Sudanese American

Joseph’s Big Ride

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in African (East), African (Unnamed Country of Origin), African American, Ages 06 and up, Kenya, Somali American, Sudanese American, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on Joseph’s Big Ride

Joseph’s Big Ride

Joseph’s Big Ride By Terry Farish Illustrated by Ken Daley Published by Annick Press, Limited Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “A joyful, upbeat tale that takes a positive perspective on an immigrant child’s first encounters..” —Kirkus Reviews Description A refugee boy’s determination to ride a bicycle leads to an unexpected friendship. Joseph wants only one thing: to ride a bike. In the refugee camp where he lives, Joseph helps one of the older boys fix his bike, but he’s too small to ride it. Joseph and his mother travel to America, where everything is...

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A Long Walk to Water

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in African (East), Ages 10 and up, Sudan, Sudanese American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on A Long Walk to Water

A Long Walk to Water

A Long Walk to Water By Linda Sue Park Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt “Park employs well-chosen details and a highly atmospheric setting to underscore both children’s struggles to survive” –Publisher’s Weekly “Brilliant. . . . A touching narrative about strife and survival on a scale most American readers will never see.”—BookPage Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Nya goes to the pond to fetch water for her family. She walks eight hours every day. Salva walks away from his war-torn village. He is a “lost boy” refugee,...

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The Good Braider Celebrated in Portland, Maine

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in African (East), Ages 14 and up, Events & Programs, Sudan, Sudanese American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on The Good Braider Celebrated in Portland, Maine

The Good Braider Celebrated in Portland, Maine

You are Invited to a Celebration for: THE GOOD BRAIDER A Novel by Terry Farish Set in Portland’s Sudanese Community Thursday, 11/8/12 @ 7:00 PM 7th Floor, Glickman Library University of Southern Maine Portland, Maine Free of Charge Info: Curious City, 207-420-1126 ABOUT THE BOOK “A masterful triumph of character and story.” -Naomi Shihab Nye In spare free verse laced with unforgettable images, Viola’s strikingly original voice sings out the story of her family’s journey from war-torn Sudan, to Cairo, and finally to Portland, Maine. Here, in the sometimes too...

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Outcasts United

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Afghani, Ages 12 and up, Iraqi, Jordanian, Multinational/Multicultural, Muslim, Muslim American, Sudanese American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Community, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Outcasts United

Outcasts United

Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team that Changed a Town By Warren St. John Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers “…An uplifting underdog story that will appeal to readers interested in the immigrant experience and the surprising role sports can play in people’s lives.” –Kirkus Reviews “Not merely about soccer, St. John’s book teaches readers about the social and economic difficulties of adapting to a new culture and the challenges facing a town with a new and disparate population” —School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon...

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New Mainers

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 14 and up, Cambodian American, Chinese American, Indian American, Multicultural, Multinational/Multicultural, Muslim, Muslim American, Somali American, Sudanese American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Community, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on New Mainers

New Mainers

New Mainers: Portraits of our Immigrant Neighbors By Pat Nyhan Photography by Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest Published by Tilbury House Publishers “The personal stories are what make this book a much-needed education about where Maine fits into the global agenda…. It’s new and it’s startling, and I believe that reading it is certain to enrich a reader’s interest in the greater world and all it has to offer.” —Capital Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Who are these new Mainers, and why have they come here? They are from...

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Memories of the Sun

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in African American, Ages 13 and up, Multinational/Multicultural, Somali American, Sudanese American, Theme: Child Soldiers, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Memories of the Sun

Memories of the Sun

Memories of the Sun: Stories of Africa and America Edited by Jane Kurtz Published by HarperCollins Publishers “This riveting collection of poems and short stories by award-winning African and African-American writers shares the complexities and surprises of living between two cultures and sometimes of one’s own culture. At the heart of many entries is the search for identity and, in many cases, identity derives from where characters find themselves at the moment” —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description What is it like to grow up in...

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Book Trailer: A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Sudan, Sudanese American | Comments Off on Book Trailer: A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk

Book Trailer: A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk

A short book trailer for Jan Coates’ YA book , A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk, based on the real life of one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Read more about the book...

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The Good Braider

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 13 and up, Sudan, Sudanese American, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on The Good Braider

The Good Braider

The Good Braider By Terry Farish Published by Marshall Cavendish/Amazon Children’s Publishing “Refreshing and moving: avoids easy answers and saviors from the outside. ” —Kirkus Reviews “…the larger community needs these stories.” —Finding Wonderland Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description In spare free verse laced with unforgettable images, Viola’s strikingly original voice sings out the story of her family’s journey from war-torn Sudan, to Cairo, and finally to Portland, Maine. Here, in the sometimes too close embrace...

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My Name is Sangoel

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 06 and up, Sudanese American, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on My Name is Sangoel

My Name is Sangoel

My Name is Sangoel By Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed Illustrated by Catherine Stock Published by Eerdmans Books “…This simple story puts a child-friendly spin on a common immigrant experience as the child’s classmates respond with similar puzzle pictures of their own names.” —Kathleen Isaacs, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Sangoel is a refugee. Leaving behind his homeland of Sudan, where his father died in the war, he has little to call his own other than his name, a Dinka name handed down proudly from...

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Home of the Brave

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 10 and up, Sudanese American, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave By Katherine Applegate Published by Square Fish “Kek’s voice is particularly strong as he models the difficulties experienced by a new immigrant.” —VOYA “The author provides a lyrical journey for her readers as they experience, with Kek, the struggle of re-making an identity and the amazing resilience of hope” —Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Kek comes from Africa. In America, he sees snow for the first time, and feels its sting. He’s never walked on ice, and he falls. He...

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Portland, Maine’s Sudanese Community Featured in New Novel for Teens

Posted by on Apr 27, 2012 in Author / Illustrator Research, Sudan, Sudanese American | Comments Off on Portland, Maine’s Sudanese Community Featured in New Novel for Teens

Portland, Maine’s Sudanese Community Featured in New Novel for Teens

“This is a story of courage – not just Viola’s, but of all immigrants.”  —Finding Wonderland Author Terry Farish has just released The Good Braider, a young adult novel woven from her relationships with the Sudanese community in Portland, Maine, but also from her work with refugees and immigrants from Vietnam, Cambodia, and other countries at the  NH Humanities Council literacy program Connections. “The fictional process is full of connections,” says Terry Farish, “that become intertwined as the storyline and structure take shape.” In...

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