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Publisher's Summary

In 2010, the al Rabeeah family left their home in Iraq in hope of a safer life. They moved to Homs, in Syria - just before the Syrian civil war broke out. 

Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was 10 years old when the violence began on the streets around him: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and school, firebombs late at night. Homes tells of the strange juxtapositions of growing up in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by normalcy - soccer, cousins, video games, friends. 

Homes is the remarkable true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone - and found safety in Canada - with a passion for sharing his story and telling the world what is truly happening in Syria. As told to her by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, writer Winnie Yeung has crafted a heartbreaking, hopeful, and urgently necessary book that provides a window into understanding Syria.

©2018 Winnie Yeung (P)2019 Audible, Inc.
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Captivating story

This is a great listen with a balance of details and movement and could be helpful for teens & families looking for a deeper understanding of the refugee experience.

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An absolutely amazing book.

I learned so much not only about life in a war torn world but about the Muslim faith. This young man's journey is fascinating and eye opening. His father is a tower of strength. You must read or listen to this book. It will change your world view

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This Book Seizes Your Heart

I was captivated by the immediacy of Abu Bakr's description of his 'worlds'. This book is not only about life in a war torn country and the experience of immigrating to Canada but it illustrates the adaptability of human nature, the bonds of family and friends, the courage and fear of living in a place devastated by war, and the adaptability to make wherever home is, normal. This is evidenced by Abu Bakr's 'matter of fact' renditions of horrific events without any drama. The descriptions of how the family and friends interact, illustrates how much everyone has in common in spite of vast differences in circumstances. And above all, Abu Bakr's insight engenders a deep compassion and respect for those who have left their homes and friends and family to find refuge here. Winnie Yeung's commitment and talents helped Abu Bakr make this book a reality. The narration was perfect as well. I highly recommend this title.

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Great book

I really enjoyed this book. Incredible sad story. He ended up living blocks away from
Me. Definitely worth the read.

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An Eyeopener

I listened to this in almost one “sitting”. What an education. We in the first world, as a rule, have little concept of the story behind the news. This book helps to mitigate that. Hats off to Abu Bakr family and friends.

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Real struggles of a young boy in a war-torn county

A moving diary from a young boy in Syria in the last few years and his escape from Iraq to Syria as the war followed and eventually as a refugee to Canada.

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we are more alike than we are different...

Abu Bakr's young voice and the recency of the events give a glimpse into another world we usually only hear about in the news, where it's easier to forget the individuals behind the stories.

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  • 2019-09-25

Good insight to a refugee family.

Must read. A close family with happy memories and traditions in their country but forced to move because of war.

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My immigrant family lived in the Highlands area

I found this novel firstly informative. My father was part of a large Polish immigrant family so I can relate to the sense of loneliness as my relatives spoke of their early years.But they were Christians with one family from the same region in Poland living close by.However, I had no idea of how Muslim immigrant families from areas of war zones adjusted to a Canadian city in December/January. Therefore the initial chapters were most helpful. I could
then begin to comprehend the effect that migration had on various member of the family. We lived in the Highlands area of Edmonton and my older sister attended the same high school as did the main character Abu Bakr so I know the area well. Thank you all for telling your story.I learned a great deal and wish you well

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Had to listen until the end

Great story of what we Canadians know nothing about. I'm glad we are so open minded in Canada. I'm grateful for his sharing of his story.

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  • 2019-06-28

Understanding the Why for Immigration

An absolutely heart-rendering story written about immigration. Told by the perspective of a young boy and following him through early teen years, this story will explain to you why we immigrate. It is beautiful and heartbreaking and infuriating and wondrous. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know why someone would leave their only home for a better life.

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  • 2019-11-13

Love Intent; Needs to Reveal More Story

While I thought that this topic was very interesting, the reading seemed to base and factually toned: not as engaging as it could have been. I would have liked to have heard more about what actually happened in Syria now as an older boy looks back.

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  • 2021-09-17

Must-listen

Compelling, incredible story of Abu Bakr and his family's journey from Iraq to Syria to Canada. A must-listen and narrated wonderfully.

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  • 2021-01-03

Is it a good story?

It feels weird reviewing this as a bad, average, or good story, because it’s the story of a kid surviving on-going war, terrorism, and fear. It was Abu Bakr’s life. I cannot imagine what growing up with bombs, gun fire, and violence surrounding me would be like. It’s a heavy story, but it was a story I feel like I benefited from hearing. I think everyone can benefit from hearing.