Global 10 Reading Selections
270 STA Stark, Rodney. The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success.
New York: Random House, 2005.
Presents the author's view of how Christianity shaped the development of the Western world, suggesting that
Christianity--with rational thought and its related institutions--was directly responsible for the important intellectual,
political, and scientific breakthroughs in history.
297 NAI Naipaul, V. S. Among the Believers: an Islamic Journey. New York: Vintage Books, 1982, 1981.
Presents the Nobel Prize-winning account of the author's travels through the Islamic world.
297.8 HAZ Hazleton, Lesley. After the Prophet : the Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni split in Islam . New York: Doubleday,
Examines the origins of the Shia-Sunni split in Islam, from its start in Arabia in 632 to its lasting influence on modern
conflicts in the Middle East, explaining how the succession crisis following the death of Muhammad created a divide
among the Muslim people that is still felt in the twenty-first century.
303.6 COM The Communist Manifesto and Other Revolutionary Writings: Marx, Marat, Paine, Mao, Gandhi, and Others.
Mineola, N.Y: Dover Publications, 2003.
An anthology of writings by the world's leading revolutionary figures that spans three centuries.
303.6 DUN Dunson, Donald H. Child, Victim, Soldier: the Loss of Innocence in Uganda. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books,
Discusses the stories of various children who were kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army, a rebel group in
northern Uganda, trained to be killers, and forced to commit savage acts as soldiers.
303.6 EIC Eichstaedt, Peter H. First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army.
Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 2009.
Describes the experiences of children kidnapped into service for the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, in which boys
are required to complete brutal initiations--murdering their parents, friends, and relatives--and girls are forced into
sexual slavery and labor.
304.6 JAN January, Brendan. Genocide: Modern Crimes against Humanity. Minneapolis, Minn: Twenty-First Century
Explores the process of genocide by examining the genocides of six different groups of people, the Armenians of the
Ottoman Empire, the Jews of Europe, the Cambodians, the Tutsis of Rwanda, the Muslims of Bosnia, and the Darfur
tribes of Sudan, focusing on the human aspects of genocide that are often overlooked.
305.2 ADE Adelman, Deborah. The "Children of Perestroika": Moscow Teenagers Talk about Their Lives and the
Future. Armonk, N.Y: M.E. Sharpe, 1992.
Russian teenagers talk about their families, daily lives, relationships, sexuality, gender roles, educational and career
choices, their views on their homeland and the West, and their own values and ideals.
305.4 SKA Skaine, Rosemarie. The Women of Afghanistan Under the Taliban. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland & Co, 2002.
Profiles many Afghan women living under the rule of the Taliban and describes the modern social and political roles
of women in Afghanistan.
305.48 ROD Rodriguez, Deborah. Kabul Beauty School: an American Woman Goes Behind the Veil. New York: Random
Hairdresser Deborah Rodriguez details her experiences in post-Taliban Afghanistan, discussing the opening of her
beauty school and recalls the personal stories of various women who overcame obstacles to obtain an education in
306 FER Fernea, Elizabeth Warnock. Guests of the Sheik: an Ethnography of an Iraqi Village. New York:
The author provides insight into life in the Middle East through the story of her experiences living in the rural village
of El Nahra, Iraq, where she donned the black veils of the women of the harem in order to help her anthropologist
husband gather data.
306 MUL Müller, Karin. Japanland: a Year in Search of Wa. Emmaus, Pa.: Rodale, 2005.
Presents the author's first-hand account of her years living as a foreigner in Japan, describing the culture from her
unique perspective, including information on geishas, samurai, taiko drummers, criminal yakuza, and more.
323 JOH Johnson, Ian. Wild Grass: Three Stories of Change in Modern China. New York: Pantheon Books, 2004.
Ian Johnson recounts the true stories of three ordinary people who find themselves fighting oppression and
government corruption in China.
341.242 KAH Kahn, Peggy. The European Union. New York: Chelsea House, 2008.
This book describes the history and structure of the European Union and examines its missions concerning Europe's
economy, food supply, environmental issues, and diversity.
355.008 MIL Miles, Rosalind. Hell Hath No Fury: True Stories of Women at War from Antiquity to Iraq. New York:
Three Rivers Press, 2008.
A collection of biographical essays of women who have led, fought in, and participated in wars throughout history,
including Cleopatra, Tammy Duckworth, Belle Boyd, Martha Gellhorn, and others.
362.73 TUC Tucker, Neely. Love in the Driest Season: a Family Memoir. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2005.
Foreign correspondent Neely Tucker chronicles the experiences he and his wife had volunteering at an orphanage in
Zimbabwe, describing the devastating consequences of AIDS on the population, especially children, and discusses the
challenges he and his wife faced when they decided to adopt a Zimbabwean baby girl.
363.325 LAN Landau, Elaine. Suicide Bombers. Minneapolis, MN: Twenty-First Century Books, 2007.
Explores how terrorist groups recruit and train young soldiers to be suicide bombers, describing the tactics they use
to convince these soldiers that their religious philosophy is worth dying for, no matter how many innocent lives are
taken in the process.
365 SOL Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Isaevich. The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956: an Experiment in Literary
Investigation. New York: Perennial, 2002.
The author examines the Soviet Union's abuse of its citizens from 1918 through 1956, drawing from his own
experiences, the testimony of other victims, and Soviet archives to describe secret police operations, labor camps,
prisons, and the extermination of communities.
365.450 OUF Oufkir, Malika. Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail. New York: Hyperion, 1999.
The author recounts her life story, including the ordeal she shared with her mother and five siblings through two
decades, prisoners of the Moroccan monarchy from 1972 to 1991.
371.82 MOR Mortenson, Greg. Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations--One School
at a Time. New York: Viking, 2006.
Greg Mortenson recounts the experiences he had while trying to help impoverished villages in Pakistan's Karakoram
Himalaya build schools for their children.
378.1 KER Kerns, Ann. Who Will Shout If Not Us?: Student Activists and the Tiananmen Square Protest, China, 1989.
Minneapolis, MN: Twenty-First Century Books, 2011.
Describes the events that lead students in China to protest against their government in 1989, the civil rights issues
they fought for, and the outcome of their street protest in Tiananmen Square.
796.52 KRA Krakauer, Jon. Into Thin Air: a Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster. New York: Anchor Books,
The author relates his experience of climbing Mount Everest during its deadliest season and examines what it is about
the mountain that makes people willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense.
811 ENG Engle, Margarita. The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom. New York: Henry Holt and
A collection of poems in which Rosa, a healer, describes her experiences trying to help Cuban peasants who have
been forced to leave their farms and villages in 1896 and given eight days to find their way to "reconcentration
camps" or be killed.
811 NYE Nye, Naomi Shihab. 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East. New York: Greenwillow Books,
A collection of sixty poems in which the Arab-American author examines life in the Middle East.
915.104 WAR Warmbrunn, Erika. Where the Pavement Ends: One Woman's Bicycle Trip through Mongolia, China, &
Vietnam. Seattle, WA: Mountaineers Books, 2001.
The author shares the story of her experiences while riding a bicycle on an eight-month, eight-thousand-kilometer trek
from Mongolia, through China, and down the length of Vietnam.
916.04 THE Theroux, Paul. Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
The author chronicles the journey he took through Africa nearly forty years after his first experiences on the continent
as a teacher, and reflects upon the changes he saw.
916.604 SAL Salak, Kira. The Cruelest Journey: 600 miles to Timbuktu. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2005.
The author recalls the experiences of her six-hundred-mile journey on the Niger River through Mali, from Old Segou
to Timbuktu on her quest to buy the freedom of two Bella slave girls.
916.604 TAY Tayler, Jeffrey. Angry Wind: through Muslim Black Africa by Truck, Bus, Boat, and Camel. Boston:
Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
Travel writer Jeffrey Tayler chronicles the experiences he had while traveling through the African Sahel, the lower
expanse of the Sahara that marks the southern limit of Islam's reach in West and Central Africa, sharing what he
learned about the region's people, culture, beliefs, and conflicts.
920 HEI Heiligman, Deborah. Charles and Emma: the Darwin’s Leap of Faith. New York: Henry Holt and Co.,
Provides an account of Charles Darwin's life and evolutionary theory, examining how his personal life affected his
work and vice versa because of his wife's strong religious beliefs.
920 ODO O'Donnell, Beth. Angels in Africa: Profiles of Seven Extraordinary Women. New York: Vendome Press,
Photographs and text profile women in sub-Saharan Africa who are making a difference in their communities by
working to improve the lives of those around them, despite enormous obstacles and challenges.
920 RAP Rappaport, Helen. The Last Days of the Romanovs : Tragedy at Ekaterinburg. New York: St. Martin's Press,
A comprehensive history of the final days of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, his wife, and their children, who were
murdered by a group of assassins in July 1918.
920 WE We are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust. New York: Scholastic, 1995.
Presents excerpts from the diaries of five Jewish teenagers who were part of the millions of men, women, and children
who died under Hitler's Nazi regime during World War II.
921 ANA Bush, Jenna. Ana's Story: a Journey of Hope. New York: HarperCollins, 2007.
Jenna Bush presents a nonfiction account of Ana, a young Latin American mother, who shared with Bush the loss of
her parents to AIDS, abuse from her grandmother and aunt, and of her own battle with AIDS.
921 ANSARY Ansary, Mir Tamim. West of Kabul, East of New York: an Afghan American Story. New York: Farrar,
Straus and Giroux, 2002.
Ansary, son of an Afghan father and American mother, describes his life in Afghanistan where he was born in 1948,
and in America where he has lived since the age of sixteen, and discusses the impact of an E-mail he sent to friends on
Sept. 12, 2001 to express his feelings about the Taliban, which gained worldwide attention.
921 APPLEMAN Appleman-Jurman, Alicia. Alicia: My Story. New York: Bantam, 1990.
The story of a young girl who rescued thousands of Jews after losing her entire family to the Nazis.
921 BARAKAT Barakat, Ibtisam. Tasting the Sky: a Palestinian Childhood. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
A memoir in which the author describes her childhood as a Palestinian refugee, discussing her family's experiences
during and after the Six-Day War, and the freedom she felt at learning to read and write.
921 BEAH Beah, Ishmael. A Long Way Gone : Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. New York: Sara Crichton, 2008.
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.
921 BERNSTEIN Bernstein, Sara Tuvel. The Seamstress: a Memoir of Survival. New York: Putnam, 1997.
Recounts the author's experiences as a Jew in Nazi occupied Europe, her survival in a concentration camp, and post-
war life in America speaking out as a Holocaust survivor.
921 BIN LADEN Bergen, Peter L. The Osama bin Laden I Know: an Oral History of al-Qaeda's Leader. New York: Free
Peter Bergen draws on interviews to explore the life and true nature of Osama bin Laden and his deadly legacy of
921 BIN LADEN Landau, Elaine. Osama bin Laden: a War Against the West. Brookfield, Conn: Twenty-First Century Books,
Presents biographical information about militant Islamic leader Osama bin Laden, including his role in international
terrorism and the beliefs that fuel his actions.
921 BUERGENTHAL Buergenthal, Thomas. A Lucky Child: a Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy. New
York: Little, Brown, 2009.
