Come On In

Inkyard. Oct. 2020. 256p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781335146496.
Gr 8 Up–An anthology of 15 short stories that focus on immigration through the eyes of young adults. These stories highlight the literal and emotional journeys of immigration, while also offering cultural views of travel, government, and geography. Readers will experience the joys, heartbreaks, struggles, and triumphs of the families depicted, from a joyride that turns into fear of ICE detention, to a student singled out at the airport during a school trip, to a coming-of-age moment during a family wedding after years of separation. Written by popular YA authors who are themselves immigrants and/or the children of immigrants, these stories are about differences—being treated differently or living in a different place—and include life lessons about family and friendship. Share this book with all students to help them see themselves, or to see immigration through the eyes of a peer.
VERDICT A recommended addition to any high school library and a great book to share with social studies teachers for use in the classroom.

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