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The United States has a rich and diverse culture thanks to the many immigrants who have come to her shores. Explore the immigrant experience with these recommended titles.

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The Breaker Boys

The story of a disastrous clash between Pennsylvania mine workers and the law in the 1890s

".... Then, in the spring of 1897, it gets him kicked out and sent home. To avoid his family, Nate disappears..."

Pat Hughes Pat Hughes

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How I Learned Geography

Having fled from war in their troubled homeland, a boy and his family are living in poverty in a strange country. Food is scarce, so when the boy’s father...

"...Having fled from war in their troubled homeland, a boy and his family are living in poverty..."

Uri Shulevitz Uri Shulevitz

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Escape from Saigon

How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy

An unforgettable true story of an orphan caught in the midst of war Over a million South Vietnamese children were orphaned by the Vietnam War. This...

"...in the United States as "Matt," part of a loving Ohio family. Finally, as a young doctor, he journeys back..."

Andrea Warren Andrea Warren

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Landed

Sun is ready to leave his village in China for America, the place known as Gum Saan, Gold Mountain. His father warns him, though, that passage will not be...

"..., that passage will not be easy. Because of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, new immigrants like Sun..."

By Milly Lee and Yangsook Choi

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Leaving Glorytown

One Boy's Struggle Under Castro

Eduardo F. Calcines was a child of Fidel Castro’s Cuba; he was just three years old when Castro came to power in January 1959. After that, everything changed...

"...extended family and his home for a chance at a better future..."

Eduardo F. Calcines Eduardo F. Calcines

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Maggie's Amerikay

“In Amerikay,” Maggie’s da has told her, “we will start anew.” It’s 1898, and Maggie McCrary and her family have just crossed the ocean to settle in New...

"...“In Amerikay,” Maggie’s da has told her, “we will start anew.” It’s 1898, and Maggie McCrary and her family have just crossed the ocean to settle in New.... “In Amerikay,” Maggie’s da has told her, “we will start anew.” It’s 1898, and Maggie McCrary and her family have just crossed the ocean to settle in New Orleans. America is the answer to her father’s dream of books and proper learning..."

By Barbara Timberlake Russell and Jim Burke

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Swimming to America

The quandary of the illegal immigrant Linda Berati, an eighth grader in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, knows that her parents are Albanian and her little sister...

Alice Mead Alice Mead

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The Wall

Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER “I was born at the beginning of it all, on the Red side—the Communist side—of the Iron Curtain.” Through annotated...

"...for those of all ages.” —Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State   “This extraordinary..."

Peter Sís Peter Sís

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