Young Minli lives in the Valley of Fruitless Mountain, where she and her parents spend their days working hard in the fields. One day, Minli embarks on a quest to find wisdom outside of the village and help her struggling family. This tale of Chinese folklore mixed with fantasy tells of adventure, friendship and courage.
In 13th-century Mongolia, soldiers from the great Kublai Khan's army invade Oyuna's village to steal horses and gather new soldiers. In hopes of restoring her family's honor and staying with her faithful mare, the crippled Oyuna disguises herself as a boy and joins the soldiers horseback on their quest. Oyuna's journey will change her life forever.
Nya walks eight hours every day to fetch water for her family. Salva walks away from his war-torn village. He is a "lost boy" refugee, destined to cover Africa on foot, searching for his family and safety. As their stories of Sudan converge, Salva decides to return to his homeland and help his people, because even in a troubled country, determined survivors may press on and find hope.
Blume. Lonely 11-year-old Cornelia surrounds herself with dictionaries and other books to isolate herself from the outside world. But when a glamorous neighbor named Virginia Somerset moves next door, Cornelia discovers that the world is a much more exciting place than she had originally thought. An unforgettable story of friendship and adventure that takes readers around the world and back again. Absolutely outstanding. One of my favorites.
ALA Notable Book. Five traditional Nigerian tales retold and beautifully illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings.
Jiro, son of a starving puppet maker in 18th Century Japan, runs away from home to apprentice himself to the master of the Hanaza puppet theater ... and finds himself in the midst of a Robin Hood intrigue.
A talking horse and a servant boy share an adventurous and dangerous journey to Narnia to warn of invading barbarians.
Touching story of a young girl and her brother who set out to find their mother "somewhere" in the city of Johannesburg.
An award winning story of a young boy who lived in China during the perilous 1920s.
A true-to-life Arabic fairy tale about a poor girl who makes good through hard work, diligence . . . and brains.
Multiple award-winner. The loving memories of the author's childhood in a Vietnamese hamlet.
Award-winning collection of poems presents everyday objects in a thought-provoking new light.
Momo, a young Tibetan girl, chases the man who stole her Lhasa terrier--from high in the Himalayas to the Bengal plains and the city of Calcutta.
Another one of our family's favorites, Shadow Spinner tells a plausible "story behind the story" of Scheherazade, the woman who saved her own life and the lives of all the women of Persia by telling stories to the Sultan, night after night, for 1001 nights.
The inspiring and challenging story of Mother Teresa who, for more than 40 years sought to be "the arms of Christ" to the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta.
A legendary adventure story of how Mafatu, the son of the Great Chief of Hibueru, a Polynesian people, conquers his fear of the sea and proves he isn't a coward.
When Naima's parents cannot afford to pay her school fees anymore, she faces hard realities about limitations placed on girls in modern Bangladeshi society. "Rickshaw Girl" is a wonderful story of courage and an intriguing look at microfinance options for women in developing countries today. Beautiful charcoal illustrations throughout.
Ten-year-old Sasha Zaichik has known the laws of the Soviet Young Pioneers since the age of six:
- A Young Pioneer is devoted to Comrade Stalin, the Communist Party, and Communism.
- A Young Pioneer is a reliable comrade and always acts according to conscience.
- A Young Pioneer has a right to criticize shortcomings.