Answered By: Melissa Cast-Brede
Last Updated: May 06, 2015     Views: 7


A few books immediately came to mind when I saw your question.

First, I've heard fantastic things about The Good Braider by Terry Farish about a young woman refugee from Sudan. It is written in verse and I'm told it really captures the challenge of maintaining one's traditions in a new culture.

Second if you are interested in nonfiction, The Queen of Katwe: A story of life, chess, and one extraordinary girl's dream of becoming a grandmaster by Tim Crothers

Third, I've been meaning to read Juventad! Growing Up on the Border: Stories and Poems.  It's a collection written by young adults who live along the US-Mexican border.

There's always I Am Malala. 

And Deborah Ellis has been writing several books surrounding the impact of wars on young people from the perspectives of Iraqis, Afghanistan, and children of US soldiers in those countries.

I've also been meaning to read The Language Inside by Holly Thompson about an American girl who has been raised in Japan most of her life to the point that Japanese is her first language.  Circumstances force her family to move back to the US were she deals with culture shock of what is supposed to be her culture.  It is written in verse.

I keep a list of UNO's Criss Library's other multicultural titles at - there might be something else in that list.

Hope this helps.


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