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Paper Son

Twelve-year-old Lee, an orphan, reluctantly leaves his grandparents in China for the long sea voyage to San Francisco, where he and other immigrants undergo examinations at Angel Island Immigration Station.

Other Descriptors: China, Historical Fiction, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , , » Leave a comment

Going Over

It is February 1983, and Berlin is a divided city with a miles-long barricade separating east from west. But the city isn’t the only thing that is divided. Ada lives among the rebels, punkers, and immigrants of Kreuzberg in West Berlin. Stefan lives in East Berlin, in a faceless apartment bunker of Friedrichshain. Bound by […]

Other Descriptors: Germany, Historical Fiction, Young Adult (ages 14-18) » Themes: , , , , , , » 1 Comment

Diamond Boy

“Diamonds for everyone.” That’s what fifteen-year-old Patson Moyo hears when his family arrives in the Marange diamond fields. Soon Patson is working in the mines himself, hoping find his girazi–the priceless that stone that could change his life forever. But when the government’s soldiers comes to Marange, Patson’s world is shattered. Set against the backdrop […]

Other Descriptors: Intermediate (ages 9-14), Realistic Fiction, Young Adult (ages 14-18), Zimbabwe » Themes: , , » Leave a comment

The Race

Get ready, get set, GO! A group of caribou gather together to run a race. Starting at the beginning of the course, readers join in the fun as the caribou engage in some rather outlandish tricks in order to be the first to cross the finish line. (Banana skins, for example, are an effective way […]

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

How Does My Garden Grow?

Sophie lives in the city, and her vegetables come from the supermarket. Then she goes to visit her grandparents in the countryside — and soon discovers how much there is to learn about how things grow! Sophie helps her grandfather through the different seasons, finding out about mulching onions, eating flowers, weeding, bees, making salad, […]

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

The Race For The Chinese Zodiac

With gorgeous illustrations based on Chinese painting techniques, a lively retelling of the legendary animals’ race that led to the twelve signs on the Chinese Zodiac.

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

Three Years And Eight Months

Recounts the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong from 1942-1945 as Choi, a ten-year-old Chinese American boy, secretly joins the resistance and saves thousands of American, British and Canadian forces. Includes historical notes and photographs.

Other Descriptors: China, Historical Fiction, Hong Kong, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , » Leave a comment

Brief Thief

“A lizard takes the liberty of using what seem to be some old underpants when he runs out of toilet paper. What he doesn’t count on is that his own conscience and an outraged rabbit will be watching”–

Other Descriptors: Early Years (ages 2-6), France, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , , » 1 Comment

Home Is Beyond The Mountains

When the Turkish army invades northwestern Persia in 1918, nine-year-old Samira and her parents, brother, and baby sister are driven from their tiny village. Taking only what they can carry, they flee into the mountains, but the journey is so difficult that only Samira and her older brother survive. Shunted from one refugee camp to […]

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

The Lightning Dreamer

In free verse, evokes the voice of Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, a book-loving writer, feminist, and abolitionist who courageously fought injustice in nineteenth-century Cuba. Includes historical notes, excerpts from her writings, biographical information, and source notes.

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