Thomas Buergenthanl, a judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, shares his memories of what it was
like to be a child in the Holocaust and to survive the concentration camps, and discusses his experiences after being
liberated from Sachsenhausen, his miraculous reunion with his mother after three years apart, and his emigration to
the U.S. in 1951.
921 CALCINES Calcines, Eduardo F. Leaving Glorytown: One Boy's Struggle under Castro. New York: Farrar Straus
The author reflects on his childhood growing up in 1960s Cuba, discussing how his family was treated for applying
for an exit visa to the United States, his fears of being drafted into the Army, the conditions of his poor neighborhood,
921 CASTRO Geyer, Georgie Anne. Guerrilla Prince: the Untold Story of Fidel Castro. Boston: Little, Brown, 1991.
Draws from hundreds of interviews with a wide range of sources to examine the life and career of Cuban dictator
Fidel Castro, and includes four extensive interviews with Castro.
921 CASTRO Rees, Fran. Fidel Castro : Leader of Communist Cuba. Minneapolis, MN: Compass Point Books, 2006.
A biography of Communist dictator of Cuba, Fidel Castro describing his childhood and rise to power in 1959
following the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista, political and economic changes in Cuba, and Cuban Missile Crisis.
921 CHACOUR Chacour, Elias. Blood Brothers. Grand Rapids, MI: Chosen Books, 1984.
Presents the true story of Elias Chacour, a Palestinian Christian, his love for his Jewish neighbors, and the forced
exile of the Palestinians from Galilee in 1948.
921 CHANG Chang, Pang-Mei Natasha. Bound Feet & Western Dress. New York: Anchor Books, 1997.
A contemporary Chinese-American woman's life is contrasted with that of a great-aunt born in Shanghai at the turn-
921 CHEN Chen, Da. China's Son: Growing Up in the Cultural Revolution. New York: Delacorte, 2003.
Da Chen recounts the experiences he had while growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution.
921 CHEN Chen, Da. Colors of the Mountain. New York: Anchor Books, 2001, 1999.
An autobiography of Da Chen, who describes how he and his family survived the Cultural Revolution in China.
921 CHENG Cheng, Nien. Life and Death in Shanghai. New York: Penguin Books, 1988.
The author tells of her solitary confinement and torture as a wealthy Chinese woman during the Cultural Revolution.
921 CHIANG Donovan, Sandra. Madame Chiang Kai-shek: Face of Modern China. Minneapolis, MN: Compass Point
A biography of Madame Chiang Kai-shek, wife of Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek, who played an important role
in the modernization of China.
921 CHIGER Chiger, Krystyna. The Girl in the Green Sweater: a Life in Holocaust's Shadow. New York: St. Martin's
Krystyna Chiger describes growing up during the Holocaust in Lvov, Poland, and details her memories after her
family decided to go into hiding inside the city's sewer system, and describes Leopold Socha, the Polish Catholic man-
-and former thief--who risked everything to help them.
921 CHURCHILL Haugen, Brenda. Winston Churchill: British Soldier, Writer, Statesman. Minneapolis, MN: Compass Point
A short biography of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill which focuses on his childhood and early
military and political life, his leadership during World War II, and his fame as a noted speaker, author, and painter.
921 CLERQ ZUBLI Clercq Zubli, Rita la Fontaine de. Disguised: a War Memoir. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2007.
The author, an Indonesian woman, describes the three years she spent, beginning at age twelve, disguised as a boy in
order to avoid becoming a "comfort woman" to Japanese soldiers in a prison camp during World War II.
921 COETZEE Coetzee, J. M. Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life. New York: Penguin Books, 1998.
The author describes growing up north of Cape Town in South Africa in the mid-twentieth century, discussing his first
encounters with literature and his impressions of apartheid.
921 CURIE Borzendowski, Janice. Marie Curie: Mother of Modern Physics. New York: Sterling Pub, 2009.
A biography of the scientist and Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie explores both Curie's personal and professional
life.A biography of Marie Curie, whose discovery of radium changed science and the world, and describes her
childhood, education, and the hardships she faced in her professional life.
921 DANG Đặng, Thùy Trâm. Last Night I Dreamed of Peace : the Diary of Dang Thuy Tram. New York: Harmony
An English translation of the diary of Dang Thuy Tram, a doctor who volunteered to serve in a Viet Cong battlefield
hospital in the Quang Ngai Province during the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1970, when she was killed by American
921 EINSTEIN Yeatts, Tabatha. Albert Einstein: the Miracle Mind. New York: Sterling, 2007.
Presents a biography of the renowned physicist whose revolutionary theories about space, time, and gravitation
transformed our understanding about how the universe works.
921 FILIPOVIC Filipovic, Zlata. Zlata's Diary: a Child's Life in Sarajevo. New York: Penguin Books, 1995.
The diary of a thirteen-year-old girl living in Sarajevo, begun just before her eleventh birthday when there was still
peace in her homeland.
921 FRANK Mullin, Rita T. Anne Frank: Hidden Hope. New York: Sterling Pub, 2008.
Chronicles the life of Anne Frank, discussing her childhood in Germany, years hiding from Nazi troops during World
War II, the journal entries that made her famous, and other related topics.
921 GADARYAN Çetin, Fethiye. My Grandmother: a Memoir. London: Verso, 2008.
Fethiye Cetin recounts the story of her grandmother's early life, when she was sent on a death march from her small
Armenian village after the men were slaughtered and eventually saved by a Turkish gendarme captain who adopted
921 GANDHI Somervill, Barbara A. Indira Gandhi : Political Leader in India. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2007.
A brief biography of political leader Indira Gandhi of India that chronicles her life and achievements.
921 GHAHRAMANI Ghahramani, Zarah. My Life as a Traitor. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008.
Zarah Ghahramani recollects her childhood in Iran, being raised by a family who encouraged her creativity in a
country were women were oppressed; and recalls her experiences in Evin Prison, a jail in Tehran where she was
subjected to physical and psychological torture for showing her hair in public.
921 HAUTZIG Hautzig, Esther Rudomin. The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia. New York: HarperCollins, 1968.
During World War II, when she was eleven years old, the author and her family were arrested in Poland by the
Russians as political enemies and exiled to Siberia. She recounts here the trials of the following five years spent on
the harsh Asian steppe.
921 HITLER Giblin, James. The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler. New York: Clarion Books, 2002.
Chronicles the life of Adolf Hitler and describes the consequences his quest for German dominance and his hatred of
the Jews brought upon the entire world.
921 HITLER Haugen, Brenda. Adolf Hitler : Dictator of Nazi Germany. Minneapolis, MN: Compass Point Books, 2006.
A biography of German dictator Adolf Hitler describing his childhood, involvement in the First World War, rise to
power during the 1930s as the head of the Nazi Party, and his plan for a master race and world domination.
921 HITLER Hitler, Adolf. Mein Kampf. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
Tells the story of Hitler's life and his social and political philosophy.
921 ISAACSON Isaacson, Judith Magyar. Seed of Sarah: Memoirs of a Survivor. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1991.
The author tells the story of her childhood in Hungary, through her coming-of-age as a prisoner in Nazi
concentration camps, and her marriage to an American officer.
921 JACKSON Jackson, Livia Bitton. I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust. New York: Aladdin
A memoir of Elli Friedmann in which she tells about her experiences at Auschwitz concentration camp where she was
taken at the age of thirteen in 1944 when the Nazis invaded her native Hungary.
921 JACKSON Jackson, Livia Bitton. My Bridges of Hope: Searching for Life and Love after Auschwitz. New York: Simon
In 1945, after surviving a harrowing year in Auschwitz, fourteen-year-old Elli returns, along with her mother and
brother, to the family home, now part of Slovakia, where they try to find a way to rebuild their shattered lives.
921 JADHAV Jadhav, Narendra. Untouchables: My Family's Triumphant Journey Out of the Caste System in Modern
India. New York: Scribner, 2005.
The author relates the story of his family's struggle to rise above the discrimination and humiliation associated with
being a Dalit, or "untouchable," the lowest level of the Hindu caste system.
921 JAFFREY Jaffrey, Madhur. Climbing the Mango Trees: a Memoir of a Childhood in India. New York: Knopf, 2006.
The author provides a memoir of her childhood, family, and being a part of a large family in Delhi, India; along with
a collection of tradition Indian recipes.
921 JOHNSON Wooten, James T. We are All the Same: a Story of a Boy's Courage and a Mother's Love. New York:
Penguin Books, 2005.
Presents the story of Nkosi Johnson, a South African boy born with AIDS, who became an inspiration to thousands of
people suffering from the disease because he believed that every child's life was important.
921 KAMARA Kamara, Mariatu. The Bite of the Mango. Buffalo, NY: Annick Press, 2008.
Describes the life of Mariatu Kamara, focusing on her experiences as a child during the civil war in Sierra Leone
where she was raped, tortured, and had her hands cut off by juvenile rebel soldiers; and discusses her experiences
after the war.
921 KAMKWAMBA Kamkwamba, William. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope.
New York: William Morrow, 2009.
The author details how he ignored naysayers and was able to bring electricity and running water to his Malawian
village when he built a makeshift windmill out of scrap metal and spare parts.
921 KEAT Keat, Nawuth. Alive in the Killing Fields: Surviving the Khmer Rouge Genocide. Washington, DC: National
Nawuth Keat, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge invasion of Cambodia, describes his experiences, discussing the killings
of his family members, his enslavement, the relationships that were formed between people from his community, and
921 KENDERIAN Kenderian, Shant. 1001 Nights in Iraq: the Shocking Story of an American Forced to Fight for Saddam
Against the Country He Loves. New York: Atria Books, 2007.
Shant Kenderian recounts how, at the age of seventeen, he was forced to join Saddam Hussein's army and fight
against his own country against his will.
921 KHERDIAN Kherdian, David. The Road from Home: the Story of an Armenian Girl. New York: Greenwillow Books,
A biography of the author's mother concentrating on her childhood in Turkey before the Turkish government deported
its Armenian population.
921 KLEIN Klein, Gerda Weissmann. All But My Life. New York: Hill and Wang, 1995.
The author tells of the three years she endured as a slave laborer of the Nazis during World War II.
921 KOR Kor, Eva Mozes. Surviving the Angel of Death: the Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz. Terre Haute, IN:
Eva Mozes Kor details the experiences she shared with her twin sister Miriam when they were sent to Auschwitz as
children and were forced to endure medical experiments and other horrors under the care of Josef Mengele.
921 KRAMER Kramer, Clara. Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Survival. New York: Ecco, 2009.
Presents the diary of Clara Kramer, a Polish-Jewish teenager whose family was taken in during World War II by the
Becks, an ethnically German family from their town, who sheltered the Kramers, as well as two other Jewish families,
in a bunker dug out of the basement for twenty months.
921 LATIFA Latifa. My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban: a Young Woman's Story. New York: Talk
Miramax Books, 2001.
Latifa, a young woman who was sixteen in 1996 when the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, tells about her
family's experiences under the repressive regime, focusing on the lives of women and girls who were abruptly denied
the freedom to work, go to school, or even leave their homes without a male escort.
921 LAYSON Layson, Annelex Hofstra. Lost Childhood: My Life in a Japanese Prison Camp during World War II: a
Memoir. Washington, D.C: National Geographic, 2008.
