Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Titles for Grades 6-8

In connection with the 2016 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Title, The Book of Unknown Americans, here are titles for middle readers that focus on themes of immigration and Latino Americans. 

Return to senderBy Alvarez, Julia

After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders.

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Home of the braveBy Applegate, Katherine

Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.

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First crossing : stories about teen immigrants

Stories of recent Mexican, Venezuelan, Kazakh, Chinese, Romanian, Palestinian, Swedish, Korean, Haitian, and Cambodian immigrants reveal what it is like to face prejudice, language barriers, and homesickness along with common teenage feelings and needs.

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Portraits of Hispanic American heroesBy Herrera, Juan Felipe

An inspiring tribute to Hispanic Americans who have made a positive impact on the world. This visually stunning book showcases twenty Hispanic and Latino American men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the arts, politics, science, humanitarianism, and athletics.

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Inside out & back againBy Lai, Thanhha.

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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Under the mesquiteBy McCall, Guadalupe Garcia

Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry. Includes glossary of Spanish terms.

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Revenge on the flyBy McNicoll, Sylvia, 1954-

Trying to win a fly-catching contest and help rid Hamilton, Ontario of disease, new Irish immigrant Will discovers that a classmate is cheating and weighs whether or not he should also cheat in order to win.

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The turtle of Oman : a novelBy Nye, Naomi Shihab

When Aref, a third-grader who lives in Muscat, Oman, refuses to pack his suitcase and prepare to move to Michigan, his mother asks for help from his grandfather, his Siddi, who takes Aref around the country, storing up memories he can carry with him to anew home.

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Shooting KabulBy Senzai, N. H.

Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.

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July 2017 New & On Order DVD/Blu-ray
A listing of DVD's and Blu-ray added to the collection in July 2017
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