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. Simultaneous. Book available.
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.
Grade Level: 4-6 Age Level: 9-11 Listening Level: Grades 4-6Meli Lleshi is positive that her drawing of her teacher with his pelican nose is what started it all. The Lleshis are Albanians living in Kosovo, a country trying to fight off Serbian oppressors. Suddenly, they are homeless refugees. As they travel the dangerous roads at night and leave burning farms and houses behind, young and old alike find their courage and resilience constantly tested. It is humiliating to have to live in crowded tent cities with hundreds of other displaced persons. If it weren't for Mama and Baba's efforts to keep the family together, who knows what would happen to them?Then one day Baba makes a surprise announcement: they will all soon be going to a country far away. It will be a great adventure, he assures the family. There will be no more running from an enemy, and no turning back to their old way of life. But will they really find freedom at last? Meli wonders.