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Sarah And The People Of Sand River

Twelve-year-old Sarah is told by her widowed father that she must leave the Frog Bay wilderness and go to school in the city to learn to speak English, but when the family that she lives with is cold and cruel, keeping her out of school, she earns the angel-like protection of a wise raven.

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


The ancient Romans used the word barbarian to describe people who were coarse, rude, or even just foreign. Over time the word has also come to connote bloodthirsty cruelty. But were the Goths, the Huns, the Vikings, and the Mongols as barbaric as we’ve been led to believe? In dynamic, detailed spreads that young readers […]

Other Descriptors: information book, Intermediate (ages 9-14), International, Nonfiction, Picture Book » Themes: , , , , » Leave a comment

The Wonderful Dogfish Racket

It was a normal summer for one small fishing village in Newfoundland until the dogfish arrived!

Other Descriptors: Intermediate (ages 9-14), Picture Book, Rhymes/songs, Uganda » Themes: , , , » Leave a comment

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain describes in rhythmic, read-along verse how a resourceful man finds water for his thirsty herd and ends the drought afflicting the plain.

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

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

Just So Stories

The second volume includes “The Beginning of the Armadilloes,” “How the First Letter Was Written,” “How the Alphabet Was Made,” The Crab That Played with the Sea,” “The Cat That Walked by Himself” and “The Butterfly That Stamped.” The first edition of Just So Stories was published in Great Britain in 1902, along with black-and-white […]

Other Descriptors: Database, India, Nonfiction, Primary (ages 6-9), Short Stories » 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
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