Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal. Excellent historical fiction in verse about the building of the Panama Canal. I enjoyed the different voices, included those of the forest animals. Margarita Engle never disappoints.
"This is a work of fiction based on a true story", "Cambodian child soldier Arn Chorn-Pond defied the odds and used all of his courage and wits to survive the murderous regime of the Khmer Rouge"-- Provided by publisher.
How I Learned Geography: Uri Shulevitz. "Having fled from war in their troubled homeland, a boy and his family are living in poverty in a strange country. Food is scarce, so when the boy's father brings home a map instead of bread for supper.