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Home of the Brave

by Katherine Applegate Feiwel & Friends (December 23, 2014)

Kek comes from Africa. In America he sees snow for the first time, and feels its sting. He's never walked on ice, and he falls. He wonders if the people in this new place will be like the winter – cold and...


MosiÂ?s War

by Cathy MacPhail Bloomsbury Publishing (May 09, 2013)

Patrick is happy living with his mum. She lets him do what he wants, pretty much, and it's only when his granny comes to stay that he has to get down to his homework and go to bed early. Then Patrick meets Mosi,...


Ambassador

by William Alexander Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 23, 2014)

Gabe Fuentes is in for the ride of his life when he becomes Earth’s ambassador to the galaxy in this alien sci-fi adventure from the National Book Award–winning author of Goblin Secrets.

Gabe Fuentes is reading...


Listen, Slowly

by Thanhha Lai HarperCollins (February 17, 2015)

This remarkable and bestselling novel from Thanhha Lai, author of the National Book Award–winning and Newbery Honor Book Inside Out & Back Again, follows a young girl as she learns the true meaning of family....


Destroy

by Jason Myers Simon Pulse (July 29, 2014)

Discover how Jason Myers’s fan favorite character, internationally bestselling author James Morgan, got his start in this digital enovella set in the world of Exit Here.

In Destroy, James deals with writer’s...


Beginning Again: Further Adventures of a Loyalist Family

by Mary Beacock Fryer Dundurn (September 01, 1988)

Beginning Again is a sequel to Escape: Adventures of a Loyalist Family, Mary Beacock Fryer's historical novel for ten to fourteen-year-olds. This new work chronicles the lives of the Seamans as they make a new...


Tiger Girl

by Mai-lee Chai GemmaMedia (September 09, 2013)

Nightmares of war flood the waking memories of Nea Chhim, a 19-year-old survivor of the Cambodian Killing Fields. In this sequel to the acclaimed Dragon Chica, Nea, a struggling college student, decides she...


Under the Moonlit Sky

by Nav K. Gill Napoleon and Co (April 01, 2010)

It's the spring of 1984 and life is getting exciting for young and beautiful Esha. However, one day changes everything, and she must fulfill her father's last wish, taking her to a place she never dreamed of...


90 Miles to Havana

by Enrique Flores-Galbis Roaring Brook Press (August 03, 2010)

When Julian's parents make the heartbreaking decision to send him and his two brothers away from Cuba to Miami via the Pedro Pan operation, the boys are thrust into a new world where bullies run rampant and...


Brooklyn Bridge

by Karen Hesse & Chris Sheban Feiwel & Friends (September 02, 2008)

Karen Hesse has achieved many honors for her more than twenty books over the course of her award-winning career: the Newbery Medal, the Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award, the MacArthur Fellowship "Genius"...


No Ballet Shoes In Syria

by Catherine Bruton Nosy Crow (April 25, 2019)

Aya is eleven years old and has just arrived in Britain with her mum and baby brother, seeking asylum from war in Syria. When Aya stumbles across a local ballet class, the formidable dance teacher spots her...


Days of the Dead

by Kersten Hamilton Sky Pony (September 04, 2018)

By the critically acclaimed author of Tyger Tyger, a warm, magical story of a girl’s struggle to keep a promise to her dead mother.

Glorieta Magdalena Davis Espinosa is happy that Papi married Alice. She’s...


Different Days

by Vicki Berger Erwin Sky Pony (October 17, 2017)

Twelve-year-old Rosie is fiercely proud to be an American, and has a happy life with her family in their comfortable home in sunny Honolulu, Hawaii.

Then, on the morning of December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor is bombed...


A Place to Belong

by Cynthia Kadohata & Julia Kuo Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (May 14, 2019)

A Japanese-American family, reeling from their ill treatment in the Japanese internment camps, gives up their American citizenship to move back to Hiroshima, unaware of the devastation wreaked by the atomic...


Secret Gardens

by David Belbin Five Leaves Publications (December 03, 2011)

Aazim is fifteen. His family is about to be deported. When Immigration come for them, he decides to hide in a city allotment. But nowhere is safe for long. Aazim meets Nadimah. People are after her, too. Soon,...


In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

by Bette Bao Lord & Marc Simont HarperCollins (April 02, 2019)

A timeless classic that will enchant readers who love Jennifer L. Holm and Thanhha Lai, about an immigrant girl inspired by the sport she loves to find her own home team—and to break down any barriers that...


The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle

by Victoria Williamson Kelpies (April 19, 2018)

Reema runs to remember the life she left behind in Syria. Caylin runs to find what she's lost. Under the grey Glasgow skies, twelve-year-old refugee Reema is struggling to find her place in a new country, with...


Snobs, Dogs and Scobies

by Elizabeth O'Hara Little Island Books (September 01, 2011)

Snob: Ruán’s life is golden. He lives in a beautiful home on a beautiful street and he’s sure he’ll breeze through the exams. Everything is perfect. Dog: Emma lives just a few doors down from Ruán, but...


The Lantern Moon

by Maeve Friel Little Island Books (March 18, 2010)

Life is not easy for children in 1811. Annie Spears is a maid at Dinham house where Lucien Bonaparte is on parole. Her brother, William, makes silk top-hats for the mad hatter, while her little sister works...


