Immigration: For Teens: Culture Shock
Great reads that highlight experiencing different cultures.

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Ashes of Roses by Auch, Mary Jane
Notes: 17-year-old Irish immigrant Rose Nolan survives the notorious Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire where over 140 girls and women lost their lives.

"This book was very inspiring and made you want to fight for your rights." Aida A, Northeast High School

"The plot, setting, and characters are so realistic. It is tragic and devastating {and} gives you an idea of how immigrants lived and what our ancestors went through when they came to America." Alexandria N, Central High School

ISBN: 0805066861
Publisher: Henry Holt
Published: 2002
Callnumber: Fiction, Teen-aged Collection
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Behind the Mountains by Danticat, Edwidge
Notes: It is not easy when Celiane Esprance and her mother flee the violence in Haiti to build a new life in New York.
ISBN: 0439372992
Publisher: Orchard Books
Published: 2002
Callnumber: Fiction, Teen-aged Collection
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Born Confused by Desai Hidier, Tanuja
Notes: Jersey teenager Dimple Lala, "not quite Indian, and not quite American," revises her rebellion against all things Indian and discovers that the Indian boyfriend chosen by her parents may not be so unsuitable after all.
ISBN: 0439357624
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published: 2002
Callnumber: Teen Fiction
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Crossing the Wire by Hobbs, Will
Notes: Desperate to provide for his widowed mother and young siblings, fifteen-year-old Victor Flores makes the treacherous and illegal crossing from Mexico to the United States.
ISBN: 0060741384
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 2006
Callnumber: Fiction, Teen-aged Collection
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An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio by Ortiz Cofer, Judith
Notes: Twelve short stories chronicle the adventures, both joyous and sad, of Puerto Rican teens in New Jersey.

"I liked this book." Brittany R (12)

ISBN: 0531068978
Publisher: Orchard Books
Published: 1995
Callnumber: Fiction, Teen-aged Collection
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Shadow of the Dragon by Garland, Sherry
Notes: Gangs make the conflict between tradition and the American way even more difficult for Danny Vo whose family has come to America from Vietnam.

"A great book. It reminded me of West Side Story. A very emotional story with some violence." Antonio C (13)

ISBN: 0152735305
Publisher: Harcourt Brace
Published: 1993
Callnumber: Fiction, Teen-aged Collection
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A Step From Heaven by Na, An
Notes: Korean-American Young Yu's family's American dream is more like a nightmare of hardship and unhappiness.

"This book really brings out the problems and troubles foreigners face in America. It is a great book." Y-Ngoc D, Central High School

"A very touching novel with an inspiring message: don't give up, especially on your wonderful dreams." Carolyn L, Central High School

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ISBN: 1886910588
Publisher: Front Street
Published: 2001
Callnumber: Teen Fictiom
Swimming to America by Mead, Alice
Notes: Eighth grader Linda Berati's friendship with Cuban-American Ramon helps her deal with life in America and her family's refusal to share the secrets of their old life in Albania.
ISBN: 0374380473
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published: 2005
Callnumber: Fiction, Teen-aged Collection
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Chinese Cinderella: A True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Mah, Adeline Yen
Notes: Mah's autobiography is the painful but triumphant story of a girl who survives a cruel stepmother and uncaring family in China to become a physician and successful writer in America.
ISBN: 0385327072
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: 1999
Callnumber: 979.4004 M277c