Emigration and Immigration (Teen)

Banks, Anna.  Joyride.  Y FIC Banks
The quarterback son of the town sheriff and the daughter of deported illegal aliens become unlikely midnight pranking accomplices while unexpectedly falling in love and landing on the wrong side of the law.

Carleson, J.C.  The Tyrant’s Daughter.  Y FIC Carleson
Exiled to the United States after her father, a Middle Eastern dictator, is killed in a coup, fifteen-year-old Laila must cope with a completely new way of life, the truth of her father’s regime, and her mother and brother’s ways of adjusting.

Crossan, Sarah.  The Weight of Water.  Y FIC Crossan
Twelve-year-old Kasienka and her mother have immigrated to Coventry, England from Poland, searching for Kasienka’s father, but everyone is unfriendly except for an African neighbor and a boy Kasienka meets at the swimming pool, which is her only refuge from an alien society.

Dumas, Firoozeh.  It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel.  Y FIC Dumas
Eleven-year-old Zomorod, originally from Iran, tells her story of growing up Iranian in Southern California during the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis of the late 1970s.

Giff, Patricia Reilly.  Nory Ryan’s Song.  Y FIC Giff  (SERIES)
When a terrible blight attacks Ireland’s potato crop in 1845, twelve-year-old Nory Ryan’s courage and ingenuity help her family and neighbors survive.  SEQUELS: Maggie’s Door (2003) & Water Street (2006). 

Marquardt, Marie.  Dream Things True.  Y FIC Marquardt
Evan, the nephew of a conservative southern senator, and Alma, who lives with her large, warm Mexican family, fall in love, but when Immigration and Customs Enforcement begins raids on their town, Alma knows she needs to tell Evan her secrets, but how can she tell her country-club boyfriend that she is an undocumented immigrant?

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.

Napoli, Donna Jo.  Alligator Bayou.  Y FIC Napoli
Fourteen-year-old Calogero Scalise and his Sicilian uncles and cousin live in small-town Louisiana in 1898, when Jim Crow laws rule and anti-immigration sentiment is strong, so despite his attempts to be polite and to follow American customs, disaster dogs his family at every turn.

Wagner, Laura Rose.  Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go.  Y FIC Wagner
In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Nadine goes to live with her father in Miami while her cousin Magdalie, raised as her sister, remains behind in a refugee camp, dreaming of joining Nadine but wondering if she must accept that her life and future are in Port-au-Prince.

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