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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Multicultural Books in the Library

Recently at the library and throughout the country, National Hispanic Heritage Month was observed. As I selected books for a display, I thought about the importance of multicultural books. Culturally diverse literature can be a window into another world, allowing readers to experience ways of life other than their own. Books that reflect diversity can bring understanding and tolerance in our global society.

I’m happy to say that the library’s young adult collection has a great selection of multicultural books that were released in the past few years. Read on for my recommendations.

Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

Two Burmese boys, one a Karenni refugee and the other the son of an imprisoned doctor, meet in the jungle and in order to survive they must learn to trust each other. A gripping coming-of-age novel set against the conflict between the government and ethnic minority.

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods

Feeling out of place as a biracial student in an all-white school, 11-year-old Violet reconnects with the African American side of her family. Her struggles with not fitting into either world reflect the reality of many bi-racial kids.

Bridge by Patrick Jones

José serves as the bridge between his non-English speaking family and the rest of the world. Money is tight so the 18-year-old works nights and arrives at school so tired that teachers at his alternative high school step in to help. This short (about 100 pages) book is a fast read that sheds light on the illegal immigrant experience.

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.

Lost Girl Found by Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca

Caught in the midst of the brutal Sudanese civil war, Poni must run for her life. Driven by the sheer will to survive, she must make it to a refugee camp. A heartbreaking look at life for many girls and refugees during the conflict.

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

The story of a black boy and a white girl living in Mississippi during the tumultuous Freedom Summer of 1964. Using song lyrics, bible verses, photos, political speeches and more, the documentary novel brings to life important moments of the Civil Rights Movement.

Serafina's Promise by Ann E. Burg

Living in poverty-stricken Haiti, Serafina dreams of going to school and becoming a doctor. When the devastating 2010 earthquake hits, she faces unthinkable obstacles to help her family survive in this poignant novel in verse.

Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

A Mexican-American adventure reminiscent of Homer’s Odyssey in which five sisters embark on a journey to return a man’s corpse to his family in Mexico. Hindered by all manner of fantastic beings, the sisters form a strong bond.

Written in Stone by Rosanne Parry

In the early 20th century, 13-year-old Pearl dreams of following in the footsteps of her whale-hunter father and preserving the stories and ways of her people. Her dreams are shattered by her father’s death and the arrival of white whalers in steam-powered harpoon ships.

All these books can be found at the Fauquier County Public Library!

Good Reading!

Ann @ the Fauquier library

Upcoming Events for 6th grade and above

Holiday Mail for Heroes – The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) invites you to make greeting cards to be sent to servicemen and servicewomen at military hospitals and installations; service hour opportunity.

Bealeton library – Nov. 4 @ 4 p.m.
Warrenton library – Nov. 4 from 1-4 (drop in) and Nov. 24 @ 4:30 p.m.
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