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Shabanu
  • Author : Suzanne Fisher Staples
  • Publisher : Ember
  • Pages : 290
  • ISBN : 9780307977885
  • Reader Reviews : 26
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • The Newbery Honor winner about a heroic Pakistani girl that The Boston Globe called “Remarkable . . . a riveting tour de force.” Life is both sweet and cruel to strong-willed young Shabanu, whose home is the windswept Cholistan Desert of Pakistan. The second daughter in a family with no sons, she’s been allowed freedoms forbidden to most Muslim girls. But when a tragic encounter with a wealthy and powerful landowner ruins the marriage plans of her older sister, Shabanu is called upon to sacrifice everything she’s dreamed of. Should she do what is necessary to uphold her family’s honor—or listen to the stirrings of her own heart? A New York Times Notable Book “Staples has accomplished a small miracle in her touching and powerful story.” —The New York Times

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    The House of Djinn
  • Author : Suzanne Fisher Staples
  • Publisher : Ember
  • Pages : 226
  • ISBN : 9780307976420
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • Mumtaz, daughter of Shabanu, has lived with her father's traditional Muslim family for 10 years, enduring the scorn of her auntie Leyla day in and day out. Her only protectors are her uncle Omar and Baba, patriarch of the Amirzai tribe, but even they would disown her if they knew she had a crush on a Hindu boy. The only person Mumtaz can confide in is her cousin Jameel. Unfortunately, Jameel lives with his parents in California and he's been out of touch since he fell in love with a Jewish girl. When Baba dies unexpectedly, Mumtaz's world is thrown into chaos. Without Baba keeping order in the tribe, Mumtaz and Jameel find themselves thrust together in the middle of an ongoing power struggle—the same one that sent Shabanu into hiding a decade earlier. A compelling conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Newbery Honor Book Shabanu and continued in Haveli,The House of Djinn explores the delicate balance between freedom and tradition in modern-day Pakistan.

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    Under the Persimmon Tree
  • Author : Suzanne Fisher Staples
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9781466813076
  • Reader Reviews : 8
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • Intertwined portraits of courage and hope in Afghanistan and Pakistan Najmah, a young Afghan girl whose name means "star," suddenly finds herself alone when her father and older brother are conscripted by the Taliban and her mother and newborn brother are killed in an air raid. An American woman, Elaine, whose Islamic name is Nusrat, is also on her own. She waits out the war in Peshawar, Pakistan, teaching refugee children under the persimmon tree in her garden while her Afghan doctor husband runs a clinic in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. Najmah's father had always assured her that the stars would take care of her, just as Nusrat's husband had promised that they would tell Nusrat where he was and that he was safe. As the two look to the skies for answers, their fates entwine. Najmah, seeking refuge and hoping to find her father and brother, begins the perilous journey through the mountains to cross the border into Pakistan. And Nusrat's persimmon-tree school awaits Najmah's arrival. Together, they both seek their way home. Known for her award-winning fiction set in South Asia, Suzanne Fisher Staples revisits that part of the world in this beautifully written, heartrending novel. Under the Persimmon Tree is a 2006 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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    An Ocean Apart, a World Away
  • Author : Lensey Namioka
  • Publisher : Laurel Leaf
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 9780307433091
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • While most 16-year-old girls are planning their weddings, Xueyan, known as Yanyan, has no interest at all in marriage. She is fascinated by medicine. In China in 1921, women rarely attend university, let alone medical school. Still, Yanyan is determined to become a doctor. But Yanyan’s feelings about marriage change when she meets Liang Baoshu. An outstanding scholar and martial arts student, Baoshu is passionate and dangerous. He is determined to rid China of the foreigners who occupy it and restore power to the Manchu dynasty. Life with him would be an adventure. But when Yanyan realizes that being with Baoshu would also mean sacrificing her dream of becoming a doctor, she faces the most difficult decision of her life. And her choice leads to an entirely new adventure an ocean away in America—where Yanyan is the foreigner.

