Theme: Family Relationships

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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Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Ages 08 and up, Chinese American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: The Arts, United States | 0 comments

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Authors Extraordinaire By Susan Tan Illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte Published by Roaring Brook Press Age Range: 8+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Readers will identify with Cilla and wish they were friends with her in real life.”  —School Library Journal Description Priscilla “Cilla” Lee-Jenkins is on a tight deadline. Her baby sister is about to be born, and Cilla needs to become a bestselling author before her family forgets all about her. So she writes about what she knows best—herself! And Cilla has a lot to write...

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It’s Not Like It’s A Secret

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Ages 13 and up, Chinese American, Japanese American, 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: Race, United States, Vietnamese American | 0 comments

It’s Not Like It’s A Secret

It’s Not Like It’s A Secret By Misa Sugiura Published by HarperCollins Publishers Age Range: 13+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Well-paced, brimming with drama, and utterly vital.” —Kirkus Reviews Description Sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara has too many secrets. Some are small, like how it bothers her when her friends don’t invite her to parties. Some are big, like the fact that her father may be having an affair. And then there’s the one that she can barely even admit to herself—the one about how she might have a crush on her best friend....

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A Piece Of Home

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Ages 05 and up, Korean, North America, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Migrant Life, United States | 0 comments

A Piece Of Home

A Piece Of Home By Jeri Watts Illustrated By Hyewon Yum Published by Candlewick Press Age Range: 5+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat Immigrant children will relate to the head-spinning switch from ordinary to different, and their classmates might better understand the emotional impact of moving to a foreign land.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description When Hee Jun’s family moves from Korea to West Virginia, he struggles to adjust to his new home. His eyes are not big and round like his classmates’, and he can’t understand anything the teacher says, even when she speaks...

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The First Rule of Punk

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Ages 09 and up, Mexican American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, 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: The Arts, United States | 0 comments

The First Rule of Punk

The First Rule of Punk By Celia C. Perez Published by Penguin Young Readers Group Age Range: 9+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A charming debut about a thoughtful, creative preteen connecting to both halves of her identity.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school—you can’t fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malú (María Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School’s queen bee, violates the school’s dress code with her...

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Love, Hate and Other Filters

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Ages 14 and up, Indian American, Muslim, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Racial Discrimination, Theme: The Arts, United States | 0 comments

Love, Hate and Other Filters

Love, Hate and Other Filters By Samira Ahmed Published by Soho Press, Incorporated Age Range: 14+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A great examination of how hatred and fear affects both communities, and individual lives.”  —School Library Journal Description American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of...

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Thief Girl

Posted by on Jan 28, 2018 in Ages 13 and up, Canada, Chinese American, North America, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | 0 comments

Thief Girl

Thief Girl By Ingrid Lee Published by Lorimer, James & Company, Limited Age Range: 13+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A modern teen novel with emotional veracity and real intelligence.”  —Children’s Literature Description Sixteen-year-old Avvy Go straddles the line— between the immigrant neighborhood were she lives and works and the established neighborhood where she attends high school, the line between right and wrong, and the line between telling secrets and keeping them.  Set in an urban Chinatown neighborhood, Thief Girl is a frank look at...

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A So-Called Vacation

Posted by on Jan 28, 2018 in Ages 14 and up, Mexican American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Child Labor, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Survival, United States | 0 comments

A So-Called Vacation

A So-Called Vacation By Genero Gonzalez Published by Arte Publico Press Age Range: 14+ 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 illuminating novel for young adults and up looks at contemporary as well as familial issues & sheds light on the subjects of immigrant labor & prejudice within the Hispanic community. The author blends ageless themes of fathers & sons at odds with a contemporary issue weighing on many minds. Reviews...

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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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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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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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How Dare The Sun Rise

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 in African (Central), Ages 13 and up, Burundi, Congo, Congolese, Congolese American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Advocacy, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War, United States | Comments Off on How Dare The Sun Rise

How Dare The Sun Rise

How Dare The Sun Rise By Sandra Uwiringiyimana Published by HarperCollins Publishers Age Range: 13+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “The title is a critical piece of literature, contributing to the larger refugee narrative in a way that is complex and nuanced but still accessible for a YA audience.”  —School Library Journal Description This profoundly moving memoir is the remarkable and inspiring true story of Sandra Uwiringiyimana, a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who tells the tale of how she survived a massacre, immigrated to America,...

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The Best We Could Do

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 in Asia (Southeast), North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: War, United States, Vietnam, Vietnamese, Vietnamese American | Comments Off on The Best We Could Do

The Best We Could Do

The Best We Could Do By Thi Bui Published by ABRAMS Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Hand this essential volume to teens who appreciate David Small’s Stitches and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.”  —School Library Journal Description This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of...

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Dear World

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Asian (West), Syria, Syrian, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Detention, Theme: Education, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War, Turkey | Comments Off on Dear World

Dear World

Dear World By Bana Alabed Published by Simon & Schuster Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Eight-year-old Alabed delivers a gripping first-hand account of the war in Syria…”  —Publishers Weekly Description When seven-year-old Bana Alabed took to Twitter to describe the horrors she and her family were experiencing in war-torn Syria, her heartrending messages touched the world and gave a voice to millions of innocent children. Bana’s happy childhood was abruptly upended by civil war when she was only three years old. Over the next four years, she...

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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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Malaika’s Winter Carnival

Posted by on Dec 31, 2017 in Ages 03 and up, Canada, French Canadian, Jamaican, North America, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on Malaika’s Winter Carnival

Malaika’s Winter Carnival

Malaika’s Winter Carnival By Nadia L. Hohn Illustrated by Irene Luxbacher Published by Groundwood Books Age Range: 3+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…immersive and loving book that will benefit both young new arrivals to a country and those just meeting them.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description Malaika is happy to be reunited with Mummy, but it means moving to a different country, where everything is different. It’s cold in her new city, no one understands when she talks and Carnival is nothing like the celebration Malaika knows from home! When...

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Painted Words and Spoken Memories

Posted by on Dec 31, 2017 in Ages 04 and up, Greek, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Education, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: The Arts, United States | Comments Off on Painted Words and Spoken Memories

Painted Words and Spoken Memories

Painted Words and Spoken Memories By Aliki Published by HarperCollins Publishers Age Range: 4+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Aliki has captured the emotions and experiences of many of today’s children.”  —School Library Journal Description Returning to her own childhood for inspiration, Aliki has created an exceptional sixty-four-page book that presents Marianthe’s story — her present and her past. In Painted Words, Marian paintings help her to become less of an outsider as she struggles to adjust to a new language and a new school. Under...

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Saving Kabul Corner

Posted by on Dec 30, 2017 in Afghan American, Afghani, Ages 08 and up, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: War, United States | Comments Off on Saving Kabul Corner

Saving Kabul Corner

Saving Kabul Corner By N.H. Senzai Published by Simon & Schuster Age Range: 8+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “An engaging mystery—that it’s about Afghani families struggling and surviving in America is a plus.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description A rough and tumble tomboy, twelve-year-old Ariana couldn’t be more different from her cousin Laila, who just arrived from Afghanistan with her family. Laila is a proper, ladylike Afghan girl, one who can cook, sew, sing, and who is well versed in Pukhtun culture and manners. Ariana hates her. Laila not only...

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