The author reveals a first-hand account of her and her family's experiences when they and other Dutch residents on
the island of Java, were captured by the Japanese in 1942 and taken to a prison camp where they spent over three
921 LEMELMAN Lemelman, Gusta. Mendel's Daughter. New York: Free Press, 2006.
A graphic novel in which Martin Lemelman recounts his mother's childhood in 1930s Poland and her escape from
921 LI Li, Cunxin. Mao's Last Dancer. New York: Putnam, 2003.
Li Cunxin, a principal dancer with the Houston Ballet and Australian Ballet, explains how his childhood of poverty in
rural China changed when he was selected by Madame Mao to attend the dance academy in Beijing, tells how his
devotion to Communist philosophy was shaken during his first visit to the U.S. as part of an exchange program with
the Houston Ballet, and discusses his eventual defection to the West.
921 LI Li, Moying. Snow Falling in Spring: Coming of Age in China during the Cultural Revolution. New York:
Melanie Kroupa Books, 2008.
The author reveals the events of her life from age twelve to adulthood when the cultural revolution of Mao Zedong
destroyed family customs and life as they knew it.
921 LUGOVSKAYA Lugovskaya, Nina. I Want to Live: the Diary of a Young Girl in Stalin's Russia. New
York: Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
Presents the diary Nina Lugovskaya wrote while living in the Soviet Union in the 1930s, where she records the
thoughts, feelings, and emotions the Soviet government interpreted as subversive before she and her family were sent
to a labor camp in Siberia.
921 MAH Mah, Adeline Yen. Falling Leaves: the True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter. New York: Broadway
Autobiography of physician and writer Adeline Yen Mah, discussing her emotionally abusive childhood, experiences
of isolation and loneliness, success as a student, and triumphant struggle to achieve freedom and a new life.
921 MANDELA Mandela, Nelson. Long Walk to Freedom: the Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. Boston: Back Bay Books,
Autobiography of the South African leader, discussing his childhood, political career, and imprisonment.
921 MANDELA Keller, Bill. Tree Shaker: the Story of Nelson Mandela. Boston: Kingfisher, 2008.
Explores the life and accomplishments of Nelson Mandela, discussing his political protests, imprisonment, selection
as president of South Africa, and more.
921 MATHABANE Mathabane, Mark. Kaffir Boy: the True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in
Apartheid South Africa. New York: Penguin Books, 1987.
The author recalls his personal experiences growing up under South African Apartheid during the 1970s, the poverty
and oppression of living in the ghettos of Alexandra, and of those who helped him escape from it.
921 MOAVENI Moaveni, Azadeh. Lipstick Jihad: a Memoir of growing up Iranian in America and American in Iran. New
York : Public Affairs, 2006, 2005.
The author examines her life as an American-born Iranian and the frustration and confusion of trying to live in both
worlds, and describes her decision to move to Tehran as a journalist and the cultural, political, and social upheaval
921 MOLNAR Molnar, Haya Leah. Under a Red Sky: Memoir of a Childhood in Communist Romania. New York: Farrar,
Straus, Giroux, 2010.
Haya Leah Molnar, née Eva Zimmermann, recalls growing up in Bucharest, Romania, during the 1950s. Though she
heard Yiddish and kept Kosher at home, Eva remained unaware of her Jewish heritage. This ignorance protected Eva
at her Communist-run school.
921 MUSSOLINI Haugen, Brenda. Benito Mussolini: Fascist Italian Dictator. Minneapolis, MN: Compass Point Books, 2007.
A brief biography of fascist Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini, that chronicles his childhood, relationship with
German leader Adolf Hitler during World War II, and assassination by his own people in 1945.
921 NIR Nir, Yehuda. The Lost Childhood: a memoir. Tucson, Ariz: Schaffner Press, 2006.
The story of six years in the life of a Polish Jewish boy, who along with his mother and sister, survived World War II
through cunning and guile.
921 SAKHAROV Sakharov, Andrei. Memoirs. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990.
Sakharov, the leader of the Soviet dissenters and a world-renowned human rights activist, recounts his life.
921 SANSAN Sansan. Eighth Moon: the True Story of a Young Girl's Life in Communist China. New York. Harper &
A seventeen-year-old Chinese girl, Sansan, leaves Tiantsin, China for America to be reunited with her parents after
being separated from them for sixteen years.
921 SCHMIDLE Schmidle, Nicholas. To Live or to Perish Forever: Two Tumultuous Years in Pakistan. New York: Henry
Chronicles the two years that the author spent as an American journalist in Pakistan, a journey which began in
October of 2007, and describes the places, people, and other things that he witnessed.
921 SEIERSTAD Seierstad, Asne. The Bookseller of Kabul. Boston: Little, Brown, 2003.
Asne Seierstand recounts the experiences she had while staying with a bookseller named Sultan Khan and his family
in Afghanistan just after the fall of the Taliban, describing what it was like for families in Afghanistan to adjust to a
new way of life and a new government.
921 SENDER Sender, Ruth Minsky. The Cage. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1997.
A teenage girl recounts the suffering and persecution of her family under the Nazis--in a Polish ghetto, during
deportation, and in a concentration camp.
921 SHCHARANSKY Shcharansky, Anatoly. Fear No Evil: the Classic Memoir of One Man’s Triumph Over a Police
State. New York: Random House, 1988.
The author tells the story of his experiences during nine years in a Soviet prison where he was sent after being
kidnapped by the KGB in 1977 and incarcerated for dissident activities and his request to emigrate to Israel.
921 SHEVCHENKO Shevchenko, Arkady N. Breaking with Moscow. New York: Knopf, 1985.
A high-ranking Soviet official tells of his life as a diplomat and a reluctant spy, and of life at the top of the Soviet
power structure before defecting to the U.S.
921 STALIN Haugen, Brenda. Joseph Stalin: Dictator of the Soviet Union . Minneapolis, MN: Compass Point Books,
A biography of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin describing his childhood and early political leanings, association with
Vladimir Lenin, alliance with the United States and England during World War II, and his effort to spread
Communism around the world.
921 SULTANA Sasson, Jean P. Princess: a True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia. New York: Morrow, 1992.
A Saudi Arabian princess tells of her life, from her turbulent childhood to her arranged marriage, revealing the true
role designated to women by men in her country.
921 TENBOOM Ten Boom, Corrie. The Hiding Place. New York: Bantam, 1983.
The memoirs of a Dutch woman who was sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp during World War II as a result of
her activities in the anti-Nazi underground.
921 TSUI Peterson, Michael. Charlie Two Shoes and the Marines of Love Company. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute
Tells the story of Charlie Tsui, an eleven-year-old Chinese boy who was befriended and cared for by a company of
U.S. Marines stationed in China between 1945 and 1949; revealing the difficulties Charlie experienced after the
communist takeover, and discussing efforts to bring Charlie to America which were finally successful in 1983.
921 UNG Ung, Loung. First They Killed My Father: a Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. New York: Harper
Loung Ung, one of seven children of a high-ranking government official in Phnom Penh, tells of her experiences after
her family was forced to flee from Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army, discussing her training as a child soldier in a work
camp for orphans, and telling of how her surviving siblings were eventually reunited.
921 UNG Ung, Loung. Lucky Child: a Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind. New York:
Harper Perennial, 2006.
Loung Ung recounts her struggles to adapt to life in America after arriving in 1980 as a ten-year-old Cambodian
921 WATT Crane, William D. The Man Who Transformed the World: James Watt. New York: Messner, 1963.
A biography of the inventor of the condensing steam engine, a machine which played a vital role in the Industrial
921 YE Ye, Ting-xing. My Name is Number 4: a True Story from the Cultural Revolution. New York: Thomas
Dunne Books, 2008.
Ting-Xing Ye recounts the brutality, horror, and desperation she and her family faced during the Chinese cultural
revolution and reflects on how those events impacted every aspect of her life.
921 ZENATTI Zenatti, Valérie. When I was a Soldier: a memoir. New York: Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2005.
Presents the memoirs of Valerie Zenatti, who at eighteen, enlisted in the Israeli army, endured harsh conditions and
surroundings, and participated in top secret missions for the Israeli Secret Service, and describes her French-Jewish
heritage and personal struggles.
921 ZYSKIND Zyskind, Sara. Struggle. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Co., 1989.
The story of a teenage boy who managed to stay alive during the years of the Jewish Holocaust.
940.3 DOA Doak, Robin S. Assassination at Sarajevo: the Spark that Started World War I. Minneapolis, MN: Compass
Point Books, 2009.
Explains how the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife lead to World War I, and includes
eyewitness accounts and contemporary views of the event, a time line summarizing important dates, and informative
photographs and diagrams.
940.4 LAN Langley, Andrew. The Hundred Days Offensive: the Allies' Push to Win World War I. Minneapolis, MN:
Compass Point Books, 2009.
Chronicles the Allied offensive against the German army near Amiens, France, in 1918 that led to the end of World
940.53 FIT Fitzgerald, Stephanie. Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. Minneapolis, MN: Compass Point Books,
Recounts the events surrounding the November 1938 attacks in which Nazi troops in Germany and Austria destroyed
more than eight thousand Jewish homes, businesses, and synagogues, beginning the Nazi's persecution of the Jews.
940.53 GIL Gilbert, Martin. The Righteous: the Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust. New York: Holt, 2003.
Tells the stories of dozens of individuals throughout Europe who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust,
and describes the kindnesses that many prisoners and even some guards showed amidst the hellish conditions of the
Nazi concentration camps and the death marches.
940.53 KAT Katin, Miriam. We are on Our Own: a memoir. Montreal, Quebec: Drawn & Quarterly, 2006.
A graphic novel in which the author depicts how she and her mother escaped Nazi persecution by faking their deaths
and fleeing Budapest for the countryside after the Nazis occupied the city.
940.53 MCC McClafferty, Carla Killough. In Defiance of Hitler: the Secret Mission of Varian Fry. New York: Farrar
Straus Giroux, 2008.
Chronicles the efforts of American journalist Varian Fry, who flew to Marseilles, France, in 1940 to help artistic and
intellectual refugees, such as novelist Heinrich Mann, flee the Nazi regime, but ended up staying for over a year to
assist as many people as he could until he was evicted.
940.53 ROG Rogasky, Barbara. Smoke and Ashes: the Story of the Holocaust. New York: Holiday House, 2002.
Tells the story of the Holocaust, tracing the origins of Nazi anti-Semitism; following the development of plans for the
extermination of the Jews, with discussion of the ghettos, the final solution, deportations, the camps, resistance,
rescuers, and other topics; and including responses to claims that the Holocaust never happened.
940.53 YEA Yeatts, Tabatha. The Holocaust Survivors. Springfield, NJ: Enslow, 1998.
Discusses the experiences of people who survived the Holocaust, the trials of Nazi leaders at Nuremberg, the
establishment of the state of Israel, the search for justice, and efforts of the survivors to begin new lives.
940.54 GRE Greenberger, Robert. The Bataan Death March: World War II Prisoners in the Pacific. Minneapolis, MN:
Compass Point Books, 2009.
Describes the disease, torture, and deprivation of both Allied and Filipino prisoners as they were forced to march
several miles to prison camps in the Philippines in April 1942; with personal testimonies from some of those who
940.54 HER Hersey, John. Hiroshima. New York: Vintage Books, 1989.
An account of the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, from the viewpoint of the people who lived
940.54 LAN Langley, Andrew. Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Fire from the Sky. Minneapolis, MN: Compass Point Books,
A narrative describing the events surrounding the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in
early August 1945, the devastation and deaths that resulted from it, and the surrender that ended World War II.
