Theme: Survival

My Shoes and I

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Central America, El Salvador, Guatemala, Latino, Mexico, Salvadoran, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on My Shoes and I

My Shoes and I

My Shoes and I By Rene Colato Lainez Illustrated by Fabricio Vanden Broeck Published by Boyds Mills Press “… [T]he book…offers a timely topic portrayed in an interesting, child-centered way; kids looking for reflection of familial experience or exploration of a kind of life they’re not aware of may find reward in traveling with Mario.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description A timely and inspiring story. Mario is leaving his home in El Salvador. With his father by his side, he is going...

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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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Mali Under the Night Sky

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Ages 06 and up, Asia (Southeast), Laos, Laotian American, Thailand, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Mali Under the Night Sky

Mali Under the Night Sky

Mali Under the Night Sky By Youme Landowne Illustrated by Youme Landowne Published by Cinco Puntos Press “Cinco Puntos Press has made a significant contribution in publishing Mali Under the Night Sky…The book’s value to Laotian families in diaspora is of course incalculable.” –Paper Tigers Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Mali Under the Night Sky, a 2011 Skipping Stones honor book, is the true story of Laotian American artist Malichansouk Kouanchao, whose family was forced by civil war to flee Laos when she was five. Before the war began, Mali lived...

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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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Journey of Dreams

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Ages 11 and up, Central America, Guatemala, Guatemalan, Mexico, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Oral Traditions, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Journey of Dreams

Journey of Dreams

Journey of Dreams By Marge Pellegrino Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books “This novel will captivate both Latin American survivors of civil war and their peers. Outstanding.” –Kirkus Reviews “the plot’s twists and turns…exemplify the lives of ordinary people caught up in horrific times and circumstances.” –Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description For the peaceful highlanders of Guatemala, life has become a nightmare. Helicopters slash like machetes through the once-quiet air. Soldiers...

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Alive in the Killing Fields

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Ages 12 and up, Asia (Southeast), Cambodia, Cambodian American, Thailand, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Genocide, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Alive in the Killing Fields

Alive in the Killing Fields

Alive in the Killing Fields: Surviving the Khmer Rouge Genocide By Nawuth Keat and Martha Kendall Published by National Geographic Children’s Books “This is a powerful story and one that will open the eyes of its readers in terms of what people are capable of, both good and bad.” –Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Alive in the Killing Fields is the real-life memoir of Nawuth Keat, a man who survived the horrors of war-torn Cambodia. He has now broken a longtime silence in the hope that telling the truth about...

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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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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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Where the Streets Had a Name

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Middle Eastern, Multinational/Multicultural, Palestinian, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Survival, West Bank | Comments Off on Where the Streets Had a Name

Where the Streets Had a Name

Where the Streets Had a Name By Randa Abdel-Fattah Published by Scholastic Press “As she did in Does My Head Look Big in This? (2007) and Ten Things I Hate About Me (2009), Abdel-Fattah introduces a bright, articulate Muslim heroine coping with contemporary life…A refreshing and hopeful teen perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian dilemma.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Critically acclaimed author Randa Abdel-Fattah’s middle-grade debut about the journey — and risks — a Palestinian girl will take to save her...

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The Good Braider Celebrated in Portland, Maine

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in African (East), Ages 14 and up, Events & Programs, Sudan, Sudanese American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on The Good Braider Celebrated in Portland, Maine

The Good Braider Celebrated in Portland, Maine

You are Invited to a Celebration for: THE GOOD BRAIDER A Novel by Terry Farish Set in Portland’s Sudanese Community Thursday, 11/8/12 @ 7:00 PM 7th Floor, Glickman Library University of Southern Maine Portland, Maine Free of Charge Info: Curious City, 207-420-1126 ABOUT THE BOOK “A masterful triumph of character and story.” -Naomi Shihab Nye 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...

