Ages 13 and up

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Ages 13 and up, Europe (Unnamed Country), Syria, Syrian, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, Theme: War | Comments Off on Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey By Margriet Ruurs Art by Nizar Badr Translated by Falah Raheem Published by Orca Book Publishers Age Range: 13 and older Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat   “An astonishing book that allows the humanity of refugees to speak louder than politics and introduces readers to one of Syria’s incredible artists.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review   Description This unique picture book was inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, discovered by chance by Canadian children’s writer...

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Cultural Research: Either the Beginning or the End of the World

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Afghanistan, Ages 13 and up, Asia (Southeast), Author / Illustrator Research, Cambodian, Cambodian American | 1 comment

Cultural Research: Either the Beginning or the End of the World

Author’s Note on Research By Terry Farish Either the Beginning or the End of the World delves into a horrific family memory carried over generations. The memory is of family members who starved to death during Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge genocide. I’ve been on a long journey into Cambodian history and culture to begin to understand what this memory could mean to a young girl two generations later. The books I read and sources I interviewed tell a story themselves about my focus. It wasn’t on the wars, but on living after surviving them. I had read widely on wars in...

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Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Ages 13 and up, Cambodian American | Comments Off on Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town

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Lost Girl Found

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in African (East), Ages 13 and up, Kenya, Refugee Camp, Sudan, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Gender Roles, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Lost Girl Found

Lost Girl Found

Lost Girl Found   By Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca Published by Groundwood Books All royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Africare.org, a charitable organization that works with local populations to improve the quality of life for people in Africa. Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description For Poni, life in her small village in southern Sudan is simple and complicated at the same time. Stay in school. Beat up any boy who tries to show attention. Watch out for the dangers in the river. But then the war comes. And when soldiers arrive in her village, and bombs...

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Refugee Boy

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in African (East), Ages 13 and up, England, Ethiopian American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Refugee Boy

Refugee Boy

Refugee Boy By Benjamin Zephaniah Published by Bloomsbury Publishing “This book brings to light the plight of refugees everywhere…The book would be a great asset to students learning about diversity and how they should handle similar situations.” –Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N       Description Alem is on holiday with his father for a few days in London. He has never been out of Ethiopia before and is very excited. They have a great few days togther until one morning when Alem wakes up in the bed and breakfast they...

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Escaping the Tiger

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Ages 13 and up, Asia (Southeast), Laos, Laotian American, Thailand, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: Survival | 1 comment

Escaping the Tiger

Escaping the Tiger By Laura Manivong Published by Harper Collins “Based on the author’s husband’s own experiences, this is a vivid and lovingly drawn tale of people caught in the crossroads of history and struggling to retain both dignity and hope.” –Children’s Literature “This is a moving story that breathes life into a chapter of twentieth-century history that may be little known to young readers.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Vonlai knows that soldiers who guard the Mekong...

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A Game for Swallows

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Ages 13 and up, Lebanese, Lebanon, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Religious Differences, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on A Game for Swallows

A Game for Swallows

A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return By Zeina Abirached Translated by Edward Gauvin Published by Graphic Universe “For young readers, “A Game for Swallows” will come as a revelation. At a time when the Middle East is still in turmoil and when Americans have suffered losses of electricity and other necessities during recent storms and floods, this is a story that will hit home even as it causes young, impressionable eyes to look at life abroad.” –The New York Times Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description When Zeina was born, the civil war in Lebanon...

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Now is the Time for Running

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in African (South), Ages 13 and up, South Africa, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: Survival, Theme: Xenophobia, Zimbabwe, Zimbabwean | Comments Off on Now is the Time for Running

Now is the Time for Running

Now is the Time for Running By Michael Williams Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers “Williams skillfully draws the plight of these refugee brothers with both suspense and sympathy, and readers cannot help but root for them in their quest to rebuild their broken lives.” –Horn Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Just down the road from their families, Deo and his friends play soccer in the dusty fields of Zimbabwe, cheered on by Deo’s older brother, Innocent. It is a day like any other… until the soldiers arrive...

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Vietnamerica

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in Ages 13 and up, Asia (Southeast), Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Vietnam, Vietnamese American | Comments Off on Vietnamerica

Vietnamerica

Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey By GB Tran Published by Villard/ Random House Publishers “If you have ever felt a connection to the immigrant experience, if you are born of a generation that benefited from the bruises and blood of the one that came before, then this memoir will resonate as literature rarely does. And if this is the first time you’ve looked deeply at the story of the Vietnamese diaspora, then know that this is the sort of grand epic that begins to make sense only when told through the words of people who lived it.” –Racebending Find a copy at Amazon |...

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Memories of the Sun

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in African American, Ages 13 and up, Multinational/Multicultural, Somali American, Sudanese American, Theme: Child Soldiers, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Memories of the Sun

Memories of the Sun

Memories of the Sun: Stories of Africa and America Edited by Jane Kurtz Published by HarperCollins Publishers “This riveting collection of poems and short stories by award-winning African and African-American writers shares the complexities and surprises of living between two cultures and sometimes of one’s own culture. At the heart of many entries is the search for identity and, in many cases, identity derives from where characters find themselves at the moment” —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description What is it like to grow up in...

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Does My Head Look Big In This?

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 13 and up, Australia, Islamic, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Pakistani Australian, Palestinian Australian, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on Does My Head Look Big In This?

Does My Head Look Big In This?

Does My Head Look Big In This? By Randa Abdel-Fattah Published by Orchard Books “…the book is wonderful at showing the diversity within Muslim communities and in explaining why so many women choose to wear the hijab.” —School Library Journal “What’s so good about the story is just how easy it is for non-Muslim readers to relate to Amal; and I’m sure Muslim readers will snap this one up since they rarely see themselves portrayed in YA literature.” —KLIATT Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Sixteen-year-old Amal makes the decision...

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The Bite of the Mango

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in African (West), Ages 13 and up, Sierra Leone, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on The Bite of the Mango

The Bite of the Mango

The Bite of the Mango By Mariatu Kamara with Susan McClelland Published by Annick Press “As it aims to correct misperceptions about Sierra Leone and to raise awareness of the needs of child victims of war, this book will unsettle readers—and then inspire them with the evidence of Mariatu’s courage.” —Publisher’s Weekly “This haunting memoir adds an essential voice to the growing body of literature about Sierra Leone’s civil war” —Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description As a child in a small rural village in Sierra Leone,...

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The Good Braider

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 13 and up, Sudan, Sudanese American, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on The Good Braider

The Good Braider

The Good Braider By Terry Farish Published by Marshall Cavendish/Amazon Children’s Publishing “Refreshing and moving: avoids easy answers and saviors from the outside. ” —Kirkus Reviews “…the larger community needs these stories.” —Finding Wonderland Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description In spare free verse laced with unforgettable images, Viola’s strikingly original voice sings out the story of her family’s journey from war-torn Sudan, to Cairo, and finally to Portland, Maine. Here, in the sometimes too close embrace...

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