Best Teen & Young Adult Fiction about Emigration & Immigration Books

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1. The Poet X

Author: by Elizabeth Acevedo
Quill Tree Books
English
384 pages

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Winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, and the Pura Belpr Award! Fans of Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds will fall hard for this astonishing New York Times-bestselling novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet, about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayersespecially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about.

With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out.


2. Before We Were Free

Author: by Julia Alvarez
Ember
English
208 pages

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A new paperback edition of Julia Alvarez’s beloved Pura Belpr winner about life in Trujillo’s Dominican Republic. Diary entries written by a child while in hiding will remind readers of Anne Frank’s story. SLJ Anita de la Torre never questioned her freedom living in the Dominican Republic.

But by her twelfth birthday in 1960, most of her relatives have immigrated to the United States, her To Toni has disappeared without a trace, and the government’s secret police terrorize her remaining family because of their suspected opposition to Trujillo’s iron-fisted rule.

Using the strength and courage of her family, Anita must overcome her fears and fly to freedom, leaving all that she once knew behind. From renowned author Julia Alvarez comes an unforgettable story about adolescence, perseverance, and one girl’s struggle to be free.

A Miami Herald Best Book of the Year Winner of the Amricas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature Winner of the Pura Belpr AwardAn ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young AdultsAn ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s BookA stirring work of art. Publishers Weekly, Starred Review A realistic and compelling account of a girl growing up too quickly while coming to terms with the cost of freedom.


3. Uprising

Author: by Margaret Peterson Haddix
1416911723
English
352 pages

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The fire at the Triangle Waist Company in New York City, which claimed the lives of 146 young immigrant workers, is one of the worst disasters since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and the disaster, which brought attention to the labor movement in America, is part of the curriculum in classrooms throughout the country.

Told from alternating points of view, this historical novel draws upon the experiences of three very different young women: Bella, who has just emigrated from Italy and doesn’t speak a word of English; Yetta, a Russian immigrant and crusader for labor rights; and Jane, the daughter of a wealthy businessman.

Bella and Yetta work together at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory under terrible conditions-their pay is docked for even the slightest mistake, the bosses turn the clocks back so closing time is delayed, and they are locked into the factory all day, only to be frisked before they leave at night to make sure they haven’t stolen any shirtwaists.


4. Seedfolks

Author: by Paul Fleischman
0064472078
HarperTrophy
English

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ALA Best Book for Young Adults School Library Journal Best Book Publishers Weekly Best Book IRA/CBC Children’s Choice NCTE Notable Children’s Book in the Language ArtsA Vietnamese girl plants six lima beans in a Cleveland vacant lot. Looking down on the immigrant-filled neighborhood, a Romanian woman watches suspiciously.

A school janitor gets involved, then a Guatemalan family. Then muscle-bound Curtis, trying to win back Lateesha.Pregnant Maricela.Amir from India. A sense of community sprouts and spreads. Newbery-winning author Paul Fleischman uses thirteen speakers to bring to life a community garden’s founding and first year.

The book’s short length, diverse cast, and suitability for adults as well as children have led it to be used in countless one-book reads in schools and in cities across the country. Seedfolks has been drawn upon to teach tolerance, read in ESL classes, promoted by urban gardeners, and performed in schools and on stages from South Africa to Broadway.


5. You Bring the Distant Near

Author: by Mitali Perkins
Square Fish
English
320 pages

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Nominated for the National Book Award. Six starred reviewsSchool Library Journal’s Best Book of the Year. Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Book of the Year. Horn Book Fanfare List. ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults. New York City Public Library’s Notable 50 Best Book for Teens.

South Asia Book Award Winner. Mississippi’s Magnolia Award Winner. This elegant young adult novel captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart. Told in alternating teen voices across three generations, You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture-for better or worse.

From a grandmother worried that her children are losing their Indian identity to a daughter wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair to a granddaughter social-activist fighting to preserve Bengali tigers, award-winning author Mitali Perkins weaves together the threads of a family growing into an American identity.

Here is a sweeping story of five women at once intimately relatable and yet entirely new.


