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Susan Cooper. Green Boy. (Bahamas)Green Boy

Twelve-year-old Trey and his seven-year-old brother Lou, who does not speak, cross the barrier between two worlds, that of their island in the Bahamas, and a land called Pangaia, and play a mysterious role in restoring the natural environment in both places.

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Mary Casanova.  Jess.  (Belize)

When Jess meets a new friend and goes on an eco adventure, she makes some real discoveries about the dangers in the Belizean jungle, and about the people who lived there long ago, and about herself.

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Andrew Clements. Tara & Tiree Fearless Friends. (Canada)

When Jim falls through the ice on a lake in Canada, his two dogs try to rescue him.

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Lucy M.  Montgomery. Anne of Green Gables. (Canada)

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

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Ana Veciana-Suarez. The Flight to Freedom. (Cuba)

Writing in the diary which her father gave her, thirteen-year-old Yara describes life with her family in Havana, Cuba, in 1967 as well as her experiences in Miami, Florida, after immigrating there to be reunited with some relatives while leaving others behind.

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Elaine Marie Alphine.  A Bear for Miguel.  (El Salvador)

A young girl in El Salvador goes to the market with her father and helps her family obtain necessities by trading a precious item of her own.

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Edwidge Danticat. Behind the Mountains.  (Haiti)

Writing in the notebook which her teacher gave her, thirteen-year-old Celiane describes life with her mother and brother in Haiti as well as her experiences in Brooklyn after the family finally immigrates there to be reunited with her father.

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James Berry. Everywhere Faces Everywhere. (Jamaica)

A collection of poems exploring the diversity found in a childhood in Jamaica and later observations of young people in England.

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Clyde Robert Bulla. The Poppy Seeds.  (Mexico)

A young boy’s attempts to grow poppies in his drought parched village soften the heart of the grouchy old man who has the village’s only spring in his back yard.

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Duncan Tonatiuh. Dear Primo.  (Mexico)

Two cousins, one in Mexico and one in New York City, write to each other and learn that even though their daily lives differ, at heart the boys are very similar.

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Patricia Maloney Markun. The Little Painter of Sabana Grande.   (Panama)

Lacking paper, a young Panamanian artist paints the outside of his adobe home.

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