Breakfast Serials Stories and Illustrations

Long Road Home

Written by Katherine Paterson
Illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully

When Meli, an Albanian 11-year-old girl, begins her story, she and her large, close-knit family are happily—if not securely—living in their ancestral community in Kosovo. But in 1999 Slobodan Milosevic’s rule drives ethnic Albanians from their homes. Family closeness is not enough. The intervention of US forces is not enough. As Meli tells her gripping tale, the family must flee, embarking on a dangerous journey in search of safety. Though family ties and tradition are severely tested, they eventually reach the U.S., and the tranquility of a Vermont town. But it is there that Meli experiences both the welcoming American spirit and the post-9/11 distrust of Muslims. Her response is an inspiration for all.

Based on a true story, Long Road Home presents a warm and compassionate family’s response to conflict and emigration to America.

Spanish translation available.


Story Length:

19 chapters

Chapter Length:

~900 words


Logo art and 19 original chapter illustrations in color and black and white

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