We Belong

We Belong

A novel-in-verse, that weaves an immigrant story together with Philippine mythology.

Stella and Luna know that their mama, Elsie, came from the Philippines when she was a child, but they don’t know much else. So one night they ask her to tell them her story. As they get ready for bed, their mama spins two tales: that of her youth as a strong-willed middle child and refugee; and that of the young life of Mayari, the mythical daughter of a god.

Title:We Belong
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780593112205
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    We Belong Reviews

  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    "But as in all faerie tales, we would learnall magic comes with a price."A story in verse about sisters and immigrants.I love the verses. I love the characters.Yet I feel there could have been more to...

  • Anniek

    This book just oozes love, it's beautiful. It's told in different timelines and storylines, and ends up being so much more than the sum of its part. The book is about a mother telling her daughters be...

  • Hf

    I love novels told through verse so I knew I would enjoy We Belong. This book tells two tales, the story of a young girl who left the Philippines as a child with her family and the story of a mythical...

  • Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusLove the Filipino culture and mythology, and the use of verse is very interesting. I am always a big fan of colored ink, so I loved the use of blue ink for some chapter...

  • smalltownbookmom

    Excuse me while I GUSH about this absolutely BEAUTIFUL in every way, middle grade novel in verse! I can’t believe this is Cookie Hiponia Everman’s debut - her words are so lyrical and moving. At t...

  • Brianna Johnston

    I received this book as a free digital ARC from the SLJ Middle Grade Magic virtual conference. All of the thoughts expressed in this review are honest and my own.The first half of this book was very c...

  • Kaine

    I had the privilege of reading an eARC of WE BELONG, and it is truly beautiful, moving, and delightful. I tend to read and enjoy books for three reasons-- to learn from the characters, to get swept aw...

  • Brandi Thompson

    I received an eARC from NetGalley for review. This is a middle grade book with a focus on Filipino myths tied into a modern family, with their story of immigration and growing up with their Filipino r...

  • Marie

    I think it must be my life's work to reflect love.I know who I am and where I have to go.Did we really want to belong to a country that did not know or want us as we are, did not consider the weight o...

  • Libby

    This is the first time I've read an e-ARC via NetGalley, so my review is based on that copy.A mostly-sweet (with some bitter moments) series of bedtime stories that a mother tells to her daughters, dr...