by Katherine McCaughan
Many books tell the stories of immigrants landing in America, but Natasha’s story brings alive what it’s like for a family to leave a colorful home in China as refugees, seeking a new home in Australia. Readers see the strange new setting and customs through the eyes of the strong-willed Natasha, who tries to understand the struggles of her Russian-born parents to make a new life here and support a family. Action and confl icts, both small and large, carry the story steadily along at a pace that will keep young and adult readers intrigued, as the characters hold on to some of their own culture while learning to fit in with quite a different one. Inventive and well-written, McCaughan’s book has an original theme and vivid setting that give it a fresh appeal for those who enjoy getting a taste of other worlds, lifestyles and values that matter.
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