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Other Words for Home

Author: Jasmine Warga

Language: English


Jude never thought she’d be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives.

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Understanding American schools: the answers to newcomers’ most frequently asked questions

Author: Anne P. Copeland with Georgia Bennett

Language: English

Summary: A guide for newcomers from around the world to help you navigate the challenges of understanding the US school system, from pre-school through high school. Written by two internationally-known experts in international relocation and education, this thorough but user-friendly guide is packed with information not found in any other single source. Full of up-to-date websites and national and international statistics, including the latest average teacher salaries, SAT scores, high school graduation rates, and private school tuition fees. Plus international comparisons that highlight the ways that American school personnel have expectations and practices that you will have to master. You will learn (a) why teachers in the US do what they do, (b) how to evaluate schools so your children will get the best education possible, (c) practical information about school lunch, dress codes, graduation requirements, expectations for parents, and more, (d) the broader context of education in the US, including the latest efforts by the federal government to improve schools and outcomes, the role of standardized testing, and how teachers’ values affect how they teach, and (e) vocabulary for understanding the school experience. Source:

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Safe Passage, how mobility affects people & what international schools should do about it

Author: Doug Ota

Language: English

Summary: “Moving is one of life’s greatest challenges. The largest study in educational research history demonstrates that moving harms learning. But moving not only challenges students. The experience of lost identity extends across the lifespan, also affecting parents and school staff. Firmly grounded in psychological theory and cutting-edge neuroscience, Safe Passage maps the challenges and charts a course for individuals, schools, and accrediting bodies to navigate them. Although primarily focusing on international schools, the hopeful message within this book reaches into any school, university, or organization where human beings come and go.” Source:

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Moving Day (Allie Finkle’s rules for girls, Book 1)

Author: Meg Cabot

Language: English

Summary: When nine-year-old Allie Finkle’s parents announce that they are moving her and her brothers from their suburban split-level into an ancient Victorian in town, Allie’s sure her life is over. She’s not at all happy about having to give up her pretty pink wall-to-wall carpeting for creaky floorboards and creepy secret passageways-not to mention leaving her modern, state-of-the-art suburban school for a rundown, old-fashioned school just two blocks from her new house. Source:

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