6. American Street

Author: by Ibi Zoboi
Balzer + Bray
English
352 pages

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A National Book Award Finalist with five starred reviews and multiple awards! American Street is an evocative and powerful coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Everything, Everything; Bone Gap; and All American Boys. In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture.

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle viea good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. Immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?


7. Indivisible

Author: by Daniel Aleman
B08HHXJDSK
May 4, 2021
English

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This timely, moving debut novel follows a teen’s efforts to keep his family together as his parents face deportation. Mateo Garcia and his younger sister, Sophie, have been taught to fear one word for as long as they can remember: deportation.

Over the past few years, however, the fear that their undocumented immigrant parents could be sent back to Mexico started to fade. Ma and Pa have been in the United States for so long, they have American-born children, and they’re hard workers and good neighbors.

When Mateo returns from school one day to find that his parents have been taken by ICE, he realizes that his family’s worst nightmare has become a reality. With his parents’ fate and his own future hanging in the balance, Mateo must figure out who he is and what he is capable of, even as he’s forced to question what it means to be an American.

Daniel Aleman’s Indivisible is a remarkable storyboth powerful in its explorations of immigration in America and deeply intimate in its portrait of a teen boy driven by his fierce, protective love for his parents and his sister.


8. The Astonishing Color of After

Author: by Emily X.R. Pan
English
480 pages
0316464015

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“Emily X.R.Pan’s brilliantly crafted, harrowing first novel portrays the vast spectrum of love and grief with heart-wrenching beauty and candor. This is a very special book.”-John Green, bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way DownAn instant New York Times bestseller, this stunning, heartbreaking novel about grief, love, and family is perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson and Celeste Ng.

Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird. Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet hermaternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined tofind her mother, the bird.

In her search, she winds up chasing afterghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship withher grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secretcrush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.


9. Signed, A Paddy: An Irish Immigrant Story (Paddy series)

Author: by Lisa Boyle
Lisa Boyle (June 21, 2021)
English
409 pages

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The gruesome truth hung in the air, and none of us wanted to go near it.Not yet.Ireland, 1848. Fourteen-year-old Rosaleen watches her mother die. Her country is reeling from the great potato famine, which will ultimately kill more than one million people.

Driven by a promise and her will to survive, Rosaleen flees her small coastal town. She eventually arrives in America at the birth of the industrial revolution and is filled with hope and a new sense of independence. Yet the more Rosaleen becomes a part of this new world, the more she longs for a community she lost and a young man she can’t forget.

Through a series of both heartwarming and tragic events, Rosaleen learns that she can’t outrun the problems that come along with being Irish. And maybe, she doesn’t want to.

10. Sanctuary

Author: by Paola Mendoza
English
320 pages
1984815717

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Co-founder of the Women’s March makes her YA debut in a near future dystopian where a young girl and her brother must escape a xenophobic government to find sanctuary. It’s 2032, and in this near-future America, all citizens are chipped and everyone is tracked-from buses to grocery stores.

It’s almost impossible to survive as an undocumented immigrant, but that’s exactly what sixteen-year-old Vali is doing. She and her family have carved out a stable, happy life in small-town Vermont, but when Vali’s mother’s counterfeit chip starts malfunctioning and the Deportation Forces raid their town, they are forced to flee.

Now on the run, Vali and her family are desperately trying to make it to her ta Luna’s in California, a sanctuary state that is currently being walled off from the rest of the country. But when Vali’s mother is detained before their journey even really begins, Vali must carry on with her younger brother across the country to make it to safety before it’s too late.

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Antes de ser libres (Spanish Edition)

Author: by Julia Alvarez
Ember (March 27, 2018)
Spanish
192 pages

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Anita de la Torre nunca cuestion su libertad viviendo en la Repblica Dominicana. Pero al cumplir doce aos de edad en 1960, la mayora de sus familiares han emigrado a Estados Unidos, su to Toni ha desaparecido sin dejar rastro y la polica secreta del gobierno aterroriza a su familia restante dada su presunta oposicin a la dictadura de Trujillo.

