Fall 2017

Somali Immigrants: In Their Shoes

Cover: Somali Immigrants: In Their Shoes Spread: Somali Immigrants: In Their Shoes

Offers readers a compelling look into the lives, challenges, and successes of Somali immigrants.Additional features include a Fast Facts page, a timeline, informative photo captions, critical-thinking questions,primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, additional resources for further study, and an index.

Table of Contents

  • Fast Facts and Timeline
  • Living in War Torn Somalia
  • Fleeing Somalia
  • Coming to America
  • Looking to the Future
  • Think About It
  • Glossary
  • Source Notes
  • To Learn More
  • Index



  • Dewey: 973
  • Graphics: Full-color photographs, Historical photographs
  • Reinforced book (9781503820319): 6.5 x 9, 32 pages, © 2018
  • Hosted ebook (9781503822009): 6.5 x 9, 32 pages, © 2018
  • Subject: Narrative Nonfiction
  • Imprint: MOMENTUM
  • Series: Immigrant Experiences


  • Suggested Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 4
  • Lexile® Measure: 740
  • Guided Reading Level: W
  • ATOS Reading Level: 5.1
  • ATOS Interest Level: MG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 190690
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects


A Review of "Immigrant Experiences" in Booklist

This volume of the Immigrant Experiences series reads like a story and could easily be used as a read- aloud in a library or classroom. This is the tale of one family’s journey from war-torn Somalia to the snow-clad suburbs of Minneapolis. The tone and narrative style are intended to evoke sympathy, but the absence of the depicted family’s names keeps readers at a distance. The most compelling parts of the narrative are about the children’s adaptation to school and the parents’ struggles to apply for asylum and later find employment, all of which attest to the difficulty of integration. Readers who share the refugee or immigrant experience will relate to some elements, and others will learn a great deal about the nuances of leaving one home and making another.


Author: Patricia Hutchison

A former teacher, Patricia Hutchison is a lover of nature. Since leaving the classroom, she has written several books and articles about science. When she is not writing, she loves to travel with her husband. While visiting different places, she is always amazed at the wonders of nature.


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