Recent Books with Newcomers and Immigrants

These books shed light on the experiences of immigrants and refugees.

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Amina's song

Amina's song

Khan, Hena, author
2021

Feeling pulled between two cultures after a month with family in Pakistan, Amina shares her experiences with Wisconsin classmates through a class assignment and a song writing project with new student Nico.

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Carry on : poetry by young immigrants

Carry on : poetry by young immigrants

2021

"Originally published in French as Bagages, Carry On began in a high school in Outremont, Quebec, where author and poet Simon Boulerice conducted creative-writing workshops for young newcomers to Canada. As the students began writing, their poems gave voice to their reflections on leaving family, friends, and countries of origin to make new homes and connections in Canada. Boulerice collected several of the students' poems to create this anthology. Throughout the collection, feelings of sorrow, loss, and anxiety find expression alongside emotions of anticipation, gratitude, and hope as the resilient young writers grapple with questions such as: What is home? Who am I? What does the future hold? Metaphors paint vivid pictures of the students' experiences: feeling the "bite of snow" for the first time, seeking comfort "like steaming hot chocolate" from new people, and embracing a new reality by "slashing my chrysalis." The poems are paired with expressive portraits painted by award-winning and prolific artist Rogé, who is the illustrator of many children's books, and who had wanted to create images of immigrants. Award-winning literary translator Susan Ouriou, who also translated two Poppy & Sam books, crafted the English text. Carry On, with its soft palette and evocative portraiture, is a tribute to human resilience as it makes space for the voices of newcomers and creates empathy for all those who wonder about their place in the world."-- Provided by publisher.

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Cazadora : A Novel.

Cazadora : A Novel.

Garber, Romina
2021


Drawn across borders : true stories of human migration

Drawn across borders : true stories of human migration

Butler, George, 1985-
2021

"It is an unusual feeling to walk into a place that everyone is leaving... Resisting his own urge to walk away, award-winning artist George Butler took his sketchbook and made, over the course of a decade, a series of remarkable pen-and-ink and watercolor portraits in war zones, refugee camps, and on the move. While he worked, his subjects-migrants and refugees in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia-shared their stories. Theirs are the human stories behind the headlines that tell of fleeing poverty, disaster, and war, and of venturing into the unknown in search of jobs, education, and security. Whether sketching by the hospital bed of a ten-year-old Syrian boy who survived an airstrike, drawing the doll of a little Palestinian girl with big questions, or talking with a Masai herdsman forced to abandon his rural Kenyan home for the Kibera slums, George Butler turns reflective art and sensitive reportage into an eloquent cry for understanding and empathy. Taken together and elegantly packaged, his beautiful portraits form a moving testament to our shared humanity-and the universal urge for safety and a better life."-- Provided by publisher.

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The elephant in the room

The elephant in the room

Sloan, Holly Goldberg, 1958- author.
2021

Missing her mother who has returned to Turkey to resolve an immigration problem, sixth-grader Sila welcomes a very large distraction in her life when she helps a surprising new friend rescue a circus elephant.

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Finding home : the journey of immigrants and refugees

Finding home : the journey of immigrants and refugees

Lee, Jen Sookfong.
2021

"A look at how human migration has changed the world. Part of the nonfiction Orca Think series for middle-grade readers, with photographs and illustrations throughout."-- Provided by publisher.

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Home is in between

Home is in between

Perkins, Mitali.
2021

Immigrating to America, a young girl navigates between her family's Bengali traditions and her new country's culture.

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Indivisible

Indivisible

Aleman, Daniel
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A phở love story

A phở love story

Le, Loan, author
2021

High school seniors Bão and Linh, whose feuding families own competing Vietnamese restaurants, conceal their budding romance, as well as Linh's desire to become an artist.

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The Rock Eaters

The Rock Eaters

Peynado, Brenda
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Saga Boy : my life of blackness and becoming

Saga Boy : my life of blackness and becoming

Downing, Antonio Michael, 1975- author
2021

Musician, writer, and activist Antonio Michael Downing's memoir of creativity and transformation is a startling mash-up of memories and mythology, told in gripping, lyrical prose. This is an enthralling, deeply personal account of a young immigrant's search for belonging and black identity amid the long-lasting effects of cultural dislocation.

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Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Mendoza, Paola, author.
2020

In 2032 America, all citizens are chipped and everyone is tracked. It is almost impossible to survive as an undocumented immigrant, but that is exactly what Vali is doing. She and her family have carved out a stable, happy life in small-town Vermont. When Vali's mother's counterfeit chip starts malfunctioning and the Deportation Forces raid their town, they are forced to flee. On the run, Vali and her family are desperately trying to make it to her tía Luna's in California, a sanctuary state that is currently being walled off from the rest of the country. When Vali's mother is detained, Vali must carry on with her younger brother across the country to make it to safety before it is too late. -- adapted from jacket.

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Somewhere between bitter and sweet

Somewhere between bitter and sweet

Kemp, Laekan Zea.
2021

Told in two voices, Pen, whose dream of taking over her family's restaurant has been destroyed, and Xander, a new, undocumented, employee seeking his father, form a bond.

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Things we lost to the water

Things we lost to the water

Nguyen, Eric, 1988- author
2021

When Huong arrives in New Orleans with her two young sons, she is jobless, homeless, and worried about her husband, Cong, who remains in Vietnam. But with time, Huong realizes she will never see her husband again. As they push forward, the three adapt to life in America in different ways: Huong takes up with a Vietnamese car salesman; Tuan tries to connect with his heritage by joining a local Vietnamese gang; and Binh, now going by Ben, embraces his adopted homeland and his burgeoning sexuality. Their search for identity - as individuals and as a family - threatens to tear them apart.

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Unsettled

Unsettled

Faruqi, Reem, author.
2021

Young Nurah reluctantly moves with her family from Karachi, Pakistan, to Peachtree City, Georgia, but, after some ups and downs, begins to feel at home.

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Wishes

Wishes

Van, Muon, author
2021

"In this spare, poetic picture book based on author Muon Van's family history and told through a series of wishes, a family packs up everything they own and embarks on a perilous oceanic voyage toward a better life"-- Provided by publisher.

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Zara Hossain is here

Zara Hossain is here

Khan, Sabina, 1968- author.
2021

Seventeen-year-old Pakistani immigrant Zara Hossain has been leading a fairly typical life in Corpus Christi, Texas, since her family moved there for her father to work as a pediatrician. While dealing with the Islamophobia that she faces at school, Zara has to lay low, trying not to stir up any trouble and jeopardize their family's dependent visa status while they await their green card approval, which has been in process for almost nine years. But one day her tormentor, star football player Tyler Benson, takes things too far--[defacing her locker with a racist message]--and gets suspended.

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