Theme: #OwnVoices

The Secret Side of Empty

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Ages 12 and up, Argentinean American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Deportation, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, United States | 0 comments

The Secret Side of Empty

The Secret Side of Empty By Maria Andreu Published by Running Press Book Publishers Age Range: 12+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat A”ndreu’s debut novel paints a realistic, yet hopeful, portrayal of the challenges of undocumented immigrants.”  —VOYA Description As a straight-A student with a budding romance and loyal best friend, M.T.’s life seems as apple-pie American as her blondish hair and pale skin. But M.T. hides two facts to the contrary: her full name of Monserrat Thalia and her status as an undocumented immigrant. With senior year of high...

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How Dare The Sun Rise

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 in African (Central), Ages 13 and up, Burundi, Congo, Congolese, Congolese American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Advocacy, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War, United States | 0 comments

How Dare The Sun Rise

How Dare The Sun Rise By Sandra Uwiringiyimana Published by HarperCollins Publishers Age Range: 13+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “The title is a critical piece of literature, contributing to the larger refugee narrative in a way that is complex and nuanced but still accessible for a YA audience.”  —School Library Journal Description This profoundly moving memoir is the remarkable and inspiring true story of Sandra Uwiringiyimana, a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who tells the tale of how she survived a massacre, immigrated to America,...

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The Best We Could Do

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 in Asia (Southeast), North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: War, United States, Vietnam, Vietnamese, Vietnamese American | 0 comments

The Best We Could Do

The Best We Could Do By Thi Bui Published by ABRAMS Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Hand this essential volume to teens who appreciate David Small’s Stitches and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.”  —School Library Journal Description This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of...

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Dear World

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Asian (West), Syria, Syrian, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Detention, Theme: Education, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War, Turkey | 0 comments

Dear World

Dear World By Bana Alabed Published by Simon & Schuster Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Eight-year-old Alabed delivers a gripping first-hand account of the war in Syria…”  —Publishers Weekly Description When seven-year-old Bana Alabed took to Twitter to describe the horrors she and her family were experiencing in war-torn Syria, her heartrending messages touched the world and gave a voice to millions of innocent children. Bana’s happy childhood was abruptly upended by civil war when she was only three years old. Over the next four years, she...

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In The Country We Love

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Columbian American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Advocacy, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Community, Theme: Deportation, Theme: Education, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Human Rights, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, United States | 0 comments

In The Country We Love

In The Country We Love By Diane Guerrero Published by St. Martin’s Press Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A moving, humanizing portrait of the collateral damage caused by America’s immigration policy.”—Kirkus Reviews Description Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of...

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Painted Words and Spoken Memories

Posted by on Dec 31, 2017 in Ages 04 and up, Greek, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Education, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: The Arts, United States | 0 comments

Painted Words and Spoken Memories

Painted Words and Spoken Memories By Aliki Published by HarperCollins Publishers Age Range: 4+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Aliki has captured the emotions and experiences of many of today’s children.”  —School Library Journal Description Returning to her own childhood for inspiration, Aliki has created an exceptional sixty-four-page book that presents Marianthe’s story — her present and her past. In Painted Words, Marian paintings help her to become less of an outsider as she struggles to adjust to a new language and a new school. Under...

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From Far Away

Posted by on Dec 30, 2017 in Ages 04 and up, Canada, Lebanese, Muslim, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Education, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War | 0 comments

From Far Away

From Far Away By Robert Munsch, Saoussan Askar Illustrated by Rebecca Green Published by Annick Press, Limited Age Range: 4+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A sad, challenging, and ultimately hopeful real-life story.” —Kirkus Reviews Description When Saoussan immigrated with her family from war-torn Lebanon, she was only seven years old. This picture book tells the story of how she had to adjust to her new home in Canada. She describes the frustration of not understanding the teacher when she started school, not knowing how to ask to go to the bathroom,...

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Saving Kabul Corner

Posted by on Dec 30, 2017 in Afghan American, Afghani, Ages 08 and up, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: War, United States | 0 comments

Saving Kabul Corner

Saving Kabul Corner By N.H. Senzai Published by Simon & Schuster Age Range: 8+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “An engaging mystery—that it’s about Afghani families struggling and surviving in America is a plus.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description A rough and tumble tomboy, twelve-year-old Ariana couldn’t be more different from her cousin Laila, who just arrived from Afghanistan with her family. Laila is a proper, ladylike Afghan girl, one who can cook, sew, sing, and who is well versed in Pukhtun culture and manners. Ariana hates her. Laila not only...

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Stef Soto, Taco Queen

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Ages 08 and up, Mexican American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: First Generation, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, United States | Comments Off on Stef Soto, Taco Queen

Stef Soto, Taco Queen

Stef Soto, Taco Queen By Jennifer Torres Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Age Range: 8+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Stef’s fresh, honest voice will resonate with a broad swath of readers, as will the relatable struggles she negotiates…” —Publishers Weekly Description A heartwarming and charming debut novel about family, friends, and finding your voice all wrapped up in a warm tortilla. Estefania “Stef” Soto is itching to shake off the onion-and-cilantro embrace of Tia Perla, her family’s taco truck. She wants...

