My Two Blankets

Cartwheel moves to a new country with her auntie, and everything is strange: the animals, the plants even the wind. An old blanket gives Cartwheel comfort when she’s sad, and a new blanket just might change her world.

See the review at WOW Review, Volume 8, Issue 3

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Amy’s Three Best Things

Amy may never have spent a night away from home, but today she declares that she wants to spend not one but three nights at her grandma’s house. So she packs a bag, and off she goes. During the day, she and Grandma have a lovely time, but when Amy is alone in bed she starts to miss her mother and her baby brother and their dog, Bonzo. Luckily Amy has brought her three best things for a visit, which offer a heartening taste of home — in the most remarkable ways! From the stellar creative pair of Philippa Pearce and Helen Craig comes a wonderfully reassuring bedtime tale.

Jemmy Button

Inspired by the true story of Jemmy Button–a native boy from Tierra del Fuego who was taken to England to be “civilized”–this book illustrates Jemmy’s extraordinary encounters as an outsider in an unfamiliar land and his emotional return home….

Antonio on the Other Side of the World, Getting Smaller

Antonio has fun visiting his grandmother but misses his mother so much that he starts to shrink, and as he travels back to the other side of the world by ship, train, and horse, he gets smaller and smaller.

My Havana: Memories of a Cuban Boyhood

Relates events in the childhood of architect Secundino Fernandez, who left his beloved Havana, Cuba, with his parents, first to spend a year in Spain, and later to move to New York City.

My Name Is Seepeetza

Her name was Seepeetza when she was at home with her family. But now that she’s living at the Indian residential school her name is Martha Stone, and everything else about her life has changed as well. Told in the honest voice of a sixth grader, this is the story of a young Native girl forced to live in a world governed by strict nuns, arbitrary rules, and a policy against talking in her own dialect, even with her family. Seepeetza finds bright spots, but most of all she looks forward to summers and holidays at home. This autobiographical novel is written in the form of Seepeetza’s diary.

Marisol and the Yellow Messenger

Marisol learns about identity, loss, and the continuation of love and hope after her father is killed and her family must move north from Latin America, but through dreams she discovers her father’s presence, but in a different way than before.

Guess What I Found In Dragon Wood

In this twist on the “boy finds lost pet” tale, a young dragon discovers a Benjamin in Dragonwood. The dragon takes the boy home, to school and the playground. The Benjamin is a fascinating creature. He doesn’t have claws or scales and can’t even fly. When the Benjamin gets homesick, the dragon decides to help him get home. How will the other Benjamins react to finding a dragon in their world?

Wildflower Girl

Thirteen-year-old Peggy O’Driscoll, left orphaned and homeless by the Great Famine of the 1840s, leaves Ireland to seek her fortune in America.