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Bruised

Bruised

Boteju, Tanya, author
2021

Daya Wijesinghe sees a bruise as a mixture of comfort and control, but joining a roller derby team pushes her toward big truths about love, loss, strength, and healing.

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Crossing the Farak River

Crossing the Farak River

Aung Thin, Michelle, author
2020

For Hasina and her younger brother Araf, the constant threat of Sit Tat, the Myanmar Army, is a way of life in Rakhine province. As Rohingyas, they know that when they hear the helicopters there is one thing to do -run, and don't stop. So when soldiers invade their village one night, run is what they do. Hasina races deep into the Rakhine forest to hide with her cousin Ghadiya and Araf. When they emerge some days later, it is to a smouldering village. With so many Rohingyas driven out, Hasina must figure out who she can trust for help and summon the courage to fight for her family amid the escalating conflict that threatens her world and her identity.

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The doll

The doll

Tran-Davies, Nhung N., author
2021

"A children's picture book inspired by author Nhung N. Tran-Davies's experience as a child refugee from Vietnam, and then sponsoring a family of Syrian refugees as an adult."-- Provided by publisher.

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Fight like a girl : a novel

Fight like a girl : a novel

Kamal, Sheena, author
2020

Love and violence. In some families they're bound up together, dysfunctional and poisonous, passed from generation to generation like eye color or a quirk of smile. Trisha's trying to break the chain, channeling her violent impulses into Muay Thai kickboxing. Her father comes and goes, every punch he lands on her mother carving itself indelibly into Trisha's mind. Until the night her father is killed, and her mother seems strangely at peace. Lighter, somehow. Trisha doesn't know exactly what happened that night, but she's afraid it's going to happen again. Her mom has a new man in her life and the patterns, they are repeating.

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The forest of stolen girls

The forest of stolen girls

Hur, June, author
2021

In 1426 in Joseon, a year after her father vanishes while investigating the disappearance of thirteen girls, eighteen-year-old Min Hwani returns to the island of Jeju to pick up his trail with the help of her estranged sister.

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Gibberish

Gibberish

Vo, Young, author
2022

When Dat starts school in a country where he does not speak the language, everything around him sound like gibberish until a new friend helps him make sense of his new world.

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Happy dreams, Little Bunny

Happy dreams, Little Bunny

Hong, Leah, author, illustrator.
2021

When Little Bunny is restless at bedtime, Mommy encourages him to imagine the adventures he will have in his dreams once he is asleep.

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Hug?

Hug?

Chua, Charlene, author, illustrator
2020

After coughing up a hairball, a girl's cat doesn't feel well. So the girl offers to give her cat a hug, which makes the cat --- and the girl --- feel better. A dog notices and asks for a hug, too. Then some ducks come along asking for hugs. And a skunk . . . and a bear --- and a porcupine! One animal after another comes asking the girl for a hug until she's simply had enough. How much more of this can she take?

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Hunted by the sky

Hunted by the sky

Bhathena, Tanaz, author
2021

Gul has a star-shaped birthmark on her arm, and in the kingdom of Ambar, girls with such birthmarks have been disappearing for years. Gul's mark is what caused her parents' murder at the hand of King Lohar's ruthless soldiers and forced her into hiding. When a group of rebel women called the Sisters of the Golden Lotus rescue her and train her in warrior magic, Gul wants only one thing: revenge. Cavas is about ready to sign his life over to the king's army. His father is terminally ill, and Cavas will do anything to save him. When he meets Gul in the capital's bazaar, he becomes entangled in a mission of vengeance-- and discovers a magic he never expected to find. But Ambar Fort is a world with secrets deadlier than their own....

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If I tell you the truth

If I tell you the truth

Kaur, Jasmin, author.
2021

Kiran flees her home in Punjab for a fresh start in Canada after a sexual assault leaves her pregnant. But overstaying her visa and living undocumented brings its own perils for both her and her daughter, Sahaara. Sahaara would do anything to protect her mother. When she learns the truth about Kiran's past, she feels compelled to seek justice-even if it means challenging a powerful and dangerous man.

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Iron widow

Iron widow

Zhao, Xiran Jay, author
2021

The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall of China. It doesn't matter that the girls die from the mental strain. When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it's to assassinate the pilot responsible for her sister's death. But when she gets her vengeance, it becomes clear that she is an Iron Widow, a rare kind of female pilot who can sacrifice males to power up Chrysalises instead. To tame her, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest male pilot in Huaxia. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily.

