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.
Check Out at Naperville Public Library
All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beatty
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.