"The reading level makes this book appropriate for middle-school students, while the interest-level makes it appropriate for high-school students as well. TESOL students may recognize parts of the story that are familiar even to modern-day immigrants and therefore this novel may also work well for high-level TESOL students."
"Following family tragedy in Mexico, Lupita and her brother, Salvador, illegally smuggle themselves into the United States, in order to find work supporting their mother and siblings. Lupita soon discovers that America is not necessarily the land of hope and opportunity that she had expected."
"Twelve-year-old Nakri and her family live comfortably and happily in Phnom Penh until their lives are forever altered by the civil war in Cambodia. After years of deprivation and loss, Nakri is reunited with members of her family, only to be forced to move again, first to refugee camps in Thailand and finally to a new life in America."
"We Are Americans is a coffee table book for the classroom, presenting the history of American immigration. Using archival images, artifacts, data charts, and personal narratives, the book explores the factors responsible for immigration, the hopes of immigrants, the hardships of the journey, and adjustments to a new culture, as well as the contributions these new Americans made to our nation."
"Living as a Refugee in America weaves Mohammedís discusses the plight of refugees driven by war and famine across the world. This non-fiction book contains a glossary of helpful vocabulary as well suggestions for how students can take action to help the displaced."
"In telling the story of Clara Breed, the childrenís librarian of the San Diego Public Library and her devotion to the Japanese American children, once her patrons, who were incarcerated in prison camps during World War II, Joanne Oppenheim reminds us not only of a shameful and pain-ﬁlled chapter in American history, but also how as individuals we can often make a difference."
"This historical fiction novel tells the story of a girl and her family's struggle to survive the conflict between the Serbs and Kosovars in the 1990s in a style that young readers will find captivating. This example could lead young writers to explore the journeys of immigrants in their own communities."
"Marina Budhos, a critically acclaimed author, does an amazing job at crafting this story so it captures a young readerís attention while explaining contemporary issues-such as the Patriot Act and controversial concepts-such as detention."
"Immigration often separates families and children are left behind while parents go to find work and a better life. The discussions this book triggers are endless and it is a great resource for exploring current issues. This is a must have for any diverse middle or high school classroom."
"This book examines the history of Africans in America in the context of immigration. Students studying U.S. immigrant groups will benfit from this wonderful series. All volumes include maps, interesting photographs, facts and a very useful glossary. High recommended!"
"This poetic narrative captures the tale of a young refugee fleeing Saigon after the Vietnam War. The book parallels many of the perils todayís immigrants have to face and gives the readers opportunities to empathize. Inside Out & Back Again is highly recommended for the young adult audience."
"Although sometimes lacking in focus, this would be a beautiful read aloud for any class examining the emotions of recent teenage immigrants, insight into life in the barrio as well as a comparison to life in Puerto Rico."
"Author Janet Bode collected stories, poems and recipes from students and teachers around the country. The book reads like an American family album where names are changed but the experiences of immigrants frequently depict feelings of sacrifice, fear and ultimately hope."
"The reading level and subject matter make this book appropriate for seventh through ninth grade and TESOL students. It would work well as reading for social studies and English in studies of culture, immigration, point of view and character development."
"In Memories of Sun, we hear the stories of children who currently live in various parts of Africa, Americans living in or visiting Africa and Africans living in America. Students will find much to learn and relate to once they read these powerful stories."
"Beautifully written by Edwidge Danticat, recognized by The New York Times as one of our best young writers, Behind The Mountains explores the themes of coming of age, family relationships, separation and reunification, as well as immigration and cultural identity."
"This photo-essay from Long's emotional point of view is interspersed with just the right amount of history. Escape is ideal for middle and upper grade classrooms studying various immigration themes including lost heritage, poverty, separation and family relations."
"In this wordless graphic novel, through magnificent illustrations, Tan captures the disorientation immigrants often feel towards their new surroundings. Both early readers and those more sophisticated will find this book interesting. It is an excellent conversation starter in any mainstream or ESL classroom."
"The reading level and subject matter make this book appropriate for seventh through ninth grade and TESOL students. It would work well as reading for social studies and English in studies of culture, immigration, point of view, character development, and style."
"Inspired by the author's own experiences, Blue Jasmine tells the story of a teenager who immigrates from a small town in India to a large American city. Since very little children's literature exists on the topic, this award winning book is a welcome addition to classroom libraries."
"Teachers will appreciate the book's connections between the cultural, economic and political issues of California during the 1930's.Esperanza's struggles and her ability to rise above her difficulties will surely spark conversation within the classroom. This book is great as a link to exploring historical connections."
"Nislick's book tells the story of her grandfather when he immigrated to America as part of the "Galveston Plan", an effort to bring Jewish immigrants to the western United States in the early 20th century."
"First Crossing, a collection of ten first-person narratives, tells the stories of teenage immigrants to the United States and their struggles with self-doubt, social and linguistic isolation, racism, and family conflict. The reading level and subject matter of this book make it suitable for middle and high school students."
"Bento Box in the Heartland is the coming-of-age story of a young girl's struggle to assimilate as the only Asian student in her Indiana school. Beautifully written, Bento Box in the Heartland is a fantastic collection of stories, recipes, and self-discovery."
"Beah's beautifully written memoir tells a riveting story of fear, loss, violence, friendship and redemption in the historical backdrop of the civil war in Sierra Leone. The themes of this book are relevant to adolescents today and would spark fascinating class discussions."
"Of Beetles & Angels is an autobiographical memoir of a young man's journey to success. This is both an inspirational and positive immigration story highly recommended for teens and young adult's grades 6-high school."
"American Born Chinese is a graphic novel that cleverly takes readers through a journey combining three storylines and three characters into one idea. Teachers will find the book surprisingly useful as a springboard for discussions about discrimination, tolerance, stereotyping and immigration."
"A Step from Heaven is told through the eyes of Young Ju, a young Korean immigrant to the United States in a series of titled vignettes as she grows from preschooler to young woman. Appropriate for 8th grade and up."
"This is an autobiographical story about growing up on the African Savanna of Kenya and ultimately coming to America. This fantastic book encourages young readers to see that they can overcome their obstacles and create positive goals in life just as Lekuton did. Lekuton's storytelling is fantastic and will surely capture the attention of readers of all ages."
"Newcomers to America is an engrossing collection of interviews and conversations that candidly introduce over a dozen immigrants who tell their tales of leaving home and coming to the United States. The interviews capture the adaptation to a new culture and language, steps taken toward gaining citizenship and hardships and successes. Good for 8th grade and high school classrooms."
"This is the remarkable autobiography of a Holocaust survivor's journey and life. Esther Krinitz exquisitely detailed embroideries make her remarkable story of survival unforgettably moving and provide an unusual way to tell middle grade students the story of the Holocaust."
"This is a story about Peter Sis and his creativity as well as the history of Prague from 1948 to when the Berlin wall fell in 1989. Colorful, unique illustrations contribute an extra layer of depth to the book.This book is recommended for middle and secondary school students."