learn most things over again and spends time first at a rehabilitation center before coming home. At first, it doesn't even seem like Dad is home. He just sits there. Rachel knows she must step up and help. She struggles to figure out how. Is Dad really not capable or has he lost the will to try? Will their family always be like this? BACK HOME is a realistic novel about a family trying to pull together and be one during a difficult adjustment. It is full of touching moments. I would strongly recommend this book!
PatrioticReader More than 1 year ago
Our nation is at war, but you'd hardly know it from news coverage. This simple, beautiful book reminds us that soldiers have families, and many of those families are grieving. You can read this book in a sitting. You can read it aloud to your children. You can share it with friends. It is told by a young girl -- but anyone can relate to her story. Semper fi.
LillianH More than 1 year ago
So many novels today are loud and silly and filled with cliches and cheap sentimentality. Not this one. I heard about "Back Home" in a radio interview with the author and wanted to read it: It's about the Iraq war -- but on the homefront, not on the battelfield. The family is torn apart by the terrible injury of the father -- but they come back together again, bit by bit. I was moved to tears by this story. I learned a lot about brain injuries. It made me proud to be an American.