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    The House of Djinn
  • Author : Suzanne Fisher Staples
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9781466814387
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • It has been ten years since Shabanu staged her death to secure the safety of her daughter, Mumtaz, from her husband's murderous brother. Mumtaz has been raised by her father's family with the education and security her mother desired for her, but with little understanding and love. Only her American cousin Jameel, her closest confidant and friend, and the beloved family patriarch, Baba, understand the pain of her loneliness. When Baba unexpectedly dies, Jameel's succession as the Amirzai tribal leader and the arrangement of his marriage to Mumtaz are revealed, causing both to question whether fulfilling their duty to the family is worth giving up their dreams for the future. A commanding sequel to the novels Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind and Haveli, The House of Djinn stands on its own. Suzanne Fisher Staples returns to modern-day Pakistan to reexamine the juxtaposition of traditional Islamic values with modern ideals of love. The House of Djinn is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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    Haveli
  • Author : Suzanne Fisher Staples
  • Publisher : Ember
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN : 9780307977892
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • The world of Newbery Honor Book Shabanu is vividly re-created in this novel of a young Pakistani woman's heartbreaking struggle against the tyranny of custom and ancient law. Shabanu, now a mother at 18, faces daily challenges to her position in her husband's household, even as she plans for her young daughter's education and uncertain future. Then, during a visit to the haveli, their home in the city of Lahore, Shabanu falls in love with Omar, in spite of traditions that forbid their union.

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    Haveli
  • Author : Suzanne Fisher Staples
  • Publisher : Laurel Leaf
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9780375985881
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • The world of Newbery Honor book Shabanu is vividly re-created in this novel of a young Pakistani woman's heartbreaking struggle against the tyranny of custom and ancient law. Shabanu, now a mother at 18, faces daily challenges to her position in her husband's household, even as she plans for her young daughter's education and uncertain future. Then, during a visit to the haveli, their home in the city of Lahore, Shabanu falls in love with Omar, in spite of traditions that forbid their union.

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    Dangerous Skies
  • Author : Suzanne Fisher Staples
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9781466813571
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • A Season of Change Along the Virginia shoreline where their families have lived for generations, Buck and Tunes Smith defy tradition. Raised together like brother and sister, they are bound by surname, but not by skin color. And just as Buck has come to rely on Tunes, Tunes has come to trust that even in a place where race can mean so much, their friendship will remain as dependable as the tides. But then the horrifying events of one spring afternoon tear them apart -- and change their world forever. Desperate to hang on to the thing that he values most, Buck struggles to uphold their friendship -- without realizing that his efforts are pushing Tunes farther and farther away. From a Newbury Honor -- winning author, this is a powerfully moving story of friendship in the face of racism, and betrayal in the name of loyalty.

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    Shiva's Fire
  • Author : Suzanne Fisher Staples
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN : 0064409791
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • In India, a talented dancer sacrifices friends and family for her art.

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    The Tyrant's Daughter
  • Author : J.C. Carleson
  • Publisher : Ember
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN : 9780449809990
  • Reader Reviews : 24
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • “Filled with political intrigue and emotional tension, Carleson’s riveting novel features a teenage refugee caught in a web of deceit and conspiracy.” —PW, starred review When her father is killed in a coup, Laila and her mother and brother leave their war-torn homeland for a fresh start in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. At her new high school, Laila makes mistakes, makes friends, and even meets a boy who catches her eye. But this new life brings unsettling facts to light. The American newspapers call her father a brutal dictator and suggest that her family’s privilege came at the expense of innocent lives. Meanwhile, her mother would like nothing more than to avenge his death, and she’ll go to great lengths to regain their position of power. As an international crisis takes shape around her, Laila is pulled in one direction, then another, but there’s no time to sort out her feelings. She has to pick a side now, and her decision will affect not just her own life, but countless others. . . . Inspired by the author's experience as a CIA officer in Iraq and Syria, this book is as timely as it is relevant. Praise for The Tyrant’s Daughter: “Carleson, a former undercover CIA officer, infuses her story with compelling details and gripping authenticity.” —The Boston Globe “Every American should read this book. It’s an eye-opener.” —Suzanne Fisher Staples, Newbery Honor–winning author of Shabanu

