Emigration and Immigration (Grades 4-6)

Applegate, Katherine.  Home of the Brave.  JPB A
Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.

Avi, 1937. Beyond the Western Sea.  Y FIC Avi
Driven from their impoverished Irish village, fifteen-year-old Maura and her younger brother meet their landlord’s runaway son in Liverpool while all three wait for a ship to America; their fates continue to intertwine on board ship and in the New World.

Cheng, Andrea.  Eclipse . J FIC Cheng
In Cincinnati, Ohio, in the summer of 1952, eight-year-old Peti gives up his room to his Hungarian relatives, including a twelve-year-old cousin who bullies him, and worries about his grandfather who cannot escape from behind the Iron Curtain.

Giff, Patricia Reilly.  A House of Tailors.  J FIC Giff
When thirteen-year-old Dina emigrates from Germany to America in 1871, her only wish is to return home as soon as she can, but as the months pass and she survives a multitude of hardships living with her uncle and his young wife and baby, she finds herself thinking of Brooklyn as her home.

Giff, Patricia Reilly.  Until I Find Julian.  J FIC Giff
Mateo’s big brother Julian works in the United States. When the family doesn’t hear from Julian for a few weeks, Mateo sneaks out and journeys north to find him, crossing the border with the help of a new friend, Angel.

Glaser, Linda.  Bridge to America.  J Fic Glaser
Eight-year-old Fivel narrates the story of his family’s Atlantic Ocean crossing to reunite with their father in the United States, from its desperate beginning in a shtetl in Poland in 1920 to his stirrings of identity as an American boy.

Hesse, Karen. Letters from Rifka. J PB H //  J Fic Hesse
In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family’s flight from Russia in 1919 and her own experiences when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others emigrate to America.

Lai, Thanhha. Inside Out & Back Again. J FIC Lai
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

Levitin, Sonia, 1934. Silver Days.  J FIC Levitin
In this sequel to Journey to America, the reunited Platt family works hard at settling in to America, but the spectre of the war in Europe continues to affect their lives.

Lord, Cynthia.  A Handful of Stars.  J FIC Lord
When her blind dog slips his collar, twelve-year old Lily meets Salma Santiago, a young Hispanic girl whose migrant family are in Maine for the blueberry-picking season, and, based partly on their mutual love of dogs, the two forge a friendship.

Na, An.  A Step from Heaven.  Y FIC Na
A young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America.

Nixon, Joan Lowery.  Land of Dreams.  J FIC Nixon
In 1902 sixteen-year-old Kristin travels with her family from Sweden to a new life in Minnesota, where she finds herself frustrated by the restrictions placed on what girls of her age are expected or allowed to do.

Nye, Naomi Shihab.  The Turtle of Oman.  J FIC Nye
When Aref, a third-grader who lives in Muscat, Oman, refuses to pack his suitcase and prepare to move to Michigan, his mother asks for help from his grandfather, his Siddi, who takes Aref around the country, storing up memories he can carry with him to anew home.

Ross, Lillian Hammer.  Sarah, Also Known as Hannah.  J FIC Ross
When twelve-year-old Sarah leaves the Ukraine for America in her sister’s place, she must use her sister’s passport and her sister’s name, Hannah.

Sachs, Marilyn. Call Me Ruth. J FIC Sachs
The daughter of a Russian immigrant family, newly arrived in Manhattan in 1908, has conflicting feelings about her mother’s increasingly radical union involvement.

Sharenow, Rob.  The Girl in the Torch.  J FIC Sharenow
After her father is killed in a pogrom, twelve-year-old Sarah and her mother immigrate to America–but when her mother dies before they get through Ellis Island, and the authorities want to send her back to the old country, Sarah hides in the torch of the Statue of Liberty.

Shiefman, Vicky.  Goodbye to the Trees.  Y FIC Shiefman
Despite the excitement and confusion of her new life in America, thirteen-year-old Fagel can’t forget the family she left behind in Russia.

Walter, Jon.  Close to the Wind.  J FIC Walter
Malik and his grandfather are trying to flee a war-torn country on the last ship waiting at the port for those who can escape–but when the ship leaves only Malik is aboard, and he will need all his courage to survive in a new country.

Weeks, Sarah.  Save Me a Seat.  J FIC Weeks
Ravi has just moved to the United States from India and has always been at the top of his class; Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems–but when their lives intersect in the first week of fifth grade they are brought together by a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and the need to take control of their lives.

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