Jul 4, 2014 8:46:01 AM
With the summer time heat now in full steam, this blog post takes a look at a list of summer books that will entice the multicultural online school student.
The United States has always been a multicultural society. Long even before the white man arrived on North American shores, the area the country would one day occupy was home to myriads of tribes, speaking many unrelated languages and following different ways of life.
Now, one of the perks of being an online school student is that students can attend an American-based online school, yet live...well, whereever wi-fi exists.
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Top Ten Summer Reading List
Here is a list of the top ten books for a multicultural summer reading list, with a brief summary and description of each one.
- On Beauty by Zadie Smith: struggle between academic rivals
- The Invitation by Annie Cherian: Several Indian immigrants encounter disappointment in their careers.
- A Free Life by Ha Jin: A Chinese family moves to America.
- The Afterlife by Gary Soto: A murder victim visits loved ones as a ghost and sees the person who he might have been.
- Black Mirror by Nancy Werlin: When her brother dies from a heroin overdose, an already-isolated Japanese-Jewish girl begins to feel even more so, and while working at a charity she discovers a multitude of things she never knew about him.
- Cubanita by Gaby Triana: a Cuban girl who has grown up in America
- Dancing in the Streets of Brooklyn by April Lurie: about a Norwegian-American family living in New York City during the 1940s
- A Step from Heaven by An Na: A Korean family has emigrated to the United States in search of a better life, only to encounter economic struggles that include both parents working long hours and the father getting into drunken bouts.
- The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee: This novel is set in England during the 1850s and recounts the plight of a thieving orphan who is rescued from the gallows, raised as a proper young lady at Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls and subsequently invited to join a secret organization for female investigators who assist Scotland Yard.
- Habibi by Naomi Nye: A fourteen year old American girl of Arab descent living in St. Louis moves to Jerusalem, where her romantic relationship with a Jewish boy causes her to become the victim of religious prejudice and intolerance.
Here is a list of three takeaway tips for putting together a multicultural young adult summer reading list:
- Make sure that the books you choose are age-appropriate for an online high school. Of course, this varies based on your parenting guidelines.
- Many people have compiled online lists of books that explore American multiculturalism. Jennifer Zobair is one such person, and in fact, the first three books on the list above are taken from her list.
- Explore and push beyound your cultural boundaries. Reading is one such tool that allows you to explore the lives of an identity far different than your own. And this, my friends, helps to build a powerhouse of empathy.