There are students from all over the world in Keks ESL class. Joe is middle class - he is not a member of the popular clique or the hard guys clique from the neighbouring town at his high school although he is captain of both the soccer team (a wussy sport) and the wrestling team. They walk through a dust storm to arrive at the camp only to be ordered to “get back inside” by guards in watchtowers. These are idioms, and we use them everyday. I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would. Kek feels guilty that he ran and left him mother behind. Klass uses his writing to help young middle school readers understand life, character, and that sometimes failing is ok, but you. . As Kek awaits word of his mothers fate, he weathers the tough Minnesota winter by finding warmth in his new friendships, strength in his memories, and belief in his new country. To see what your friends thought of this book. by HMH Books for Young Readers. It would be an excellent addition to a unit on World War II. Discuss the meaning of the poem. Joe is a junior in high school and captain of the soccer team. He wonders if the people in this new place will be like the winter—cold and unkind. He is the recipient of the Caldecott Medal for GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY, and also won a Caldecott Honor and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for THE BOY OF THE THREE-YEAR NAP (written by Dianne Snyder). I appreciate him sharing his thoughts and feelings about a dark time in world history in such a beautiful book. Joe tells this story about the failures and successes of the high school soccer team in a town long divided by socioeconomic pressures. I love that this book was able to convey such a strong and powerful message in a simple way. Here the young man finds children who bare their names on tags strung around their necks, finding his own grandfather's tag as well. Read with your class Emma Lazarus poem “The New Colossus,” which is engraved on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty. I love that this book was able to convey such a strong and powerful message in a simp. To help the students in Keks ESL class get to know each other they play, a game called Interview. 11. . Visually I was interested in the trajectory movement in the pictures. Do we need dozens of varieties of breakfast cereal and a half dozen kinds of cola? The man meets two children who come from the camp and do not know where home is. Also, it had a lot of action, and you never knew what to expect. Joe cant believe that he missed his chance with Kris and maybe even ruined their friendship. It gives people an opening into your life. joe fell in love with his neighbor but gets his heart broken when the phenom an amazing soccer player and chick magnet threates to take everything in his lie away.