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Never Fall Down

Posted by on Oct 13, 2012 in Ages 14 and up, Asia (Southeast), Cambodia, Cambodian American, Theme: Child Soldiers, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Never Fall Down

Never Fall Down

Never Fall Down By Patricia McCormick Published by HarperCollins Publishers/Balzer + Blay McCormick has done a remarkable job of creating an authentic first-person voice for Arn and using it to lay bare his almost unimaginable experiences of horror. The resulting book is powerfully, hauntingly unforgettable. —Michael Cart, Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description When soldiers arrive at his hometown in Cambodia, Arn is just a kid, dancing to rock ‘n’ roll, hustling for spare change, and selling ice cream with his brother. But after the soldiers...

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The Storyteller’s Beads

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in African (East), Ages 07 and up, Ethiopia, Ethiopian American, Sudan, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Historical, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Religious Persecution, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on The Storyteller’s Beads

The Storyteller’s Beads

The Storyteller’s Beads By Jane Kurtz Published by Harcourt Children’s Books “Although firmly grounded in the realities of Ethiopian life, which Kurtz (who grew up in Ethiopia) helps the reader see, hear, feel, and smell, the story is also universal, and will provoke reflection on prejudice, tolerance, and identity.” –Children’s Literature “This ultimately heartening novel is a solid addition to the growing body of middle-grade books for a multicultural world.” –Kathleen Isaacs, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N...

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The Lotus Seed

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asia (Southeast), Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival, Vietnam, Vietnamese American | Comments Off on The Lotus Seed

The Lotus Seed

The Lotus Seed By Sherry Garland Illustrated by Tatsuro Kiuchi Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt “A thoughtful, beautifully designed book that will find a place in many discussions.”  –Kirkus Reviews “The spare simplicity of Garland’s tale about remembering one’s birthplace is richly amplified by Kiuchi’s arresting, light-filled paintings” –Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Forced to flee her beloved Vietnam to escape a devastating civil war, a woman takes only her children and a single...

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Three Wishes

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 10 and up, Israel, Middle Eastern, Palestine, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Loss of Childhood, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Three Wishes

Three Wishes

Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak By Deborah Ellis Published by Groundwood Books “…an accessible way of approaching a huge and difficult topic, this book should be required reading for adults who care about children living in any conflict-influenced situation, from Israel to violent neighborhoods in the United States.”—Francisca Goldsmith, VOYA Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Deborah Ellis’s enormously popular “Breadwinner” trilogy recounted the experiences of children living in Afghanistan; now...

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The Breadwinner

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 10 and up, Asian (South), Theme: Repression, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner By Deborah Ellis Published by Groundwood Books “…The Breadwinner is a potent portrait of life in contemporary Afghanistan, showing that powerful heroines can survive even in the most oppressive and sexist social conditions.” —John Green, Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound| B&N     Description Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city. Parvana’s father — a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed —...

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Parvana’s Journey

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 10 and up, Asian (South), Theme: Family Death, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Parvana’s Journey

Parvana’s Journey

Parvana’s Journey By Deborah Ellis Published by Groundwood Books “This is an excellent way for young YA’s to understand the plight of the Afghani people.” —Claire Rosser, KLIATT Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description In Parvana’s Journey, the Taliban still control Afghanistan, but Kabul is in ruins. Parvana’s father has just died, and her mother, sister, and brother could be anywhere in the country. Parvana knows she must find them. Despite her youth, Parvana sets out alone, masquerading as a boy. She soon meets other children who...

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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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Iqbal

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 07 and up, Asian (South), Pakistan, Pakistani, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Child Labor, Theme: Historical, Theme: Human Rights, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Iqbal

Iqbal

Iqbal By Francesco D’Adamo Translated by Anne Leonoir Published by Aladdin “An eye-opening, genuinely touching novel.” —Publishers Weekly “Iqbal’s life was not in vain; the accounts here of children who were liberated through his and activist adults’ efforts will move readers for years to come.” —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description When young Iqbal is sold into slavery at a carpet factory, his arrival changes everything for the other overworked and abused children there. It is Iqbal who explains to them that...

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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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