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Amal Unbound

Amal Unbound

Genre:
Fiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Amal’s dream of becoming a teacher is thwarted when she is penalized for insulting the landowner’s son, becoming his servant. Her tenacity and love of learning leads to a satisfying conclusion in this riveting story set in contemporary Pakistan.

I Am Gandhi

I Am Gandhi

Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

The life of the man whose name is associated with nonviolent protest is presented in graphic format. A range of well-known artists contributed their work to present a slim but impactful look at Gandhi’s life. Actual photographs and additional biographical information are included at the end as is information about the artists.

A Place at the Table

A Place at the Table

Genre:
Fiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Two girls from very different backgrounds each struggle with different issues. But Sara, a Pakistani American, and Elizabeth, whose mother is British and father American, come together in a cooking class. There they discover friendship and more revealed from both girls’ perspectives.

Twenty-Two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank

Twenty-Two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Growing up in Bangladesh, Muhammad Yunus witnessed extreme poverty all around and was determined to eradicate it. Muhammad founded Grameen Bank where people could borrow small amounts of money to start a job, and then pay back the bank without exorbitant interest charges. Over the next few years, Muhammad's compassion and determination changed the lives of millions of people by loaning the equivalent of more than 10 billion US dollars in micro-credit. His work has empowered the poor, especially women, who often have limited options. 

Pashmina book cover

Pashmina

Genre:
Fiction, Fantasy
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? Who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? For Pri, her mother’s homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. A tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.

Lights, Camera, Diwali!

Lights, Camera, Diwali!

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Dia receives a camera as a Diwali gift and uses it to capture her memories of this special day. She takes photos of her family decorating clay lamps, creating unique rangoli designs, preparing sweets called ladoos, setting off firecrackers and more. While Dia explores the rituals of Diwali with her camera, children learn about a Prince named Rama who was exiled into a forest for 14 years. After fighting off a demon, he is welcomed back into his city with a “row of lights.” Children learn about how Diwali teaches us that light will overcome darkness and good will conquer evil. 

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