Theme: Trauma

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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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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Escape from Aleppo

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Ages 08 and up, Asian (West), Syria, Syrian, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War | 0 comments

Escape from Aleppo

Escape from Aleppo By N. H. Senzai Published by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books Age Range: 8+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…a gripping and intense story of the traumas inflicted on Syria’s citizens.” —Publishers Weekly Description Nadia’s family is forced to flee their home in Aleppo, Syria, when the Arab Spring sparks a civil war in this timely coming-of-age novel from award-winning author N.H. Senzai. Silver and gold balloons. A birthday cake covered in pink roses. A new dress. Nadia stands at the center of attention in her parents’...

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Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Afghani, Afghanistan, African (West), Ages 10 and up, Asia (Southeast), Caribbean, Cuba, Cuban, Germany, Ivorian, Ivory Coast, Jewish, Middle East, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War, United States, Vietnam, Vietnamese, Western European | Comments Off on Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees

Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees

Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees By Mary Beth Leatherdale Illustrated by Eleanor Shakespeare Published by Annick Press, Limited Age Range: 10+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…educators and librarians looking for a human face for the refugee crisis will find this offering essential.:  —School Library Journal Description The phenomenon of desperate refugees risking their lives to reach safety is not new. For hundreds of years, people have left behind family, friends, and all they know in hope of a better life. This book presents five true...

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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 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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Where Will I Live?

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in African (Unnamed Country of Origin), African (Unnamed Region), Ages 06 and up, Middle East, Middle Eastern (Unnamed Country), Theme: Advocacy, Theme: Community, Theme: Education, Theme: Human Rights, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War | Comments Off on Where Will I Live?

Where Will I Live?

Where Will I Live? By Rosemary McCarney Published by Second Story Press Age Range: 6+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A poignant photojournalistic look at the issues confronting refugee children and their families…”  —School Library Journal Description This stunning photo essay takes a look at the thousands of children around the world who have been forced to flee war, terror, hunger and natural disasters, young refugees on the move with very little left except questions. It’s hard to imagine, but the images here will help unaffected children...

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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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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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From Far Away

Posted by on Dec 30, 2017 in Ages 04 and up, Canada, Lebanese, Muslim, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Education, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War | Comments Off on From Far Away

From Far Away

From Far Away By Robert Munsch, Saoussan Askar Illustrated by Rebecca Green Published by Annick Press, Limited Age Range: 4+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A sad, challenging, and ultimately hopeful real-life story.” —Kirkus Reviews Description When Saoussan immigrated with her family from war-torn Lebanon, she was only seven years old. This picture book tells the story of how she had to adjust to her new home in Canada. She describes the frustration of not understanding the teacher when she started school, not knowing how to ask to go to the bathroom,...

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Lucky Broken Girl

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Ages 10 and up, Cuban, Jewish, Mexican, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Historical, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Trauma, United States | Comments Off on Lucky Broken Girl

Lucky Broken Girl

Lucky Broken Girl By Ruth Behar Published by Penguin Young Readers Group Age Range: 10+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A poignant and relevant retelling of a child immigrant’s struggle to recover from an accident and feel at home in America.” —Kirkus Reviews Description In this unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age narrative—based on the author’s childhood in the 1960s—a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in New York City when her American dream is suddenly derailed. Ruthie’s plight will intrigue readers, and her...

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Amina: Through My Eyes

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in African (East), Ages 11 and up, Muslim, Samali, Somalia, Theme: Child Soldiers, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Detention, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Human Rights, Theme: Repression, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: The Arts, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War | Comments Off on Amina: Through My Eyes

Amina: Through My Eyes

Amina: Through My Eyes By J. L. Powers Published by Allen & Unwin Pty. Age Range: 11+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…a solid counterexample to Islamophobia and negative notions about Somalis.” —Kirkus Reviews Description Amina lives on the edges of Mogadishu. Her family’s house has been damaged in Somalia’s long civil war, but they continue to live there, reluctant to leave their home. Amina’s world is shattered when government forces come to arrest her father because his art has been officially censored, deemed too...

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My Beautiful Birds

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Ages 06 and up, Asian (West), Syria, Syrian, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Community, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War | Comments Off on My Beautiful Birds

My Beautiful Birds

My Beautiful Birds By Suzanne Del Rizzo Published by Pajama Press Inc. Age Range: 6+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “If you’ve been wondering how to present the refugee crisis to children without losing faith in humanity, take a look at this graceful, even uplifting book.” —The New York Times Book Review Description Behind Sami, the Syrian skyline is full of smoke. The boy follows his family and all his neighbors in a long line, as they trudge through the sands and hills to escape the bombs that have destroyed their homes. But all Sami can think of...

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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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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 | Comments Off on Refugee

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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Either the Beginning or the End of the World

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cambodian, Cambodian American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Genocide, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War, United States | Comments Off on Either the Beginning or the End of the World

Either the Beginning or the End of the World

Either the Beginning or the End of the World   By Terry Farish Published by Carolrhoda LAB Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Read a Sample Chapter “…a glimpse into the complicated lineage of war-torn areas.” —School & Library Journal, starred review   Description For sixteen years, it’s been just Sofie and her father, living on the New Hampshire coast. Her Cambodian immigrant mother has floated in and out of her life, leaving Sofie with a fierce bitterness toward her—and a longing she wishes she could outgrow. To me she is as unreliable as the wind. Then...

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Lost Girl Found

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in African (East), Ages 13 and up, Kenya, Refugee Camp, Sudan, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Gender Roles, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Lost Girl Found

Lost Girl Found

Lost Girl Found   By Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca Published by Groundwood Books All royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Africare.org, a charitable organization that works with local populations to improve the quality of life for people in Africa. Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description For Poni, life in her small village in southern Sudan is simple and complicated at the same time. Stay in school. Beat up any boy who tries to show attention. Watch out for the dangers in the river. But then the war comes. And when soldiers arrive in her village, and bombs...

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In Too Deep

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in African (Central), Ages 10 and up, Congo, Congolese, Congolese British, England, Tanzania, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Foster Care, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Uncategorized | Comments Off on In Too Deep

In Too Deep

In Too Deep  By Tom Avery Published by Frances Lincoln Sequel to Too Much Trouble Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description “It’s Father,” my brother said. “He’s in trouble. We’ve got to get him.” Prince and Emmanuel are stunned to hear that someone who says she’s their mother is looking for them. Can it really be her, after four long years of separation? The boys are scared and suspicious. And then there’s another shock – they learn that their father is trapped in Tanzania, blackmailed by gangsters to pay off an impossible debt. The boys make a big decision – somehow they...

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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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