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Immigration: For Teens: Culture Shock
Great reads that highlight experiencing different cultures.
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Title: Ashes of Roses
Author: Auch, Mary Jane
Publisher: Henry Holt (2002)
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 0805066861
Call Number: Fiction, Teen-aged Collection
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

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Title: Behind the Mountains
Author: Danticat, Edwidge
Publisher: Orchard Books (2002)
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 0439372992
Call Number: Fiction, Teen-aged Collection
Notes: It is not easy when Celiane Esprance and her mother flee the violence in Haiti to build a new life in New York.

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Title: Born Confused
Author: Desai Hidier, Tanuja
Publisher: Scholastic Press (2002)
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 0439357624
Call Number: Teen Fiction
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.

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Title: Shadow of the Dragon
Author: Garland, Sherry
Publisher: Harcourt Brace (1993)
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 0152735305
Call Number: Fiction, Teen-aged Collection
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)

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Title: Crossing the Wire
Author: Hobbs, Will
Publisher: HarperCollins (2006)
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 0060741384
Call Number: Fiction, Teen-aged Collection
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.

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Title: Chinese Cinderella: A True Story of an Unwanted Daughter
Author: Mah, Adeline Yen
Publisher: Delacorte Press (1999)
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 0385327072
Call Number: 979.4004 M277c
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.

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Title: Swimming to America
Author: Mead, Alice
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2005)
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 0374380473
Call Number: Fiction, Teen-aged Collection
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.

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Title: A Step From Heaven
Author: Na, An
Publisher: Front Street (2001)
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 1886910588
Call Number: Teen Fictiom
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

Also Available on audiocassette.

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Title: An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio
Author: Ortiz Cofer, Judith
Publisher: Orchard Books (1995)
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 0531068978
Call Number: Fiction, Teen-aged Collection
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)