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Refugee, by Alan Gratz

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ISBN: 9780545880831
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 25th, 2017

Spanning across three eras of civil unrest and war, this timely middle-grade thriller is about three families fleeing violence in their home countries. I would love to see Refugee as required reading for all ages. Three central characters: Josef, from 1940s Germany; Isabel, from 1990s Cuba; and Mahmoud, from present day Syria, are at once courageous and fearful and so very human. Gratz captured the true-to-life violence these families went through with painstaking research. Refugee is, simply put, captivating and necessary.


Pax, by Sara Pennypacker

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By Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062377012
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 2nd, 2016

For those who love stories about animal and human relationships, Pax is told through alternating perspectives of a boy and his pet fox during a fictional time of war. Sara Pennypacker leads the reader on a journey of love and loss, tragedy and triumph, independence and reliance. Most important for me, Peter and Pax learn to recognize and accept help along each of their paths of self-discovery. Pax is a beautifully told and exceptionally researched story of friendship.


The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See

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ISBN: 9781501154829
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Published: Scribner - March 21st, 2017

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane offers as gifts to the reader a well-drawn plot wrapped with the intricate research Lisa See is known for. I connected with her characters by way of examining family bonds, bucking cultural norms, surviving tragedy, and simply enjoying a cup of tea. This is an absorbing novel rich with culture, history, and a deep sense of shared humanity. 


Sister by Rosamund Lupton

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Katie

I read this on a plane ride from Vermont to San Diego. I could not put it down, not even for the free beverage service! Sister is a beautifully complex mixture of thrilling mystery, family drama, self-reflective prose, and a truly heartwarming tale of sisterly love.

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ISBN: 9780307716521
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Published: Broadway Books - December 20th, 2011

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ISBN: 9780307716514
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - June 7th, 2011

The Secret River by Margorie K. Rawlings

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Katie

"When hard times turn to soft times . . . ." Exquisitely rendered illustrations do quiet justice to a gently told, beautiful story of love, friendship, imagination, and the deep valve of helping one's neighbors.

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By Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781416911791
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 4th, 2011

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