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    Shabanu
  • Author : Elizabeth Klar,Novel Units
  • Publisher : Novel Units, Incorporated
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN : 1581306326
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Literature
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    Words In The Dust
  • Author : Trent Reedy
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9780545578066
  • Reader Reviews : 12
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Zulaikha hopes. She hopes for peace, now that the Taliban have been driven from Afghanistan; a good relationship with her hard stepmother; and one day even to go to school, or to have her cleft palate fixed. Zulaikha knows all will be provided for her--"Inshallah," God willing. Then she meets Meena, who offers to teach her the Afghan poetry she taught her late mother. And the Americans come to her village, promising not just new opportunities and dangers, but surgery to fix her face. These changes could mean a whole new life for Zulaikha--but can she dare to hope they'll come true?

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    Daughter of the River
  • Author : Ying Hong
  • Publisher : Grove Press
  • Pages : 340
  • ISBN : 0802136605
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • A Chinese woman shares her family's often traumatic experience in Communist China, from her birth during the Great Famine of the early 1960s through the horrors of the Cultural Revolution and the massacre at Tiananmen Square. Reprint.

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    California Blue
  • Author : David Klass
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Pages : 38
  • ISBN : 0590466895
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • When seventeen-year-old John Rodgers discovers a new subspecies of butterfly which may necessitate closing the mill where his dying father works, they find themselves on opposite sides of the environmental conflict.

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    Daughter of the Wind
  • Author : Suzanne Fisher Staples
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 1406353566
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Cholistan Desert (Pakistan)
  • Shabanu lives with her family in Pakistan, in a society that denies women any independence. At 12 years old, she is already betrothed. Then tragedy strikes and Shabanu must choose between her own dreams of freedom and her family and culture.

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    The Green Dog
  • Author : Suzanne Fisher Staples
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 148
  • ISBN : 9780060760458
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • During the summer before fifth grade, Suzanne, a daydreaming loner who likes to fish and walk through the woods, acquires a canine companion. Based on the author's childhood in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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    The Shadows of Ghadames
  • Author : Joelle Stolz
  • Publisher : Yearling
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN : 9780307490780
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Why is a girl forbidden to read or receive an education? This story about a Muslim girl bound by traditional Islamic customs but who yearns for something more explores women’s rights, freedom, religion, and identity. In the Libyan city of Ghadames, Malika watches her merchant father depart on one of his caravan expeditions. She too yearns to travel to distant cities, and longs to learn to read like her younger brother. But nearly 12 years old, and soon to be of marriagable age, Malika knows that—like all Muslim women—she must be content with a more secluded, more limited life. Then one night a stranger enters her home . . . someone who disrupts the traditional order of things—and who affects Malika in unexpected ways. “I was enchanted by this story of a brave Berber girl who dares to dream and its filigree of details about harem life, ancient trade routes, goddesses and healers. The real beauty of The Shadows of Ghadames is that it transcends the exotic to explore universal truths about the condition of being human.”—Suzanne Fisher Staples, author of the Newbery Honor Book Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind *“Stolz invigorates her tale with elegant prose and a deft portrayal of a girl verging on adolescence. The vivid backdrop is intoxicating, but the story’s universal concerns will touch readers most.”—Booklist, Starred

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    Charms for the Easy Life
  • Author : Kaye Gibbons
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 223
  • ISBN : 9781101174647
  • Reader Reviews : 21
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Margaret struggles toward adulthood in a world torn apart by the Second World War and complicated by her strong-willed mother, Sophia, and grandmother, Charlie Kate, in a story about three generations of passionate, willful Southern women

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    A Break with Charity
  • Author : Ann Rinaldi
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Pages : 284
  • ISBN : 9780152003531
  • Reader Reviews : 13
  • Genre : Children's stories, American
  • While waiting for a church meeting in 1706, Susanna English, daughter of a wealthy Salem merchant, recalls the malice, fear, and accusations of witchcraft that tore her village apart in 1692.

