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Mar 12, 2019 | ISBN 9781609809072
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    Mar 12, 2019 | ISBN 9781609809072 | Young Adult

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“Though aimed at teens, this vivid, vital collection … should find a ready audience with adults as well…. With bravura and hard-won insight, these poems explore identity, survival and home from first- and second-generation perspectives, offering a multiplicity of impressions and memories.” —Mary Quattlebaum, Washington Post

“I was moved again and again by the poems in this brave, beautiful and necessary collection. I found echoes of myself in many of the pieces, and I know so many young immigrants and Americans will find themselves, too. But it goes beyond that. I wish this book would be taught in homogenous communities, too, so readers with little understanding of immigration will have the chance to see its humanity. This is the most important book we will read this year.” —Matt de la Peña, NY Times bestselling and Newbery Award winning author

*”Poems as piercing and reflective as the shards of a shattered mirror offer stunning glimpses into the lives and experiences of immigrants and refugees. Sixty-four pieces (many previously published) in a variety of forms capture an outcry of voices mourning loss, celebrating survival, breaking and remaking self and home.” —*The Horn Book, starred review

*”A compilation of 65 poems that offer diverse and distinct narratives about the immigrant and refugee experiences. From being the child of immigrants to being a child immigrant, this collection contains stories of those pursuing the American dream—which sometimes turns into a nightmare. The duality and halfness of the immigrant or refugee identity, the pride, shame, and confusion it can bring, are explored in heartbreaking, breathtaking words. This collection cuts right to the heart of the matter at a time when it is most relevant. But as these pieces—originally published between 1984 and 2018—show, immigration stories are perennially relevant. Authors take their pain and use it to paint gripping accounts of racism, culture shock, separation from family, and the splitting of one’s self that so often occur when dwelling within, outside, and along borders. It is but a glimpse into all the hardships—emotional, physical, mental and otherwise—that displaced people face. The poems take a variety of forms, and the contributors and their families have origins in Nigeria, the Philippines, South Korea, Pakistan, Guyana, Mexico, Syria, Sudan, Guam, Russia, Turkey, and more. Some contributors’ names will be familiar to YA readers, including Elizabeth Acevedo, Samira Ahmed, and Gary Soto. This symphony of poetry is a necessary series of bruises and balms that will comfort those who have endured, uplift those who continue to struggle, and educate others.” —*Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“An urgent and timely new poetry collection.” —Nina McLaughlin, Boston Globe

“Vecchione and Raymond have gathered 64 poets from all over the world, their poetic voices as diverse as their experiences. Yet, they hold one element in common: a belief in dignity as an essential human right. … these stories should resonate with youth who feel life deeply.” —Booklist

“This piercing poetry collection’s sixty-four pieces (many previously published) in a variety of forms mourn loss, celebrate survival, and explore breaking and remaking self and home. The poets—immigrants and refugees themselves, or from immigrant households—tackle topics including racism, displacement, assimilation, and resilience. The contributors all offer timely, culturally specific frames for the universal struggle of growing into oneself. Appended with brief poet biographies.”—The Horn Book, recommended titles for 2019

“An intricate, hard-won tapestry of poetic experience, with density best suited to thoughtful browsing or individual readalouds rather than reading straight through but with many resonant poems that will strike a chord either of recognition or realization with young readers.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“We are a nation of immigrants, but as we grow further away from our roots we tend to forget. These poems help us to reconnect to both negative states (poverty, separation-anxiety, fear of the unknown etc.) and new opportunities and challenges.” Wicked Local

“Poems are good for the soul and these poems in particular are a reminder that art and writing know no borders.” –Lee Woodruff

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