940.54 OHN Ohnuki-Tierney, Emiko. Kamikaze Diaries: Reflections of Japanese Student Soldiers. Chicago: University
of Chicago Press, 2006.
Presents a collection of diaries and correspondence left by young Kamikaze pilots who died during the latter part of
World War II.
940.54 RYA Ryan, Cornelius. The Longest Day, June 6, 1944. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1994.
An account of the invasion of Normandy, telling the story of the decisive World War II battle, and discussing events
that preceded and followed the campaign.
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941.508 ONE O'Neill, Joseph R. The Irish Potato Famine. Edina, Minn.: ABDO Pub, 2009.
Chronicles the history of Ireland and the events leading to the great potato famine of 1854 that killed about one
million people and forced over two million to flee the country.
943 BUR Burgan, Michael. The Berlin Airlift: Breaking the Soviet Blockade. Minneapolis, MN: Compass Point
Describes the 1948-49 airlift by which the U.S. and Great Britain brought food and supplies to West Berlin during a
blockade of the city by the Soviet Union.
943 BUR Burgan, Michael. The Berlin Wall: Barrier to Freedom. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2008.
Chronicles the separation of East and West Berlin in the post-World War II years and the closing of the borders on
August 13, 1961 when East Germany's Communist government stopped its citizens from fleeing to the West.
943.086 AXE Axelrod, Toby. Hans and Sophie Scholl: German Resisters of the White Rose. New York: Rosen Pub. Group,
This book describes the lives of Hans and Sophie Scholl and tells of the work of the White Rose, a German student
group that opposed Adolph Hitler and his regime.
943.086 JOH Johnson, Eric A. What We Knew: Terror, Mass Murder and Everyday Life in Nazi Germany: an Oral
History. Cambridge, MA: Basic Books, 2005.
Analyzes the Nazi regime, Adolf Hitler, and the Holocaust through the personal testimonies of German Jews and non-
Jewish Germans who maintain that much of the population were not only aware of the mass murders and the torture
by the Gestapo but that intimidation and terror by the SS was rarely needed to enforce loyalty.
944 DAR Darnton, Robert. The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History. New York: Basic
Presents six essays that analyze and discuss eighteenth-century folklore, everyday life in Europe during the time, and
stories including "Little Red Riding Hood," an account of a massacre of cats, and Mother Goose.
947.08 CRA Crankshaw, Edward. The Shadow of the Winter Palace: Russia's Drift to Revolution, 1825-1917. New York:
Viking Press, 1976.
A narrative history of Russia from 1825's failed uprising in St. Petersburg to the time just preceding 1917's
Revolution, covering its political shifts and its significant figures such as Rasputin, Tsar Nicholas II, and Alexandra.
947.085 LAN Langley, Andrew. The Collapse of the Soviet Union: the End of an Empire . Minneapolis, MN: Compass
Point Books, 2007.
Presents the history of the Soviet Union, focusing on the rise and fall of communism and how the country's changing
government affected global politics.
951 LAI Laird, Thomas. The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama. New York: Grove Press, 2006.
Journalist Thomas Laird offers insight into the life and teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, sharing his
interviews with the Dalai Lama and what he learned about the history of Tibet.
951 PRE Preston, Diana. The Boxer Rebellion: the Dramatic Story of China's War on Foreigners that Shook the World
in the Summer of 1900. New York: Berkley Books, 2001.
Chronicles the events that occurred during the two-month siege of eleven foreign ministries in Peking and the foreign
community of Tientsin during the summer of 1900.
951.04 LAW Lawson, Don. The Long March: Red China under Chairman Mao. New York: Crowell, 1983.
An account of the Communist victory in China, the rise to power of Mao Tsetung, and the Long March undertaken by
the Red Army in 1934.
951.04 BYR Byrne, Paul J. The Chinese Revolution : the Triumph of Communism. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books,
Profiles the events of the post-World War Two Chinese Revolution through first-hand accounts, quotes from
participants, diagrams, photographs, and timelines.
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951.04 SNO Snow, Helen Foster. My China Years: a Memoir. New York: Morrow, 1984.
Helen Foster Snow tells of her marriage to brilliant American correspondent Edgar Snow, their home in Peking, and
her life in China at a time of civil dissension as the Communists rose to power.
951.05 LAN Langley, Andrew. Tiananmen Square: Massacre Crushes China's Democracy Movement. Minneapolis:
Compass Point Books, 2009.
Documents the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing'sTiananmen Square, describing the events that led to
the protest and the aftermath.
951.05 LAN Langley, Andrew. The Cultural Revolution: Years of Chaos in China. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books,
Describes the events and major figures of the Cultural Revolution in China.
951.904 FIT Fitzgerald, Brian. The Korean War: America's Forgotten War. Minneapolis, MN: Compass Point Books,
Chronicles the history of the Korean War, discussing the invasion of South Korea by communist North Korean troops
in 1950, the response by the United States, the conduct of the conflict, and the armistice of 1953.
955 SAT Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis. New York: Pantheon Books, 2003.
Contains black-and-white comic strip images in which the author shares the story of her life in Tehran, Iran, where
she lived from ages six to fourteen while the country came under control of the Islamic regime.
955.05 WIL Willett, Edward. The Iran-Iraq War. New York: Rosen Pub, 2004.
Examines the history behind the longest war of the twentieth century, which raged between Iran and Iraq in the
1980s, and looks at its ongoing ramifications.
956.04 BRO Broyles, Matthew. The Six-Day War. New York: Rosen Pub, 2004.
Examines the history behind the 1967 war between Israel and its surrounding Arab neighbors, Egypt, Syria, and
Jordan, plus biographical notes on important figures and a look at the effects of this war.
956.04 FIS Fiscus, James W. The Suez Crisis. New York: Rosen, 2004.
Examines the history behind Egypt's push for control of the Suez Canal and the battle waged against Britain, France,
and Israel, and includes biographical notes on leaders and a look at the effects of the crisis.
956.04 HAM Hampton, Wilborn. War in the Middle East: Black September and the Yom Kippur War : a Reporter's Story.
Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2007.
News correspondent Wilborn Hampton relates his experiences covering two civil wars in the Middle East and
discusses the important issues that have plagued the region for decades.
956.04 HAY Hayhurst, Chris. Israel's War of Independence. New York: Rosen, 2004.
Examines the history behind Israel's mid-twentieth century battle for independence amid the surrounding Arab
nations, plus biographical notes on important figures and a look at the effects of this war.
956.04 ROS Rosenberg, Aaron. The Yom Kippur War. New York: Rosen Pub, 2004.
Examines the history behind the 1973 war between Israel and its Arab neighbors, Egypt and Syria (backed by Iraq,
Jordan, and Saudi Arabia), plus biographical notes on important figures and a look at the effects of this war.
956.05 ALR Al-Rawi, Rosina-Fawzia B. Midnight Tales: a Woman's Journey through the Middle East. Northampton,
MA: Olive Branch Press, 2006.
Rosina-Fawzia Al-Rawi recounts the experiences she had while traveling throughout the Middle East and shares the
poetry the region inspired her to write.
956.05 HID Hider, James. The Spiders of Allah: Travels of an Unbeliever on the Frontline of Holy War. New York: St.
Martin's Griffin, 2009.
James Hider, a war correspondent for London's "Times," describes what it was like to live in Jerusalem, travel
around the Middle East, and his views on the Iraq War; and also discusses the religious fanaticism that motivates
participants in the war.
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956.7044 MUR Murdico, Suzanne J. The Gulf War. New York: Rosen, 2004.
Examines events surrounding the 1991 war between Iraq and a worldwide coalition of forces, plus biographical notes
on important figures and a look at the effects of this war.
956.7044 RIV Riverbend. Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq. New York: Feminist Press at the City University of New
Collects the August 2003-September 2004 Web log--or "blog"--entries of a young Iraqi woman, who presents an
eyewitness civilian account of the U.S.-Iraq War's impact on her country, discussing her family life, the war's effect on
women's lives, and such events as the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.
956.94 ARO Aronson, Marc. Unsettled: the Problem of Loving Israel. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers,
Traces the history of Israel from the start of the Zionist movement through the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 to
the current political, social, and religious struggles that plague the region at the start of the twenty-first century.
956.95 GRO Grossman, David. The Yellow Wind. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1988.
An account of the author's three month journey on the West Bank of the Jordan River and his awareness of the moral
dilemmas inherent in the Palestinian predicament.
956.95 WIN Wingate, Katherine. The Intifadas. New York: Rosen, 2004.
Examines the history behind the Intifadas, Palestinian uprisings that were triggered by a traffic accident in 1987, died
down, were begun anew in 2000, and are ongoing.
958.104 GUI Guibert, Emmanuel. The Photographer. New York: First Second, 2009.
A graphic novel and photo journal that follows reporter Didier Lefevre on a dangerous journey through Afghanistan
with the Doctors Without Borders mission.
959.604 SHO Short, Philip. Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare. New York: Henry Holt, 2005.
Chronicles the life of Pol Pot, focusing on the years he spent as ruler of Cambodia and describing his efforts to
exterminate any Cambodians who held onto old beliefs and ideas that went against Pol Pot's vision of an egalitarian
959.704 AND Anderson, Dale. The Tet Offensive: Turning Point of the Vietnam War. Minneapolis, MN: Compass Point
Text and photographs describe the January 1968 Tet Offensive where the army of North Vietnam and Communist
rebels attacked cities, towns, and military bases in South Vietnam including the U.S. Embassy.
962.404 BIX Bixler, Mark. The Lost Boys of Sudan: an American Story of the Refugee Experience. Athens: University of
Georgia Press, 2006.
Presents an account of four Sudanese refugees, resettled in Atlanta, Georgia, and describes their plight as they leave
their war ravaged homeland and attempt to make a new life in America.
968.06 MAN Mandela, Nelson. Let Freedom Reign: the Words of Nelson Mandela. Northampton, Mass.: Interlink Books,
Presents extracts from speeches given by Nelson Mandela, who became South Africa first president elected in a fully
representative democratic election.
968.4 WEL Weltig, Matthew Scott. The Aftermath of the Anglo-Zulu War. Minneapolis, MN: Twenty-First Century
Reviews events that led up to the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 in southeastern Africa, and discusses the aftermath of the
conflict between the Zulu nation and the British and the increasing restrictions on the Zulu people which evolved into
the apartheid state of modern South Africa.
FIC ACH Achebe, Chinua. Arrow of God. New York: Anchor Books, 1989.
Tells of Nigeria in the 1920s when age-old tribal customs came into conflict with the ways of westernization.
FIC ACH Achebe, Chinua. No Longer at Ease. New York: Anchor Books, 1994.
Obi Okonkwo feels separated from his African roots because of his education, and he is forced to choose between his
culture's traditional values and the demands of his social class.
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FIC ALL Allende, Isabel. Forest of the Pygmies. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.
Eighteen-year-old Alexander Cold and his grandmother travel to Africa on an elephant-led safari, but discover a
corrupt world of poaching and slavery.
