Sumi’s First Day of School Ever by Soyung Pak
Sumi is a new student at school, and coming from a different country, she thinks school is a lonely, scary, and mean place because she doesn’t understand anybody. However, when her teacher and classmates begin to help her feel welcome, she finds that school isn’t so bad after all.
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Almost Home by Joan Bauer
When twelve-year-old Sugar’s grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off yet again, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri. They head to Chicago for a fresh start, only to discover that fresh starts aren’t so easy to come by for the homeless. Nevertheless, Sugar’s mother has taught her to be grateful no matter what, so Sugar does her best. With the help of a rescue dog, Shush; a foster family; a supportive teacher; a love of poetry; and her own grace and good humor, Sugar comes to understand that while she can’t control the hand life deals her, she can control how she responds.
Liz On The Move By Tracey West and Joanna Cole
Liz from the Magic Treehouse series is back to help her friend. Her curiosity leads her to great ideas!
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.