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The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee
The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee
by Julie Leung; illustrated by Julie Kwon

An inspiring picture book biography about Hazel Ying Lee, the first Chinese American woman to fly for the US military.

My Tree
My Tree
by Hope Lim; illustrated by Il Sung Na

When a young boy's beloved plum tree falls in a storm, he feels like he's lost both a friend and a connection to his old home.

Watercress
Watercress
by Andrea Wang; illustrated by Jason Chin

A little girl traveling through Ohio in an old car helps her family collect muddy, snail-covered watercress from a ditch in the wild before learning the story of her immigrant heritage and how foraging for fresh food helps her loved ones stay together.

Inside Out and Back Again
Inside Out and Back Again
by Thanhha Lai

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
by Margarita Engle

In this poetic memoir, acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War.

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Moo
Moo
by Sharon Creech

Follows the efforts of twelve-year-old Reena, who has recently moved to rural Maine, to adjust to a new environment while unexpectedly bonding with an ornery cow.

Booked
Booked
by Kwame Alexander

Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.

Land of the Cranes
Land of the Cranes
by Aida Salazar

Holding fast to the cultural heritage stories that say her people will one day return to live among the cranes in the promised land, a 9-year-old migrant, seeking refuge in Los Angeles from the Mexican cartel wars, learns to hold onto hope and love in a f

Red, White, and Whole
Red, White, and Whole
by Rajani LaRocca

Feeling disconnected from her heritage as the only Indian-American student in her community, young Reha commits herself to a future different from her dreams when her mother becomes dangerously ill.

The Red Pencil
The Red Pencil
by Andrea Davis Pinkney

After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of a