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International/Culture Shock

A reading list for teens of books with international settings or relocation themes.

A Heart Divided
by Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld
When playwright and New Jersey native Kate’s family moves to the South, she gets caught up in the racial tension in the town.

Cuba 15
by Nancy Osa
Violet learns to love herself and her Cuban-Polish family as they prepare for her quinceñera.

Monsoon Summer
by Mitali Perkins
Jazz and her family are spending the summer in India, where her mother grew up, while her best friend Steve (that she’s secretly in love with) stays in California.

Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
In the small town of Hollywood, New Mexico during the Vietnam War, Sammy and his friends graduate from high school and struggle with leaving their home town.

Light Years
by Tammar Stein
Israeli Maya leaves for college in Virginia after her boyfriend is killed in a suicide bombing.

See You Down the Road
by Kim Ablon Whitney
Bridget belongs to an Irish Traveller family traveling through America. As she questions her love for Patrick, she comes to terms with her family’s traditions.

I Am the Messenger
by Marcus Zusak
Australian Ed Kennedy embarks on a mysterious quest of helping people in need and in the process, healing himself.

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