Ages 12 and up

The Arsonist

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Ages 12 and up, German, Kuwaiti, North America, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War, United States | 0 comments

The Arsonist

The Arsonist By Stephanie Oakes Published by Penguin Young Readers Group Age Range: 12+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A strange series of messages connects [Molly Mavity] with Ibrahim…Kuwaiti immigrant teen, and the diary of Ava Dreyman, an East German teenager who was murdered by the Stasi.”  —VOYA Description Molly Mavity is not a normal teenage girl. For one thing, her father is a convicted murderer, and his execution date is fast approaching. For another, Molly refuses to believe that her mother is dead, and she waits for the day when they’ll...

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Border Town: Crossing The Line

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Ages 12 and up, Mexican, Mexican American, North America, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Sibling Relationship, United States | Comments Off on Border Town: Crossing The Line

Border Town: Crossing The Line

Border Town: Crossing The Line By Malin Alegria Published by Scholastic Inc. Age Range: 12+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “[An] unforgettable novel that brings readers face to face with the global refugee crisis…”  —Kirkus Reviews Description In Dos Rios, Texas, life is all about borders — and what happens when you cross the line.Nothing is simple in a border town like Dos Rios, in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Even for high school students Fabiola Garza and her younger sister Alexis, whose parents run a local Tex-Mex restaurant, Dos Rios...

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The Secret Side of Empty

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Ages 12 and up, Argentinean American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Deportation, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, United States | Comments Off on The Secret Side of Empty

The Secret Side of Empty

The Secret Side of Empty By Maria Andreu Published by Running Press Book Publishers Age Range: 12+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat A”ndreu’s debut novel paints a realistic, yet hopeful, portrayal of the challenges of undocumented immigrants.”  —VOYA Description As a straight-A student with a budding romance and loyal best friend, M.T.’s life seems as apple-pie American as her blondish hair and pale skin. But M.T. hides two facts to the contrary: her full name of Monserrat Thalia and her status as an undocumented immigrant. With senior year of high...

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When Dimple Met Rishi

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Ages 12 and up, Indian American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: First Generation, Theme: Gender Roles, Theme: Identity, United States | Comments Off on When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi By Sandhya Menon Published by Simon Pulse Age Range: 12+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “It’s not always as easy as boy meets girl. In the case of Rishi Patel and Dimple Shah, it’s more like boy is arranged to marry girl, and girl attacks boy with iced coffee.”  —Booklist Description The rom-com that everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage. Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation...

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A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Ages 12 and up, Asian (West), Germany, Greece, Macedonia, Syria, Syrian, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War, Turkey | Comments Off on A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

A Land Of Permanent Goodbyes By Atia Abawi Published by Penguin Young Readers Group Age Range: 12+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “[An] unforgettable novel that brings readers face to face with the global refugee crisis…”  —Kirkus Reviews Description Narrated by Destiny, this heartbreaking — and timely — story of refugees escaping from war-torn Syria is masterfully told by a foreign news correspondent who experienced the crisis firsthand. In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family . . . until the bombs strike. His...

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You Bring The Distant Near

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in African American, Ages 12 and up, Asian (South), Bengali American, England, India, Indian American, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Historical, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, United States | Comments Off on You Bring The Distant Near

You Bring The Distant Near

You Bring The Distant Near By Mitali Perkins Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Age Range: 12+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat National Book Award Finalist with five starred reviews!   Description This elegant young adult novel captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart. Told in alternating teen voices across three generations, You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture—for better or worse. From a grandmother worried that her children are losing their...

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It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Ages 12 and up, Iran, Iranian American, Middle East, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: War, United States | Comments Off on It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel By Firoozeh Dumas Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Book of 2016 Description Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American...

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The Sun Is Also a Star

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Ages 12 and up, Jamaican American, Korean American, North America, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Deportation, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: First Generation, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, United States | Comments Off on The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun Is Also a Star By Nicola Yoon Published by Random House Children’s Books A 2016 National Book Award Finalist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat Description Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story. Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student,...

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Blue Gold

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in African (Central), Ages 12 and up, Canada, China, Chinese, Congolese, Republic of Congo, Theme: Human Rights, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Blue Gold

Blue Gold

Blue Gold By Elizabeth Stewart Published by Annick Press Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   “Artfully blending psychological insights with global politics and business ethics, Stewart demonstrates the interconnectedness of the global economy with elegant prose and page-turning cliffhangers.” —Karen Doerksen Readerly, National Reading Campaign     Description Coltan, or “blue gold,” is a rare mineral used in making cell phones and computers. Across continents, the lives of three teen girls are affected by the “blue gold” trade. Sylvie’s...

