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One Good Thing About America
by Ruth Freeman
Katherine Honesta, Illustrator

Trade Binding | 160 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823436958 | 03-14-2017

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIFTH | Age: 8 to 12

Themes: Acceptance & Belonging, Immigrant Experience, Contemporary Issues/Social Problems, Family & Relationships, Moving
Recommendations: A, K, SLJ

About the Book

ONE GOOD THING ABOUT AMERICA is a sweet, often funny middle-grade novel that explores differences and common ground across cultures.

It's hard to start at a new school . . . especially if you're in a new country. Back home, Anais was the best English student in her class. Here in Crazy America she feels like she doesn't know English at all. Nothing makes sense (chicken FINGERS?), and the kids at school have some very strange ideas about Africa. Anais misses her family . . . so she writes lots of letters to Oma, her grandmother. She tells her she misses her and hopes the war is over soon. She tells her about Halloween, snow, mac 'n' cheese dinners, and princess sleepovers. She tells her about the weird things Crazy Americans do, and how she just might be turning into a Crazy American herself.


"Highly recommended for libraries seeking timely stories about the immigrant experience."—School Library Journal

"A touching . . . fictional glimpse at one immigrant girl's experience."—Kirkus Reviews

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Check out these stops from the One Good Thing About America blog tour featuring posts by author Ruth Freeman covering her experiences as an ELL teacher and more!

Geo Librarian — Ruth’s Experiences as an ELL Teacher
The Late Bloomer’s Book Blog — Is It Ever Easy Being New?
Mrs. Mommy BookNerd — The Most Surprising Cultural Differences Anaïs Experiences
Kristi’s Book Nook — Writing Tips
Life Naturally — Letter to Anaïs (video)
Books My Kids Read — One Good Thing About America for Ruth
Chat with Vera — Two Truths and a Lie with Ruth Freeman
Word Spelunking — Crazy English
Middle Grade Mafioso — Shelfie (video)
The Hiding Spot — Books for Further Reading on Immigrants and Newcomers

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