Published on November 14, 2013
This picture book is the story of a young Sudanese refugee, Sangoel, who comes to America with his mother and sister after his father has died. Upon leaving, his grandfather reminds him that he should always be very proud of his Dinka name, Sangoel, which has been handed down from his father and grandfather. Upon arriving in America, Sangoel finds so many different things—language, living conditions, school. In many ways, he wonders if the refugee camp was not better. He struggles to fit in. Although he likes soccer, and his classmates seem friendly enough, he still feels unaccepted and lonely as his classmates continually mispronounce his name. Finally, he finds an innovative solution—a rebus of his name drawn on a T-Shirt which clearly indicates how to say his name. His classmates love the idea, pick up on it and all make their own name rebuses.