FIC ALL Allende, Isabel. Kingdom of the Golden Dragon. New York: HarperTrophy, 2005.
Sixteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his grandmother, a writer for a geography magazine, to the remote
Forbidden Kingdom in the Himalayas to help locate a sacred statue of a golden dragon before it is stolen by a greedy
FIC ANT Antieau, Kim. Broken Moon. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2007.
When her little brother is kidnapped and taken from Pakistan to race camels in the desert, eighteen-year-old Nadira
overcomes her own past abuse and, dressed as a boy and armed with knowledge of the powerful storytelling of the
legendary Scheherazade, is determined to find and rescue him.
FIC AUS Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. Pleasantville, NY: Readers Digest Association Inc, 1984.
The story of the reluctant attraction between young, vivacious, strong-willed Elizabeth Bennet and the handsome,
rich, arrogant Mr. Darcy.
FIC BAG Bagdasarian, Adam. Forgotten Fire. New York: Dell Laurel-leaf, 2002.
The story of how Vahan Kenderian survived the Turkish massacre of the Armenians in 1915.
FIC BAL Ballard, J. G. Empire of the Sun: a novel. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2005.
Jim, an eleven-year-old British schoolboy living in Shanghai in 1941, must learn to survive on his own when he is
separated from his parents and sent to a Japanese prison camp.
FIC BAN Banks, Lynne Reid. Broken Bridge. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1994.
The murder of fourteen-year-old Glen Shelby, soon after his arrival in Israel to visit his father's family, has a
dramatic effect on the lives of his relatives, the other members of their kibbutz, and the Arabs responsible for his
FIC BEL Bell, William. Forbidden City: a novel. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers,
Seventeen-year-old Alex joined his father, a cameraman for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, in China in
1989. As outsiders they faced a time of upheaval as political demonstrations began in Tian An Men Square.
FIC BEN Benchley, Nathaniel. Bright Candles: a Novel of the Danish Resistance. New York: Harper Row, 1974.
The experiences of a sixteen-year-old Danish boy during the German occupation of his country in World War II.
FIC BEN Bennett, Veronica. Cassandra’s Sister: Growing Up Jane Austen. Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press,
Presents a fictionalized story of Jane Austen, who is inspired to eventually write the masterpieces "Pride and
Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility" after her worldly cousin Eliza pays an unexpected visit.
FIC BON Bondoux, Anne-Laure. The Killer's Tears. New York: Delacorte Press, 2006.
A young boy, Paolo, and the man who murdered his parents, Angel, gradually become like father and son as they live
and work together on the remote Chilean farm where Paolo was born.
FIC BRA Bray, Libba. A Great and Terrible Beauty. New York: Delacorte Press, 2005.
After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in
India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit
FIC BRA Bray, Libba. Rebel Angels. New York: Delacorte, 2005.
Gemma and her friends from the Spence Academy return to the realms to defeat her foe, Circe, and to bind the magic
that has been released.
FIC BRA Bray, Libba. The Sweet Far Thing. New York: Delacorte, 2007.
At Spence Academy, sixteen-year-old Gemma Doyle continues preparing for her London debut while struggling to
determine how best to use magic to resolve a power struggle in the enchanted world of the realms, and to protect her
own world and loved ones.
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FIC BUC Buck, Pearl S. The Good Earth. New York: Washington Square Press, 1994.
The story of a Chinese peasant and his passionate, dogged accumulation of land during famine, drought, and
FIC CAR Carter, Anne. The Shepherd's Granddaughter. Toronto: Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2008.
Amani's lifelong dream to be a shepherd like her beloved grandfather, Seedo, is devastated to discover the Israelis are
going to build a settlement on the family homestead in Palestine, and while her uncle and brother prepare to take a
militant stance, help comes from unexpected quarters.
FIC CHE Chevalier, Tracy. Falling Angels. New York: Plume, 2002.
The changing social climate in England, spurred by the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, is reflected in the lives of
Maude Coleman and Lavinia Waterhouse, two young girls of different classes who meet and become fast friends while
their families are visiting adjoining funeral plots.
FIC CHO Chotjewitz, David. Daniel Half Human and the Good Nazi. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers,
In 1933, best friends Daniel and Armin admire Hitler, but as anti-Semitism buoys Hitler to power, Daniel learns he is
half Jewish, threatening the friendship even as life in their beloved Hamburg, Germany, is becoming nightmarish.
Also details Daniel and Armin's reunion in 1945 in interspersed chapters.
FIC CHO Choi, Sook Nyul. Year of Impossible Goodbyes. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young
A young Korean girl survives the oppressive Japanese and Russian occupation of North Korea during the 1940s, to
later escape to freedom in South Korea.
FIC CIS Cisneros, Sandra. Caramelo, or, Puro Cuento: a novel. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.
Celaya "Lala" Reyes, traveling from Chicago to Mexico City each summer, draws together stories of her Mexican-
American family of shawl-makers, including her papa and Awful Grandmother.
FIC CLA Clavell, James. James Clavell's Tai-Pan: a Novel of Hong Kong. New York: Dell, 1986.
Dirk Struan vows to make the island of Hong Kong, the most powerful land in British power, and he will stop at
nothing to reach his goal.
FIC CLI Clinton, Cathryn. A Stone in My Hand. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2002.
Eleven-year-old Malaak and her family are touched by the violence in Gaza between Jews and Palestinians when first
her father disappears and then her older brother is drawn to the Islamic Jihad.
FIC COE Coetzee, J. M. Age of Iron. New York: Penguin Books, 1998, 1990.
Mrs. Curren, a dying professor in Cape Town, South Africa has been insulated from the brutality of apartheid but now
is forced to come to terms with the iron-hearted rage that the system has wrought.
FIC CON Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. New York: Pocket Books, 2004.
An English trading company sends a sea captain to find a renegade trader who has become mad with greed and
power over the natives in the Congo.
FIC COO Cooney, Caroline B. Diamonds in the Shadow. New York: Delacorte Press, 2007.
While his mother and father help a family of African refugees, Jared learns that the people he counts on for doing
good deeds are not always praiseworthy and is faced with a decision which may have implications for all.
FIC COO Cooper, Michelle. A Brief History of Montmaray. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
On her sixteenth birthday in 1936, Sophia begins a diary of life in a fictional island country off the coast of Spain,
where she is among the last descendants of an impoverished royal family trying to hold their nation together on the
eve of the second World War.
FIC COU Couloumbis, Audrey. War Games: a novel based on a true story. New York: Random House, 2009.
What were once just boys' games become matters of life and death as Petros and his older brother Zola each wonder
if, like their resistance-fighter cousin, they too can make a difference in a Nazi-occupied Greece.
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FIC COU Courtenay, Bryce. The Power of One. New York: Ballantine Books, 1996.
Story of Peekay, an English boy, living in South Africa during World War II whose dream is to become a winner.
FIC CRA Craig, Colleen. Afrika. Toronto, Ont.: Tundra Books, 2008.
Thirteen-year-old Kim learns the truth about her father and her mother's homeland after visiting South Africa, where
she meets relatives and other children her age and witnesses the Truth and Reconciliation Hearings.
FIC CRE Crew, Linda. Children of the River. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1991,
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"
FIC DAL Dallal, Shaw J. Scattered Like Seeds: a novel. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1998.
Years after being exiled to the United States, Thafer Allam returns to his native country of Palestine, where he tries to
reconcile his past with his future.
FIC DAV Davis, Lindsey. The Silver Pigs: a novel. New York: Crown Publishers, 1989.
Marcus Falco, a private detective in ancient Rome, hopes to upgrade his social life when a senator asks him to
uncover a plot against his niece. Instead, he finds treachery and conspiracy at the highest levels.
FIC DEB De Bernieres, Louis. Corelli's Mandolin. New York: Vintage International, 1994.
Life changes on the Greek island of Cephalonia as Axis forces invade during World War II, and beautiful Pelagia
finds that she must choose between Mandras, a fisherman who joins the resistance and Corelli, a captain with the
communist Italian troops.
FIC DIC Dickens, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. Naples, Fla: Trident Press International,
These are the comic misadventures of Mr. Samuel Pickwick and the fellow members of the Pickwick Club as they meet
some of the most colorful characters in English fiction.
FIC DIS Disher, Garry. The Divine Wind: a Love Story. New York: A.A. Levine, 2002.
On the eve of World War II, Hart, an Australian boy and Mitsy, a Japanese-Australian girl, fall in love but are driven
FIC DOS Dostoevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov. New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 1976.
A translation of nineteenth-century Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel in which the four sons of Fyodor
Karamazov, a man of immoral character, must contend with a criminal investigation and with their own inner
questions about justice and the existence of God after they are involved in their father's murder.
FIC DOW Dowd, Siobhan. Bog Child. New York: David Fickling Books, 2008.
In 1981, the height of Ireland's "Troubles," eighteen-year-old Fergus is distracted from his upcoming A-level exams
by his imprisoned brother's hunger strike, the stress of being a courier for Sinn Fein, and dreams of a murdered girl
whose body he discovered in a bog.
FIC DOW Dowd, Siobhan. A Swift Pure Cry. New York: David Fickling Books, 2006.
Coolbar, Ireland, is a village of secrets and Shell, caretaker to her younger brother and sister after the death of their
mother and with the absence of their father, is not about to reveal hers until suspicion falls on the wrong person.
FIC DRE Drew, Alan. Gardens of Water. New York: Random House, 2008.
After an earthquake hits Istanbul, Kurdish Muslim Sinan and his family are forced to live in a camp, set up by
American missionaries and headed by his American neighbor who he always avoided, and much to his disapproval,
while residing in the camp, his son is slowly converted to Christianity and his daughter falls in love with a seventeen-
FIC DUR Durbin, William. The Winter War : a novel. New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2008.
When Russian troops invade Finland during the winter of 1939-40, Marko, a young polio victim determined to keep
his homeland free, joins the Finnish Army as a messenger boy.
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FIC ELL Ellis, Deborah. No Safe Place. Toronto: Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2010.
Fifteen-year-old Abdul, having lost everyone he loves, journeys from Baghdad to a migrant community in Calais
where he sneaks aboard a boat bound for England, not knowing it carries a cargo of heroin, and when the vessel is
involved in a skirmish and the pilot killed, it is up to Abdul and three other young stowaways to complete the journey.
FIC ESQ Esquivel, Laura. Like Water for Chocolate: a novel in Monthly Installments, with Recipes, Romances, and
Home Remedies. New York: Anchor Books, 1995.
A romantic and poignant tale of love and family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico. Includes recipes for dishes
prepared in the novel, such as quail in rose petal sauce and chiles in walnut sauce.
FIC FAU Faulkner, William. The Fable. New York: Vintage Books, 1978.
A group of soldiers start a mutiny within a French regiment during World War I.
FIC FLO Flores-Galbis, Enrique. 90 miles to Havana. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2010.
Julian's parents, hoping to protect him from the dangers of the turmoil in Cuba, send him to the United States in 1961
as part of Operation Pedro Pan, not realizing that life in a Miami refugee camp holds its own perils.
FIC FOR Forman, James D. A Fine, Soft Day. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1978.
A sensitive Catholic boy and his family become deeply involved in and emotionally affected by the escalating
Protestant-Catholic conflict in Belfast.
