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Exploring the challenges facing young people in different cultures, or as they try to make new lives in a new country.
A collection of ten short stories about young immigrants that are making a new life for themselves in the United States of America.

First crossing : stories about teen immigrants : Book, Regular Print Book : Toronto Public Library

When a nonprofit organization called Save the Girls pairs a fifteen-year-old Sudanese refugee with an American teenager from Richmond, Virginia, the pen pals teach each other compassion and share a bond that bridges two continents.

When a nonprofit organization called Save the Girls pairs a fourteen-year-old Sudanese refugee with an American teenager from Richmond, Virginia, the pen pals teach each other compassion and share a bond that bridges two continents.

This collection of short stories is dedicated to the courage of all refugees who live in New Zealand - for their suffering and displacement from their homeland.

This collection of short stories is dedicated to the courage of all refugees who live in New Zealand - for their suffering and displacement from their homeland.

Three children on the run;  Abdul from Iraq, Cheslav from Russia and Rosalia is Roma who doesn’t have a country to call her own. All three have escaped brutal childhoods and cruelties and are now on the run to a better life. They meet in Calais late at night on a smuggler’s boat, bound for England. The smuggler is ruthless, the night is dark and frightening and not everything will go to plan. Will they make it to England and what will happen if they get there?

Three children on the run; Abdul from Iraq, Cheslav from Russia and Rosalia is Roma who doesn’t have a country to call her own. All three have escaped brutal childhoods and cruelties and are now on the run to a better life. They meet in Calais late at night on a smuggler’s boat, bound for England. The smuggler is ruthless, the night is dark and frightening and not everything will go to plan. Will they make it to England and what will happen if they get there?

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.

Never Fall Down: A Novel by Patricia McCormick. 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.

Orphaned as a young boy in the rainforests of Borneo, Bujang is brought up by a family of orangutans. But his future has been decided for him by Sengalang Burong, the Iban warpath god. He must become a warrior and a headhunter.

Orphaned as a young boy in the rainforests of Borneo, Bujang is brought up by a family of orangutans. But his future has been decided for him by Sengalang Burong, the Iban warpath god. He must become a warrior and a headhunter.

In Ruby Winter's world of South Africa, being a person of colour opens some doors and slams others shut.

"Ruby Red" by Linzi Glass - This should be framed and hung in my parlor!

Thirteen year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking she is going to work as a maid in the city. However, she has been sold into the sex slave industry in India, and she struggles to survive as her hopes of escape fade away.

Thirteen year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking she is going to work as a maid in the city. However, she has been sold into the sex slave industry in India, and she struggles to survive as her hopes of escape fade away.

Inspired by a true story. Mirabel, a 17 year-old Australian-born Chinese girl, falls in love with a handsome Chinese soldier stationed in Melbourne during World War II. Only after JJ is re-posted to China does Mirabel discover that she is pregnant. Unable to contact JJ and refusing to give her baby up for adoption, Mirabel and little Bao Bao flee to Shanghai. But China is in the throes of civil war and the Communist army is advancing...Will Mirabel find JJ before it's too late?

Inspired by a true story. Mirabel, a 17 year-old Australian-born Chinese girl, falls in love with a handsome Chinese soldier stationed in Melbourne during World War II. Only after JJ is re-posted to China does Mirabel discover that she is pregnant. Unable to contact JJ and refusing to give her baby up for adoption, Mirabel and little Bao Bao flee to Shanghai. But China is in the throes of civil war and the Communist army is advancing...Will Mirabel find JJ before it's too late?

Jas is beaten up and his Sikh family threatened when he tries to find out the truth about his sister, who has disappeared after her arranged marriage.

Killing Honour "When Sat's sister, Jas, is married off into the Atwal family she changes; she becomes quiet and distant. But Sat's too busy with his own life to notice. Until Jas disappears.

In Cairo, fifteen-year-old Aaron makes a living out of gathering garbage; as a member of the despised Zabbaleen, this is his fate. But Aaron has dreams. Every day he dreams of Rachel. He dreams that they will make a life together, far from the smells, cruelty and squalor of their daily existence.

In Cairo, fifteen-year-old Aaron makes a living out of gathering garbage; as a member of the despised Zabbaleen, this is his fate. But Aaron has dreams. Every day he dreams of Rachel. He dreams that they will make a life together, far from the smells, cruelty and squalor of their daily existence.

Raphael lives in a dumpsite. He spends his days wading through mountains of trash, looking for anything of value. One day, Raphael’s world is turned upside-down when he finds a leather bag full of hope and danger. The police want that bag, and so do others, so it takes all of Raphael and his friends cunning and courage to avoid their pursuers and solve a mystery.

Trash by Andy Mulligan. Three dumpsite boys in the Philippines find clues that lead to a fortune. Trust no-one, especially those in authority.

A captivating coming of age story set in New Guinea around the time of independence. Julie has grown up not knowing her father. When she comes to stay with him one long summer, she learns to appreciate not only her long-lost father and his love of flying, but also New Guinea itself and the people she meets.

New Guinea Moon: Julie has grown up not knowing her father. When she comes to stay with him one long summer, she learns to appreciate not only her long-lost father and his love of flying, but also New Guinea itself and the people she meets.