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Children’s Authors Take On the Refugee Crisis

Description: Explore these titles ranging from pictures books to middle grade to young adult that feature young refugees from across the world as they journey to a new life in a new country.


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Tangled Threads

by Pegi Deitz Shea

For the Hmong people living in overcrowded refugee camps in Thailand, America is a dream: the land of peace and plenty.

Date Added: 04/03/2018


Category: Middle Grade

Sequins, Secrets, and Silver Linings

by Sophia Bennett

Three trendy British BFFs help a brilliant Ugandan girl in this heartfelt fashion fairy tale! Once upon a time in London town, there were three fab "birds": Nonie's a freak for fashion.

Date Added: 04/03/2018


Category: Middle Grade

Oranges in No Man's Land

by Elizabeth Laird

Oranges in No Man's Land tells the riveting story of ten-year-old Ayesha's terrifying journey across no man's land to reach a doctor in hostile territory in search of medicine for her dying grandmother.

Date Added: 04/03/2018


Category: Middle Grade

Tropical Secrets

by Margarita Engle

Daniel has escaped Nazi Germany with nothing but a desperate dream that he might one day find his parents again. But that golden land called New York has turned away his ship full of refugees, and Daniel finds himself in Cuba.

Date Added: 04/03/2018


Category: Middle Grade

Star in the Forest

by Laura Resau

Zitlally's family is undocumented, and her father has just been arrested for speeding and deported back to Mexico.

Date Added: 04/03/2018


Category: Middle Grade

The Only Road

by Alexandra Diaz

"Powerful and timely." --Booklist (starred review) Twelve-year-old Jaime makes the treacherous and life-changing journey from his home in Guatemala to live with his older brother in the United States in this gripping and realistic middle grade novel.

Date Added: 04/03/2018


Category: Middle Grade

Return To Sender

by Julia Alvarez

After Tyler's father is injured in a tractor accident, his family is forced to hire migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure. Tyler isn't sure what to make of these workers. Are they undocumented?

Date Added: 04/03/2018


Category: Middle Grade

Outcasts United

by Warren St. John

At the center of the story is fiery Coach Luma, who relentlessly drives her players to success on the soccer field while holding together their lives--and the lives of their families--in the face of a series of daunting challenges.

Date Added: 04/03/2018


Category: Middle Grade

Inside Out and Back Again

by Thanhha Lai

No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama.

Date Added: 04/03/2018


Category: Middle Grade

90 Miles to Havana

by Enrique Flores-Galbis

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 it's not always clear how best to protect themselves.

Date Added: 04/03/2018


Category: Middle Grade

Drita, My Homegirl

by Jenny Lombard

A poignant story about the difficulties of leaving everything behind and the friendships that help you get through it. Fleeing war-torn Kosovo, ten-year-old Drita and her family move to America with the dream of living a typical American life.

Date Added: 04/03/2018


Category: Middle Grade

Weedflower

by Cynthia Kadohata

Twelve-year-old Sumiko feels her life has been made up of two parts: before Pearl Harbor and after it. The good part and the bad part. Raised on a flower farm in California, Sumiko is used to being the only Japanese girl in her class.

Date Added: 02/23/2018


Category: Middle Grade

I Lived on Butterfly Hill

by Marjorie Agosin and Lee White

An eleven-year-old's world is upended by political turmoil in this searing novel from an award-winning poet, based on true events in Chile.Celeste Marconi is a dreamer.

Date Added: 02/23/2018


Category: Middle Grade

Shooting Kabul

by N. H. Senzai

Fadi never imagined he'd start middle school in Fremont, California, thousands of miles from home in Kabul--and half a world away from his missing six-year-old sister, Mariam.

Date Added: 02/23/2018


Category: Middle Grade

The Day of the Pelican

by Katherine Paterson

Meli Lleshi is positive that her drawing of her teacher with his pelican nose started it all.

Date Added: 02/23/2018


Category: Middle Grade

The Red Pencil

by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Shane W. Evans

"Amira, look at me," Muma insists. She collects both my hands in hers. "The Janjaweed attack without warning. If ever they come-- run." Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities.

Date Added: 08/07/2017


Category: Middle Grade

Serafina's Promise

by Ann E. Burg

A luminous novel in verse from the author of the Jefferson Cup award winner ALL THE BROKEN PIECES. Serafina has a secret dream. She wants to go to school and become a doctor with her best friend, Julie Marie.

Date Added: 08/07/2017


Category: Middle Grade

Home of the Brave

by Katherine Applegate

Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth-grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.

Date Added: 08/07/2017


Category: Middle Grade

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

by Linda Sue Park

Date Added: 08/07/2017


Category: Middle Grade

Refugee

by Alan Gratz

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.

Date Added: 08/07/2017


Category: Middle Grade

Of Beetles and Angels

by Mawi Asgedom

Date Added: 06/18/2018


Category: Young Adult

In the Sea There Are Crocodiles

by Fabio Geda

Date Added: 06/18/2018


Category: Young Adult

Border Child: A Novel

by Michel Stone

Date Added: 05/03/2018


Category: Young Adult

The Distance Between Us

by Reyna Grande

Mago pointed to a spot on the dirt floor and reminded me that my umbilical cord was buried there. "That way," Mami told the midwife, "no matter where life takes her, she won't ever forget where she came from." Then Mago touched my belly button . . .

Date Added: 05/03/2018


Category: Young Adult

The Red Umbrella

by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

The Red Umbrellais the moving tale of a 14-year-old girl's journey from Cuba to America as part of Operation Pedro Pan-an organized exodus of more than 14,000 unaccompanied children, whose parents sent them away to escape Fidel Castro's revolution. In 1961, two years after the Communist revolution, Luciacute;a Aacute;lvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town, everything begins to change. Freedoms are stripped away...

Date Added: 04/03/2018


Category: Young Adult


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