FIC FOR Forster, E. M. A Passage to India. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984.
A classic account of the clash of cultures in British India after the turn of the century revealing the menace lurking
just under the surface of ordinary misunderstanding.
FIC FRI Friedman, D. Dina. Escaping into the Night. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2006.
Thirteen-year-old Halina Rudowski narrowly escapes the Polish ghetto and flees to the forest, where she is taken in
by an encampment of Jews trying to survive World War II.
FIC FUE Fuentes, Carlos. The Death of Artemio Cruz. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1991.
A powerful Mexican newspaper owner recalls episodes of his earlier life as he lies confined to his bed, gravely ill.
FIC GAA Gaan, Margaret. Red Barbarian. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1984.
Thirteen-year-old Charlie Tyson is sent to China by his unloving English father. Charlie remains there, marries Ling
Ling, and has a prosperous life until Britain and China are at war. Charlie, separated from his family, is aware that
their love may not endure.
FIC GAL Gallaway, Morgana. The Nightingale. New York: Kensington Books, 2009.
Leila, the daughter of a respected judge in Mosul, Iraq, has been raised and educated as a modern woman, but when
her domineering father decides to adhere to strict Muslim laws and announces his plans to arrange a marriage for
her, Leila rebels, secretly taking a job at an American military base where she begins a forbidden romance.
FIC GAR García Márquez, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude. New York: Perennial Classics, 1998.
Translation of the Spanish novel which traces the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo,
through the history of the Buendia family.
FIC GLA Glatstein, Jacob. Emil and Karl. New York: Square Fish, 2008.
In Vienna, Austria, in 1940, two nine-year-old boys, one Jewish and one Aryan, are classmates and best friends when
events of the Nazi occupation draw them even closer together as they fight to survive and escape together.
FIC GOL Golden, Arthur. Memoirs of a Geisha: a novel. New York: Knopf, 1997.
Nitta Sayuri, a young Japanese woman who was taken from her home at the age of nine and sold into slavery as a
geisha, discovers a rare opportunity for freedom when the outbreak of World War II forces an end to the only life she
has ever known.
FIC GON Gonzalez, Christina Diaz. The Red Umbrella. New York: Knopf, 2010.
In 1961 after Castro has come to power in Cuba, fourteen-year-old Lucia and her seven-year-old brother are sent to
the United States when her parents, who are not in favor of the new regime, fear that the children will be taken away
from them as others have been.
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FIC GOR Gordon, Sheila. Waiting for the Rain: a novel of South Africa. New York: Watts, 1987.
Chronicles nine years in the lives of two South African youths-- one black, one white-- as their friendship ends in a
violent confrontation between student and soldier.
FIC GRA Gratz, Alan. Samurai Shortstop. New York: Dial Books, 2006.
While obtaining a Western education at a prestigious Japanese boarding school in 1890, sixteen-year-old Toyo also
receives traditional samurai training which has profound effects on both his baseball game and his relationship with
FIC GRE Greif, Jean-Jacques. The Fighter. New York: Bloomsbury, 2006.
Moshe Wisniak, a poor Polish Jew, uses his physical strength and cleverness to help him survive the horrors he is
subjected to in the concentration camps of World War II.
FIC HAM Hamley, Dennis. Without Warning: Ellen's story 1914-1918. Cambridge, MA: 2007.
Ellen Wilkins must leave the safety of her home and family as the fighting of World War I threatens their village,
placing Ellen close to the danger of the front lines and causing her to fear for her brother's life.
FIC HAR Harris, Rosemary. Zed. London: Faber & Faber, 1984.
Zed, a Lebanese-British teenager, recalls the agonizing ordeal during which he, as a timid eight-year-old hostage of
an Arab terrorist group, learned about courage.
FIC HEA Hearn, Julie. Ivy: a novel . New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009.
In mid-nineteenth-century London, young, mistreated, and destitute Ivy, whose main asset is her beautiful red hair,
comes to the attention of an aspiring painter of the pre-Raphaelite school of artists who, with the connivance of Ivy's
unsavory family, is determined to make her his model and muse.
FIC HEL Heller, Joseph. Catch-22. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1995.
Captain Yossarian, a paranoid bomber pilot stationed in the Italian theater during World War II, faces a "catch-22"
in this comic novel when he wants to fly fewer combat missions.
FIC HEM Hemingway, Ernest. True at First Light. New York: Scribner, 1999.
A fictionalized account of Hemingway's final African safari in which Hemingway's close friend leaves him in charge
of the safari camp on the day a hostile tribe threatens to attack.
FIC HES Hesse, Karen. Letters from Rifka. New York: Trumpet Club, 1992.
In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family's flight from Russia in 1919 and her own
experiences when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others emigrate to America.
FIC HEU Heuston, Kimberley Burton. Book of Jude. Asheville, N.C. : Front Street, 2008.
In 1989, when fifteen-year-old Jude's mother wins a Fulbright fellowship to study art in Czechoslovakia, the family
postpones a planned move to Utah to join her, but the political situation and the move itself are too much for Jude,
who is overwhelmed by a previously undiagnosed psychological disorder.
FIC HIA Hiatt, Shelby. Panama: a novel . Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2009.
A fifteen-year-old Ohio girl, longing for adventure, gets her wish when she moves to Panama with her father who has
been hired to work on the Panama Canal, and meets Federico, an aristocrat toiling as a digger.
FIC HIG Higgins, Jack. The Eagle has Landed. New York: Berkley Books, 2000.
Paratrooper Kurt Steiner embarks on a suicidal mission when he is ordered by Adolf Hitler to lead a team of men into
England on a mission to kidnap or kill Winston Churchill in 1943.
FIC HOS Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York: Riverhead Books, 2004.
Amir, haunted by his betrayal of Hassan, the son of his father's servant and a childhood friend, returns to Kabul as an
adult after he learns Hassan has been killed, in an attempt to redeem himself by rescuing Hassan's son from a life of
slavery to a Taliban official.
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FIC HOS Hosseini, Khaled. A Thousand Splendid Suns. New York: Riverhead Books, 2007.
A novel set against the three decades of Afghanistan's history shaped by Soviet occupation, civil war, and the Taliban,
which tells the stories of two women, Mariam and Laila, who grow close despite their nineteen-year age difference
and initial rivalry as they suffer at the hand of a common enemy: their abusive husband.
FIC HUG Hugo, Victor. Les Miserables. New York: Signet Classic, 1987.
Presents an English translation of the nineteenth-century French novel about Jean Valjean, a peasant who is released
from prison, where he spent nineteen years for stealing a loaf of bread for his starving family, only to find himself
threatened by people and events from his past.
FIC HUG Hughes, Dean. Soldier Boys. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001.
Two boys, one German and one American, are eager to join their respective armies during World War II, and their
paths cross at the Battle of the Bulge.
FIC IBU Ibuse, Masuji. Black Rain. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1979.
The story of a young woman who was caught in the radio-active "black rain" that fell after the bombing of Hiroshima.
FIC JAB Jablonski, Carla. Resistance. New York: First Second, 2010.
Although their father is in a German P.O.W. camp, Paul and Marie are barely touched by World War II in Vichy,
France, in 1942. But, when their friend Henri's parents disappear, the children decide to hide their Jewish friend from
the Nazis and soon find themselves involved in the French Resistance.
FIC JAN Jansen, Hanna. Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda, 2006.
Jeanne, the only member of her family not murdered in the Rwandan genocide, struggles to start a new life without
her family while coping with the violent memories that haunt her.
FIC JEN Jenkins, Lyll Becerra de. The Honorable Prison. New York: Dutton, 1987.
Because of the moral stand taken by her father, a newspaper editor who has persistently attacked the military dictator
ruling their Latin American country, Marta and her family find themselves prisoners of the government.
FIC JIN Jin, Ha. Waiting. New York: Vintage/Random House, 2000.
Lin Kong, a doctor in the Chinese army, is caught between the conflicting claims of two utterly different women and
trapped by a culture in which adultery can ruin careers and lives.
FIC JOC Jocelyn, Marthe. Folly. New York: Wendy Lamb, 2010.
In a parallel narrative set in late nineteenth-century England, teenaged country girl Mary Finn relates the unhappy
conclusion to her experiences as a young servant in an aristocratic London household while, years later, young James
Nelligan describes how he comes to leave his beloved foster family to live and be educated at London's famous
FIC JOL Jolin, Paula. In the Name of God. New Milford, Conn.: Roaring Brook Press, 2007.
Determined to follow the laws set down in the Qur'an, seventeen-year-old Nadia becomes involved in a violent
revolutionary movement aimed at supporting Muslim rule in Syria and opposing the Western politics and materialism
that increasingly affect her family.
FIC KAW Kawabata, Yasunari. Thousand Cranes. New York: Vintage Books, 1996.
A young man is involved briefly with the two mistresses of his dead father and with the daughter of one of them.
FIC KAZ Kazantzakis, Nikos. Zorba the Greek. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953.
Accompanying the narrator to Crete, Zorba, a Greek workman, supervises laborers at a mine, copes with mad monk
in a mountain monastery, and embellishes the tales of his past adventures.
FIC KEN Keneally, Thomas. Schindler's List. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1982.
The true story of a man who took incredible risks and spent his considerable fortune to build a factory camp to protect
Jews during World War II.
FIC KES Kessler, Cristina. Trouble in Timbuktu. New York: Philomel Books, 2009.
Ignoring her parents' wishes, as well as the customary place of women in Timbuktu society, twelve-year-old Ayisha
joins her twin brother in trying to stop a pair of tourists from stealing an ancient manuscript.
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FIC KIM Kim, Helen S. The Long Season of Rain. New York: Holt, 1996.
When an orphan boy comes to live with her family, eleven-year-old Junehee begins to realize that the demands placed
on Korean women can destroy their lives.
FIC KIN Kingsolver, Barbara. The Lacuna: a novel. New York: Harper, 2009.
Harrison William Shepherd, a man caught between two worlds, Mexico and the United States in the 1930s, 1940s,
and 1950s, finds himself pulled into some of the twentieth century's most tumultuous events as he searches for his true
FIC KIN Kingsolver, Barbara. The Poisonwood Bible. New York: Harper Perennial, 1998.
Nathan Price and his family move to the Belgian Congo in 1959, and the experience they have while living in Africa
affect each member of the family in a different way.
FIC KIP Kipling, Rudyard. Kim. New York: TOR, 1999.
Kim's early years as an orphaned beggar in India lead to an exciting career in the British Secret Service.
FIC KOE Koestler, Arthur. Darkness at Noon. New York: Bantam, 1961.
An aging revolutionary is imprisoned and tortured by the party to which he has dedicated his life.
FIC KOS Kosinski, Jerzy N. The Painted Bird. New York: Grove Press, 1995.
A young boy, abandoned by his parents during World War II, wanders alone from one village to another in Nazi-
occupied Eastern Europe.
FIC LAI Laird, Elizabeth. Kiss the Dust. New York: Puffin, 1994.
Her father's involvement with the Kurdish resistance movement in Iraq forces thirteen-year-old Tara to flee with her
family over the border into Iran, where they face an unknown future.
FIC LEV Levitin, Sonia. Room in the Heart. New York: Dutton, 2003.
