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Crossing Borders: Teens from Different Cultures & Places

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Alexie, Sherman. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
In twenty-two loosely related stories, Alexie depicts the distances between Indians and whites, reservation Indians and urban Indians, men and women, and between modern Indians and the traditions of the past.

Alvarez, Julia. Before We Were Free
In the early 1960s in the Dominican Republic, twelve-year-old Anita learns that her family is involved in the underground movement to end the bloody rule of the dictator, General Trujillo.

Alvarez, Julia. How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents
The four Garcia girls escape the Dominican Republic and a life of privilege in the 1960s to come to the United States and difficult adjustment.

Bondoux, Anne-Laure. A Time of Miracles
In the early 1990s, a boy with a mysterious past and the woman who cares for him endure a five-year journey across the war-torn Caucasus and Europe, weathering hardships and welcoming unforgettable encounters with other refugees searching for a better life.

Coates, Jan L. A Hare in the Elephant's Trunk
Inspired by the real life experiences of a Sudanese boy, Jacob Akech Deng flees his home under the threat of war, and, guided by the memory of his mother, tries to survive in a refugee camp.

Cofer, Judith Ortiz. Call Me Maria
Fifteen-year-old Maria leaves her mother and their Puerto Rican home to live in the barrio of New York with her father, feeling torn between the two cultures in which she has been raised.

Crew, Linda. Children of the River
Having fled Cambodia four years earlier to escape the Khmer Rouge army, seventeen-year-old Sundara is torn between remaining faithful to her own people and enjoying life in her Oregon high school as a "regular" American.

Dhami, Narinder. Bindi Babes
Three Indian-British sisters team up to marry off their traditional, nosy aunt and get her out of the house.

Ellis, Deborah. The Breadwinner
Because the Taliban rulers of Kabul, Afghanistan, impose strict limitations on women's freedom and behavior, eleven-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy so that her family can survive after her father's arrest.

Jimenez, Francisco. The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child
Offers a look at a migrant family, detailing their daily life and the struggles they endured to build an existence on the small opportunities they were given.

Kass, Pnina. Real Time
Sixteen-year-old Tomas Wanninger persuades his mother to let him leave Germany to volunteer at a kibbutz in Israel, where he experiences a violent political attack and finds answers about his own past.

Krishnaswami, Uma. Naming Maya
When Maya accompanies her mother to India to sell her grandfather's house, she uncovers family history relating to her parents' divorce and learns more about herself and her relationship with her mother.

Marston, Elsa. Figs and Fate: Stories About Growing Up in the Arab World Today
A collection of five stories portraying Arab life in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, and Iraq today.

Mazer, Anne. ed. A Walk In My World: International Short Stories About Youth
In a collection of sixteen short stories, writers from around the world tell the stories of children on their journeys to adulthood.

Mori, Kyoko. Shizuko's Daughter
After her mother's suicide when she is twelve years old, Yuki spends years living with her distant father and his resentful new wife, cut off from her mother's family, and relying on her own inner strength to cope with the tragedy.

Na, An. A Step from Heaven
A young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America.

Nye, Naomi Shihab. Habibi
When fourteen-year-old Liyanna, her younger brother, and her parents move from St. Louis to a new home between Jerusalem and the Palestinian village where her father was born, they face many changes and must deal with the tensions between Jews and Palestinians.

Nye, Naomi Shihab. The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems and Paintings from the Middle East and North Africa
A collection of poetry and full-color artwork from North African and Middle Eastern countries.

Perkins, Mitali. Monsoon Summer
Secretly in love with her best friend and business partner Steve, fifteen-year-old Jazz must spend the summer away from him when her family goes to India during that country's rainy season to help set up a clinic.

Perez, Ashley Hope. What Can’t Wait
Marooned in a broken-down Houston neighborhood--and in a Mexican immigrant family where making ends meet matters much more than making it to college--smart, talented Marissa seeks comfort elsewhere when her home life becomes unbearable.

Placide, Jaira. Fresh Girl
After having been sent, at a very young age, from New York to live with her grandmother in Haiti, fourteen-year-old Mardi returns to join her parents and try to shape a new life in Brooklyn.

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Esperanza Rising
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.

Shea, Pegi Deitz.Tangled Threads: A Hmong Girl's Story
After ten years in a refugee camp in Thailand, thirteen-year-old Mai Yang travels to Providence, Rhode Island, where her Americanized cousins introduce her to pizza, shopping, and beer, while her grandmother and new friends keep her connected to her Hmong heritage.

Son, John. Finding My Hat
Jin-Han describes his life growing up with his mother and father, immigrants from Korea, and his little sister as they move to different cities with his parents' business.Soto, Gary. Baseball in April and Other Stories

Staples, Suzanne Fisher. Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind
In a year that brings a destructive sandstorm, a feud with a rich landowner, and other disasters, Shabanu, the 11-year-old daughter of a nomad in the Cholistan Desert of Pakistan, becomes a victim of her people's views of sex role and marriage.

Staples, Suzanne Fisher. Under the Persimmon Tree
During the 2001 Afghan War, the lives of Najmal and Nusrat are told in alternating chapters. Najmal, a young refugee from Kunduz, Afghanistan flees Afghanistan for Pakistan. Nusrat, an American mathematics teacher in Peshawar Pakistan awaits her husband's return from Afghanistan where he has gone to work in a clinic. Najmal comes to Nusrat’s school for refugees, the Persimmon Tree School and they help each other deal with their losses.

Stratton, Alan. Chanda's Secrets
Chanda struggles with the deaths of those around her and the shame of being molested as she continues her education and cares for her siblings and friend Esther, amidst the proverty and AIDS epidemic that plague her African homeland.

Wheland, Gloria. Homeless Bird
Like a homeless bird, 13 year-old Kali’s family promise her in marriage so that they won’t have to feed her. The husband her parents have chosen for her is sickly and dies shortly after the marriage. Kali cannot return to her family, as it would disgrace them. But she becomes even angrier when she discovers that her in-laws are stealing from her widow’s pension.

Williams, Michael.  Now is the Time for Running
When soldiers attack a small village in Zimbabwe, Deo goes on the run with Innocent, his older, mentally disabled brother, carrying little but a leather soccer ball filled with money, and after facing prejudice, poverty, and tragedy, it is in soccer that Deo finds renewed hope.

Yamanaka, Lois-Ann. Name Me Nobody
A Hawaiian ninth-grade girl who's been abandoned by her mother is desperate to hold onto her best friend, who she suspects of being a lesbian.