The works listed will allow your students to further explore the theme
of Finding Your Identity and other themes related to Taking Sides:
Soto, Gary. Baseball in April and Other Stories. 1990. The eleven
short stories in this award-winning collection tell about Mexican-American
boys and girls growing up in a contemporary California barrio.
Soto, Gary. Pacific Crossing. 1992. In this sequel to Taking
Sides, Lincoln Mendoza and his best friend Tony travel to Japan
as exchange students who share their own customs and learn to appreciate
those of their hosts.
Beatty, Patricia. Lupita Manana. New York: Morrow, 1981. This
book depicts the dangers and challenges of immigration for Lupita and
her brother as well as their struggle to assimilate in order to survive
in the United States. (average)
Brooks, Bruce. The Moves Make the Man. New York: HarperCollins,
1984. When courts order his school desegregated, 13-year-old Jerome
finds himself the only African American in an all-white middle school.
Yep, Laurence. Sea Glass. New York: HarperCollins, 1979. Searching
for his own identity, 13-year-old Craig Chen has just moved from San
Francisco's Chinatown to the town of Concepcion, where he doesn't quite
fit in. (average)
Bode, Janet. New Kids on the Block: Oral Histories of Immigrant Teens.
Danbury, CT: Watts, 1989. In interviews with eleven teenagers, the
author examines the many issues confronting new immigrants to the United
Horrigan, Kevin. Right Kinds of Heroes: Coach Bob Shannon and the
East St. Louis Flyers. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin, 1992. The kids
come from one of the toughest, most dangerous, and poorest cities in
America, but the right kind of coach teaches them values on the football
field and sends dozens of them to college on scholarships. (challenge)
Uchida, Yoshiko. Invisible Thread. New York: Morrow. 1995. The
author tells about her experiences growing up in Berkeley, California,
as a second-generation Japanese American and of her family's experiences
during World War II in internment camps. (average)