The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson

Back Cover Blurb: 

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.

Content Rating:

Religious Content:

  • There is very little religious content in here. Just a few references to beliefs and a few prayers.
  • The main character is Albanian and many of her friends and family are Muslim, although she doesn't consider herself religious.

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My Take:

I really love a lot of Katherine Paterson's books. This one is well written with a good message. It doesn't have a lot of religious content and it doesn't get too detailed in the difficult or hard parts of the character's story. Mature younger readers (12-14 years) would probably do just fine with this one.

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