Theme: Citizenship

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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Islandborn

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Ages 05 and up, Domincian American, Dominican, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Education, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life | 0 comments

Islandborn

Islandborn By Junot Diaz Illustrated By Leo Espinosa Published by Penguin Young Readers Group Age Range: 5+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “From its very first sentence, this first picture book from Díaz is both beautifully nuanced and instantly comprehensible…”  —Publishers Weekly Description Every kid in Lola’s school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places. So when Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can’t...

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Gabby, Lost and Found

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Ages 08 and up, Honduran American, North America, Theme: Advocacy, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Deportation, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Trauma, United States | Comments Off on Gabby, Lost and Found

Gabby, Lost and Found

Gabby, Lost and Found By Angela Cervantes Published by Scholastic Inc. Age Range: 8+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…an age-appropriate glimpse of what happens when immigration status separates families.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description “My name is Gaby, and I’m looking for a home. Having the nicest clothes or cell phone isn’t important, but I’d like to have a cat that I can talk to when I’m home alone.” When Gaby Ramirez Howard starts volunteering at the local animal shelter, she takes special pride in writing...

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Illegal

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Ages 13 and up, Mexican, Mexico, North America, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Gangs, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, United States | Comments Off on Illegal

Illegal

Illegal By Bettina Restrepo Published by HarperCollins Publishers Age Range: 13+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…an excellent choice for a book discussion group or a class conversation starter about immigration, prejudice, or gangs…”  —VOYA Description A promise. Quinceañera. A promise that we would be together on my fifteenth birthday . . . Instead, Nora is on a desperate journey far away from home. When her father leaves their beloved Mexico in search of work, Nora stays behind. She fights to make sense of her loss while living in...

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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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The Orange Houses

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in African American, Ages 14 and up, North America, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Deportation, Theme: Gangs, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Race, Theme: Survival, Theme: The Arts, Theme: Trauma, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, Theme: War, United States, Veterans & Military | Comments Off on The Orange Houses

The Orange Houses

The Orange Houses By Paul Griffin Published by Penguin Young Readers Group Age Range: 14+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A rich smorgasbord of themes demands provocative classroom discussion about bullying, war, illegal immigration, and last but so not least, friendship.”  —VOYA Description Tamika Sykes, AKA Mik, is hearing impaired and way too smart for her West Bronx high school. She copes by reading lips and selling homework answers, and looks forward to the time each day when she can be alone in her room drawing. She’s a tough girl who mostly...

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In The Country We Love

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Columbian American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Advocacy, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Community, Theme: Deportation, Theme: Education, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Human Rights, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, United States | Comments Off on In The Country We Love

In The Country We Love

In The Country We Love By Diane Guerrero Published by St. Martin’s Press Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A moving, humanizing portrait of the collateral damage caused by America’s immigration policy.”—Kirkus Reviews Description Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of...

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A Map Of Home

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in African (East), Ages 14 and up, Egpyt, Egyptian, Greek, Kuwait, Middle East, Muslim, North America, Palestinian, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Gender Roles, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Survival, Theme: War, United States | Comments Off on A Map Of Home

A Map Of Home

A Map Of Home By Randa Jarrar Published by Penguin Publishing Group Age Range: 18+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A coming-of-age story that’s both singular and universal-an outstanding debut.” —Kirkus Reviews Description In this fresh, funny, and fearless debut novel, Randa Jarrar chronicles the coming-of-age of Nidali, one of the most unique and irrepressible narrators in contemporary fiction. Born in 1970s Boston to an Egyptian-Greek mother and a Palestinian father, the rebellious Nidali—whose name is a feminization of the word “struggle”—soon...

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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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Collective American Voice: Citizenship Ceremony, Maine

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in I'm Your Neighbor News, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Collective American Voice: Citizenship Ceremony, Maine

Collective American Voice: Citizenship Ceremony, Maine

Following is the keynote address by author Maria Testa for the Citizenship Ceremony held at Portland Public Library, Portland, ME on March 10, 2016 It is an extraordinary honor to welcome new Americans to our country. What we are witnessing today is, in fact, a tremendous gift to our country. You have honored all of us by choosing to become Americans. Those of you who are familiar with my work as a writer know that I have been exploring the ideal of America – and the question of who is an American – for quite some time. In my explorations, I have sometimes looked to my own family, my own...

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