After German forces occupy Denmark during World War II, fifteen-year-old Julie Weinstein and fifteen-year-old Niels
Nelson and their friends and families try to cope with their daily lives, finding various ways to resist the Nazis and,
ultimately, to survive.
FIC LEZ LeZotte, Ann Clare. T4: a Novel in Verse. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
After the Nazi party takes control of Germany, thirteen-year-old Paula, who is deaf, is forced to go into hiding
because of Adolf Hitler's Tiegartenstrasse 4—T4—which was put in place to kill any mentally ill or disabled people.
FIC LOR Lord, Bette. Spring Moon: a Novel of China. New York: HarperPaperbacks, 1990.
Beginning in 1892 when the slave girl of the child Spring Moon takes revenge on the House of Chang, this novel
reveals the world of the inner courts in traditional China.
FIC LOT Lottridge, Celia Barker. Home is Beyond the Mountains. Toronto: Groundwood Books/House of Anansi
Nine-year-old Samira is driven from her village, along with her family, when the Turkish army invades Persia in
1918, and after only she and her older brother survive the treacherous journey into the mountains, they are conveyed
from one orphanage to another and eventually returned to their homes with help from Susan Shedd.
FIC MAC MacColl, Michaela. Prisoners in the Palace: How Victoria Became Queen with the Help of her Maid, a
Reporter, and a Scoundrel: a novel of Intrigue and Romance. San Francisco, Calif: Chronicle Books, 2010.
Recently orphaned and destitute, seventeen-year-old Liza Hastings earns a position as a lady's maid to sixteen-year-
old Princess Victoria at Kensington Palace in 1836, the year before Victoria becomes Queen of England.
FIC MAR Markandaya, Kamala. Nectar in a Sieve. New York: Signet Classic, 2002.
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.
FIC MCC McCarthy, Cormac. The Crossing. New York: Knopf, 1994.
In the 1930s, two teenager brothers whose ranch in New Mexico was raided by bandits, cross into Mexico to search
for stolen horses. The novel follows them through the revolution-torn countryside, meeting soldiers, peasants, priests
and thieves, all proffering advice.
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FIC MCC McCormick, Patricia. Sold. New York: Hyperion Books, 2006.
A novel in vignettes, in which Lakshmi, a thirteen-year-old girl from Nepal, is sold into prostitution in India.
FIC MCE McEwan, Ian. Atonement: a novel. New York: Anchor Books, 2003.
Imaginative thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis, misinterpreting a scene between her older sister Cecilia and Robbie
Turner, the housekeeper's son, later accuses Robbie of a crime she has no proof he committed and spends years trying
to atone for her actions.
FIC MEA Mead, Alice. Dawn and Dusk. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
As thirteen-year-old Azad tries desperately to cling to the life he has known, the political situation in Iran during the
war with Iraq finally forces his family to flee their home and seek safety elsewhere.
FIC MEY Meyer, L. A. Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy.
Orlando, Fla.: Harcourt, 2004.
Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and
connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates.
FIC MEY Meyer, L. A. Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman
and Fine Lady. Orlando: Harcourt, 2005.
In 1803, after being exposed as a girl and forced to leave her ship, Jacky Faber finds herself attending school in
Boston, where, instead of learning to be a lady, she battles her snobbish classmates, roams the city in search of
adventure, and learns to ride a horse.
FIC MIC Michael, Jan. City Boy. Boston: Clarion Books, 2009.
Young Sam is forced to make a rocky transition from his city home to a traditional rural life after his mother dies in
Malawi and he goes to live with his Aunt Mercy and his cousins in a dirt-floored, one-room hut.
FIC MIC Michener, James A. The Covenant. New York: Fawcett Crest Books, 1982.
A historical novel covering over 15,000 years of history in South Africa and which focuses on three principal families
who settled in the region throughout the centuries. The family of Nxumalo; the van Doorns, a Dutch family; and the
Saltwoods of England.
FIC MIK Mikaelsen, Ben. Tree Girl. New York: HarperTempest, 2004.
When, protected by the branches of one of the trees she loves to climb, Gabriela witnesses the destruction of her
Mayan village and the murder of nearly all its inhabitants, she vows never to climb again until, after she and her
traumatized sister find safety in a Mexican refugee camp, she realizes that only by climbing and facing their fears can
she and her sister hope to have a future.
FIC MIN Min, Anchee. Becoming Madame Mao. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
The author takes on the identity of Madame Mao, wife of Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong, presenting her as
insecure and in need of love instead of simply vindictive and cruel, and uses historical facts, characters, and
documents to tell her story.
FIC MIS Mistry, Rohinton. A Fine Balance. New York: Vintage International, 1995.
The government of India in 1975 has just declared a State of Emergency, which, coupled with a housing shortage,
compels four people to share an apartment. Their common need leads them to forge a lasting friendship that sees
them through the bad times.
FIC MOR Morgan, Marlo. Mutant Message Down Under. New York: Perennial, 2004.
Contains a fictional account of an American woman's spiritual quest through the Outback of Australia when a group
of Aborigines challenge her to learn firsthand about their culture by joining them on a "walkabout."
FIC MOR Mori, Kyoko. Shizuko's Daughter. New York: Fawcett Juniper, 1993.
A beautifully written book about a bitterly painful coming of age. A twelve year old Japanese girl learns how to live
with herself as she grows up alone, trying to make sense of a tragedy that made no sense at all (her mother's suicide).
FIC MOR Morpurgo, Michael. Waiting for Anya. New York: Puffin, 1997.
Jo and Benjamin devise an elaborate escape plan to save a band of Jewish children in Vichy, France during World
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FIC NAI Naidoo, Beverly. Burn My Heart. New York: Amistad, 2009.
While the Mau Mau rebellion threatens the British settlers living in Kenya during the 1950s, Mathew and Mugo
maintain their friendship, despite their different races, but during these tense times, a single act of betrayal could
FIC NAI Naipaul, V. S. A Bend in the River. New York: Vintage International, 1989.
A young Indian flees his country to escape the war that has claimed his family and settles in a small town in a newly
independent African nation.
FIC NAN Nanji, Shenaaz. Child of Dandelions. Asheville, N.C.: Front Street, 2008.
In Uganda in 1972, fifteen-year-old Sabine and her family, wealthy citizens of Indian descent, try to preserve their
normal life during the ninety days allowed by President Idi Amin for all foreign Indians to leave the country, while
soldiers and others terrorize them and people disappear.
FIC NOL Nolan, Han. If I Should Die Before I Wake. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1996.
As Hilary, a Neo-Nazi initiate, lies in a coma, she is transported back to Poland at the onset of World War II into the
life of a Jewish teenager.
FIC NYE Nye, Naomi Shihab. Habibi. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1997.
When fourteen-year-old Liyanne Abboud, her younger brother, and her parents move from St. Louis to a new home
between Jerusalem and the Palestinian village where her father was born, they face many changes and must deal with
the tensions between Jews and Palestinians.
FIC NYE Nyembezi, C. L. Sibusiso. The Rich Man of Pietermaritzburg . Wiltshire, England : Aflame Books, 2008.
While the farming village of Nyanyadu faces the ramifications of the approaching apartheid, Mkhwanazi receives a
mysterious correspondence from a man in Pietermarizburg, and later meets a man who promises untold riches for the
FIC OE Oe, Kenzaburo. Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids. New York: Marion Boyars, 1995.
Recounts the exploits of fifteen teenage reformatory boys who are put in a remote mountain village during wartime.
FIC ORL Orlev, Uri. Run, Boy, Run: a novel. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
Based on the true story of a nine-year-old boy who escapes the Warsaw Ghetto and must survive throughout the war
in the Nazi-occupied Polish countryside.
FIC PAS Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich. Doctor Zhivago. New York: Pantheon Books, 1991.
Classic love story of Dr. Zhivago and Lara during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.
FIC PAT Paton, Alan. Cry, the Beloved Country. New York: Collier Books, 1987.
Accused of murdering a white man, a young black South African turns to his minister father and a white attorney for
help, but the racial problems of the country prevent justice from being served.
FIC PAU Paulsen, Gary. The Crossing. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1990.
Fourteen-year-old Manny, a street kid fighting for survival in a Mexican border town, develops a strange friendship
with an emotionally disturbed American soldier who decides to help him get across the border.
FIC PEE Peet, Mal. Tamar. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2007.
In England in 1995, fifteen-year-old Tamar, grief-stricken by the puzzling death of her beloved grandfather, slowly
begins to uncover the secrets of his life in the Dutch resistance during the last year of the Nazi occupation of the
Netherlands, and the climactic events that forever cast a shadow on his life and that of his family.
FIC PER Perkins, Mitali. Secret Keeper. New York: Delacorte Press, 2009.
In 1974 when her father leaves New Delhi, India, to seek a job in New York, Ashi, a tomboy at the advanced age of
sixteen, feels thwarted in the home of her extended family in Calcutta where she, her mother, and sister must stay, and
when her father dies before he can send for them, they must remain with their relatives and observe the old-fashioned
traditions that Ashi hates.
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FIC POL Polak, Monique. What World is Left. Victoria, BC: Orca Book Publishers, 2008.
Anneke Van Raalte and her family are taken by the Nazis to a concentration camp in 1942, and Anneke's father, who
is a cartoonist, is coerced into helping a propaganda campaign falsely depicting the camp as an idyllic place for
Jews; as time passes, Anneke struggles with her loyalty to her family and her sense of right and wrong.
FIC PRE Pressler, Mirjam. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. Asheville, N.C.: Front Street, 2007.
Johanna, a German girl, learns on a trip to Israel that her family's successful clothing store was originally owned by
a Jewish family and was acquired by her grandfather through the anti-Semitic laws of the Nazi regime.
FIC QAM Qamar, Amjed. Beneath My Mother's Feet. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2008.
When her father is injured, fourteen-year-old Nazia is pulled away from school, her friends, and her preparations for
an arranged marriage, to help her mother clean houses in a wealthy part of Karachi, Pakistan, where she finally
rebels against the destiny that is planned for her.
FIC RAG Ragen, Naomi. The Covenant. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2004.
Jonathan Margulies and daughter Ilana are kidnapped by Hamas leading Jonathan's wife Elise to call her
grandmother in Brooklyn; and she enlists the help of three other Auschwitz survivors in a desperate attempt to find
the captives before they are killed.
FIC REM Remarque, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front. New York: Ballantine, 1982.
Depicts the experiences of a group of young German soldiers fighting and suffering during the last days of World War
FIC RUB Ruby, Lois. Shanghai Shadows. New York: Holiday House, 2006.
From 1939 to 1945, a Jewish family struggles to survive in occupied China; young Ilse by remaining optimistic, her
older brother by joining a resistance movement, her mother by maintaining connections to the past, and her father by
playing the violin that had been his livelihood.
FIC RUS Rushdie, Salman. Midnight's Children. New York: Penguin Books, 1991.
The story of Saleem Sinal, born precisely at midnight, August 15, 1947, the moment India became independent.
Saleem's life parallels the history of his nation.
FIC SAC Sacks, Margaret. Beyond Safe Boundaries. New York: Lodestar Books, 1989.
Elizabeth comes of age in 1960s South Africa as her older sister joins a secret group opposed to the country's racial
FIC SAY Say, Allen. The Ink-Keeper’s Apprentice. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994.
A fourteen-year-old boy lives on his own in Tokyo and becomes apprenticed to a famous Japanese cartoonist.
