Theme: Refugee Life

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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Mahtab’s Story

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 09 and up, Asian (Central), Pakistan, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on Mahtab’s Story

Mahtab’s Story

Mahtab’s Story By Libby Gleeson Published by Allen and Unwin “Gleeson has created a protagonist with the strength of a woman yet the naïveté of a child. Her writing style is fluid, and it captures readers’ attention from the very beginning.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Mahtab was hollow. Empty, as if her flesh and blood, her energy, that kept her breathing and running, thinking and talking, was gone. Nothing was in its place. She was hungry. Hungry for water, for her father, for her grandmother, her...

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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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Give Me Shelter

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Ages 10 and up, Congolese, Ethiopian American, Iraqi, Kosovar American, Multicultural, Multinational/Multicultural, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Give Me Shelter

Give Me Shelter

Give Me Shelter Edited By Tony Bradman Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Book “It is a seriously important book…Most of all, we learn about the loneliness of being a refugee in a strange country.” –David Self, Paper Tigers Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description The phrase ‘asylum-seeker’ is one we see in the media all the time. It stimulates fierce and controversial debate, in arguments about migration, race and religion. The movement of people from poor or struggling countries to those where there may be opportunities...

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Weeping Under This Same Moon

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Ages 14 and up, Asia (Southeast), Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Refugee Life, Vietnam, Vietnamese American | Comments Off on Weeping Under This Same Moon

Weeping Under This Same Moon

Weeping Under the Same Moon By Jana Laiz Published by Crow Flies Press “This heartrending story really rings true and is impossible to ignore, especially since it’s based on real events.” –VOYA “…the book vividly portrays very different yet intersecting worlds.” –George Rupp, President, The International Rescue Committee Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Mei is an artist whose life has been disrupted by the Vietnam War. Her anguished parents send her away on a perilous escape during the exodus of thousands of Vietnamese...

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A Time of Miracles

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Ages 12 and up, Caucasus Region, France, French, Georgia, Georgian, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on A Time of Miracles

A Time of Miracles

A Time of Miracles By Anne-Laure Bondoux (Trans. by Y. Maudet) Published by Random House “The story is written in beautiful, quiet prose and offers a touch of hope, along with tragedy.” –School Library Journal “A beautifully cadenced tribute to maternal love and the power of stories amid contemporary political chaos.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Blaise Fortune, also known as Koumaïl, loves hearing the story of how he came to live with Gloria in the Republic of Georgia: Gloria was picking peaches in her...

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A Long Walk to Water

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in African (East), Ages 10 and up, Sudan, Sudanese American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on A Long Walk to Water

A Long Walk to Water

A Long Walk to Water By Linda Sue Park Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt “Park employs well-chosen details and a highly atmospheric setting to underscore both children’s struggles to survive” –Publisher’s Weekly “Brilliant. . . . A touching narrative about strife and survival on a scale most American readers will never see.”—BookPage Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Nya goes to the pond to fetch water for her family. She walks eight hours every day. Salva walks away from his war-torn village. He is a “lost boy” refugee,...

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Santa Claus in Baghdad

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Ages 10 and up, Egpyt, Egyptian, Iraq, Iraqi, Jordan, Jordanian, Lebanese, Lebanon, Middle Eastern, Palestine, Palestinian American, Refugee Camp, Syrian, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Religious Faith, Tunisia | Comments Off on Santa Claus in Baghdad

Santa Claus in Baghdad

Santa Claus in Baghdad By Elsa Marston Published by Indiana University Press “Though few examples of popular culture depict Arabs in a positive light, Marston’s collection is one of the exceptions. Eight Muslim teen narrators are hopeful in the face of poverty, grief, and despair. The author, who worked and traveled extensively to the Middle East, has an uncanny ability to understand the Muslim culture and relay her characters’ innermost thoughts to Western audiences” –Chantal Walvoord,  ForeWord  Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description What is it like to be a...

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Dia’s Story Cloth

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asia (Southeast), Hmong American, Refugee Camp, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on Dia’s Story Cloth

Dia’s Story Cloth

Dia’s Story Cloth By Dia Cha Stitched by Chue and Nhia Thao Cha Published by Lee and Low Books “Using details from the cloth as illustrations, Cha retells her life story, a meeting of Hmong history and a classic American immigration tale…The text is subdued; it is the needlework that drives home the poignancy of this cataclysmic account. “–Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Published to widespread acclaim in hardcover, “Dia’s Story Cloth” tells the tale of a young girl and her family’s...

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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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The Whispering Cloth

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asia (Southeast), Hmong American, Refugee Camp, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on The Whispering Cloth

The Whispering Cloth

The Whispering Cloth: A Refugee’s Story By Pegi Deitz Shea Illustrated by Anita Riggio Published by Boyds Mill Press “…The stitched pictures in folk-art style distance the brutality, both showing and telling that art can be a powerful force…” —Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Mai spends her days at the Widows’ Store, listening to the Hmong women as they stitch and talk, stitch and talk. They are making pa’ndau—brightly colored story cloths–which they sell to the traders from Chiang Khan. Mai wishes she,...

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Mud City

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Afghani, Ages 10 and up, Asian (South), Refugee Camp, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Mud City

Mud City

Mud City By Deborah Ellis Published by Groundwood Books “Shauzia enables Ellis to tell the story of Afghans living as refugees in Pakistan and surviving as beggars and scavengers in the mean streets of Peshawar…The episodic plotting of Mud City enables Deborah Ellis to show her young and mainly western readers what many have likely never read of or considered deeply before.” —Judy Brown, Canadian Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Fourteen-year-old Shauzia dreams of seeing the ocean and eventually making a new life in France, but it...

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Four Feet, Two Sandals

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Afghani, Ages 07 and up, Asian (South), Refugee Camp, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on Four Feet, Two Sandals

Four Feet, Two Sandals

By Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed Illustrated by Doug Chayka Published by Eerdmans Books “By keeping the focus squarely on their child characters, Williams and Mohammed illuminate the plight of refugee children” —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description When relief workers bring used clothing to the refugee camp, everyone scrambles to grab whatever they can. Ten-year-old Lina is thrilled when she finds a sandal that fits her foot perfectly, until she sees that another girl has the matching shoe. But soon Lina and Feroza meet and decide that...

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Children of War

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 12 and up, Iraqi, Jordan, Middle Eastern, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Loss of Childhood, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Children of War

Children of War

Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees By Deborah Ellis Published by Groundwood Books “An important, current title that will have lasting significance.” —Hazel Rochman, Booklist “All ages can relate to these children…a starting point for a discussion on the impact of war on children from the child’s perspective.” —Susan Allen, VOYA Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description The United States and its allies invaded Iraq seven years ago. Today the country is still at war, and no one can claim that true democracy has come. Four million...

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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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