Iqbal: a novel
Francesco D'Adamo
It is based on a true story about a young boy's fight against child slavery.
Out of bounds
Beverley Naidoo
a collection of short stories about apartheid in South Africa
Leaving One-Foot Island
Graeme Lay
Tuaine tells her story in the form of a diary. She has come to Auckland from the Cook Islands to study, and goes through many experiences as a young stranger in a new land.
A little piece of ground
Elizabeth Laird
Set in Palestine, about boys who just want somewhere to play soccer.
The kite runner
Khaled Hossieni
The Kite Runner is a novel about friendship, betrayal, and the price of loyalty. It is about the bonds between fathers and sons, and the power of fathers over sons - their love, their sacrifices, and their lies.
In the country of men
Hisham Matar
Nine-year-old Suleiman is just awakening to the wider world beyond the games on the hot pavement outside his home and beyond the loving embrace of his parents. He becomes the man of the house when his father goes away on business, but then he sees his father, standing in the market square in a pair of dark glasses. Suddenly the wider world becomes a frightening place where parents lie and questions go unanswered. Suleiman turns to his mother, who, under the cover of night, entrusts him with the secret story of her childhood.
Chenxi and the foreigner
Sally Rippin

Divided city
Teresa Breslin
Catholics and protestants in Ireland
Refugee Boy
Benjamin Zephaniah
Two countries at war - Ethiopia and Eritrea. Alem's father is Ethiopian and his mother is Eritrean. Caught in the middle, they are seen as enemies of both sides.
Diego's pride
Deborah Ellis
Check the level with English teacher
Diego's run
Deborah Ellis
Check the level with English teacher
Bend it like Beckham
Narinder Dhami

Throwaway daughter
Ting Xing Ye
Grace Dong-Mei is adopted and taken to Canada. Watching the Tianenmen Square massacre on television prompts her to explore her Chinese ancestry and she begins to unlock the truth about what really happened to her almost 20 years before.
Does my head look big in this?
Randa Abdel-Fattah
At Sixteen Amal Abdel-Hakim is an Australian-Palestinian-Muslim trying to sort out her identity. It's hard to be cool as a teenager when you wear a veil on your head and pray at lunch time. Luckily she has friends but they have problems of their own.
Ten things I hate about me
Randa Abdel-Fattah
Jamie wants to be the real thing. From the roots of her dyed blonde hair ... There are a lot of things Jamie hates about her life: her dark hair, her dad's Stone Age Charter of Curfew Rights, her real name - Jamilah Towfeek. For the past three years Jamie has hidden her Lebanese background from everyone at school. It's only with her email friend John that she can really be herself.


The rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif
Najaf Mazari and Robert Hillman
The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif is an autobiographical memoir that tells the story of an Afghani man who seeks asylum in Australia to escape the Taliban. With a tone that rings of honesty, humility and strength, the book follows the path of Najaf Mazari from his childhood in Northern Afghanistan, to the deaths of his father and brothers, his own struggles to make a life for himself and his family in war-torn Afghanistan and finally his perilous journey to Australia and an ongoing struggle to rebuild his life there.
Desert flower
Waris Dirie
Waris Dirie (whose name means desert flower) was born in Somalia of nomadic parents, one of 12 children. She underwent extreme female circumcision at the age of 5. At 13 her father sold her into marriage with a 60 year old man for five camels. To escape this future she fled across the desert to Mogadishu, in search of her uncle, the Somalian ambassador. With him she travelled to London, where she became the family housekeeper.
Desert dawn
Waris Dirie
Fashion model and UN ambassador Waris Dirie was born into a traditional family of tribal desert nomads in Somalia and told the story of her escape from there in "Desert Flower". Here she traces the roots of her courage, resilience and humour back to her motherland, and particularly her mother.
Mao's last dancer
Cinxin Li
At the age of 10, Li Cunzin was chosen to train as a ballet dancer at Madam Mao's Peking Dance Academy. His selection was based purely on his physique and the fact that he came from a family that had been peasants for three generations - he knew nothing about the art form at all.

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