Ages 09 and up

Refugee

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017 in Ages 09 and up, Caribbean, Cuba, Cuban American, Europe (Unnamed Country), Jewish, Middle East, Middle Eastern, Syria, Syrian, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Religious Persecution, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War, United States, Western European | 0 comments

Refugee

Refugee By Alan Gratz Published by Scholastic Inc. Age Range: 9+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat This compelling novel will help young people make sense of today’s refugee crisis. — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Description JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . . ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America . . . MAHMOUD is...

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What is it Like to Have No Home?

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Ages 09 and up, Multicultural, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Primary Source | Comments Off on What is it Like to Have No Home?

British children and child refugees ask and answer questions about the refugee crisis for The Guardian and Observer charity appeal 2016. This year more than 90,000 children have traveled alone, fleeing war and destitution, across Europe. Thousands are sleeping in makeshift camps in Europe this winter.

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A Long Pitch Home

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Ages 09 and up, Asian (Southwest), Muslim, Muslim American, North America, Pakistan, Pakistani American, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, United States | Comments Off on A Long Pitch Home

A Long Pitch Home

A Long Pitch Home By Natalie Dias Lorenzi Published by Charlesbridge Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat Description Ten-year-old Bilal liked his life back home in Pakistan. He was a star on his cricket team. But when his father suddenly sends the family to live with their aunt and uncle in America, nothing is familiar. While Bilal tries to keep up with his cousin Jalaal by joining a baseball league and practicing his English, he wonders when his father will join the family in Virginia. Maybe if Bilal can prove himself on the pitcher’s mound, his father will make it to...

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Migrant

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Ages 09 and up, Mexican, Mexican American | Comments Off on Migrant

Migrant

Migrant By Jose Manual Mateo Illustrated by Javier Martinez Pedro Published by Abrams Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description  A Mexican boy tells of his journey to the U.S. with his family. They must face many dangers to cross the border, only to experience the uncertainty felt by all illegal immigrants. The narrative is accompanied by one long, beautifully vivid illustration reminis­cent of pre-Hispanic codices, packaged as an accordion-style foldout frieze. Reviews & Accolades “A family’s desperate journey from Mexico to Los Angeles unfolds through a boy’s...

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The Day My Father Became A Bush

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Ages 09 and up, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Separation & Reunion | Comments Off on The Day My Father Became A Bush

The Day My Father Became A Bush

The Day My Father Became a Bush By Joke van Leeuwen Illustrated by Joke van Leeuwen Translated by Bill Nagelkerke Published by Lerner Publishing Group Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “A brilliant, eerily engrossing evocation of war as it brushes up against youth—a harsh slice of the world during a mean piece of history.” —Kirkus Reviews   Description A clear-eyed, funny, and off-beat novel about a girl making sense of a baffling world. ; Toda’ s father has gone away to fight in the war. Luckily, he’ s read about camouflage and will be able to hide from...

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Red Pencil

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in African (East), Ages 09 and up, Muslim, Sudan, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Gender Roles, Theme: Genocide, Theme: The Arts | Comments Off on Red Pencil

Red Pencil

The Red Pencil By Andrea Davis Pinkney Illustrated by Shane Evans Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 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 “Amira, look at me,” Muma insists. She collects both my hands in hers. “The Janjaweed attack without warning. If ever they come– run.” Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in...

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The Garden of My Imaan

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Indian American, Islamic, Moroccan American, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on The Garden of My Imaan

The Garden of My Imaan

The Garden of my Imaan By Farhana Zia Published by Peachtree Publishers “People of all religions and other minority groups will appreciate and relate to Aliya’s experiences and hopefully seek to improve themselves.” –Children’s Literature “…Zia’s gentle message–that Muslims come from many cultures whose observances differ, while the long shadow of 9/11 hovers over all–is timely and beautifully conveyed.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Aliya already struggles with trying to fit in, feeling...

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What the Moon Saw

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Mexico, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity | Comments Off on What the Moon Saw

What the Moon Saw

What the Moon Saw By Laura Resau Published by Delacourte Press/Random House “…in poetic, memorable language, Resau offers a rare glimpse into an indigenous culture, grounding her story in the universal questions and conflicts of a young teen.” –Gillian Engberg, Booklist “Along with the cultural heritage of the Oaxaca region is the role that restlessness has played in the lives of families there. This is a beautifully told story of finding oneself by holding on to ancient traditions.” –KILATT Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description...

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Noodle Pie

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Asia (Southeast), Australia, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Vietnam, Vietnamese | Comments Off on Noodle Pie

Noodle Pie

Noodle Pie By Ruth Starke Published by Kane/Miller Book Publishers “Despite his heritage, Andy observes contemporary Vietnam through Western assumptions and values. With the few Australian terms easily understood in context, his comments on foods, customs, and attitudes will amuse and resonate with U.S. readers in a rare, lighthearted Vietnam novel.” –Booklist   Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description It’s Andy’s first trip on an airplane when he and his dad travel to Vietnam to meet all his relatives. Talk about culture shock! Everyone calls him by...

