The Day of the Pelican

The Day of the Pelican

Where is Kosovo, who are the Serbians and Albanians, and why are they fighting? This story personalizes the events that tore Kosovo apart, pitting neighbor against neighbor, Christian against Muslim. This is the story of 11-year-old Meli and her family and their flight from war to find safety.

Meli helps with housework, cares for her younger brothers, goes to school and maintains a normal life in Kosovo while aware of rising tension and danger. When her older brother, 13-year-old Mehmet, disappears and reappears three months later with a message that they are not safe, the family leaves the city for the safety of their country farm.


The novel recounts the family’s flight from the farm to the questionable safety of refugee camps and finally resettlement in Vermont. Is the family finally safe in the United States or will the events of September 11, 2001 disrupt the rebuilding of the family’s life?
This short (145 p.) novel is well written. The action moves quickly, keeping the reader engaged. The characters speak to the reader of both their fear and hope. This is a story place within war but with a belief in the future and a faith in humanity. Recommended by Barbara Fiehn, Librarian

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