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  • So Far from the Bamboo Groveby Yoko Kawashima Watkins

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 4.49

    In the final days of World War II, Koreans were determined to take back control of their country from the Japanese and end the suffering caused by the Japanese occupation. As an eleven-year-old girl living with her Japanese family in northern Korea, Yoko is suddenly fleeing for her life with her mother and older sister, Ko, trying to escape to Japan,... more...

  • Janusz Korczak's Childrenby Gloria Spielman; Matthew Archambault

    Kar-Ben Publishing 2014; US$ 6.99

    In the years between World War I and World War II, young Henryk Goldszmidt dreamed of creating a better world for children. As an adult, using the pen name Janusz Korczak, he became a writer, doctor, and an enlightened leader in the field of education, unaware to what use his skills were destined to be put. Dr. Korczak established a Jewish orphanage... more...

  • Hideous Loveby Stephanie Hemphill

    HarperCollins 2013; US$ 13.49

    From Stephanie Hemphill, author of the Printz Honor winner Your Own, Sylvia and the acclaimed novel Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials, comes the fascinating story of gothic novelist Mary Shelley, most famous for the classic Frankenstein . An all-consuming love affair with famed poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, a family torn apart by... more...

  • Gertrude Chandler Warner and the Boxcar Childrenby Mary Ellen Ellsworth

    Albert Whitman & Company 2013; US$ 5.99

    In this biography, readers will learn about Gertrude Chandler Warner?s childhood living across the street from the railroad tracks, her bouts with poor health, and her rewarding teaching career. Most importantly, they will learn about her earliest attempts at writing and her inspiration for  The Boxcar Children . more...

  • Chasing Mavericks: The Movie Novelizationby Christine Peymani

    HarperCollins 2012; US$ 6.68

    Based on the inspirational true story of surfing icon Jay Moriarity, Chasing Mavericks tells the story of a young man's quest to surf Northern California's most dangerous waves, and the local legend who takes him under his wing. What begins as a mentorship turns into a unique bond, as the two unlikely friends discover that there is nothing more... more...

  • Never Fall Downby Patricia McCormick

    HarperCollins 2012; US$ 7.49

    This National Book Award nominee from two-time finalist Patricia McCormick is the unforgettable story of Arn Chorn-Pond, who defied the odds to survive the Cambodian genocide of 1975-1979 and the labor camps of the Khmer Rouge. Based on the true story of Cambodian advocate Arn Chorn-Pond, and authentically told from his point of view as a young boy,... more...

  • A Boy Called Dickensby Deborah Hopkinson; John Hendrix

    Random House Children's Books 2012; US$ 17.99

    For years Dickens kept the story of his own childhood a secret. Yet it is a story worth telling. For it helps us remember how much we all might lose when a child's dreams don't come true . . . As a child, Dickens was forced to live on his own and work long hours in a rat-infested blacking factory. Readers will be drawn into the winding streets of... more...

  • I Have Lived a Thousand Yearsby Livia Bitton-Jackson

    Simon Pulse 2011; US$ 7.99

    What is death all about? What is life all about? So wonders thirteen-year-old Elli Friedmann as she fights for her life in a Nazi concentration camp. A remarkable memoir, I Have Lived a Thousand Years is a story of cruelty and suffering, but at the same time a story of hope, faith, perseverance, and love. It wasn?t long ago that Elli led... more...

  • Itamar makes Friendsby Josh Hasten

    Gefen Publishing House 2011; US$ 9.99

    Eight year old Itamar lives on a yishuv, small villiage in Israel. He loves to milk goats, shear sheep, and most of all to play soccer. When he goes to visit his cousins in the big city, he meets boys who are totally different from him- or are they? more...

  • Cleopatra Confessesby Carolyn Meyer

    Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books 2011; US$ 11.99

    Meet teenage Cleopatra in this first-person account of history that captures ?sibling rivalry at its most vicious? ( Publishers Weekly ). It is the first century B.C., an ancient time of everpresent drama and danger. Cleopatra, the third of the pharaoh?s six children, is whom her father has chosen to be the next queen of Egypt. But when King Ptolemy... more...