FIC SCH Schlink Bernard. The Reader. New York: Vintage Books, 1995.
Translation of a German novel about the erotic awakening of fifteen-year-old Michael Berg who engages in a secret
affair with a mysterious older woman.
FIC SCH Schmidt, C. A. Useful Fools. New York: Dutton Books, 2007.
A fifteen-year-old Peruvian boy, whose mother runs a clinic for poor village children, becomes caught up in the war
after Senderistas bomb the clinic, killing his mother and throwing his family into turmoil.
FIC SED Sedgwick, Marcus. The Foreshadowing. New York: Laurel-Leaf, 2008.
Having always been able to know when someone is going to die, Alexandra poses as a nurse to go to France during
World War I to locate her brother and to try to save him from the fate she has foreseen for him.
FIC SEE See, Lisa. Dragon Bones: a novel. New York: Ballantine, 2004.
The discovery of the body of an American archaeologist in the Yangzi River and the theft of some ancient dragon
bones mark the start of an ever-spiraling chain of scandal, murder, and tragedy for Liu Hulan, a tough inspector for
China's Ministry of Public Security.
FIC SEE See, Lisa. Shanghai Girls. New York: Random House, 2009.
Sisters Pearl and May Chin are forced into marriages to Chinese men living in America after their father gambles
away his wealth; but life in American proves more difficult than they expected.
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FIC SEM Sembene, Ousmane. God's Bits of Wood. New York: Anchor Books, 1970.
God's Bits of Wood does more than recount a fictional version of the Sengalese workers who struggled for
unionization in the late 1940's. It also accurately describes the French West African institutional setting of that period
and vividly conveys glimpses of native culture as it existed beneath the yoke of colonization.
FIC SID Sidhwa, Bapsi. Cracking India: a novel. Minneapolis, Minn: Milkweed Editions, 1991.
Eight-year-old Lenny witnesses the turmoil among various religious groups in India during the 1940s.
FIC SIM Simon, Scott. Pretty Birds: a novel. New York: Random House, 2005.
The violence and terror of ethnic cleansing against Muslims forces high schooler Irena Zaric and her family to flee
Sarajevo in search of safety across the river, and she comes into even closer contact with war when a former assistant
principal employs her as a sniper.
FIC SKR Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk. Daughter of War: a Novel. Markham, Ont.: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2008.
Marta, a young Armenian refugee, survives the Armenian genocide in Turkey during World War I, and disguises
herself as a Muslim in order to locate her betrothed and her sister, who were sold into slavery.
FIC SKR Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk. Nobody's Child. Toronto: Boardwalk Books, 2003.
An historical fiction set during the Armenian Genocide tells a story of Mariam and her siblings who are deported
from Turkey, their ordeals, and desperate attempts to be reunited with one another.
FIC SOL Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Isaevich. August 1914. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1989.
A fictional account of the outbreak of the First World War and the Russian offensive into East Prussia and defeat at
FIC SOL Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Isaevich. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. New York: Signet Classic, 1993.
Recounts the experiences of Shukhov, a prisoner at a Soviet work camp in Siberia, as he struggles for survival.
FIC STA Staples, Suzanne Fisher. Haveli. New York: Dell, 2002.
Having relented to the ways of her people in Pakistan and married the rich older man to whom she was pledged
against her will, Shabanu is now the victim of his family's blood feud and the malice of his other wives.
FIC STA Staples, Suzanne Fisher. The House of Djinn. New York: Frances Foster Books, 2008.
An unexpected death brings Shabanu's daughter, Mumtaz, and nephew, Jameel, both aged fifteen, to the forefront of
an attempt to modernize Pakistan, but the teens must both sacrifice their own dreams if they are to meet family and
FIC STA Staples, Suzanne Fisher. Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind. New York: Knopf, 1997.
When eleven-year-old Shabanu, the daughter of a nomad in the Cholistan Desert of present-day Pakistan, is pledged
in marriage to an older man whose money will bring prestige to the family, she must either accept the decision, as is
the custom, or risk the consequences of defying her father's wishes.
FIC STA Staples, Suzanne Fisher. Shiva’s Fire. New York: HarperTrophy, 2000.
A young Hindu girl from India, Parvati, who is known for the extraordinary events that occur when she dances, leaves
her family to train in classical Indian dance with a great master, but her commitment to a program of dance, study,
and devotion falters when she meets a gentle-eyed boy.
FIC STE Steinbeck, John. The Moon is Down. New York: Penguin Books, 1995.
A beautiful, provincial Norwegian town is invaded by German soldiers. An act of brutality begins an uncontrollable,
unalterable chain of events.
FIC STR Stratton, Allan. Chanda's Secrets. Toronto: Annick Press, 2004.
Chandra Kabelo, a sixteen-year-old in a small South African town, faces down shame and stigma in her efforts to help
friends and family members who are dying of AIDS.
FIC STR Stratton, Allan. Chanda’s Wars. New York: HarperTeen, 2008.
Chandra Kabelo, a teenaged African girl, must save her younger siblings after they are kidnapped and forced to serve
as child soldiers in General Mandiki's rebel army.
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FIC TAY Taylor, Theodore. The Bomb. Orlando, Fla.: Harcourt, 2007.
In 1944, when the Americans liberate Bikini Atoll from the Japanese, fourteen-year-old Sorry Rinamu does not realize
that in two years he will lead a desperate effort to save his island home from a much more deadly threat.
FIC TAY Taylor, Theodore. The Cay. New York: Dell Yearling, 2002.
Philip, an adolescent white boy who is blinded in a torpedo attack at sea during World War II, acquires a new type of
vision, courage, and love when he is stranded on a tiny Caribbean island with Timothy, a kind, elderly black man.
FIC TAY Taylor, Theodore. Timothy of the Cay. Orlando, Fla.: Harcourt, 2007.
Having survived being blinded and shipwrecked on a tiny Caribbean island with the old black man Timothy, twelve-
year-old white Phillip is rescued and hopes to regain his sight with an operation. Alternate chapters follow the life of
Timothy from his days as a young cabin boy.
FIC TOL Tolstoy, Leo. Anna Karenin. London: Penguin, 1978.
In nineteenth-century Russia, the wife of an important government official loses her family and social status when she
chooses the love of Count Vronsky over a passionless marriage.
FIC TRU Trueman, Terry. Hurricane. New York: HarperCollins, 2008.
A fictional account of one of the worst storms to hit the Caribbean--Hurricane Mitch in 1998--told from the
perspective of a thirteen-year-old boy living in a small village in Honduras.
FIC URI Uris, Leon. Exodus. New York: Bantam, 1986.
The founding of the new nation of Israel is vividly portrayed in this novel about an American nurse and a young
Israeli freedom fighter.
FIC VAN Van der Vyver, Marita. Childish Things. New York: Dutton, 1996.
A girl's tale of growing up in South Africa in the 1970s. The protagonist is Mart Vermaak, a 16-year-old Afrikaner
whose adolescence is played out against the background of apartheid, the black liberation struggle and the Angolan
War which her brother is fighting.
FIC VEC Veciana-Suarez, Ana. Flight to Freedom. New York: Orchard Books, 2002.
Writing in the diary which her father gave her, thirteen-year-old Yara describes life with her family in Havana, Cuba,
in 1967 as well as her experiences in Miami, Florida, after immigrating there to be reunited with some relatives while
leaving others behind.
FIC VEN Venkatraman, Padma. Climbing the Stairs. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2008.
In India, in 1941, when her father becomes brain-damaged in a non-violent protest march, fifteen-year-old Vidya and
her family are forced to move in with her father's extended family and become accustomed to a totally different way of
FIC WAL Walker, Alice. By the Light of My Father's Smile: a novel. New York: Random House, 1998.
Susannah and her family move to the Sierras in Mexico, and while they are there, their lives are forever changed by
the Mundo people who live there.
FIC WAT Watkins, Yoko Kawashima. So Far from the Bamboo Grove. New York: Beech Tree Books, 1994.
A fictionalized autobiography in which eleven-year-old Yoko escapes from Korea to Japan with her mother and sister
at the end of World War II.
FIC WEY Weyn, Suzanne. Distant Waves: a novel of the Titanic. New York: Scholastic Press, 2009.
In the early twentieth century, four sisters and their widowed mother, a famed spiritualist, travel from New York to
London, and as the Titanic conveys them and their acquaintances, journalist W.T. Stead, scientist Nikola Tesla, and
industrialist John Jacob Astor, home, Tesla's inventions will either doom or save them all.
FIC WHE Whelan, Gloria. The Disappeared. New York: Dial, 2008.
Teenaged Silvia tries to save her brother, Eduardo, after he is captured by the military government in 1970s
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FIC WHE Whelan, Gloria. Homeless Bird. New York: HarperTrophy, 2001.
When thirteen-year-old Koly enters into an ill-fated arranged marriage, she must either suffer a destiny dictated by
India's tradition or find the courage to oppose it.
FIC WHI Whitney, Kim Ablon. The Other Half of Life: a novel based on the True Story of the MS St. Louis. New
York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Fifteen-year-old Thomas sets sail on a German ship bound for Cuba in 1939 along with more than nine hundred
German Jews expecting to be granted safe haven on the island, but he discovers that although the passengers have
landing permits, they may not be allowed to enter the country.
FIC WIE Wiesel, Elie. Dawn. New York: Bantam, 1982.
An eighteen-year-old terrorist spends a night waiting to kill an English officer in Palestine as a reprisal for Britain's
execution of a Jewish prisoner.
FIC WIS Wiseman, Eva. Puppet: a novel . Toronto: Tundra Books, 2009.
A fictionalized account of the last-recorded "blood libel" trial in Europe, which describes the experiences of Morris
Scharf, a Jewish boy who was forced to testify against his community--including his own father--in support of a
stereotype that Jews murder Christian children for their blood.
FIC WUL Wulffson, Don L. Soldier X. New York: Viking, 2001.
In 1943 sixteen-year-old Erik experiences the horrors of war when he is drafted into the German army and sent to
fight on the Russian front.
FIC YAN Yang, Belle. Baba: a Return to China Upon My Father's Shoulders. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1996.
Baba wonderfully evokes the sights, sounds and emotions of the lost childhood of the author's father, who grew up in
a time of social and political upheaval in China.
FIC ZUS Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief. New York: Knopf, 2006.
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
SC AKP Akpan, Uwem. Say You're One of Them. New York: Little, Brown and Co, 2008.
A collection of short stories by Uwem Akpan that celebrate the resilience and wisdom of children in third world
SC OTH Other Voices, Other Vistas: Short Stories from Africa, China, India, Japan, and Latin America. New York:
Signet Classic, 2002, 1992.
Presents twenty-five contemporary stories by authors from countries and cultures around the world, including
selections by Chinua Achebe, Isabel Allende, Wang Anyi, and others.
SC SHA Shattered: Stories of Children and War. New York: Knopf, 2002.
Presents twelve short stories about the experiences of young children and teenagers in war, showing a variety of
perspectives, and provides factual notes on each conflict dramatized.
SC SOM Somehow Tenderness Survives: Stories of Southern Africa. New York: Harper & Row, 1988.
A collection of ten short stories and autobiographical accounts by authors of various races expose the conditions of
racism in South Africa.
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