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YA/MG Novels
Featuring
Refugees
What are they running from?
• War/violence
• Terrorism
• Hunger/poverty
• Religious persecution
• Political persecution
• ...
A Long Walk to Water
• Alternates between two 11-
year olds in Sudan
• Nya’s story is set in 2008—
Nya walks 2 hours to ge...
A Time of Miracles
• Set in Republic of
Georgia during collapse
of the Soviet Union
• 7-year old Blaise flees
Georgia with...
Bamboo People
• 15-year old Chico wants to be
a teacher, but he is instead
forced to join the Burmese
army.
• Chico befrie...
The Day of the Pelican
• Meli is an Albanian girl
living in Kosovo, a
country trying to fight
off Serbian oppressors
• The...
The Good Braider
• Free verse
• Viola tells the story of
her family’s journey from
war-torn Sudan to Cairo
to the USA
• Ad...
Now Is the Time for Running
• Deo and his older
brother, Innocent flee
their war-torn village in
Zimbabwe
• Additional the...
Shooting Kabul
• In 2001, 12-year old Fadi’s
parents decide to illegally
leave Afghanistan
• Fadi’s little sister gets
sep...
I Lived on Butterfly Hill
• Celeste’s family flees
Chile when artists,
protesters, and people
who help the needy are
decla...
Where I Belong
• Set in Somalia
• Mahmoud is kidnapped
and held for ransom.
• In London, Khadija,
Mahmoud’s sister, tries ...
The Red Pencil
• 12-year old Amira hopes
to attend school, but her
Sudanese village is
attacked
• After losing everything,...
Zlata’s Diary
• Has been compared to
The Diary of Anne Frank
• 11-year old Zlata
witnesses war-torn
Sarajevo, food shortag...
Weedflower
• 12-year old Sumiko is
American-born Japanese
• After Pearl Harbor is
bombed, Sumiko and her
family are sent t...
Guantanamo Boy
• 15-year old English boy
named Khalid is
kidnapped from Pakistan
while visiting relatives
with his parents...
Outcasts United: A Refugee Team,
An American Town
• A refugee settlement in
Georgia becomes home
to a youth soccer team
ma...
Image Credits:
• Barbed wire (slide 1) courtesy Christian Spies via
Unsplash
– https://unsplash.com/search/barbed-
wire?ph...
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YA/MG Novels Featuring Refugees (great for libraries and classrooms!)

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Used in my library with grades 7-8 as part of my Picture Books with Older Readers series. Prior to viewing this presentation, I read the picture book Four Feet, Two Sandals aloud with my students and discussed a few current events involving refugees.

For more information about this booktalk, please visit www.readerpants.net and click on the "Using Picture Books With Older Readers" tab at the top of the page. This presentation goes with Four Feet, Two Sandals, which will post on October 11, 2016.

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YA/MG Novels Featuring Refugees (great for libraries and classrooms!)

  1. 1. YA/MG Novels Featuring Refugees
  2. 2. What are they running from? • War/violence • Terrorism • Hunger/poverty • Religious persecution • Political persecution • Racial persecution
  3. 3. A Long Walk to Water • Alternates between two 11- year olds in Sudan • Nya’s story is set in 2008— Nya walks 2 hours to get water from a pond, twice each day • Salva’s story is set in 1985— Salva is a “lost boy” of Sudan • Themes: survival, importance of clean water
  4. 4. A Time of Miracles • Set in Republic of Georgia during collapse of the Soviet Union • 7-year old Blaise flees Georgia with his guardian Gloria • Themes: family, survival
  5. 5. Bamboo People • 15-year old Chico wants to be a teacher, but he is instead forced to join the Burmese army. • Chico befriends 16-year old Tu Reh, who teaches Chico how to survive training in exchange for learning English • Themes: friendship, survival, importance of learning to read
  6. 6. The Day of the Pelican • Meli is an Albanian girl living in Kosovo, a country trying to fight off Serbian oppressors • Themes: homelessness, starvation, illness, poverty
  7. 7. The Good Braider • Free verse • Viola tells the story of her family’s journey from war-torn Sudan to Cairo to the USA • Additional themes: adapting to a new culture, parent-child tension in new culture
  8. 8. Now Is the Time for Running • Deo and his older brother, Innocent flee their war-torn village in Zimbabwe • Additional themes: soccer, mental illness, poverty
  9. 9. Shooting Kabul • In 2001, 12-year old Fadi’s parents decide to illegally leave Afghanistan • Fadi’s little sister gets separated from the family • Themes: survival, family, perseverance
  10. 10. I Lived on Butterfly Hill • Celeste’s family flees Chile when artists, protesters, and people who help the needy are declared “subversive” and start disappearing • Contains illustrations • Themes: protecting loved ones, generosity, kindness, revolution
  11. 11. Where I Belong • Set in Somalia • Mahmoud is kidnapped and held for ransom. • In London, Khadija, Mahmoud’s sister, tries to earn the ransom money • Themes: identity, trust, family
  12. 12. The Red Pencil • 12-year old Amira hopes to attend school, but her Sudanese village is attacked • After losing everything, Amira walks on foot to a refugee camp • Free verse with illustrations • Themes: importance of education, perseverance
  13. 13. Zlata’s Diary • Has been compared to The Diary of Anne Frank • 11-year old Zlata witnesses war-torn Sarajevo, food shortages, bombardments, and the deaths of her friends • Themes: courage, perseverance
  14. 14. Weedflower • 12-year old Sumiko is American-born Japanese • After Pearl Harbor is bombed, Sumiko and her family are sent to a Japanese internment camp • Themes: belonging, friendship, racism, fear
  15. 15. Guantanamo Boy • 15-year old English boy named Khalid is kidnapped from Pakistan while visiting relatives with his parents • Taken to Guantanamo Bay and held without charge • Themes: freedom, detainee rights
  16. 16. Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, An American Town • A refugee settlement in Georgia becomes home to a youth soccer team made up of refugee children • Themes: cultural differences, racism, power of play
  17. 17. Image Credits: • Barbed wire (slide 1) courtesy Christian Spies via Unsplash – https://unsplash.com/search/barbed- wire?photo=S5XON9lNFvo • Exit sign (slide 2) courtesy Kev Seto via Unsplash – https://unsplash.com/@kevseto?photo=Jv0TBnjzYNM • All cover images courtesy Goodreads – www.goodreads.com

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