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Cloudwish

cloudwishVan Uoc Phan is a shy, quiet Vietnamese teenager living in Australia with her parents who were asylum seekers after the fall of Saigon. She is a scholarship student at a prestigious Melbourne International Baccalaureate school. She plays the oboe, loves photography and Jane Eyre, and is being pushed by her parents to a high-prestige profession. She has a crush on Billy Gardiner. Billy lives in a mansion, is a star on the crew team, and loves pranks. Van Uoc wishes that Billy would notice her and fall in love with her. Miraculously, he does, but Van Uoc questions how this could happen. Fans of Jane Eyre will appreciate the writing style and all the mentions of Jane in this first-love story. mjw
Title: Cloudwish
Author: Fiona Wood
Publisher
: Little Brown and Company, New York
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Pan Macmillan, Australia PTY, Ltd.
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-0-316-24212-7
Hardcover pages
: 320
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Melbourne, Australia
Author’s ethnicity
: Australian
Author’s residence
: Melbourne, Australia
Awards
: 2016 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year: Older Readers
Subjects
: Australia, Dating, Jane Eyre, Magic, Vietnamese, Wishes

The World Belongs To You

41R+vDw9rQL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgIn this digitally illustrated book, readers will learn about freedom, love, happiness, sadness and pain. With a bright color scheme of yellow, green, red, pink, and white the illustrations show a simple reflection of life. The words reassure readers that their emotions and actions belong to them and they are free to feel they way they do. The freedom to play, grow, and learn is important to the theme and shown through ice cream cones and bicycles. The message is ideal for readers young and old who are looking for affirmation of their freedoms in this world. amo
Title: The World Belongs To You
Author: Riccardo Bozzi
Illustrator
: Olimpia Zagnoli
Publisher
: Templar Books 
Copyright
: 2013
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-7636-6488-6
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 6-10
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Italian
Author’s residence
: Milan, Italy
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Italian
Illustrator’s residence
: Milan, Italy
Subjects
: Freedom, Happiness, Love, Pain, Sadness

 

Metropolis

28120891Using both traditional and digital techniques, Benoit Tardif highlights the amazing differences that we see in many of the metropolises around the world. With 34 different cities in this non-fiction picture book, readers will take a trip around the world exploring sights, smells, and sounds as they flip through the pages. The cities are from every continent except Antarctica and show a fantastic variety of cultures. Beautiful world-map end papers show the location of all of the cities. With a table of contents and legend in the front of the book, as well as a glossary of foreign words at the end, readers will be highly informed after completing this book. amo
Title: Metropolis
Author: Benoit Tardif
Illustrator
: Benoit Tardif
Publisher
: Kids Can Press
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: French
Translator

Original Title
: Metropolis
Original Publisher
: Comme des geants inc. 
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-7713-8721-7
Hardcover pages
: 72
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Non-Fiction, Picture Book
Book setting
: Around the World
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Montreal, Canada
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Montreal, Canada
Subjects
: Food, Landmarks, Metropolises, Sports

Hidden

HiddenAlix, 14, lives on quiet Hayling Island off the coast of England. One day at the beach, she and her friend Samir pull a drowning man out of the incoming tide. He is Mohammed, an asylum seeker, who was tortured by rebels in Iraq for helping the allied forces. Alix and Samir decide to hide Mohammed and, consequently, have to make choices that will determine whether Mohammed will live or die. Alix is a likeable and brave character who has problems of her own – Dad has left, Mom has a broken leg, and Grandfather just died. Samir is an Iraqi refugee who is bullied at their school. This thought-provoking book deals with important themes, like racism, immigration, diversity, and human rights.  mjw
Title: Hidden
Author: Miriam Halahmy
Publisher
: Holiday House
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Albury Books
Original Copyright
: 2011
ISBN
: 978–0-8234-3694-1
Paperback pages
: 224
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Hayling Island, England
Author’s residence
: London, England
Awards
: Nominated for the Carnegie Medal
Subjects
: Asylum seekers, Gangs, Human rights, Immigrants-England, Iraqi, Political refugees, Racism, Terrorism

The Only Road

51brebjihl-_sx329_bo1204203200_A timely novel gives a face to the immigrants that struggle to get from Central America into the United States. Jamie’s cousin, and best friend, Miguel is murdered by the local gang in Guatemala: the Alphas. They will come for Jamie and his cousin Ángela next unless they find a way to escape. Together the two frightened teens take the only road available to them; they ride a truck out of Guatemala into Mexico. From there they head on a long and arduous journey full of dangerous gangs, violence, and a few kind allies to find their way to the safety of the United States. The teens team up with others, including a dog named Vida, to find Jamie’s older brother in the United States. Throughout their journey Jamie draws the landscapes and people and even earns money for his pencil illustrations. Alexandra Diaz seamlessly intertwines Spanish phrases into the book including resources such as a glossary, an author’s note, further reading suggestions, and a bibliography at the end of the novel.  amo
Title: The Only Road
Author: Alexandra Diaz
Publisher
: Simon & Schuster Books
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English (Spanish edition available)
ISBN
:978-1-4814-5750-7
Hardcover pages
: 320
Age range
: 8-12
Genre
: Fiction based on current events
Book setting
: Guatemala, Mexico, United States
Author’s ethnicity
: Cuban
Author’s residence
: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Awards; 2017 Pura Belpre Author Honor
Subjects
: Artwork, Dogs, Drawing, Family, Gangs, Immigration, Travel, Violence

Americanine: A Haute Dog In New York

AmericanineA French dog, upon his return to Paris, recounts to his dog friends about his trip to New York. The dachshund tells of the Statue of Liberty, the Guggenheim, Broadway, Central Park, Coney Island, and more. Humorous touches include his wonder at seeing “people through windows who were running hard but never left their spots and no ball ever showed up” and doggy bags! The charming and funny, yet sophisticated, illustrations were made with colored pencils. Sketches range from free-hand line drawings with speech bubbles to colorful and vibrant double-page spreads in this informative text.  mjw
Title: Americanine: A Haute Dog In New York
Author: Yann Kebbi
Illustrator
: Yan Kebbi
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books, New York
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Sarah Klinger
Original Title
: Americanin, un chien a New York
Original Publisher
: Editions Michel Lagarde
Original Copyright
: 2012
ISBN
: 978-1-59270-172-8
Hardcover pages
: 72
Age range
: 5 up
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: New York
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: Paris
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: Paris
Subjects
: Art, Dogs, Geography and cultures. New York, Travel, United States

Red’s Road To Green

reds-road-to-greenBusy Red Tractor journeys through Ireland, past Kilteel Castle and Hook Head in Wexford. Cows, sheep, gulls, marching bands, Irish dancers, and more represent the colors of Ireland. The story is written in rhyme and illustrated with brightly colored paintings of the Irish countryside. Color words are also provided in Gaelic. mjw
Title: Red’s Road To Green
Author: Amie Ni Nuallain
Illustrator
: Marina Wild
Publisher
: The Indie Celt
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-9962594-1-5
Paperback pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Ireland
Author’s ethnicity
: Irish
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Irish
Illustrator’s residence
: Ireland 
Subjects
: Colors, Dancers, Ireland, Shamrocks, Sheep, St.Patrick’s Day, Tractors