Utilizando la fuerza y el valor de su familia, Anita debe vencer sus miedos y volar hacia la libertad, dejando atrs todo lo que alguna vez haba conocido. De la renombrada autora Julia Alvarez llega una historia inolvidable sobre la adolescencia, la perseverancia y la lucha de una nia por su libertad.

13. Like a Love Story

Author: by Abdi Nazemian
B07D6N8FDK
Balzer + Bray
June 4, 2019

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Stonewall Honor Book! A love letter to queerness, self-expression, and individuality (also Madonna) that never shies away from the ever-present fear within the queer community of late ’80s New York, Like a Love Story made me feel so fullof hope, love, courage, pride, and awe for the many people who fought for love and self-expression in the face of discrimination, cruelty, and death.”A book for warriors, divas, artists, queens, individuals, activists, trend setters, and anyone searching for the courage to be themselves.

Mackenzi Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and VirtueIt’s 1989 in New York City, and for three teens, the world is changing. Reza is an Iranian boy who has just moved to the city with his mother to live with his stepfather and stepbrother.

He’s terrified that someone will guess the truth he can barely acknowledge about himself. Reza knows he’s gay, but all he knows of gay life are the media’s images of men dying of AIDS. Judy is an aspiring fashion designer who worships her uncle Stephen, a gay man with AIDS who devotes his time to activism as a member of ACT UP.

14. Charming as a Verb

Author: by Ben Philippe
English
336 pages
0062824147

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From the award-winning author of The Field Guide to the North American Teenager comes a whip-smart and layered romantic comedy. Perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon and Jenny Han. Henri Halti Haltiwanger can charm just about anyone. He is a star debater and popular student at the prestigious FATE academy, the dutiful first-generation Haitian son, and the trusted dog walker for his wealthy New York City neighbors.

But his easy smiles mask a burning ambition to attend his dream college, Columbia University. There is only one person who seems immune to Henri’s charms: his intense classmate and neighbor Corinne Troy. When she uncovers Henri’s less-than-honest dog-walking scheme, she blackmails him into helping her change her image at school.

Henri agrees, seeing a potential upside for himself. Soon what started as a mutual hustle turns into something more surprising than either of them ever bargained for…. This is a sharply funny and insightful novel about the countless hustles we have to keep from doing the hardest thing: being ourselves.

15. Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

Author: by Jennifer De Leon
English
336 pages
1534438246

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A funny, perceptive, and much-needed book telling a much-needed story. Celeste Ng, author of the New York Times bestseller Little Fires Everywhere Written with humor and grace, with intimacy and empathy, Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From is the perfect coming of age novel for our time.

Matt Mendez, author of Barely Missing Everything and Twitching Heart First-generation American LatinX Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly all-white school. But when family secrets spill out and racism at school ramps up, she must decide what she believes in and take a stand.

Liliana Cruz is a hitting a wallor rather, walls. There’s the wall her mom has put up ever since Liliana’s dad leftagain. There’s the wall that delineates Liliana’s diverse inner-city Boston neighborhood from Westburg, the wealthyand whitesuburban high school she’s just been accepted into.

And there’s the wall Liliana creates within herself, because to survive at Westburg, she can’t just lighten up, she has to whiten up. So what if she changes her name? So what if she changes the way she talks? So what if she’s seeing her neighborhood in a different way?

16. Ashes of Roses

Author: by MJ Auch
Square Fish
English
272 pages

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When Rose Nolan arrives on Ellis Island as a seventeen-year-old Irish immigrant, she is looking for a land of opportunities; what she finds is far from all she’d dreamed. Stubborn and tenacious, she refuses to give up. Left alone to fend for herself and her younger sister, Rose is thrust into a hard-knock life of tenements and factory work.

But even as she struggles, Rose finds small bright points in her new lifeat the movies with her working friends and in the honest goals of her mentor, Gussie. Still, after her exhausting days as a working girl, Rose must face the confusion of balancing her need for simple fun with her more wary feelings about joining Gussie in her fight for better working conditions.

When the devastating Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 rushes into Rose’s life, her confusions are brought to an all-too-painful head. To whom and to what can she turn when everything around her is in ashes? Sharp, poignant, and stirringly real, MJ Auch has written a powerful historical novel that is hard to put down.