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freedman_angel islandFreedman, Russell Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain
Gr. 4–6     81 pp.     Clarion

Chinese poems translated by Evans Chan. Freedman’s slender volume on the history and importance of California’s Angel Island Immigration Station — the portal for Asian immigration to the U.S. — covers a lot of ground. He weaves a clear and straightforward narrative history with abundant quotations, excerpts from diaries and poems, and archival photographs. This is a clearly written account of a lesser-known side of American immigration history. Bib., ind.
Subjects: North America; Asian Americans; Angel Island (CA); Immigration; San Francisco (CA); Chinese Americans

immigration_harrison_new americansHarrison, Geoffrey C. and Scott, Thomas F. New Americans
Gr. 4–6     48 pp.   Norwood

Great Debates series. Taking a historical perspective, this series entry looks at questions surrounding who should be allowed to immigrate to America, how immigrants should be assimilated, and what to do about undocumented immigrants. This is not an in-depth study but an overview of the issues with some supporting quotes and facts. Serviceable writing and an approachable layout complete the useful book. Stock photos and sidebars break up the text. Reading list. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Immigration

immigration_nazario_enrique's journeyNazario, Sonia Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother
Middle school, high school     277 pp.     Delacorte

This is a harrowing story of the dangers faced by one teenager when he traveled illegally from Honduras to the U.S. to be with his immigrant mother. Enrique’s story mirrors that of many young undocumented Latinos; the narrative graphically depicts violence and brutality. Originally a Pulitzer Prize–winning series of newspaper articles, this adaptation of Nazario’s adult book is sometimes repetitious but always heartbreaking.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Family—Mother and son; Voyages and travels; Immigration; Honduras; Illegal aliens

immigration_raidt_in the new worldRaidt, Gerda and Holtei, Christa In the New World: A Family in Two Centuries
Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Charlesbridge

Translated by Susi Woofter. This creative nonfiction picture book chronicles the Peters family’s emigration from Germany to America in the mid-nineteenth century. The account, translated from German, balances straightforward information with genuine investment in the family’s experience. Vibrant pencil and watercolor illustrations enhance the story’s development. The tale comes full circle 150 years later with Peters descendants traveling to Germany to see their ancestral home.
Subjects: North America; Immigration; German Americans; Germany; Nebraska; Farms and farm life; Family

immigration_schwartz_other side of the wallSchwartz, Simon The Other Side of the Wall
Middle school, high school   112 pp.     Lerner/Graphic Universe

Translated by Laura Watkinson. Schwartz’s graphic memoir chronicles his parents’ upbringing in East Germany, their growing discomfort with the oppression there, and — after his birth — their struggle to leave. It’s an honest family portrait, with poignant details about his father’s strained relationship with his parents, staunch communists. Schwartz jumps back and forth in time, sometimes confusingly, but his grim palette of black, white, and gray is always fitting.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Communism; Germany; Autobiographies; Graphic novels; Cartoons and comics; Family—Parent and child; Immigration; Family—Grandparents

From the January 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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