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The Immigrant Experience Through Literature: For Older Children

Beyond the Western Sea
Beyond the Western Sea By Avi, 1937- (Book - 1996 ) and more… Available by request Availability details

Annotation:The fates of the son of an English lord and a poor Irish brother and sister become intertwined as they make their way to Liverpool for the voyage to America.

Coming to America
Coming to America The Story of Immigration By Maestro, Betsy (Book - 1996 ) J 304.87 M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The history of immigration to the United States from its first settlers to contemporary times.

If your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island
If your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island By Levine, Ellen (Book - 1993 ) J 325.1 L Available by request Availability details

Annotation:Question and answers about the great migration of immigrants to New York's Ellis Island from the 1880's to 1914.

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson By Lord, Bette (Book - 1984 ) J FIC L and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Shirley Temple Wong embraces American life in 1947 Brooklyn.

Journey of the Sparrows
Journey of the Sparrows By Buss, Fran Leeper, 1942- (Book - 1991 ) J FIC B Available by request Availability details

Annotation:A young girl endures a harrowing flight from El Salvador to Chicago.

Letters From Rifka
Letters From Rifka By Hesse, Karen (Book - 1992 ) J FIC H and more… In-library use only at this time in some locations

Annotation:Writing in the margins of her treasured book of poetry, Rifka describes her diffiicult journey from Russia to America in 1918.

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The extraordinary ethnic diversity of the United States is due to the vast numbers of immigrants who have settled here. Many Americans today grew up listening to stories from their parents or grandparents about what it was like to come to a new country and struggle to build a life for themselves and their families. In relocating from one country to another, newcomers have had to find a way to make a living, in addition to adjusting to an unfamiliar culture and often a new language. Through expressive novels, short stories, poetry, plays, biographies and memoirs that have been recently published, the books on this list describe the immigrant experience by those who have lived it.


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