Posts by kirsten@curiouscity.net

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Ages 14 and up, Iranian American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Deportation, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, Theme: War, United States | 0 comments

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card By Sara Saedi Published by Random House Children’s Books Age Range: 14+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat With gumption, Saedi draws from her American-ness and Iranian-ness for a successful depiction of immigrant life in the U.S.: a must-read.  —Kirkus Reviews Description At thirteen, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking the law simply by living in the United States. Only two years old when her parents fled Iran, she didn’t learn of her undocumented status...

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Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Ages 10 and up, Asian (West), Iraq, Iraqi, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Historical, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War | 0 comments

Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein

Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein By Jennifer Roy, Ali Fadhil Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Age Range: 10+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat …a disturbing but accessible portrait of a civilian child’s perspective on war.  —Publishers Weekly Description At the start of 1991, eleven-year-old Ali Fadhil was consumed by his love for soccer, video games, and American television shows. Then, on January 17, Iraq’s dictator Saddam Hussein went to war with thirty-four nations led by the United States. Over the next forty-three days, Ali and his family survived...

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The Breadwinner

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 10 and up, Asian (Central), Theme: Child Labor, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Gender Roles, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War | 0 comments

The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner Original book by Deborah Ellis (Graphic novel adapted from feature film) Published by Groundwood Books Age Range: 10+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A realistic view of the contemporary migrant scene, along with complex truths about race and class.”  —Booklist Description This beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of The Breadwinner animated film tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana who must disguise herself as a boy to support her family during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan. Parvana lives with her family in one room of a...

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Saints & Misfits

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Ages 14 and up, Muslim American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Religious Differences, Theme: Trauma, United States | 0 comments

Saints & Misfits

Saints & Misfits By S.K. Ali Published by Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Age Range: 14+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “This timely and authentic portrayal is an indisputable purchase in the realistic fiction category.”  —School Library Journal Description There are three kinds of people in my world: 1. Saints, those special people moving the world forward. Sometimes you glaze over them. Or, at least, I do. They’re in your face so much, you can’t see them, like how you can’t see your nose. 2. Misfits, people who don’t...

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Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Ages 09 and up, Indian American, Mexican American, Muslim, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: First Generation, Theme: Historical, Theme: Human Rights, Theme: Race, Theme: Racial Discrimination, Theme: Repression, Theme: War, United States | 0 comments

Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh

Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh By Uma Krishnaswami Published by Lee & Low Books, Inc. Age Range: 9+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “This historical sports story will appeal to many elementary-aged students and provides a rich basis for a discussion of prejudice and the importance of standing up for one’s beliefs.”  —School Library Journal Description Nine-year-old Maria Singh longs to play softball in the first-ever girls’ team forming in Yuba City, California. It’s the spring of 1945, and World War II is dragging on. Miss Newman, Maria’s...

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