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CHEE-KEE: A PANDA IN BEARLAND

Title with four bears and one panda in a line-up
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rim
Author's First Name: 
Sujean
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Month: 
February
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Pandas Chee-Kee Loo and his parents arrive in Bearland, where some of their customs aren't familiar to the ursine residents. As Chee-Kee tries to fit in, he encounters barriers and misunderstandings typical of the immigrant experience. Child-friendly mixed-media illustrations make this an inviting introduction for young readers to one of the most-discussed issues of the day. Up to Seven. -Todd Krueger

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Yoon
Author's First Name: 
Nicola
Publisher: 
Penguin (Random House)
Publication Month: 
November
Publication Date: 
2016

 Natasha, a believer in science and facts, meets Daniel, a poetic soul, just hours before her family is to be deported to Jamaica. For one magical day, the teens travel around New York City together, learning about each other, themselves, and the true nature of relationships.

LUCY AND LINH

Book cover of Lucy and Linh
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Pung
Author's First Name: 
Alice
Publisher: 
Penguin (Knopf/ Random House)
Publication Date: 
2016

 Second generation Asian-Australian Lucy wins a scholarship to prestigious Laurinda, a private school that has rested on privilege for far too long. In this epistolary novel, the author deftly showcases thorny issues of class, race, immigration and merit, while skillfully examining Lucy's growth into a young woman.

SAVE ME A SEAT

SAVE ME A SEAT
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Weeks
Author's First Name: 
Sarah
Second Author's First Name: 
Gita
Second Author's Last Name: 
Varadarajan
Publisher: 
Scholastic Press
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2016

 Ravi, new to the United States from India, has always been the top student in class while Joe has always lived in the same town and has learning problems. Their lives intersect in the first week of 5th grade when they are brought together by a common enemy—the biggest bully in class—and find friendship in their differences.

OUTRUN THE MOON

OUTRUN THE MOON
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Lee
Author's First Name: 
Stacey
Publisher: 
Penguin (Putnam)
Publication Date: 
2016

 Mercy Wong is Chinese-American in 1906 San Francisco, and life at her prestigious girls’ school is not as easy as she had hoped it would be. When an historic earthquake hits town, she and her classmates must work together to survive.

A PIECE OF HOME

A PIECE OF HOME
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Watts
Author's First Name: 
Jeri
Illustrator's First Name: 
Yum
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Hyewon
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2016

 Hee Jun’s family uproots from South Korea to West Virginia where every difference feels daunting to him. Yum’s gentle illustrations brim with emotion as Hee Jun and his family adjust to their new home. This relatable immigration journey, regardless of national origin, will also resonate among young readers simply struggling to fit in. 

WEST OF THE MOON

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Preus
Author's First Name: 
Margi
Publisher: 
Amulet
Publication Date: 
2014

Daring Astri rescues herself and a mysterious companion from a cruel “goatman” before leading her sister through the Norwegian mountainside and a boat to America. This suspenseful adventure fuses 19th century folk tales with thorny questions of morality in desperation.

IMPRISONED: THE BETRAYAL OF JAPANESE AMERICANS DURING WORLD WAR II

Imprisoned
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sandler
Author's First Name: 
Martin W.
Publisher: 
Walker
Publication Date: 
2013

Photographs and first-person accounts accompany this compelling narrative about the unjust internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Additional stories depict the ways Japanese Americans helped win the war and the enduring effects of internment on contemporary society.

 

FLESH AND BLOOD SO CHEAP: THE TRIANGLE FIRE AND ITS LEGACY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Marrin
Author's First Name: 
Albert
Publisher: 
Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: 
2011

THE ARRIVAL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Tan
Author's First Name: 
Shaun
Publisher: 
Arthur A. Levine
Publication Date: 
2007

This wordless graphic novel hauntingly portrays the universality of the immigrant experience as an unnamed man journeys to an unknown land.  Surreal sepia-toned images full of imagination and mystery form a visual tone poem inviting multiple interpretations.

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