Eastern European

Tell Us We’re Home

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Ages 12 and up, Central America, Eastern European, Mexican American, Multinational/Multicultural, Slovakian American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Trinidadian American | Comments Off on Tell Us We’re Home

Tell Us We’re Home

Tell Us We’re Home By Marina Budhos Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers “These fully realized heroines are full of heart, and their passionate struggles against systemic injustice only make them more inspiring. Keenly necessary.” –Kirkus Reviews “These three girls are outcasts, like many teens, and the story may resonate with readers who often feel like outsiders looking in.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Jaya, Maria, and Lola are just like the other eighth-grade girls in the wealthy suburb of...

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Hamzat’s Journey

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Ages 07 and up, Chechen, Eastern European, England, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Hamzat’s Journey

Hamzat’s Journey

Hamzat’s Journey: A Refugee Diary By Anthony Robinson and Annemarie Young Illustrated by June Allan Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books “Photos of the real-life Hamzat and of his town are the most compelling element of the work.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description This third book in the Refugee Diary series follows the story of a boy from Chechnya. In 2001 when Chechens were at war with Russia, he was on his way to school in the capital of Grozny when he stepped on a landmine. His leg had to be amputated, and...

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Meltem’s Journey

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Ages 07 and up, Eastern European, England, Germany, Kurdish, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Racial Discrimination, Turkey | Comments Off on Meltem’s Journey

Meltem’s Journey

Meltem’s Journey: A Refugee Diary By Anthony Robinson Illustrated by June Allan Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books “Starkly realistic and eye-opening, if emotionally difficult.” –Kirkus Reviews “The book succeeds in its encouragement of understanding and empathy for Meltem and other refugee children.” –Books for Keeps Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description This fourth book in the Refugee Diary series follows a Kurdish family from Eastern Turkey. 13 year old Meltem tells the story of their journey to the UK, and the...

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The Day of the Pelican

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 10 and up, Eastern European, Kosovar American, Kosovo, Muslim, Muslim American, Refugee Camp, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Religious Persecution | Comments Off on The Day of the Pelican

The Day of the Pelican

The Day of the Pelican By Katherine Paterson Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  “In this powerful, finely crafted novel, Paterson unveils the experience of Muslim Albanians in the Kosovo war” —Publisher’s Weekly “…a solid addition to the scant offerings on this subject.” —Kirkus Review Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Meli Lleshi is positive that her drawing of her teacher with his pelican nose started it all. The Lleshis are Albanians living in Kosovo, a country trying to fight off Serbian oppressors, and suddenly they are...

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Something About America

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 12 and up, Eastern European, Kosovar American, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Something About America

Something About America

Something About America By Maria Testa Published by Candlewick “…her stirring words enhance a sense of the characters’ experiences and emotions, particularly those of a young person caught between cultures” —Gillian Engberg, Booklist “Simplicity of language is a powerful counterpoint to the emotional complexity of the immigrants’ story” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description What happens to a dream divided? Draping colorful scarves around her neck, the thirteen-year-old from Kosova...

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Drita, My Homegirl

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 09 and up, Eastern European, Kosovar American, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Drita, My Homegirl

Drita, My Homegirl

Drita, My Homegirl By Jenny Lombard Published by Penguin Group “More a tale of the power of love than of refugees, this first novel is imbued with the language and customs of Kosova as well as the efforts of a family attempting to regain balance.” —Susan Oliver, School Library Journal “…For her debut novel, Lombard has created two strong and distinct characters, sensitively explores the effects of war on one family, and illuminates the power of friendship to overcome obstacles.” —Beverley Fahey, Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound |...

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