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A Good Day

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A Good Day
by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2007

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La Línea

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La Linea book coverLa Línea by Ann Jaramillo. Roaring Brook Press, 2006

From CCBC Choices 2007: Fifteen-year-old Miguel and his thirteen-year-old sister, Elena, have been waiting to join their parents in California for years when they finally set off from their small, impoverished Mexican village. Neither teen knows what a harrowing journey they are about to undertake. Because they will be crossing the U.S. border illegally, the obstacles they face on both sides are huge and often deadly. In their own country, there is the threat of soldiers, and the bandits who attack the trains on which the would-be immigrants desperately cling as they ride atop the cars. And then there is the desert crossing. In those desperate heat-dazed days, a fellow immigrant who had become Miguel and Elena’s protector dies of thirst and sickness, while their guide is shot by self-appointed militia members patrolling the U.S. side of the border. Miguel and Elena make the journey to change their lives, and it changes them in ways they could not have imagined. Ann Jaramillo is a middle school teacher in a Texas border community. She wrote La Línea for her students, many of whom have made journeys that parallel Miguel and Elena’s. Her timely novel reminds readers that human hearts and hopes and dreams cannot be defined or restrained by laws or politics.

Dairy Queen

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Dairy Queen book coverDairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. Houghton Mifflin, 2007

American Born Chinese

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American Born Chinese book coverAmerican Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. First Second, 2006

Olive’s Ocean

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Olive's Ocean book coverOlive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins, 2003

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Esperanza Rising

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Esperanza Rising book coverEsperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Scholastic Press, 2000

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Blue Jasmine

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Blue Jasmine book coverBlue Jasmine by Kashmira Sheth. Hyperion, 2004

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My Very Own Room / Mi propio cuartito

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My Very Own Room book coverMy Very Own Room / Mi propio cuartito by Amada Irma Pérez ; illustrations by Maya Christina Gonzalez. Children’s Book Press, 2000

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Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little

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Moxy Maxwell book coverMoxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Gifford. Photographs by Valorie Fisher. Schwartz & Wade, 2007

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The Birchbark House

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Birchbark House book coverThe Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich. Hyperion, 1999

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Two Old Potatoes and Me

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Two Old Potatoes and Me book coverTwo Old Potatoes and Me by John Coy. Illustrated by Carolyn Fisher. Alfred A. Knopf, 2003

Tomás and the Library Lady

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Tomas and the Library Lady book coverTomás and the Library Lady by Pat Mora. Illustrated by Raul Colón. Random House, 1997

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