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The Red Umbrella

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Central America, Cuba, Cuban American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on The Red Umbrella

The Red Umbrella

The Red Umbrella By Christina Diaz Gonzalez Published by Random House Children’s Books “Debut author Gonzalez excels at highlighting the cultural difficulties of their transition, as Luca and Frankie eventually end up living with a foster family in rural — and quite foreign — Nebraska.” –Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N       Description In 1961, two years after the Communist revolution, Lucía Álvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town,...

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Let’s Go See Papá

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Central America, Latino, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Let’s Go See Papá

Let’s Go See Papá

Let’s Go See Papá By Lawrence Schimel Translated by Elisa Amado Illustrated by Alba Marina Rivera Published by Groundwood Books “While this is clearly a much-needed story that effectively captures the experience faced by many immigrant families, its themes are relevant to all children.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description The little girl in this story likes Sundays best of all — it’s the day her father calls. She hasn’t seen him for over a year because he works far away across the ocean in the United States. She writes in her notebook...

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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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Words in the Dust

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 09 and up, Asian (Central), Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Education, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Words in the Dust

Words in the Dust

Words in the Dust By Trent Reedy Published by Arthur A. Levine Books “…[a] deeply moving view of a young girl caught between opportunity and tradition in contemporary Afghanistan.” –Booklist “An inside look at an ordinary Afghanistan family trying to survive in extraordinary times, it is both heart-wrenching and timely.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Zulaikha hopes. She hopes for peace, now that the Taliban have been driven from Afghanistan; a good relationship with her hard stepmother; and one day even to go to...

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The Unforgotten Coat

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Asian (East), England, Mongolian, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | Comments Off on The Unforgotten Coat

The Unforgotten Coat

The Unforgotten Coat By Frank Cottrell Boyce Photography by Carl Hunter and Clare Heney Published by Candlewick Press “…a tight, powerful story—brimming with humor, mystery, and pathos” –Publisher’s Weekly “Funny, sad, haunting and original…A tricky, magical delight.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description When two Mongolian brothers inexplicably appear one morning in Julie’s sixth grade class, no one, least of all Julie, knows what to do with them. But when Chingis, the older of the two brothers,...

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Return to Sender

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Return to Sender

Return to Sender

Return to Sender By Julia Alvarez Published by Random House Kids Publishing “Unashamedly didactic, Alvarez’s novel effectively complicates simple equivalencies between what’s illegal and what’s wrong.” –Kirkus Reviews “This timely novel, torn right from the newspaper headlines, conveys a positive message of cooperation and understanding.” –School Library Journey Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N       Description After Tyler’s father is injured in a tractor accident, his family is forced to hire migrant Mexican workers...

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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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Wachale!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 09 and up, Central America, Latino, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Identity | Comments Off on Wachale!

Wachale!

Wachale! Poetry and Prose about Growing Up Latino Edited by Ilan Stavans Published by Cricket Books/Marcato “For those who have grown up speaking English and Spanish, occasionally blending the two languages into the colorful hybrid commonly referred to as Spanglish, this book will stir deeply rooted memories. For non-Hispanics with an interest in Latino culture, it opens a window onto a people whose zest for life, contagious humor, and vigorous spirit contribute a rich flavor to America’s vast multicultural society.” —VOYA Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N  ...

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Drita, My Homegirl

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 09 and up, Eastern European, Kosovar American, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Drita, My Homegirl

Drita, My Homegirl

Drita, My Homegirl By Jenny Lombard Published by Penguin Group “More a tale of the power of love than of refugees, this first novel is imbued with the language and customs of Kosova as well as the efforts of a family attempting to regain balance.” —Susan Oliver, School Library Journal “…For her debut novel, Lombard has created two strong and distinct characters, sensitively explores the effects of war on one family, and illuminates the power of friendship to overcome obstacles.” —Beverley Fahey, Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound |...

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Inside Out and Back Again

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 09 and up, Asia (Southeast), Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Vietnamese American | Comments Off on Inside Out and Back Again

Inside Out and Back Again

Inside Out and Back Again By Thanhha Lai Published by HarperCollins Publishing “Lai’s poems have the stabbing specificity of the Vietnamese refugee experience, but also speak to any sensitive child wrestling with the necessity to compromise with wrenching, world-shifting transitions.” —Claudia Mills, Children’s Literature “Based in Lai’s personal experience, this first novel captures a child–refugee’s struggle with rare honesty.” —Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description “No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime...

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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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