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Immigrants

AMERICAN STREET

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Zoboi
Author's First Name: 
Ibi
Publisher: 
HarperCollins (Balzer + Bray)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Fabiola Toussaint and her mother come to America from Haiti seeking the American dream. Fabiola moves in with her aunt and three powerful female cousins in Detroit after her mother is detained in Immigration. Missing her mother and trying to free her are the backdrop as Fabiola navigates the social hierarchy at school with her queen bee cousins, falls in love with sweet Kasim, and discovers the sources of her family’s income. As she begins to understand the sacrifices that have been made to create this American life, Fabiola must decide what she’ll sacrifice to free her mother. This powerful story, blending a gritty portrayal of urban life and drug culture, magical realism, Vodou culture, and the enduring bond of family, demonstrates that the American dream can sometimes turn into a nightmare. (Lisa Cosgrove-Davies. Fourteen and up.)

ANGEL ISLAND: GATEWAY TO GOLD MOUNTAIN

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Freedman
Author's First Name: 
Russell
Publisher: 
Clarion
Publication Date: 
2014

From 1892 through 1940, over a million Asian immigrants passed through Angel Island, an immigration station off the California coast where they carved their stories on the walls. Freedman uses primary sources to retell their stories of struggle against racism and anti-immigration.

MY GRANDFATHER'S COAT

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Aylesworth
Author's First Name: 
Jim
Illustrator's First Name: 
Barbara
Illustrator's Last Name: 
McClintock
Publisher: 
Scholastic
Publication Date: 
2014
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

 

 

A new version of the Yiddish folk tale in exhilarating repetitive rhyme joyfully portrays the events in a life of a new immigrant to America. Lively, sharp illustrations enhance and extend the text for the careful reader.

THE TYRANT'S DAUGHTER [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Carleson
Author's First Name: 
J. C.
Narrator's First Name: 
Meera
Narrator's Last Name: 
Shimhan
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2014

After her father’s assassination in a bloody coup, 15-year-old Laila must adapt to American life and reconcile her memories of privilege with an opposing worldview. An afterword by the author, a former undercover CIA agent, follows Siman and Benard’s expert narration of the story.

THE UNFORGOTTEN COAT

Tibetan boy with coat as empty space for title and author
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Cottrell Boyce
Author's First Name: 
Frank
Illustrator's First Name: 
Carl
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Hunter and Clare Heney
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2011

INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN

Inside Out & Back Again
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Lai
Author's First Name: 
Thanhha
Publisher: 
Harper
Publication Date: 
2011

EMMA'S POEM: THE VOICE OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Glaser
Author's First Name: 
Linda
Illustrator's First Name: 
Claire A.
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Nivola
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 
2010

The last lines of Emma Lazarus’s poem about the plight of immigrants written for the campaign to fund the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty now grace a plaque at the statue’s entrance. Watercolors contrast scenes of Emma’s upper-class New York with those of newly-arrived immigrants.

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