Refugees / Immigration: reading list (Year 7-12)

Refugee and migrants ... true stories and fiction books recommended for teenage readers.
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PICTURE BOOK: 'Whoever we are, wherever we live These are the rights of every child under The sun, and the moon and the stars.' In November 1989 the United Nations formally adopted 54 principles which make up the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. From the right to a name and a nationality to the right to education and play and special protection for disabled children, the fourteen rights most pertinent to young children have been carefully chosen and interpreted here in simple…

Fourteen of the most pertinent rights from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are retold simply by the author and illustrated by many different artists.

TRUE STORY: The phrase 'asylum-seeker' is one we see in the media all the time. It stimulates fierce and controversial debate, in arguments about migration, race and religion. The movement of people from poor or struggling countries to those where there may be opportunities for a better life is a constant in human history, but it is something with particular relevance in our own time. This collection of short stories shows us people who have been forced to leave their homes and families.

Books: Give Me Shelter: Stories About Children Who Seek Asylum (Hardcover) by Tony Bradman (Author)

TRUE STORY: This story, of a teenage girl thrown into the chaos and horror of the Nazi invasion of Poland, is no exception. Violently separated from her mother, she survived to bear witness to the eventual murder of her entire family. The triumph of her spirit is an engaging and uplifting story.

TRUE STORY: This story, of a teenage girl thrown into the chaos and horror of the Nazi invasion of Poland, is no exception. Violently separated from her mother, she survived to bear witness to the eventual murder of her entire family. The triumph of her spirit is an engaging and uplifting story.

TRUE STORIES: Using the same format as Three Wishes and Off to War, Deborah Ellis turns her attention to the most tragic victims of the Iraq war: Iraqi children. She interviews young people, mostly refugees living in Jordan, but also a few who are trying to build new lives in North America. Some families left Iraq with money; others are penniless and ill or disabled. Most of the children have parents who are working illegally or not at all, and the fear of deportation is a constant threat.

TRUE STORIES: Using the same format as Three Wishes and Off to War, Deborah Ellis turns her attention to the most tragic victims of the Iraq war: Iraqi children. She interviews young people, mostly refugees living in Jordan, but also a few who are trying to build new lives in North America. Some families left Iraq with money; others are penniless and ill or disabled. Most of the children have parents who are working illegally or not at all, and the fear of deportation is a constant threat.

TRUE STORY: Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. But nothing -- not murderous pirates, nor the imminent threat of death by hunger, disease or dehydration as they drifted for days -- could quench their desire to make a better life in the country they had dreamed about.

The Happiest Refugee- The laugh-out-loud, reach-for-your-hanky story of one of Australia's best-loved comedians

TRUE STORY: This is a true story told by two young Lebanese journalists. They tell us fascinating and candid real-life stories about their lives growing up in Australia, their families and their culture. They tell us about the dilemmas of young people trying to be true to the values of their parents and also be true to themselves. "At times we feel like we live in two worlds: we are torn between two cultures, when we want to be both."

Booktopia has The Glory Garage, Growing up Lebanese Muslim in Australia by Nadia Jamal. Buy a discounted Paperback of The Glory Garage online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

FICTION: The flute music stops, and my breath catches in my throat. Silence falls like a veil. Then I hear something - no, I feel it in my chest. 'Steady yourself,' Por Por whispers. 'It's here . . . '   When Celeste travels to China to visit her grandmother, she uncovers an incredible family secret. And with this secret comes danger and adventure.    If Celeste is to save her family and friends, she must learn to harness her rare and powerful gift as a ghost-hunter. . .

A Ghost in my Suitcase - When Celeste travels to China to visit her grandmother, she uncovers an incredible family secret. And with this secret comes danger and adventure.

FICTION: When Jade Moon, born in the unlucky year of the Fire Horse, and her father immigrate to America in 1923 and are detained at Angel Island Immigration Station, Jade Moon is determined to find a way through and prove that she is not cursed.

Fire Horse Girl - When Jade Moon, born in the unlucky year of the Fire Horse, and her father immigrate to America in 1923 and are detained at Angel Island Immigration Station, Jade Moon is determined to find a way through and prove that she is not cursed.

TRUE STORIES: Written by children and young adults and selected from a nationwide school competition, this anthology of essays, interviews, comments and short stories imaginatively recreates the experiences of young individuals who came to Australia as refugees. From escaping the Holocaust and surviving terrible boat journeys from Vietnam to persevering war-torn Croatia and Bosnia and fleeing oppression in Afghanistan and Iraq.

TRUE STORIES: Written by children and young adults and selected from a nationwide school competition, this anthology of essays, interviews, comments and short stories imaginatively recreates the experiences of young individuals who came to Australia as refugees. From escaping the Holocaust and surviving terrible boat journeys from Vietnam to persevering war-torn Croatia and Bosnia and fleeing oppression in Afghanistan and Iraq.

FICTION: Bridget's family has been turned out of their home during the Irish potato famine and their only refuge is the workhouse where living conditions are hard and freezing and the food sparse. There is one chance for Bridget and her sister -- to take a ship to a new country and become Australians. But will they survive the journey, let alone the challenges that await them in a far away land?

Bridget isn't afraid of where she's going to, she isn't afraid for herself. She cries for what she's leaving behind. but when famine takes hold of her beloved Ireland she must set sail for Australia or slowly starve in the warehouse.

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