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    Mastiff
  • Author : Tamora Pierce
  • Publisher : Ember
  • Pages : 610
  • ISBN : 9780375838187
  • Reader Reviews : 36
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • A New York Times bestseller from the fantasy author who is legend herself: TAMORA PIERCE. In the final book in the Beka Cooper Trilogy, Beka uses her unique magic and street smarts to crack the case that will change an empire! The more secret the Hunt, the more dangerous the mission. Sometimes a distraction arrives at just the right time. After suffering a terrible loss, Beka is grateful when Lord Gershom calls on her with a top-secret Hunt. He informs Beka that she and her scent hound, Achoo, are the best team for the job, but he won't tell her anything else. And when the pair is joined by a wide-eyed young mage who seems too green to be on a case of such importance, it becomes clear that threats lurk around every corner. Soon they are wading deep into a world of power, corruption, and betrayal that threatens the Tortall royal family. Beka must decide whom she can trust with her country's future . . . and her life. The Beka Cooper Trilogy introduces an amazing young woman who is the ancestor of one of Tamora Pierce's most popular characters: George Cooper. Here, Pierce gives fans exactly what they want—a smart, savvy heroine making a name for herself on the mean streets of Tortall's Lower City—while offering plenty to appeal to new readers as well! "Tamora Pierce's books shaped me not only as a young writer but also as a young woman. She is a pillar, an icon, and an inspiration. Cracking open one of her marvelous novels always feels like coming home." —SARAH J. MAAS, #1 New York Times bestselling author "Tamora Pierce didn't just blaze a trail. Her heroines cut a swath through the fantasy world with wit, strength, and savvy. Her stories still lead the vanguard today. Pierce is the real lioness, and we're all just running to keep pace." —LEIGH BARDUGO, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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    Afternoon of the Elves
  • Author : Janet Taylor Lisle
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Pages : 122
  • ISBN : 9781453271780
  • Reader Reviews : 11
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • In “this enchanting story about friendship,” two fourth grade girls discover a magical world hidden in one’s backyard (Publishers Weekly). No fourth grader trusts Sara-Kate Connolly. Her boots are dirty, her clothes are weird, and she’s so maladjusted that the school had to hold her back a grade. But Hillary is her next-door neighbor, and can’t say no when the unusual loner invites her over to play. In Sara-Kate’s overgrown backyard, Hillary will find proof of a world of magic—the kind that can only blossom between true friends. Among the rusted car parts and wild plants, a miniature village has sprung up. It has tiny houses made from string, sticks, and maple leaves; a well with a bottlecap for a bucket; and even a little playground with a Popsicle-stick Ferris wheel. But there’s absolutely no sign of who built this miniature world. To Sara-Kate, the answer is clear—only elves could be responsible for something so enchanted. As she and Hillary watch for their elusive new friends, they learn that friendship, like magic, springs up where you least expect it. This ebook features a personal history by Janet Taylor Lisle including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s own collection.

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    Camel Rider
  • Author : Prue Mason
  • Publisher : Charlesbridge Publishing
  • Pages : 207
  • ISBN : 9781580893145
  • Reader Reviews : 13
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • War has broken out in the Middle East and all foreigners are fleeing. Instead of escaping with his neighbors, Adam sneaks off to save his dog, which has been left behind. Lost in the desert, Adam meets Walid, an abused camel boy who is on the run. Together they struggle to survive the elements and elude the revengeful master from whom Walid has fled. Cultural and language barriers are wide, but with ingenuity and determination the two boys bridge their differences, helping each other to survive and learn what true friendship is.

