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If You Could Be Mine

In Iran, it’s a crime punishable by death to be gay. Sex reassignment surgery is covered by the government health program, though, and regarded by many as a way to fix a “mistake.” Sahar, seventeen, has been in love with her best friend, a girl named Nasrin, since they were six. Sahar even lets herself […]

Other Descriptors: Iran, Middle Eastern, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult (ages 14-18) » Themes: , , , , » 1 Comment

The Desert Fox Family Book

Introduces the desert fox, or fennec, by following a mother and her young at rest and at play, hunting and eating, in their harsh yet beautiful desert world.

Other Descriptors: Africa, information book, Nonfiction, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , , , , , » Leave a comment

The Everlasting Embrace

Each morning as the sun brightens the West African sky, mother and child prepare to start their day. They spend it bound together, the child riding on the mother’s back watching their world go past. Pounding millet, drawing water from the well, visiting friends, shopping at the outdoor market. They share the days in perfect […]

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

Bombay Blues

Dimple Lala thought that growing up would give her all the answers, but instead she has more questions than ever. Her boyfriend is distant, her classmates are predictable, and a blue mood has settled around the edges of everything she does. It’s time for a change, and a change is just what Dimple is going […]

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

The Turtle Of Oman

When Aref, a third-grader who lives in Muscat, Oman, refuses to pack his suitcase and prepare to move to Michigan, his mother asks for help from his grandfather, his Siddi, who takes Aref around the country, storing up memories he can carry with him to a new home.

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

The Mouse Who Ate The Moon

Little Mouse finds the moon so beautiful that she longs to have a piece of it all to herself. What happens when her wish comes true? Little Mouse loves to look up at the moon every night. But one night, when a piece of the moon falls from the sky, she can’t resist taking a […]

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

Green Boy

Trey’s little brother, Lou, is different — he doesn’t speak and he suffers frightening seizures. But when he and Trey find themselves mysteriously transported to Pangaia, an alternative universe where pollution and over-development have all but destroyed nature, a militant underground environmental group greets him as the prophesied hero who will save their world. But […]

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

Fireflies In The Dark: The Story Of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis And The Children Of Terezin

Covers the years during which Friedl Dicker, a Jewish woman from Czechoslovakia, taught art to children at the Terezin Concentration Camp. Includes art created by teacher and students, excerpts from diaries, and interviews with camp survivors.

Other Descriptors: Biography, Czech Republic, information book, Intermediate (ages 9-14) » Themes: , , , , » Leave a comment

Playing For The Commandant

“Look after each other and get home safe. And when you do, tell everyone what you saw and what they did to us.” These are Hanna’s father’s parting words to her and her sister when their family is separated at the gates of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Her father’s words — and a black C-sharp […]

Other Descriptors: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Hungary, Intermediate (ages 9-14), Realistic Fiction » Themes: , , , , , » Leave a comment

Yellow Moon, Apple Moon

In this delightful bedtime rhyme a young child bids good night to the moon, recalling all the familiar things surrounding her, from her pillow, her book, and her kitten to the swing outside, the robins in the trees, and the starry night.

Other Descriptors: Canada, Early Years (ages 2-6), Picture Book, Rhymes/songs » Themes: , , , , , » Leave a comment
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