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Dactyl Hill Squad | Daniel Jos Older
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It‘s 1863 and Magdalys Roca resides in New York‘s “Colored Orphan Asylum,” although she knows she came from Cuba with her siblings.

Set against the Civil War, Magdalys and her friends at the asylum find themselves with the Vigilance committee battling against a network of slave traders. Oh, and there‘s dinosaurs. Because, why not?

Great middle grade read taking on racism. Can‘t wait for #2!

100 out of 100 #crossculturalstories read
WOOHOO!!!!

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Trail of Lightning | Rebecca Roanhorse
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The Big Water destroys most of the U.S., but from the flood the Dinétah (Navajo) Nation rises as the gods, legends and monsters are reborn. Some of the Dinétah are gifted with clan powers, and Maggie Hoskie uses hers to fight the monsters. But some monsters might be too big for even a badass like her.

This was a great audiobook, especially since I wouldn‘t have known how to pronounce the many Dinétah words.

99 of 100 #crossculturalstories read

KJHowe A ton of work goes into getting the pronunciations in an audio book correct. 10mo
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Citizen 13660 | Min Okubo
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Published in 1946, this is a first-person account in both illustrations and words of life in the U.S. concentration camps for Japanese-Americans.

This was far less scathing than I expected, so I‘m glad I read the introduction by Christine Hong for more context. Coming out in ‘46 the illustrations countered the racist cartoons of the war years (Dr Seuss, et al) and helped people understand this could happen to any American.

#crossculturalstories

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#in2018 I had one of my best reading years, and I‘ve almost finished my reading goal of 100 #crossculturalstories

My 2019 my goal is #readingbooksbywomenofcolor
but I have yet to set my number.

RealLifeReading That‘s a great goal!! 10mo
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From birth to boarding school, this is the story of a Muslim boy growing up on a rubber plantation in Malaysia. Wonderfully illustrated and humorously told, this was a fun read.

97 of 100 #crossculturalstories read

Laura317 That cover is adorable. 10mo
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While this was ultimately a pick for me, I also think it was a design fail as a book for youth.

True stories of young immigrants who fled their countries on boats are told through a combination of photographs, interviews, and historical documents. The stories were moving, and well done.

Issues noted in comments. I love the idea, but not the execution of it.

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BookInMyHands If the book is for elementary students, the main text is too dense and hard to read, the title font is a combination of cursive and print, which isn‘t being taught now in many schools, and some of the content is too mature.
If the book is for middle/high school, the size of the book is too juvenile, as is the overall look. It just doesn‘t work for me as a book for youth.
10mo
twohectobooks I‘ve been sort of wondering lately about the lack of cursive instruction in schools for this and other reasons. I remember being very small and not knowing to read cursive, but now I write it almost exclusively. I wonder if it becomes easier to decipher as people get older, even if they haven‘t received instruction? Sort of an unrelated thought, I guess. 10mo
BookInMyHands @twohectobooks I think it does become easier as we get older because we become used to seeing different kinds of writing. I hate that cursive isn‘t being taught in so many schools. My husband is a type designer and since this is important to him he‘s teaching our kids cursive. 10mo
LibrarianJen I‘ve already decided if the school doesn‘t teach my kids cursive then I will do it. It‘s important to be able to read cursive because well, the Constitution is written in cursive. It‘s so important to be able to read primary historical texts and the majority of them are written in cursive. Common Core however doesn‘t include cursive in its instruction. 10mo
BookInMyHands Agreed! I‘m just glad my husband can teach my kids because I would fail. My handwriting is a combination of both, and a bit of a scratchy mess. 10mo
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An Unlikely Ballerina | Krystyna Poray Goddu
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Lily loves ballet, but her legs are weak and don‘t work properly. When a doctor suggests ballet as therapy for her legs Lily is thrilled, but her parents are worried. Ballet turns out to be exactly what her body needs. As she gains strength it becomes obvious that Lily is an immensely talented ballerina.

This true story of the British-born Jewish dancer Alicia Markova is a lovely story of perseverance.

95 of 100 #crossculturalstories read

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Güero is a border kid- one foot in each culture, and living on the Texas- Mexico border. As a light-skinned, red-headed Mexican American he‘s told by bullies that he doesn‘t belong, but poetry helps Güero find his voice and be his own person.

#novelinverse
94 of 100 #crossculturalstories read

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When Kunkush‘s family flees the fighting in Iraq, they decide to pay extra to take their cat in the boat. In the chaos of crossing the sea and arriving under the cover of darkness in Greece, Kunkush runs away to escape to a dry, quiet place.

This is the true story of how aid workers and many more were determined to reunite a cat with his family. This would be great look at immigration for elementary students.

93 of 100 #crossculturalstories

BridgetteM I might need to add this one to my little one‘s growing bookshelf! 10mo
kspenmoll Sounds wonderful! 10mo
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Tony Medina writes 13 poems about being a black boy illustrated by 13 different black artists. Great for grade-schoolers, these accessible poems and illustrations illuminate different perspectives.

92 of 100 #crossculturalstories read

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