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Diversity Reading Challenge

Immigration Stories We Need to Hear: America Deconstructed by Chaithanya Sohan and Shaima Adin

America Deconstructed by
Chaithanya Sohan and Shaima Adin

Here’s a collection of immigration stories. Stories so timely and eye opening to their struggles.

Naseer was nine years old when he escaped Taliban and fled Afghanistan with his mom and siblings… “There are some people who are coming to take me away”, chronicles the resilience of a nine year old boy as he traveled from Afghanistan to America in his quest for the American dream. “I saw a ripe mango I’d like to pluck” showcases the love story of Chidiebere and Ifeyinwa, which begins in rustic Nigeria and culminates into a life in America.

Their journey chronicles their struggles with language, culture and being African in America. In the story “ Kosovo, really…cool”, Lisian takes us through his journey to America and often being asked his identity in spite of being white. In the story “I am exotic, mocha, P-diddy”, Parag describes his journey from a young sixth grader who hid his attraction to boys in conservative India to embracing his sexuality in America.

America Deconstructed follows the journeys of sixteen immigrants who have left their home countries in search of the American dream. The stories combine humor and emotions as the protagonists maneuver cultural differences, accents and uncomfortable situations while feeling a sense of belonging in America.

This moving collection counts as part of the Diversity Reading Challenge.

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Young Adult

Lara Ashley and Flee! When Even Paradise Turns Deadly

Rhonda Campbell wanted to spend her summer vacation working as an intern on a farm in Hawaii. It sounded perfect until paradise turned deadly. That’s when she knew it was time to FLEE!

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After their junior year in high school, Rhonda and her friend Alicia arrive on Maui to work as interns at idyllic Nitridia Farm. Complicating Rhonda’s life is an unwanted supernatural “gift” which warns her something tragic is about to happen.

Befriended at the airport by two hot college students —Jason and Roger — they all arrive at the farm along with Keoni (a local they pick up along the way). Rhonda is a vegetarian, while handsome but arrogant Jason loves red meat. The two squabble over everything while Roger and Alicia quickly develop a relationship.

When Roger’s car won’t start, all five are stuck together on the farm overnight. And it doesn’t take long before they discover unusual things are happening inside of the Nitridia Farm. As they attempt to investigate the farm, they soon realize that something is terribly wrong with the plants. One discovery after another helps them all come to the conclusion that it is time to leave. That’s when things turn from bad — to much worse…

 

Sounds like a great story, huh? If you’re like me, you’re trapped in a wintry wonderland of snow and the thought of being in Maui right now sounds GREAT! Check out the author, Lara, at her website, Lara’s Lies for more information or to order the book.

And by all means, wear SUNSCREEN!

 

 

Categories
Young Adult

Flee! When Even Paradise Turns Deadly by Lara Ashley

Rhonda Campbell wanted to spend her summer vacation working as an intern on a farm in Hawaii. It sounded perfect, until paradise turned deadly. That’s when she knew it was time to FLEE!

fleecover

After their junior year in high school, Rhonda and her friend Alicia arrive on Maui to work as interns at idyllic Nitridia Farm. Complicating Rhonda’s life is an unwanted supernatural “gift” which warns her something tragic is about to happen.

Befriended at the airport by two hot college students —Jason and Roger — they all arrive at the farm along with Keoni (a local they pick up along the way). Rhonda is a vegetarian, while handsome but arrogant Jason loves red meat. The two squabble over everything while Roger and Alicia quickly develop a relationship.

When Roger’s car won’t start, all five are stuck together on the farm overnight. And it doesn’t take long before they discover unusual things are happening inside of the Nitridia Farm. As they attempt to investigate the farm, they soon realize that something is terribly wrong with the plants. One discovery after another helps them all come to the conclusion that it is time to leave. That’s when things turn from bad — to much worse…

 

Sounds like a great story, huh? If you’re like me, you’re trapped in a wintry wonderland of snow and the thought of being in Maui right now sounds GREAT! Check out the author, Lara, at her website, Lara’s Lies for more information or to order the book.

And by all means, wear SUNSCREEN!