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Lucky Broken Girl

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Ages 10 and up, Cuban, Jewish, Mexican, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Historical, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Trauma, United States | Comments Off on Lucky Broken Girl

Lucky Broken Girl

Lucky Broken Girl By Ruth Behar Published by Penguin Young Readers Group Age Range: 10+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A poignant and relevant retelling of a child immigrant’s struggle to recover from an accident and feel at home in America.” —Kirkus Reviews Description In this unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age narrative—based on the author’s childhood in the 1960s—a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in New York City when her American dream is suddenly derailed. Ruthie’s plight will intrigue readers, and her...

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A Map Of Home

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in African (East), Ages 14 and up, Egpyt, Egyptian, Greek, Kuwait, Middle East, Muslim, North America, Palestinian, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Gender Roles, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Survival, Theme: War, United States | Comments Off on A Map Of Home

A Map Of Home

A Map Of Home By Randa Jarrar Published by Penguin Publishing Group Age Range: 18+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A coming-of-age story that’s both singular and universal-an outstanding debut.” —Kirkus Reviews Description In this fresh, funny, and fearless debut novel, Randa Jarrar chronicles the coming-of-age of Nidali, one of the most unique and irrepressible narrators in contemporary fiction. Born in 1970s Boston to an Egyptian-Greek mother and a Palestinian father, the rebellious Nidali—whose name is a feminization of the word “struggle”—soon...

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A Different Pond

Posted by on Dec 10, 2017 in Ages 06 and up, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: War, United States, Vietnamese, Vietnamese American | Comments Off on A Different Pond

A Different Pond

A Different Pond By Bao Phi Illustrated By Thi Bui Published by Capstone Young Readers Age Range: 6+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Spare and simple, a must-read for our times.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description Featured on the 2017 Children’s Best Books Lists including Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Washington Post, Kirkus, New York Public Library, and more! Acclaimed poet Bao Phi delivers a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son—and between cultures, old and new. A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about...

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When Dimple Met Rishi

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Ages 12 and up, Indian American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: First Generation, Theme: Gender Roles, Theme: Identity, United States | Comments Off on When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi By Sandhya Menon Published by Simon Pulse Age Range: 12+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “It’s not always as easy as boy meets girl. In the case of Rishi Patel and Dimple Shah, it’s more like boy is arranged to marry girl, and girl attacks boy with iced coffee.”  —Booklist Description The rom-com that everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage. Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation...

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A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Ages 12 and up, Asian (West), Germany, Greece, Macedonia, Syria, Syrian, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War, Turkey | Comments Off on A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

A Land Of Permanent Goodbyes By Atia Abawi Published by Penguin Young Readers Group Age Range: 12+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “[An] unforgettable novel that brings readers face to face with the global refugee crisis…”  —Kirkus Reviews Description Narrated by Destiny, this heartbreaking — and timely — story of refugees escaping from war-torn Syria is masterfully told by a foreign news correspondent who experienced the crisis firsthand. In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family . . . until the bombs strike. His...

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Malala’s Magic Pencil

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Ages 04 and up, Asian (South), Pakistan, Pakistani, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Advocacy, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Education, Theme: Gender Roles, Theme: Human Rights, Theme: Identity, Theme: Repression, Theme: Survival, Theme: War | Comments Off on Malala’s Magic Pencil

Malala’s Magic Pencil

Malala’s Magic Pencil By Malala Yousafzai Illustrated by Kerascoet Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Age Range: 4+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “This is an excellent book to begin conversations about world injustice with children.” —NYT Book Review Description Malala’s first picture book will inspire young readers everywhere to find the magic all around them. As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra...

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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Ages 14 and up, Mexican American, Mexico, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, United States | Comments Off on I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter By Erika L. Sanchez Published by Random House Children’s Books Age Range: 14+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat Part detective story, part coming-of-age tale, Sánchez’s novel doesn’t shy from heavy subject matter.  —The New York Times Book Review Description Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role. Then...

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Pashmina

Posted by on Nov 26, 2017 in Ages 10 and up, Asian (South), India, Indian American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Gender Roles, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Separation & Reunion, United States | Comments Off on Pashmina

Pashmina

Pashmina By Nidhi Chanani Published by First Second Age Range: 10+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…the first (graphic novel) written and illustrated by an Indian-American creator, this is both a needed contribution and a first-rate adventure tale.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions—the topic of India is permanently...

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You Bring The Distant Near

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in African American, Ages 12 and up, Asian (South), Bengali American, England, India, Indian American, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Historical, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, United States | Comments Off on You Bring The Distant Near

You Bring The Distant Near

You Bring The Distant Near By Mitali Perkins Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Age Range: 12+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat National Book Award Finalist with five starred reviews!   Description This elegant young adult novel captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart. Told in alternating teen voices across three generations, You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture—for better or worse. From a grandmother worried that her children are losing their...

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American Street

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Ages 14 and up, Caribbean, Haiti, Haitian, Haitian American, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Deportation, Theme: Detention, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Race, Theme: Racial Discrimination, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | Comments Off on American Street

American Street

American Street By Ibi Zoboi Published by HarperCollins Publishers Age Range: 14+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat A National Book Award Finalist with five starred reviews! Description In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture. On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s...

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Amina’s Voice

Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in Ages 08 and up, Korean American, Pakistani, Pakistani American, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: First Generation, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Religious Persecution, Theme: The Arts, United States | Comments Off on Amina’s Voice

Amina’s Voice

Amina’s Voice By Hena Khan Published by Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Age Range: 8 and older Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Khan deftly—and subtly—weaves aspects of Pakistani and Muslim culture into her story, allowing readers to unconsciously absorb details and develop understanding and compassion for another culture and faith.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review Description A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family’s vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy...

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