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All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front by
Depicts the experiences of a group of young German soldiers fighting and suffering during the last days of World War I.
The Book Thief
The Book Thief by
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. Includes readers' guide.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, nine-year-old Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pyjamas who lives behind a wire fence. Suggested level: secondary.
The Cellist of Sarajevo
The Cellist of Sarajevo by
Follows the lives of four people--a baker, a young father, a sniper, and a cellist who commits to playing Albinoni's "Adagio" once a day for twenty-two days in memory of his neighbors who were killed--trying to adjust to their new daily routines in war-torn Sarajevo.
Children of the River
Children of the River by
Having fled Cambodia four years earlier to escape the Khmer Rouge army, seventeen-year-old Sundara is torn between remaining faithful to her own people and adjusting to life in her Oregon high school as a "regular" American.
Chinese Cinderella : the True Story of an Unwanted Daughter
Chinese Cinderella by
The author tells the story of her painful childhood in China where she lived until the age of fourteen with her father, stepmother, and siblings, all of whom considered her bad luck because her mother died shortly after giving birth to her.
Alex Douglas always wanted to be a hero. But nothing heroic ever happened to Alex. Nothing, that is, until his eleventh birthday. When Alex rescues a stray dog as a birthday gift to himself, he doesn't think his life can get much better. Radar, his new dog, pretty much feels the same way. But this day has bigger things in store for both of them. This is a story about bullies and heroes. About tragedy and hope. About enemies with two legs and friends with four, and pesky little sisters and cranky old men, and an unexpected lesson in kindness delivered with a slice of pizza. This is Eleven the journey of a boy turning eleven on 9/11.
Farewell to Manzanar
Farewell to Manzanar by
Japanese American Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston shares the story of her family's experiences living at the Manzanar internment camp during World War II, and discusses the influences of those early years in forced detention on the rest of her life.
Krik? Krak! by
Nine stories that encompass both the cruelties and the high ideals of Haitian life.
A Long Walk to Water
A Long Walk to Water by
When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.
A Long Way Gone : Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
A Long Way Gone by
Ishmael Beah describes his experiences after he was driven from his home by war in Sierra Leone and picked up by the government army at the age of thirteen, serving as a soldier for three years before being removed from fighting by UNICEF and eventually moving to the United States.
Nectar in a Sieve
Nectar in a Sieve by
A traditional peasant woman in early twentieth-century India struggles with poverty and the changes arriving in her agrarian village, particularly the tanning factory that takes her son's life.
A true account of the author's experiences as a Jewish boy with his family in a Nazi concentration camp.
The Outsiders by
The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society.
All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They lived different lives, had different interests and kept different secrets. But they shared the same best friend. They were sidekicks. And now that Isaac's gone, what does that make them?
Tally is faced with a difficult choice when her new friend Shay decides to risk life on the outside rather than submit to the forced operation that turns sixteen year old girls into gorgeous beauties, and realizes that there is a whole new side to the pretty world that she doesn't like.