Gentle Introductions to Tough Topics

How do we teach our kids about the issues of immigration, refugees, and trafficking in the modern world? These books can help! These three novels tell stories filled with compassion, that deal with some of the hard issues of our times. All are appropriate for grades 4-8. 

The Eleventh Trade by Alyssa Hollingsworth

Sami and his grandfather have recently arrived in the U.S. from Afghanistan. When their prized possession, a traditional Afghan instrument called a rebab, is stolen, Sami resolves to get it back. Readers will be inspired and will also gain more understanding of the refugee experience. 

The Invisible Boy by Alyssa Hollingsworth

This super-hero inspired adventure story explores friendship and the meaning of bravery. It's a mystery and an  adventure, as well as a story about child labor trafficking. Hollingsworth takes a difficult subject matter and makes it accessible.  

Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh

An American boy struggling to fit in and a Syrian refugee, trying to find his way after losing his father, meet in France. What follows is a heartwarming story of resilience, friendship, and everyday heroes. 

Let us know if you'd like to borrow some books or if you have any questions!

Tricia Fraser 

Librarian