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The katha chest

The katha chest

Chowdhury, Radhiah, author
2022

Asiya loves to visit Nanu's house and rummage through her katha chest filled with quilts that tell stories about the bold and brave women in Asiya's family.

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Letters from Johnny

Letters from Johnny

Ng, Wayne, author.
2021

"Set in Toronto 1970, just as the FLQ crisis emerges to shake an innocent country, eleven year old Johnny Wong uncovers an underbelly to his tight, downtown neighbourhood. He shares a room with his Chinese immigrant mother in a neighbourhood of American draft dodgers and new Canadians. In a span of a few weeks his world seesaws. He is befriended by Rollie, one of the draft dodgers who takes on a fatherly and writing mentor role. Johnny's mother is threatened by the "children's warfare society." Meany Ming, one of the characters by the rooming house is found murdered. He suspects the feline loving neighbour, the Catwoman. Inspired by an episode of Mannix, he tries to break into her house. Ultimately he is betrayed but he must act to save his family. He discovers a distant kinship with Jean, the son of one of the hostages kidnapped by the FLQ who have sent Canada into a crisis."-- Provided by publisher.

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Made in Korea

Made in Korea

Suk, Sarah, author
2021

"Two entrepreneurial Korean-American teens butt heads-and fall in love-while running competing Korean beauty businesses at their high school."-- Provided by publisher.

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A Mermaid Girl

A Mermaid Girl

Rafi, Sana
2022


Misfit in love

Misfit in love

Ali, S. K., author
2021

"Janna Yusuf and her friends are planning for her brother's nikah. But what started as a simple marriage ceremony is turning into the biggest event of the summer-and a chance for Janna to finally reveal her crush... or so she thinks."-- Provided by publisher.

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Omar rising

Omar rising

Saeed, Aisha, author
2022

Seventh-grader Omar must contend with being treated like a second-class citizen when he gets a scholarship to an elite boarding school in Pakistan.

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Our little kitchen

Our little kitchen

Tamaki, Jillian, 1980- author, illustrator
2020

A rhyming picture book about volunteering in a soup kitchen.

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Peter Lee's notes from the field

Peter Lee's notes from the field

Ahn, Angela, author
2021

Eleven year-old Peter Lee has one goal in life: to become a paleontologist. Okay, maybe two: to get his genius kid-sister, L.B., to leave him alone. But his summer falls apart when his real-life dinosaur expedition turns out to be a bust, and he watches his dreams go up in a cloud of asthma-inducing dust. Even worse, his grandmother, Hammy, is sick, and no one will talk to Peter or L.B. about it. Perhaps his days as a scientist aren't quite behind him yet. Armed with notebooks and pens, Peter puts his observation and experimental skills to the test to see what he can do for Hammy. If only he can get his sister to be quiet for once -- he needs time to sketch out a plan.

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Squire

Squire

Alfageeh, Sara, author, illustrator
2022

From two incredible rising talents comes the fantasy graphic novel Molly Knox Ostertag calls "instantly compelling." Aiza has always dreamt of becoming a Knight. It's the highest military honor in the once-great Bayt-Sajji Empire, and as a member of the subjugated Ornu people, Knighthood is her only path to full citizenship. Ravaged by famine and mounting tensions, Bayt-Sajji finds itself on the brink of war once again, so Aiza can finally enlist in the competitive Squire training program. It's not how she imagined it, though. Aiza must navigate new friendships, rivalries, and rigorous training under the unyielding General Hende, all while hiding her Ornu background. As the pressure mounts, Aiza realizes that the "greater good" that Bayt-Sajji's military promises might not include her, and that the recruits might be in greater danger than she ever imagined. In this breathtaking and timely story, Aiza will have to choose, once and for all: loyalty to her heart and heritage, or loyalty to the Empire.

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Thao

Thao

Lam, Thao, author, illustrator
2021

A funny, eye-opening story about the challenges of growing up with an unfamiliar name and learning to be true to yourself.

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To Change a Planet

To Change a Planet

Soontornvat, Christina
2022



Zara Hossain is here

Zara Hossain is here

Khan, Sabina, 1968- author
2021

Seventeen-year-old Pakistani immigrant Zara Hossain has been leading a fairly typical life in Corpus Christi, Texas, since her family moved there for her father to work as a pediatrician. While dealing with the Islamophobia that she faces at school, Zara has to lay low, trying not to stir up any trouble and jeopardize their family's dependent visa status while they await their green card approval, which has been in process for almost nine years. But one day her tormentor, star football player Tyler Benson, takes things too far--[defacing her locker with a racist message]--and gets suspended.

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