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TE 511: Advanced Studies in Children's Literature: Life situations


My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman

Tara is preparing for her bat mitzvah, has ruined a priceless sari, and her best friend is spending a lot of time with a mean girl. Add to the drama that she and her best friend Ben are somewhere between friendship and dating. Tara tries to learn to balance her Indian and Jewish identities, friends, and love.

Humpfree: the humpless camel by Julia Dweck

Humpfree goes on an adventure to find his missing humps and bumps. Based on a true story of a new flat-back camel.

Stig of the Dump by Clive King

Barney isn’t supposed to go near the chalk pit. His grandmother and sister both told him the edge could give way and he could fall in—but what else is he supposed to do on a miserable gray day? It’s not long before Barney falls into the pit and bumps his head. But where he lands is more than an old garbage dump: It’s a home. There’s a little hut built out of discarded junk, and more surprisingly, there’s a boy, about Barney’s age, inside.

Luna's red hat: an illustrated storybook to help children cope with loss and suicide by Emmi Smid

Luna's mother committed suicide one year ago. Luna doesn't understand suicide, or why her mother died, and is scared her father might leave her as well. Luna and her father have a discussion about mental illness and the effects it can have on the family of someone suffering from it.

A girl called Blue by Marita Conlon-McKenna

Blue, dropped off at Larch Hill orphanage at a few days old, is determined to discover what happened to her family. Unfortunately for Blue, the records are hidden in Sr. Regina's office.


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