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Citizenship, Immigration, and Place of Origin
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Citizenship, Immigration, and Place of Origin

Created by Top Grade on January 7, 2016
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tagged: DIV-0318, refugees and newcomers, diversity and inclusion
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Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros

illustrated by Stefan Czernecki
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
tagged : hispanic & latino, caribbean & latin american, mexico

Marcelina lived in a small cage on the balcony of Senor Raul's cantina in Mexico City. Every day she would lay eggs and Senor Raul would turn them into delicious huevos rancheros for his customers. Senor Raul loved to sing. Every night he would serenade Marcelina with his sweet songs. Every night Marcelina would dream of the day when she would not have to live in a cage.

A recipe for Huevos Rancheros is included in this poignant tale.

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Through Flood and Fire

Through Flood and Fire

A Second Barr Colony Adventure
by Anne Patton
edition:Paperback
tagged : emigration & immigration

After travelling thousands of miles, Dorothy Bolton is still getting used to her new home in Canada — and on the prairies no less. The Barr Colonists who arrived with Dorothy and her family are getting restless. Fires and floods consume homes and resources, and many promises made to them before leaving England have proven false.

But Dorothy's father has always dreamed of having his own farm. So, with the help of Dorothy, her family, and a community that comes together despite their different ba …

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Adeline's Dream

Adeline's Dream

by Linda Aksomitis
edition:Paperback
tagged : post-confederation (1867-)
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Child Soldier

Child Soldier

When Boys and Girls Are Used in War
by Michel Chikwanine & Jessica Dee Humphreys, illustrated by Claudia Dávila
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged : military & wars, social activists, africa

Michel Chikwanine was five years old when he was abducted from his school-yard soccer game in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced to become a soldier for a brutal rebel militia. Against the odds, Michel managed to escape and find his way back to his family, but he was never the same again. After immigrating to Canada, Michel was encouraged by a teacher to share what happened to him in order to raise awareness about child soldiers around the world, and this book is part of that effort. To …

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Last Airlift

Last Airlift

A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War
by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
tagged : historical, orphans & foster homes, literary

A true story about life in a Saigon orphanage, a dramatic rescue flight from Vietnam to Canada, adoption by a Canadian family, and growing up in Canada.

Last Airlift is the true story of the last Canadian airlift operation that left Saigon and arrived in Toronto on April 13, 1975. Son Thi Anh Tuyet was one of 57 babies and children on that flight. Based on personal interviews and enhanced with archive photos, Tuyet's story of the Saigon orphanage and her flight to Canada is an emotional and suspe …

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The Last Train

The Last Train

A Holocaust Story
by Rona Arato
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
tagged : historical, holocaust, siblings, judaism

The Last Train is the harrowing true story about young brothers Paul and Oscar Arato and their mother, Lenke, surviving the Nazi occupation during the final years of World War II.  Living in the town of Karcag, Hungary, the Aratos felt insulated from the war — even as it raged all around them. Hungary is allied with Germany to protect its citizens from invasion, but in 1944 Hitler breaks his promise to keep the Nazis out of Hungary.  The Nazi occupation forces the family into situations of gro …

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Dance of the Banished

Dance of the Banished

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : prejudice & racism, military & wars, emigration & immigration

Winner of the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People

Ali and his fiancée Zeynep dream about leaving their home in Anatolia and building a new life together in Canada. But their homeland is controlled by the Turkish government, which is on the brink of war with Britain and Russia. And although Ali finds passage to Canada to work, he is forced to leave Zeynep behind until he can earn enough to bring her out to join him.

When the First World War breaks out and Canada joins B …

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Excerpt

“I’ll come back for you as soon as I save the money. We’ll get married. In the meantime, I’ve brought you a gift.” I reached into my bag and drew out two identical journals. “One of these is for you. While we are apart, keep this journal for me and I’ll write in the other for you. As you fill each page, tear it out and mail it to me. I’ll do the same. That way, we will still be together.” Zeynep took the journal and frowned, flipping through its blank pages. “I refuse to be your betrothed, never knowing when, or even if, you’ll come back.” She pulled a thin leather strap from around her neck. Strung on it was her cherished blue evil-eye bead that had protected her ever since she was a baby. “Take this.” She stood on her tiptoes to put it over my head. “It will keep you from harm. I’ll always love you, but I will not wait for you. We both deserve better than that.”

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A Long Way from Home

A Long Way from Home

by Alice Walsh
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : emigration & immigration, prejudice & racism

Thirteen-year-old Rabia, along with her mother and younger brother, flee Afghanistan and the brutal Taliban for Pakistan. Relocating to North America, their flight falls on the fateful morning of 9/11. After the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City, their plane is diverted to Gander, Newfoundland. Also on the plane is an American boy named Colin, who struggles with his prejudices against Rabia and her family. The people in the small community of Gander, including teens Jas …

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