Theme: Sibling Relationship

Luis Paints the World

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Ages 05 and up, Domincian American, North America, Theme: Community, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: The Arts, Theme: War, United States | Comments Off on Luis Paints the World

Luis Paints the World

Luis Paints the World By Terry Farish Illustrated by Oliver Dominguez Published by Lerner Publishing Group Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children Honor for “fiction that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder.” Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat Description Nico is joining the Army to see the world. His younger brother, Luis, begins a mural on the alleyway wall to try to convince Nico to stay. But in Nico’s absence, Luis’s world expands along with the mural in their...

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The Cat at the Wall

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Ages 10 and up, Israel, Middle Eastern, Palestine, Palestinian, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on The Cat at the Wall

The Cat at the Wall

The Cat at the Wall By Deborah Ellis Published by Groundwood Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “A soulful story that captures the magic of possibility, even in difficult times.” —Kirkus Reviews  (Starred Review) Description A cat sneaks into a small Palestinian house on the West Bank that has been commandeered by two Israeli soldiers. The house seems empty, until the cat realizes that a little boy is hiding beneath the floorboards. Should she help him? After all, she’s just a cat. Or is she? She was once a regular North American girl, but that was before she died...

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Walking Home

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Ages 10 and up, Kenya, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on Walking Home

Walking Home

Walking Home By Eric Walters Published by Doubleday, Canada Find a copy at Amazon | B&N “Set in both the wilds and slums of Kenya, a powerful story about a brother and sister’s brave journey to find a place to call home.” —Penguin Randomhouse Description  13-year-old Muchoki and his younger sister, Jata, can barely recognize what’s become of their lives. Only weeks ago they lived in a bustling Kenyan village, going to school, playing soccer with friends, and helping at their parents’ store. But sudden political violence has killed their father and destroyed...

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In Too Deep

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in African (Central), Ages 10 and up, Congo, Congolese, Congolese British, England, Tanzania, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Foster Care, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Uncategorized | Comments Off on In Too Deep

In Too Deep

In Too Deep  By Tom Avery Published by Frances Lincoln Sequel to Too Much Trouble Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description “It’s Father,” my brother said. “He’s in trouble. We’ve got to get him.” Prince and Emmanuel are stunned to hear that someone who says she’s their mother is looking for them. Can it really be her, after four long years of separation? The boys are scared and suspicious. And then there’s another shock – they learn that their father is trapped in Tanzania, blackmailed by gangsters to pay off an impossible debt. The boys make a big decision – somehow they...

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Big Red Lollipop

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Canada, Pakistani, Pakistani American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on Big Red Lollipop

Big Red Lollipop

Big Red Lollipop By Rukhsana Khan Illustrated by Sophie Blackall Published by Viking’s Children’s Books “Khan delivers another astute and moving story, ostensibly dealing with sibling rivalry, but actually about hard-won lessons emerging from clashes of identity and assimilation.” –Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Rubina has been invited to her first birthday party, and her mother, Ami, insists that she bring her little sister along. Rubina is mortified, but she can’t convince Ami that you just...

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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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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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Ask Me No Questions

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Ages 12 and up, Asian (South), Bangladeshi American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Education, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on Ask Me No Questions

Ask Me No Questions

Ask Me No Questions By Marina Budhos Published by Atheneum Books/Simon Schuster “The teen voice is wonderfully immediate, revealing Nadira’s mixed-up feelings as well as the diversity in her family and in the Muslim community…Readers will feel the heartbreak, prejudice, kindness, and fear.” –Booklist “A perceptive peek into the lives of foreigners on the fringe.” –Kirkus Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description “You forget. You forget you don’t really exist here, that this isn’t your home.” Since...

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Skunk Girl

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in Ages 14 and up, Asian (South), Islamic, Muslim, Muslim American, Pakistani American, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on Skunk Girl

Skunk Girl

Skunk Girl By Sheba Karmin Published by Farrar Straus Giroux “Karim’s first novel provides a rare exploration of Muslim culture and will be a welcome addition to teen collections.” –Lynn Rutan, Booklist “Whether they share Nina’s circumstances or not, readers will readily identify with her struggle, and they’ll find her an endearing and admirable literary companion.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description If Nina Khan were to rate herself on the unofficial Pakistani prestige point system – the one she’s sure all the...

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Jakarta Missing

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in African (East), African American, Ages 07 and up, Iranian American, Japanese American, Theme: Adoption, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on Jakarta Missing

Jakarta Missing

Jakarta Missing By Jane Kurtz Published by Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins “Kurtz convincingly portrays both the bewildering mix of emotions that accompany an expatriate’s return “home” and the complications of family life when adults and young adults have different goals and needs…” –Kathleen Isaacs, School Library Journal “This is an unusual story, one that may prove highly appealing to those younger YAs interested in exotic locales and comparing other cultures with American life.” –KLIATT Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N...

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Yang the Youngest

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 09 and up, Asian (East), Chinese American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on Yang the Youngest

Yang the Youngest

Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear By Lensey Namioka Illustrated by Kees de Kiefte Published by Random House Inc “Peppered with wry commentary on the often baffling experience of adapting to a new country and a new language, Beijing-born Namioka’s fresh and funny novel serves up a slice of modern, multicultural American life.” —Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Everyone in the Yang family is a talented musician except for nine-year-old Yingtao, the youngest Yang. Even after years of violin lessons from his father, Yingtao...

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What Will You Be, Sara Mee?

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 03 and up, Asian (East), Korean American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on What Will You Be, Sara Mee?

What Will You Be, Sara Mee?

What Will You Be, Sara Mee? By Kate Aver Avraham Illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien Published by Charlesbridge Publishers “Of particular interest to Korean American families, this festive story also introduces a different cultural birthday tradition to non-Koreans.”  —Booklist “What Will You Be Sara Mee? gives readers a beautiful glimpse into Korean culture.” —Teaching Tolerence Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Will she be an artist? A cook? A writer? Sara Mee is turning one, and her family and friends gather for her tol, or...

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In the Small, Small Night

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in African (West), Ages 04 and up, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on In the Small, Small Night

In the Small, Small Night

In The Small, Small Night By Jane Kurtz Illustrated by Rachel Isadora Published by HarperCollins Publishers “An affecting story about family love and finding the courage to face new situations” —Suzanne Myers Harold, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description In the middle of the night the world can seem huge and frightening, especially when you’ve just moved far from home. On Abena and Kofi’s first night in America, it is late and it is dark and they are up worrying. What if a giant lizard or a slender-snouted crocodile crawled...

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