Annotations for Day of the Pelican


Baker & Taylor
Having endured so much hardship to escape Kosovo and her Serbian oppressors, Meli Lleshi is happy to start life anew in a small Vermont town, but after the 9/11 attacks, Meli fears what is to come as a result of the anti-Muslim sentiment that has begun to spread in the land of the free.

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Baker & Taylor
In 1998 when the Kosovo hostilities escalate, thirteen-year-old Meli's life as an ethnic Albanian changes forever after her brother escapes his Serbian captors and the entire family flees from one refugee camp to another until they are able to immigrate to America.

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Baker & Taylor
In 1998 when the Kosovo hostilities escalate, thirteen-year-old Meli's life as an ethnic Albanian, changes forever after her brother escapes his Serbian captors and the entire family flees from one refugee camp to another until they are able to immigrate to America.

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Baker & Taylor
In 1998, when the Kosovo hostilities escalate, Meli's life as an ethnic Albanian changes forever after her brother escapes his Serbian captors and their family flees from one refugee camp to another until they can get to America.

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Houghton
2013 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

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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