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The Book Thief

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

Other Descriptors: Awards, Europe, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult (ages 14-18) » Themes: , , , , » Leave a comment

The First Drawing

Thirty thousand years ago, an imaginative child sees the shapes of animals in clouds and on the walls of the cave he shares with his family, but no one else can see them until he makes the world’s first drawing. Includes author’s note on cave drawings. Join the discussion of The First Drawing as well […]

Other Descriptors: Early Years (ages 2-6), Fiction, France, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , » Leave a comment

Story Of The Kind Wolf

People say someone was as fierce as a wolf, as timid as a rabbit, asa sly as a fox or as wise as an owl. But not all wolves are fierce, any more than all foxes are sly or all owls wise. A gentled wolf returns to the forest of his birth to practice medicine, […]

Other Descriptors: Early Years (ages 2-6), International, Picture Book » Themes: , , , , » Leave a comment

Exquisite Corpse

Zoe isn’t the intellectual type, which is why she doesn’t recognize world-famous author Thomas Rocher when she stumbles into his apartment…and into his life. It’s also why she doesn’t know that Rocher is supposed to be dead. Rocher faked his death years ago to escape his critics, and has been making a killing releasing his […]

Other Descriptors: France, Graphic Novel, Young Adult (ages 14-18) » Themes: , , » Leave a comment

A Night Divided

When the Berlin Wall went up, Gerta, her mother, and her brother Fritz are trapped on the eastern side where they were living, while her father, and her other brother Dominic are in the West–four years later, now twelve, Gerta sees her father on a viewing platform on the western side and realizes he wants […]

Other Descriptors: Fiction, Germany, Intermediate (ages 9-14) » Themes: , , » 1 Comment

The Letter For The King

On the night of his final vigil before being knighted, Tiuri answers a request to deliver an urgent letter to a distant kingdom across the Great Mountains–a journey that will threaten his life and teach him the true meaning of what it is to be a knight.

Other Descriptors: Europe, Fiction, Intermediate (ages 9-14), Netherlands » Themes: , , , , » Leave a comment

The White Cat And The Monk :

A monk leads a simple life. He studies his books late into the evening and searches for truth in their pages. His cat, Pangur, leads a simple life, too, chasing prey in the darkness. As night turns to dawn, Pangur leads his companion to the truth he has been seeking.

Other Descriptors: Early Years (ages 2-6), Europe, Picture Book » Themes: , » Leave a comment

Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes

Who cut off Medusa’s head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to […]

Other Descriptors: Europe, Fantasy, Fiction, Intermediate (ages 9-14) » Themes: , , » Leave a comment

Elephant In The Dark

In this version of the blind men and the elephant, based on a poem by Rūmī, Persian villagers try to figure out what strange animal in a dark barn has arrived from India.

Other Descriptors: Asia, Folklore, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , , , » Leave a comment

Zen Socks

Stillwater the giant panda and his friends Leo and Molly teach each other about patience, sharing, and compassion.

Other Descriptors: Asia, Early Years (ages 2-6), Picture Book » Themes: , , » Leave a comment
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