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Anita and Me


SYAL, Meera

Level 1

FAMILY | GROWING UP | HISTORY | RACISM

Meena is a funny and streetwise narrator, who is torn between two cultures, while still running her life pretty well. At the same time, we see a faithful picture of life in an English village back in the 1970s—and this all adds up to a sizeable dose of thought-provoking entertainment.
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(un)arranged marriage


RAI, Bali

Level 1

FAMILY | IDENTITY | ROMANCE | TRADITION

Rai’s book was one of the first hit novels that described growing up in two different cultures. In an easy-going way - the book’s an easy read - he gives us an angry teenager who wants to map out his own life. And unusually, arranged marriage is shown from the man’s point of view rather than the woman’s. This is a rapid read on a serious topic.
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Under the Mesquite


GARCIA McCALL, Guadalupe

Level 1

DEATH | FAMILY | GROWING UP

This is a fast-paced, seemingly autobiographical verse novel, that gives you a good idea of a close-knit family trying to survive while coping with the death of a loving mother. Interspersed with a fair number of Spanish expressions.

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The Mighty Miss Malone


CURTIS, Christopher Paul

Level 1

FAMILY | GROWING UP | HISTORY

Despite all her hardship, Deza is a cheerful, positive heroine, captivating because of her optimism. While telling this story in a vignette-like fashion, Curtis (as in his other books) provides penetrating insights into the hardships of life—especially for black people—during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

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