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Diamonds in the Shadow

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in African (West), Ages 12 and up, Theme: Child Soldiers, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Diamonds in the Shadow

Diamonds in the Shadow

Diamonds in the Shadow By Caroline Clooney Published by Random House Children’s Books “Cooney’s Connecticut church has sponsored war refugee families, and her stirring teen novel neither sensationalizes nor minimizes the brutality of their experiences.” –Hazel Rochman, Booklist “Although a work of fiction, it is the kind of story that will give readers pause to consider the world outside their neighborhood comfort zone” –Pat Trattles, Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Through their love for people, yet...

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Yes! We Are Latinos

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Ages 12 and up, Central America, Latino, Multicultural, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Yes! We Are Latinos

Yes! We Are Latinos

Yes! We Are Latinos By Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy Illustrated by David Diaz Published by Charlesbridge Publishers Available August 2013 Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N       Description Through first-person poems and descriptive prose, thirteen different Latino and Latina young people are introduced to readers. The histories of immigrants from various countries and in numerous situations are presented in a way that is both heartwarming and informational. Young Latino and Latina readers will find themselves in the text and non-Latino children can learn of...

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Tell Us We’re Home

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Ages 12 and up, Central America, Eastern European, Mexican American, Multinational/Multicultural, Slovakian American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Trinidadian American | Comments Off on Tell Us We’re Home

Tell Us We’re Home

Tell Us We’re Home By Marina Budhos Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers “These fully realized heroines are full of heart, and their passionate struggles against systemic injustice only make them more inspiring. Keenly necessary.” –Kirkus Reviews “These three girls are outcasts, like many teens, and the story may resonate with readers who often feel like outsiders looking in.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Jaya, Maria, and Lola are just like the other eighth-grade girls in the wealthy suburb of...

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Life, After

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Ages 12 and up, Argentina, Argentinean American, Jewish, South American, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Life, After

Life, After

Life, After By Sarah Darer Littman Published by Scholastic Press Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year, 2011 Sydney Taylor Honor Book for Teens, 2011 [Life, After] shows a place and part of recent history left mostly unexamined in YA literature, highlighting an act of terrorism in Argentina and a Latin American immigrant.” –Rhona Campbell, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Dani’s life in Argentina—private school, a boyfriend, a loving family—is crumbling quickly. To escape from a country in crisis, where it feels...

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Far From Gringo Land

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Ages 12 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Mexico, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Far From Gringo Land

Far From Gringo Land

Far From Gringo Land By Edward Myers Published by Clarion Books “Reading this book is as close as readers can get to their own summer as gringos far from gringo land—a summer all young Americans would be the better for experiencing.” –Children’s Literature “Without bias, the author honestly depicts a rural Mexico that will give young American readers a sense of the good, the bad and the ugly, from the perspective of a young gringo.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Rick Dresner is spending the summer with the Romero...

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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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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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Trouble

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Ages 12 and up, Asian (East), Cambodian American, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Racial Discrimination | Comments Off on Trouble

Trouble

Trouble By Gary Schmidt Published by Graphia/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt “Written by a 2008 Newbery Honor Book author, this story addresses what it means to be human, to struggle with racist feelings towards others and still be able to work towards responsibility and reconciliation.” –KLIATT “Many social issues currently in play in the United States are central to the story, such as immigration in a faltering economy, making it an excellent springboard for class discussion of current events.” –VOYA Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description “Henry Smith’s...

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My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Ages 12 and up, Asian (South), Bangladeshi American, Islamic, Multinational/Multicultural, Muslim, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece

My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece

My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece By Annabel Pitcher Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers “This book is a great catalyst for opening conversations about death and loss as well as difficult discussions about hatred and prejudice.” –Children’s Literature “This debut novel, set in the UK, will resonate with readers in post-9/11 America, many of whom will also relate to the issues of family alcoholism, bullying, and friendship that transcend cultural divisions…Don’t let it fall between the cracks.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at...

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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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Out of Nowhere

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in African (East), Ages 12 and up, Somali American, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | 1 comment

Out of Nowhere

Out of Nowhere By Maria Padian Published by Random House Children’s Books “The author gracefully explores the intersections between culture and religion, as well as suspicion and prejudice in a post-9/11 world. Her well-formed characters and realistic circumstances make for a large and powerful story about re-evaluating one’s beliefs.” –Publisher’s Weekly “With complex national issues solidly grounded in a thoroughly credible plot, this could be an outstanding vehicle for classroom and book club discussions.” –The Bulletin of the Center for...

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