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    Written in the Stars
  • Author : Aisha Saeed
  • Publisher : Nancy Paulsen Books
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN : 9780147513939
  • Reader Reviews : 14
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • "Naila's vacation to visit relatives in Pakistan turns into a nightmare when she discovers her parents want to force her to marry a man she's never met"--

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    Homeless Bird
  • Author : Gloria Whelan,Various
  • Publisher : Frances Lincoln
  • Pages : 167
  • ISBN : 1845079779
  • Reader Reviews : 21
  • Genre : Arranged marriage
  • Koly's parents have arranged a marriage for their only daughter and now, like many girls her age in India, she will leave her home forever. She longs to run away, but she knows that she cannot go against tradition. On her wedding day, Koly's fate is sealed. Caught up in a series of events that threaten to sweep her towards a frightening future, Koly finds herself cast out and alone. But sometimes courage and hope can be more powerful than tradition, and Koly learns that fate can be taken into her own hands.

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    The Joy Luck Club
  • Author : Amy Tan
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9781101502730
  • Reader Reviews : 124
  • Genre : Fiction
  • “The Joy Luck Club is one of my favorite books. From the moment I first started reading it, I knew it was going to be incredible. For me, it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime reading experiences that you cherish forever. It inspired me as a writer and still remains hugely inspirational.” —Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians Amy Tan’s beloved, New York Times bestselling tale of mothers and daughters, now the focus of a new documentary Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir on Netflix Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "saying" the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. "To despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable." Forty years later the stories and history continue. With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.

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    The Chocolate War
  • Author : Robert Cormier
  • Publisher : Ember
  • Pages : 274
  • ISBN : 9780375829871
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • One of the most controversial YA novels of all time, The Chocolate War is a modern masterpiece that speaks to fans of S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders and John Knowles’s A Separate Peace. After suffering rejection from seven major publishers, The Chocolate War made its debut in 1974, and quickly became a bestselling—and provocative—classic for young adults. This chilling portrait of an all-boys prep school casts an unflinching eye on the pitfalls of conformity and corruption in our most elite cultural institutions. “Masterfully structured and rich in theme; the action is well crafted, well timed, suspenseful.”—The New York Times Book Review “The characterizations of all the boys are superb.”—School Library Journal, starred review “Compellingly immediate. . . . Readers will respect the uncompromising ending.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review An ALA Best Book for Young Adults A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year A Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice A New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year

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    My Name Is Parvana (Large Print 16pt)
  • Author : Deborah Ellis
  • Publisher : ReadHowYouWant
  • Pages : 202
  • ISBN : 145966454X
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • On a military base in post-Taliban Afghanistan, American authorities have just imprisoned a teenaged girl found in a bombed-out school. The army major thinks she may be a terrorist working with the Taliban. The girl does not respond to questions in any language and remains silent, even when she is threatened, harassed and mistreated over several days. The only clue to her identity is a tattered shoulder bag containing papers that refer to people named Shauzia, Nooria, Leila, Asif, Hassan - and Parvana.In this long-awaited sequel to The Breadwinner Trilogy, Parvana is now fifteen years old. As she waits for foreign military forces to determine her fate, she remembers the past four years of her life. Reunited with her mother and sisters, she has been living in a village where her mother has finally managed to open a school for girls. But even though the Taliban has been driven from the government, the country is still at war, and many continue to view the education and freedom of girls and women with suspicion and fear.As her family settles into the routine of running the school, Parvana, a bit to her surprise, finds herself restless and bored. She even thinks of running away. But when local men threaten the school and her family, she must draw on every ounce of bravery and resilience she possesses to survive the disaster that kills her mother, destroys the school, and puts her own life in jeopardy.

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    Cutting for Stone
  • Author : Abraham Verghese
  • Publisher : Random House India
  • Pages : 391
  • ISBN : 9788184001754
  • Reader Reviews : 348
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance and bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles—and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.