The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball

by Dori Jones Yang SparkPress (August 15, 2017)

Despite his impulsive and curious nature, twelve-year-old Leon is determined to follow the Emperor’s rules—to live with an American family, study hard, and return home to modernize China. But he also must...


Lilli's Quest

by Lila Perl Lizzie Skurnick Books (November 09, 2015)

Germany on the cusp of World War II. Hitler has risen to power, and the Jews are being taken away from their homes in the middle of the night, forced to wear yellow stars, their businesses smashed, their lives...


A Papa Like Everyone Else

by Sydney Taylor Lizzie Skurnick Books (February 22, 2016)

From the author of the beloved All-Of-A-Kind Family books comes a timeless story of a family's struggles and triumphs in early twentieth century Eastern Europe. Mama and her two young daughters, Szerena and...


Isabel's War

by Lila Perl Lizzie Skurnick Books (November 03, 2014)

In a stunning new novel completed just before her death in 2013, award-winning author Lila Perl introduces us to Isabel Brandt, a French-phrase-dropping twelve-year-old New Yorker who's more interested in boys...


Wanted

by Heidi Ayarbe Balzer + Bray (May 01, 2012)

Sanctuary.

A one-word text message: That's all Michal "Mike" Garcia needs to gather a crowd. Mike is a seventeen-year-old bookie, and Sanctuary is where she takes bets for anyone at Carson City High with enough...


The Cherry Blossom 2-Book Bundle: When the Cherry Blossoms Fell / Cherry Blossom Winter

by Jennifer Maruno Dundurn (February 06, 2014)

Sent to a small interior BC community during the Second World War, through hardship Japanese Canadian girl Michiko adapts to a new way of life and gains a new appreciation of her family and culture.


The Cherry Blossom 3-Book Bundle: When the Cherry Blossoms Fell / Cherry Blossom Winter / Cherry Blossom Baseball

by Jennifer Maruno Dundurn (December 05, 2015)

Includes:

  • When the Cherry Blossoms Fell 
  • Cherry Blossom Winter 
  • Cherry Blossom Baseball


Cherry Blossom Winter: A Cherry Blossom Book

by Jennifer Maruno Dundurn (September 01, 2012)

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 10-year-old Michiko's family's possessions are confiscated and they are sent to a small community. After a former Asahi baseball star becomes her new teacher, life gets better....


Cherry Blossom Baseball: A Cherry Blossom Book

by Jennifer Maruno Dundurn (December 05, 2015)

After her family is forced to move by Canada's racist wartime policies, Michiko is the only Japanese kid at school. One nice thing is that she's a hit at the local baseball tryouts. There's just one problem:...


Letters from Rifka

by Karen Hesse Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (January 06, 2009)

From Newbery media winner Karen Hesse comes an unforgettable story of an immigrant family's journey to America.

"America," the girl repeated. "What will you do there?"

I was silent for a little time.

"I will do...


Is It Night or Day?

by Fern Schumer Chapman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (March 16, 2010)

It's 1938, and twelve-year-old Edith is about to move from the tiny German village she's lived in all her life to a place that seems as foreign as the moon: Chicago, Illinois. And she will be doing it alone....


La Linea

by Ann Jaramillo Square Fish (January 12, 2016)

Miguel has dreamed of joining his parents in California since the day they left him behind in Mexico six years, eleven months, and twelve days ago. On the morning of his fifteenth birthday, Miguel's wait is...


Something Inbetween

by Melissa de La Cruz MIRA Ink (October 06, 2016)

‘This is an important, powerful contemporary YA that you won’t regret reading’

- Buzzfeed When your country doesn’t want you there, how do you know where you belong?

Jasmine de los Santos has been...


Tom Appleby, Convict Boy

by Jackie French HarperCollins (December 01, 2010)

A story of transportation and life in a new world. At the tender age of eight, chimney sweep tom Appleby is convicted of stealing and sentenced to deportation to Botany Bay. As one of the members of the First...


Playing for the Devil's Fire

by Phillippe Diederich Cinco Puntos Press (February 29, 2016)

IThe bittersweet odyssey of a boy coming of age in a landscape broken by drugs, crime, and corruption.


Paper Wishes

by Lois Sepahban Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (January 05, 2016)

Ten-year-old Manami did not realize how peaceful her family's life on Bainbridge Island was until the day it all changed. It's 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Manami and her family are Japanese American,...


Nomad

by William Alexander Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 22, 2015)

Gabe Fuentes is in a race against time—and aliens—in this intergalactic sequel to Ambassador, which Booklist called “an exciting sci-fi adventure, perceptively exploring what it means to be alien,” from...


Joyride

by Anna Banks Feiwel & Friends (June 02, 2015)

Who says opposites don't attract?

It's been several years since Carly Vega's parents were deported. Carly lives with her older brother, studies hard, and works the graveyard shift at a convenience store to earn...


Thanhha Lai Young Readers' Collection

by Thanhha Lai HarperCollins (February 17, 2015)

Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Thanhha Lai won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature and the Newbery Honor for her debut novel, Inside Out and Back Again. This collection includes...