Bridging Differences

This board lists the books around the theme of migrants and refugees which Yr 8 English students can choose to read in Term 3. There are also some added non-fiction resources that might be used for additional information.
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Home And Away by John Marsden. What would happen if a typical Australian family found themselves refugees?

Home and Away - John Marsden A story about refugees - written as a journal of a child who has to leave his own country (get the sense that this is Australia although it is not explicitly mentioned)

Girl Underground by Morris Gleitzman. Can be read as a companion book to Boy Overboard.

Girl Underground by Morris Gleitzman (Good YA book that I read as a youth, read in conjunction with Boy Overboard).

AUSTRALIA. Mahtab’s Story by Libby Gleeson. Mahtab and her family are forced to leave their home in Herat and journey secretly through the rocky mountains to Pakistan and from there to faraway Australia. Months go by, months of waiting, months of dread. Will they ever be reunited with their father, will they ever find a home?

Mahtab's family flees Afghanistan and travel via Pakistan and Indonesia to Australia where they are put in a detention centre - will they be released, and will they meet up again with Mahtab's father, who has gone on ahead?

The Island by Armin Greder. Poignant and chilling, this allegory is an astonishing, powerful, and timely story about refugees, xenophobia, racism, multiculturalism, social politics, and human rights.

Fishpond Australia, The Island by Armin Greder. Buy Books online: The Island, ISBN Armin Greder

The Little Refugee by Anh Do. A retelling of Anh's story for children

Worldwide - The Little Refugee Anh Do's inspirational story about his family's incredible escape from war-torn Vietnam and his childhood in Australia, told especially for children.

Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees by Doborah Ellis

USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List In this book, Deborah Ellis turns her attention to the most tragic victims of the Iraq war -- Iraqi children.

Noodle Pie for children age 10 and up. Earned the Speech Pathology Australian Book of the Year Award, the USBBY Outstanding International Booklist, the Bank Street College of Education Outstanding Books, and the Best Book Society of School Librarians International award.

Noodle Pie - earned USBBY Outstanding International Booklist award, Bank Street College of Education Outstanding Books award, Speech Pathology Australian Book of the Year Award, and Best Book, Society of School Librarians International award.

Four Feet, Two Sandals

Four Feet Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams & Khadra Mohammed Illustrated by Doug Chayka

This book tells the contemporary story of two ten-year old girls (Lina and Feroza) who become friends while living in a refugee camp in Peshawar, a city on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do, published by Allen & Unwin

COMEDIAN Anh Do's award-winning memoir is an inspiring tale of the power of perseverance, kindness and love, writes Steven Tannason.


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