First Crossing

Stories About Teen Immigrants

By Donald R. Gallo (Editor)
(Candlewick, Hardcover, 9780763622497, 240pp.)

Publication Date: September 9, 2004

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Description

Ten unforgettable short stories — written by award-winning authors for young adults — reflect the stunning diversity of experience among teenagers from many countries who make the United States their new home.

It's hard enough to be a teenager, trying to fit in, trying to get along with your parents, trying to figure out how the world works. Being from a different culture makes everything that much harder.

Fleeing from political violence in Venezuela, Amina and her family have settled in the United States. Sarah, adopted, is desperate to know her Korean birth parents. Maya is adapting just fine to life in the U.S. and wishes her strict Kazakh parents would follow suit. Adrian's new friends have some spooky — and hilarious — misconceptions about his Romanian origins. Whether they've transitioned from Mexico to the United States or from Palestine to New Mexico, the characters in this anthology have all ventured far and have faced innumerable challenges. Like the hundreds of immigrants who arrive on U.S. soil every year, each courageous teenager in FIRST CROSSING is unique.

With stories by:
Alden R. Carter
Minfong Ho
Marie G. Lee
David Lubar
Elsa Marston
Lensey Namioka
Jean Davies Okimoto
Dian Curtis Regan
Pam Muñoz Ryan
Rita Williams-Garcia




About the Author

Editor Donald R. Gallo is a recipient of the ALAN Award for Outstanding Contributions to Young Adult Literature and the editor of several short story anthologies for teens, including the highly praised DESTINATION UNEXPECTED. The American Library Association includes his anthology SIXTEEN among the 100 Best Books for Young Adults.

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