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5 Compelling YA Books About Second-Generation Immigrants
Home Fire does not fit exactly into the premise of this site, because the novel is about second-generation Pakistani-British people, rather than second-generation Americans which is my focus on this site. But I decided to review it because it speaks to important issues that are similar to both cultures. I can imagine Muslim-Americans going through similar difficulties as the characters in this novel. The jacket flap copy is misleading, because it gives the impression that this book is mainly about Isma, a Londoner who is starting graduate school in the U. The novel is based on the Greek tragedy Antigone.
While some of my students were born outside the United States, many of them were actually born here and are second-generation immigrants. One thing that can help second-generation immigrants feel supported and understood is reading the experiences of kids just like them. These five YA books tell the stories of second-generation immigrant teens with nuance and authenticity. Julia Reyes lives in a seedy Chicago neighborhood with her parents and her perfect sister Olga. When Olga is killed in an accident, Julia finds out that her sister was not the perfect daughter everyone thought she was.
Twenty-five second-generation immigrants are featured in the book, which launched at the Halifax Central Library this week. Attalah, who hosted the panel discussion at the launch on Wednesday evening, says ISANS was overwhelmed with the number of participants nominated for the book.
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We hear a lot about immigration in the news these days. We have seen children separated from their parents, refugees turned away, and a government shutdown over funding a border wall. People can—and do—forget the human element behind the language and policies. My family immigrated to the United States when I was thirteen years old. My first year in my new country was not easy. I was lucky in many ways, as I was in a very international area of the country, and one with a good public school system.