Human Rights Stories

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Picture Books (JE)

Author Title Call Number
Cline-RansomeFreedom's School
Lizzie and her brother Paul attend a new school built for freed slaves.
JE Cline-Ransome
KarrMama Went to Jail for the Vote
Susan Elizabeth's mother pickets the White House for the right to vote.
JE Karr
RosenThis Is Our House
A boy rejects others until there is no one left for him.
JE Rosen

Children’s Fiction (J)

Author Title Call Number
Grace and her family attempt to flee slavery via the Underground Railroad. But first, they have to make it through the Dismal Swamp.
J Burg
HobanThe Mouse and His Child
Two mice overcome an evil, oppressive rat in the junkyard.
J Hoban
TaylorRoll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
This novel is first in a series depicting an African-American family's survival in the face of bigotry in Mississippi during the early twentieth century.
Y Taylor

Children’s Illustrated Fiction (J Illus.)

Author Title Call Number
BandyGranddaddy's Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box
Michael watches his grandfather leave the farm for a day to take his rightful place as a voter.
J Illus Bandy
InnocenteRose Blanche
During World War II, a young German girl's curiosity leads to a terrible discovery.
J Illus. Innocente
SmithHalf Spoon of Rice: A Survival Story of the Cambodian Genocide
Nine-year-old Nat and his family endure the Cambodian genocide.
J Illus. Smith

Junior High Fiction (Y)

Author Title Call Number
Free: Stories About Human Rights
An anthology of fourteen stories by young adult authors from around the world, on themes including asylum, law, education, and faith.
AlvarezBefore We Were Free
Describes life in the Dominican Republic in the 1960s.
Y Alvarez pb
BauerTell Me
Twelve-year-old Anna helps rescue a girl being held against her will.
Y Bauer
ChoiYear of Impossible Goodbyes
A young Korean girl survives the oppressive Japanese and Russian occupation of North Korea and later escapes to freedom.
Y Choi
DraperStella by Starlight
When the Klan causes panic and fear in her small town, Stella must find the strength to demand change.
Y Draper
EllisThe Breadwinner
In this first book in a series, eleven-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy so she can elude the Taliban and provide for her family.
Y Ellis
FarmerHouse of the Scorpion
Matt discovers he is a clone, bred to supply body parts for his "Patron."
Y Farmer
NaidooThe Other Side of Truth
Smuggled out of Nigeria, Sade and her brother try to make a new life.
Y Naidoo
Vermont farm girl Lyddie Worthen works as a domestic servant and then as a factory worker in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1840s.
Y Paterson
SepahbanPaper Wishes
Because they are Japanese American, Manami, her parents, and Grandfather are sent to an ugly, dreary internment camp in the desert.
Y Sepahban
ShethBoys Without Names
Imprisoned in a sweatshop, Gopal must find a way to freedom.
Y Sheth
SullivanGolden Boy
Rejected for being albino, Habo must find a way to survive and also to love himself.
Y Sullivan
WhelanHomeless Bird
After Koly is widowed at age thirteen and abandoned by her mother-in-law in a strange Indian city, she must find a way to survive on her own.
Y Whelan

Last Updated: 2/18


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