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Elementary: Historical Fiction, Immigration

Posted by Natalie Bernstein on October 28, 2013

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    Home of the brave

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    Home of the brave

    Applegate, Katherine.

    Kek, a refugee from Sudan, 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.

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    Beyond the western sea

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    Beyond the western sea

    Avi, 1937-

    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.

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    City of orphans

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    City of orphans

    Avi, 1937-

    In 1893 New York, thirteen-year-old Maks, a newsboy, teams up with Willa, a homeless girl, to clear his older sister, Emma, from charges that she stole from the brand new Waldorf Hotel, where she works. Includes historical notes.

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    Little Cricket

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    Little Cricket

    Brown, Jackie.

    After the upheaval of the Vietnam War reaches them, twelve-year-old Kia and her Hmong family flee from the mountains of Laos to a refugee camp in Thailand and eventually to the alien world of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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    Virginia bound

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    Virginia bound

    Butler, Amy, 1968-

    Thirteen-year-old orphaned beggar Rob Brackett is kidnapped from the streets of London and taken to the New World for a cruel tobacco farmer master, who also owns a Pamunkey Native American girl named Mattoume.

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    Blood on the river

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    Blood on the river : James Town 1607

    Carbone, Elisa Lynn.

    Traveling to the New World in 1606 as the page to Captain John Smith, twelve-year-old orphan Samuel Collier settles in the new colony of James Town, where he must quickly learn to distinguish between friend and foe.

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    Honeysuckle house

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    Honeysuckle house

    Cheng, Andrea.

    An all-American girl with Chinese ancestors and a new immigrant from China find little in common when they meet in their fourth grade classroom, but they are both missing their best friends and soon discover other connections.

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    Molly's pilgrim

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    Molly's pilgrim

    Cohen, Barbara.

    Told to make a Pilgrim doll for the Thanksgiving display at school, Molly is embarrassed when her mother tries to help her out by creating a doll dressed as she herself was dressed before leaving Russia to seek religious freedom.

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    The unforgotten coat

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    The unforgotten coat

    Cottrell Boyce, Frank.

    Julie's life becomes more complicated after the two Mongolian brothers in her Year Six class declare her to be their "Good Guide," which means she is responsible for welcoming the brothers to their new home, helping them with school uniforms, and explaining British slang; meanwhile, Julie tries to win the attention of a boy and gain an invitation to Mimi's house.

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    A Coal miner's bride, the diary of Anetka Kaminska

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    A Coal miner's bride, the diary of Anetka Kaminska

    Bartoletti, Susan Campbell

    A diary account of thirteen-year-old Anetka, life in Poland in 1896, immigration to America, marriage to a coal miner, widowhood, and happiness in finally finding her true love.

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    With nothing but our courage

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    So far from home

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    So far from home : the diary of Mary Driscoll, an Irish mill girl

    Denenberg, Barry.

    In the diary account of her journey from Ireland in 1847 and of her work in a mill in Lowell, Massachusetts, fourteen-year-old Mary reveals a great longing for her family.

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    Dreams in the golden country

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    Dreams in the golden country : the diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish immigrant girl

    Lasky, Kathryn.

    Twelve-year-old Zippy, a Jewish immigrant from Russia, keeps a diary account of the first eighteen months of her family's life on the Lower East Side of New York City in 1903-1904.

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    Footsteps in the snow

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    West to a land of plenty

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    West to a land of plenty : the diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi

    Murphy, Jim, 1947-

    While traveling in 1883 with her Italian American family (including a meddlesome little sister) and other immigrant pioneers to a utopian community in Idaho, fourteen-year-old Teresa keeps a diary of her experiences along the way.

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    The Journal of Wong Ming-Chung, a Chinese Miner

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    The Journal of Wong Ming-Chung, a Chinese Miner

    Yep, Laurence

    A young Chinese boy nicknamed Runt records his experiences in a journal as he travels from southern China to California in 1852 to join his uncle during the Gold Rush.

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    90 miles to Havana

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    90 miles to Havana

    Flores-Galbis, Enrique.

    Julian's parents, hoping to protect him from the dangers of the turmoil in Cuba, send him to the United States in 1961 as part of Operation Pedro Pan, not realizing that life in a Miami refugee camp holds its own perils.

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    Lily's crossing

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    Lily's crossing

    Giff, Patricia Reilly.

    During a summer spent at Rockaway Beach in 1944, Lily's friendship with a young Hungarian refugee causes her to see the war and her own world differently.

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    Nory Ryan's song

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    Nory Ryan's song

    Giff, Patricia Reilly.

    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.

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    Bridge to America

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    Bridge to America

    Glaser, Linda.

    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.

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    The red umbrella

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    The red umbrella

    Gonzalez, Christina Diaz, 1969-

    In 1961 after Castro has come to power in Cuba, fourteen-year-old Lucia and her seven-year-old brother are sent to the United States when her parents, who are not in favor of the new regime, fear that the children will be taken away from them as others have been.