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    Surviving Santiago
  • Author : Lyn Miller-Lachmann
  • Publisher : Running Press Kids
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 9780762456352
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • Returning to her homeland of Santiago, Chile, is the last thing that Tina Aguilar wants to do during the summer of her sixteenth birthday. It has taken eight years for her to feel comfort and security in America with her mother and her new husband. And it has been eight years since she has last seen her father. Despite insisting on the visit, Tina's father spends all his time focused on politics and alcohol rather than connecting with Tina, making his betrayal from the past continue into the present. Tina attracts the attention of a mysterious stranger, but the hairpin turns he takes her on may push her over the edge of truth and discovery. The tense, final months of the Pinochet regime in 1989 provide the backdrop for author Lyn Miller-Lachmann's suspenseful tale of the survival and redemption of the Aguilar family, first introduced in the critically acclaimed Gringolandia. CCSS-aligned curriculum guidecan be found online at http://www.rpcurriculumguides.com/curriculum_guides.html

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    The Hero and the Crown
  • Author : Robin McKinley
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Pages : 219
  • ISBN : 9781497673656
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • An outcast princess must earn her birthright as a hero of the realm—in this “utterly engrossing” Newbery Medal–winning fantasy (The New York Times). Aerin is an outcast in her own father’s court, daughter of the foreign woman who, it was rumored, was a witch, and enchanted the king to marry her. She makes friends with her father’s lame, retired warhorse, Talat, and discovers an old, overlooked, and dangerously imprecise recipe for dragon-fire-proof ointment in a dusty corner of her father’s library. Two years, many canter circles to the left to strengthen Talat’s weak leg, and many burnt twigs (and a few fingers) secretly experimenting with the ointment recipe later, Aerin is present when someone comes from an outlying village to report a marauding dragon to the king. Aerin slips off alone to fetch her horse, her sword, and her fireproof ointment . . . But modern dragons, while formidable opponents fully capable of killing a human being, are small and accounted vermin. There is no honor in killing dragons. The great dragons are a tale out of ancient history. That is, until the day that the king is riding out at the head of an army. A weary man on an exhausted horse staggers into the courtyard where the king’s troop is assembled: “The Black Dragon has come . . . Maur, who has not been seen for generations, the last of the great dragons, great as a mountain. Maur has awakened.”

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    Wild Thorns
  • Author : Sahar Khalifeh
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 209
  • ISBN : 9781623710798
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Wild Thorns is a chronicle of life in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Written in Arabic and first published in Jerusalem in 1976, Wild Thorns, with its panorama of characters and unsentimental portrayals of everyday life, is the first Arab novel to give a true picture of social and personal relations under occupation. Its convincing sincerity, uncompromising honesty, and rich emotional texture plead elegantly for the cause of survival in the face of oppression.

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    The Surrender Tree
  • Author : Margarita Engle
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Pages : 184
  • ISBN : 0805086749
  • Reader Reviews : 21
  • Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Cuba has fought three wars for independence, and still she is not free. This history in verse creates a lyrical portrait of Cuba.

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    The Secrets of Jin-shei
  • Author : Alma Alexander
  • Publisher : Crossroad Press
  • Pages : N.a
  • ISBN : N.a
  • Reader Reviews : 8
  • Genre : Fiction
  • A group of women, the jin-shei sisterhood, form a uniquely powerful circle that transcends class and social custom. They are bound together by a declaration of loyalty that transcends all other vows, even those with the gods, by their own secret language, passed from mother to daughter, by the knowledge that some of them will have to pay the ultimate sacrifice to enable others to fulfill their destiny. The sisterhood we meet run from the Emperor's sister to the street-beggar, from the trainee warrior in the Emperor's Guard to the apprentice healer, from the artist to the traveller-girl, herself an illegitimate daughter of an emperor and seen as a threat to the throne. And as one of them becomes Dragon Empress, her determination to hold power against the sages of the temple, against the marauding forces from other kingdoms, drags the sisterhood into a dangerous world of court intrigue, plot and counterplot, and brings them into conflict with each other from which only the one who remains true to all the vows she made at the very beginning to the dying Princess Empress can rescue them. An amazing and unusual book, based on some historical fact, full of drama, adventure and conflict like a Shakespearean history play, it's a novel about kinship and a society of women, of mysticism, jealousy, fate, destiny, all set in the wonderful, swirling background of Syai, a fantasy kingdom inspired by Imperial China.

