Reviews and Blog Posts: multicultural

How I learned geography

by Uri Shulevitz

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When Uri Shulevitz was a boy, he and his family had to flee Poland and live as refugees in Kazakhstan. Sometimes they didn't have any food to eat. One night, his father brought home a big map from the market. Everyone was mad that he didn't bring home food, but...

Little brother

by Cory Doctorow

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Have you ever felt like you're being watched all the time–by your parents, teachers, even the police? What if that were true? What if it was your government that was watching you, looking for evidence that you're a terrorist–or even creating that evidence–just so it can put you in jail?...

Skim

by Mariko Tamaki

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"Skim" is Kimberly Keiko Cameron, private school student, semi-Goth, semi-Wiccan, prone to introspection in her diary. This graphic novel explores her thoughts on a classmates' boyfriend's suicide and her school's reaction to it (ranging from counselor lectures to the popular girls forming a club called Girls Celebrate Life! to bring...

My most excellent year : a novel of love, Mary Poppins, & Fenway Park

by Steve Kluger

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TC, Augie, and Ale are the best of friends now, but it wasn't always that way. In a series of diary entries, instant messages, and e-mails from their freshman year of high school, they each look back at how they were brought together by a deaf kid with an obsession...

Brendan Buckley's universe and everything in it

by Sundee Tucker Frazier

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Eleven-year-old Brendan Buckley is a lot of things: an aspiring scientist, a tae kwon do warrior, and the child of a biracial marriage. He had a great relationship with his father's dad, but he's never even met his mother's father, and he's not sure why. When they accidentally meet up...

Bread, bread, bread

by Ann Morris

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If you like bread, you will love this book! Learn the different kinds of bread all over the world. They have all kinds of different names, shapes, and flavors. The book exposes children to other cultures so that they can see the similarities and differences in how we live. This...

Map of Ireland : a novel

by Stephanie Grant

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Ann Ahern has a crush on her French teacher. It doesn't disturb her that Mademoiselle Eugenie is a woman, but it does disturb her that she's Black. It's 1974, and Boston is still struggling with the Civil Rights movement, instituting busing between neighborhoods to desegregate the schools. Ann's Catholic Irish-American...

Down to the bone

by Mayra L Dole

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Laura thinks her life is over when she gets thrown out of Catholic school, and then her mother's house, after being found out as a "tortillera"–Cuban slang for lesbian–but these things are only the beginning for her. Over the course of the next year, Laura leaves school entirely, works full...

Bringing in the New Year

by Grace Lin

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In Grace Lin's bright and simple picture book, the whole family gets involved to prepare for Chinese New Year. On each two-page spread, a member of the family demonstrates New Year duties. Jie-Jie sweeps the old year out, Ma-Ma makes the dumplings, Auntie wakes the dragon. Is it time for...

Camel rider

by Prue Mason

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Adam and his family are Australians living in a fancy compound in the Middle East. Walid is an abused boy who rides camels in the popular sport of camel racing. When war breaks out, Adam is separated from his family and Walid manages to escape the camel masters. The two...

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