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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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We Belong
We Belong
by Cookie Hiponia Everman

A debut novel-in-verse, inspired by Filipino mythology, traces the experiences of two sisters who discover their mother’s past as a strong-willed child immigrant at the same time they learn the cultural tale of god’s daughter, Mayari.

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Starfish
Starfish
by Lisa Fipps

Bullied and shamed her whole life for being fat, twelve-year-old Ellie finally gains the confidence to stand up for herself, with the help of some wonderful new allies.

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Garvey’s Choice
Garvey’s Choice
by Nikki Grimes

Preferring science and reading to the sports his father wants him to play, Garvey comforts himself with food and endures bullying before joining the school chorus, where he learns how to accept himself and bond with his father.

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