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    Brooklyn Bridge

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    Brooklyn Bridge : a novel

    Hesse, Karen.

    Fourteen-year-old Joseph Michtom's life takes a dramatic turn when, in 1903 Brooklyn, his parents turn their apartment into a factory for making teddy bears; and Joseph wonders whether he will ever see the glitter of Coney Island.

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    Letters from Rifka

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    Letters from Rifka

    Hesse, Karen.

    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.

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    Same sun here

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    Same sun here

    House, Silas, 1971-

    A twelve-year-old Indian immigrant in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner's son become pen pals, and eventually best friends, through a series of revealing letters exploring such topics as environmental activism, immigration, and racism.

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    The circuit

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    The circuit : stories from the life of a migrant child

    Jiménez, Francisco, 1943-

    Explores a migrant family's experiences moving through labor camps, facing poverty and impermanence, only to endure through faith, hope, and back-breaking work.

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    Weedflower

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    Weedflower

    Kadohata, Cynthia.

    After twelve-year-old Sumiko and her Japanese-American family are relocated from their flower farm in southern California to an internment camp on a Mojave Indian reservation in Arizona, she helps her family and neighbors, becomes friends with a local Indian boy, and tries to hold on to her dream of owning a flower shop.

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    Inside Out & Back Again

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    Inside Out & Back Again

    Lai, Thanhha.

    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.

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    Landed

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    Landed

    Lee, Milly.

    After leaving his village in southeastern China, twelve-year-old Sun is held at Angel Island, San Francisco, before being released to join his father, a merchant living in the area. Includes historical notes.

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    Journey to America

    Levitin, Sonia, 1934-

    A Jewish family fleeing Nazi Germany in 1938 endures innumerable separations before they are once again united.

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    In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

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    In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

    Lord, Bette.

    In 1947, a Chinese child comes to Brooklyn where she becomes Americanized at school, in her apartment building, and by her love for baseball.

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    Good night, Maman

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    Good night, Maman

    Mazer, Norma Fox, 1931-

    After spending years fleeing from the Nazis in war-torn Europe, twelve-year-old Karin Levi and her older brother Marc find a new home in a refugee camp in Oswego, New York.

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    The king of Mulberry Street

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    The king of Mulberry Street

    Napoli, Donna Jo, 1948-

    Dom, a nine-year old stowaway from Naples, Italy, arrives in New York and must learn to survive the perils of street life in the big city.

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    Hang a thousand trees with ribbons

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    Hang a thousand trees with ribbons : the story of Phillis Wheatley

    Rinaldi, Ann.

    A fictionalized biography of the eighteenth-century African woman who, as a child, was brought to New England to be a slave, and after publishing her first poem when a teenager, gained renown throughout the colonies as an important African-American poet.

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    Esperanza rising

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    Esperanza rising

    Ryan, Pam Muñoz.

    Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.

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    Under the blood-red sun

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    Under the blood-red sun

    Salisbury, Graham.

    Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

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    The great wall of Lucy Wu

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    The great wall of Lucy Wu

    Shang, Wendy Wan Long.

    Eleven-year-old aspiring basketball star and interior designer Lucy Wu is excited about finally having her own bedroom, until she learns that her great-aunt is coming to visit and Lucy will have to share a room with her for several months, shattering her plans for a perfect sixth-grade year.

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    Thief of hearts

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    Thief of hearts

    Yep, Laurence, 1948-

    When Stacy is paired with a Chinese girl at school who is accused of theft, she must come to terms with her own Chinese and American heritage.

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    The tiger's apprentice

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    The tiger's apprentice

    Yep, Laurence, 1948-

    A tiger, a monkey, a dragon, and a twelve-year-old Chinese American boy fight to keep a magic talisman out of the hands of an enemy who would use its power to destroy the world.

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    The traitor

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    The traitor : Golden Mountain chronicles, 1885

    Yep, Laurence, 1948-

    In 1885, a lonely illegitimate American boy and a lonely Chinese American boy develop an unlikely friendship in the midst of prejudices and racial tension in their coal mining town of Rock Springs, Wyoming.

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    Dragon's gate

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    Dragon's gate

    Yep, Laurence.

    When he accidentally kills a Manchu, a fifteen-year-old Chinese boy is sent to America to join his father, an uncle, and other Chinese working to build a tunnel for the transcontinental railroad through the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1867.

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    The magic paintbrush

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    The magic paintbrush

    Yep, Laurence.

    A magic paintbrush transports Steve and his elderly caretakers from their drab apartment in Chinatown to a world of adventures.

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    When the circus came to town

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    When the circus came to town

    Yep, Laurence.

    An Asian cook and a Chinese New Year celebration help a ten-year-old girl at a Montana stage coach station to regain her confidence after smallpox scars her face.

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