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    The Red Pencil
  • Author : Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9780316247818
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • "Amira, look at me," Muma insists.She collects both my hands in hers."The Janjaweed attack without warning.If ever they come-- run." Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in Nyala-- Amira's one true dream. But life in her peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the Janjaweed arrive. The terrifying attackers ravage the town and unleash unspeakable horrors. After she loses nearly everything, Amira needs to dig deep within herself to find the strength to make the long journey-- on foot-- to safety at a refugee camp. Her days are tough at the camp, until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind-- and all kinds of possibilities. New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney's powerful verse and Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist Shane W. Evans's breathtaking illustrations combine to tell an inspiring tale of one girl's triumph against all odds.

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    Discovering World Geography with Books Kids Love
  • Author : Nancy A. Chicola,Eleanor B. English
  • Publisher : Fulcrum Publishing
  • Pages : 184
  • ISBN : 1555919650
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Education
  • Develop a rich foundation of world geographical knowledge and skills using the best of children's literature.

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    Liar
  • Author : Justine Larbalestier
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 159990571X
  • Reader Reviews : 68
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • The ultimate unreliable narrator takes readers on a thrill ride in this highly acclaimed novel. Prepare to grasp for truth until the very last page. Micah is a liar. That's the one thing she won't lie about. Over the years, she's duped her classmates, her teachers, and even her parents. But when her boyfriend Zach dies under brutal circumstances, Micah sets out to tell the truth. At first the truth comes easily. Other truths are so unbelievable, so outside the realm of normal, they must be a lie. And the honest truth is buried so deep in Micah's mind even she doesn't know if it's real. "Readers will get chills . . . [and] be guessing and theorizing long after they've finished this gripping story." -Publishers Weekly, starred review "[Micah's] suspenseful, supernatural tale is engrossing. . . . The chilling story she spins will have readers' hearts racing." -School Library Journal, starred review "An engrossing story of teenage life on the margins." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review An ALA Best Book for Young Adults A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year A Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book of 2009

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    Women in Literature
  • Author : Michael B. Snyder
  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Pages : 358
  • ISBN : 0313313466
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Literary Criticism
  • Looks at gender-related themes in ninety-six of the most frequently taught works of fiction, including "Anna Karenina," "Brave New World," "Great Expectations," and "Lord of the Flies."

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    Building Character Through Multicultural Literature
  • Author : Rosann Jweid,Margaret Rizzo
  • Publisher : Scarecrow Press
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN : 0810850427
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Education
  • A comprehensive reference to 50 titles that will help children cultivate ethics, assume personal responsibility, and practice moral judgment in unfamiliar cultural contexts.

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    The Shadows of Ghadames
  • Author : Joelle Stolz
  • Publisher : Yearling
  • Pages : 130
  • ISBN : 9780440419495
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • This story about a Muslim girl bound by traditional Islamic customs but who yearns for something more explores women’s rights, freedom, religion, and identity. In the Libyan city of Ghadames, Malika watches her merchant father depart on one of his caravan expeditions. She too yearns to travel to distant cities, and longs to learn to read like her younger brother. But nearly 12 years old, and soon to be of marriagable age, Malika knows that—like all Muslim women—she must be content with a more secluded, more limited life. Then one night a stranger enters her home . . . someone who disrupts the traditional order of things—and who affects Malika in unexpected ways. “I was enchanted by this story of a brave Berber girl who dares to dream and its filigree of details about harem life, ancient trade routes, goddesses and healers. The real beauty of The Shadows of Ghadames is that it transcends the exotic to explore universal truths about the condition of being human.”—Suzanne Fisher Staples, author of the Newbery Honor Book Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind *“Stolz invigorates her tale with elegant prose and a deft portrayal of a girl verging on adolescence. The vivid backdrop is intoxicating, but the story’s universal concerns will touch readers most.”—Booklist, Starred