Cultural Perspectives

Exploring the challenges facing young people in different cultures, or as they try to make new lives in a new country.
When a nonprofit organization called Save the Girls pairs a fifteen-year-old Sudanese refugee with an American teenager from Richmond, Virginia, the pen pals teach each other compassion and share a bond that bridges two continents.

When a nonprofit organization called Save the Girls pairs a fifteen-year-old Sudanese refugee with an American teenager from Richmond, Virginia, the pen pals teach each other compassion and share a bond that bridges two continents.

This collection of short stories is dedicated to the courage of all refugees who live in New Zealand - for their suffering and displacement from their homeland.

This collection of short stories is dedicated to the courage of all refugees who live in New Zealand - for their suffering and displacement from their homeland.

Inspired by a true story. Mirabel, a 17 year-old Australian-born Chinese girl, falls in love with a handsome Chinese soldier stationed in Melbourne during World War II. Only after JJ is re-posted to China does Mirabel discover that she is pregnant. Unable to contact JJ and refusing to give her baby up for adoption, Mirabel and little Bao Bao flee to Shanghai. But China is in the throes of civil war and the Communist army is advancing...Will Mirabel find JJ before it's too late?

Inspired by a true story. Mirabel, a 17 year-old Australian-born Chinese girl, falls in love with a handsome Chinese soldier stationed in Melbourne during World War II. Only after JJ is re-posted to China does Mirabel discover that she is pregnant. Unable to contact JJ and refusing to give her baby up for adoption, Mirabel and little Bao Bao flee to Shanghai. But China is in the throes of civil war and the Communist army is advancing...Will Mirabel find JJ before it's too late?

Jas is beaten up and his Sikh family threatened when he tries to find out the truth about his sister, who has disappeared after her arranged marriage.

Jas is beaten up and his Sikh family threatened when he tries to find out the truth about his sister, who has disappeared after her arranged marriage.

In Cairo, fifteen-year-old Aaron makes a living out of gathering garbage; as a member of the despised Zabbaleen, this is his fate. But Aaron has dreams. Every day he dreams of Rachel. He dreams that they will make a life together, far from the smells, cruelty and squalor of their daily existence.

In Cairo, fifteen-year-old Aaron makes a living out of gathering garbage; as a member of the despised Zabbaleen, this is his fate. But Aaron has dreams. Every day he dreams of Rachel. He dreams that they will make a life together, far from the smells, cruelty and squalor of their daily existence.

Raphael lives in a dumpsite. He spends his days wading through mountains of trash, looking for anything of value. One day, Raphael’s world is turned upside-down when he finds a leather bag full of hope and danger. The police want that bag, and so do others, so it takes all of Raphael and his friends cunning and courage to avoid their pursuers and solve a mystery.

Raphael lives in a dumpsite. He spends his days wading through mountains of trash, looking for anything of value. One day, Raphael’s world is turned upside-down when he finds a leather bag full of hope and danger. The police want that bag, and so do others, so it takes all of Raphael and his friends cunning and courage to avoid their pursuers and solve a mystery.

Set in India in 1947 at the time of Partition. Bilal is determined to protect his dying father from the news of Partition as he  wants him to die in peace. With the help of his good friends, Bilal persuades others to collude with him in this deception, even printing false pages of the local newspaper to hide the ravages of unrest from his father. But that means Bilal has a very complicated relationship with the truth.

Set in India in 1947 at the time of Partition. Bilal is determined to protect his dying father from the news of Partition as he wants him to die in peace. With the help of his good friends, Bilal persuades others to collude with him in this deception, even printing false pages of the local newspaper to hide the ravages of unrest from his father. But that means Bilal has a very complicated relationship with the truth.

Three children on the run;  Abdul from Iraq, Cheslav from Russia and Rosalia is Roma who doesn’t have a country to call her own. All three have escaped brutal childhoods and cruelties and are now on the run to a better life. They meet in Calais late at night on a smuggler’s boat, bound for England. The smuggler is ruthless, the night is dark and frightening and not everything will go to plan. Will they make it to England and what will happen if they get there?

Three children on the run; Abdul from Iraq, Cheslav from Russia and Rosalia is Roma who doesn’t have a country to call her own. All three have escaped brutal childhoods and cruelties and are now on the run to a better life. They meet in Calais late at night on a smuggler’s boat, bound for England. The smuggler is ruthless, the night is dark and frightening and not everything will go to plan. Will they make it to England and what will happen if they get there?

A captivating coming of age story set in New Guinea around the time of independence. Julie has grown up not knowing her father. When she comes to stay with him one long summer, she learns to appreciate not only her long-lost father and his love of flying, but also New Guinea itself and the people she meets.

A captivating coming of age story set in New Guinea around the time of independence. Julie has grown up not knowing her father. When she comes to stay with him one long summer, she learns to appreciate not only her long-lost father and his love of flying, but also New Guinea itself and the people she meets.

Razaq Nadeem lives in the tribal area of Kala Dhaka, known as Black Mountain, in Pakistan. When an earthquake strikes the area, and his family is lost, Razaq is told by his dying father to flee to Rawalpindi, where his uncle Kamil lives. In the aftermath of the quake, all is chaos.

Razaq Nadeem lives in the tribal area of Kala Dhaka, known as Black Mountain, in Pakistan. When an earthquake strikes the area, and his family is lost, Razaq is told by his dying father to flee to Rawalpindi, where his uncle Kamil lives. In the aftermath of the quake, all is chaos.

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