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“In this powerful, finely crafted novel, Paterson unveils the experience of Muslim Albanians in the Kosovo war” –Publishers Weekly

The Day of the Pelican

Written by Katherine Paterson
Published by Clarion Books

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 this Muslim family–but this country is their home now and there can be no turning back. A compassionate, powerful novel by a master storyteller.

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Available As: Paperback
Chapter Book, Age 09 or older

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Setting: Kosovo, United States

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Refugee

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