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Dickinson, Peter. A Bone from a Dry Sea.
Then: a young female member of a prehistoric tribe becomes instrumental
in advancing her people. Now (4 million years later): a girl
visits her paleontologist father on a dig in Africa and her curiosity
leads to a discovery that could alter the story of human evolution.
Farmer, Nancy. A Girl Named Disaster.
While journeying to Zimbabwe from Mozambique, eleven-year-old Nhamo
struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close
to the luminous world of the African spirits.
Ferreira, Anton. Zulu Dog.
In post-apartheid South Africa, a Zulu boy keeps secrets from his family as he cares for an injured dog and befriends the daughter of a white farmer.
Gordon, Sheila. Waiting for the Rain: A Novel of South
Tengo and Frikkie are childhood friends -- one is Black, one is white.
Though they live in different and conflicting worlds within South
Africa, their friendship is forged when they are too young to know that
there are lines that must not be crossed.
Laird, Elizabeth. Garbage King.
When disaster strikes their families, Mamo and Dani are compelled to live as street urchins in the slums of an Ethiopian city.
Quintana, Anton. The Baboon King.
Son of a Kikuyu mother and a Masai herdsman father, Morengáru the hunter lives on the edges of tribal society until an actual banishment forces him to make a life for himself among a troop of baboons.
Stratton, Alan. Chanda's Secrets.
When her youngest sister dies, the first hint of HIV/AIDS emerges, Chanda must confront undercurrents of shame and stigma.
Temple, Frances. The Beduin's Gazelle.
When Aitayah is pressured by his uncle to leave the desert and attend
the university, he does so reluctantly. Halami, Aitayah's betrothed, is
devastated, but things become much worse when she gets lost in a
sandstorm and winds up in a rival tribe's encampment.
Asia & The Middle East
Bell, William. Forbidden City.
Alex Jackson, 17, is thrilled when his father, a cameraman, is sent on
assignment to China. But the excitement of being in Tiananmen Square
turns to fear as the movement for change turns violent.
Ellis, Deborah. Breadwinner.
Because the Taliban rulers of Kabul, Afghanistan, impose strict limitations on women's freedom and behavior, eleven-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy so that her family can survive after her father's arrest.
Hidier, Tanuja Desai. Born Confused.
Seventeen-year-old Dimple, whose family is from India, discovers that she is not Indian enough for the Indians and not American enough for the Americans, as she sees her hypnotically beautiful, manipulative best friend taking possession of both her heritage and the boy she likes.
Lee, Diane Wilson. I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade.
In 1339 Mongolia, Kublai Khan has forbidden women to own a horse or
ride, but Oyuna believes the prophesy of her grandmother, that she will
ride a horse of her own to win honor for herself and her family.
Mori, Kyoko. One Bird.
In Japan, after her mother abandons them, fifteen-year-old Megumi tries to understand her father's need for his mistress while dealing with her own aching isolation.
Nye, Naomi Shihab. Habibi.
When 14-year-old Liyanna, 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.
Park, Linda Sue. Single Shard.
Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.
Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis.
An intelligent and outspoken only child, Satrapi--the daughter of radical Marxists and the great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor--bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.
Staples, Suzanne Fisher. Shiva's Fire.
Born during the worst storm ever seen by her small village in India,
Parvati is both blessed and cursed with mysterious powers that confound
Lowry, Brigid. Guitar Highway Rose.
Two fifteen-year-olds, Rosie and Asher, upset over the various unhappy circumstances of their lives in the Australian city of Perth, decide to run away.
Marchetta, Melina. Looking for Alibrandi.
During her senior year in a Catholic school in Sydney, Australia,
seventeen-year-old Josie meets and must contend with the father she has
Marchetta, Melina. Saving Francesca.
Sixteen-year-old Francesca could use her outspoken mother's help with the problems of being one of a handful of girls at a parochial school that has just turned co-ed, but her mother has suddenly become severely depressed.
Marsden, John. Letters from the Inside.
The relationship between two teenage girls who become acquainted through letters intensifies as their correspondence reveals some of the terrible problems of their lives.
Marsden, John. Tomorrow, When the War Began.
Seven Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to
discover that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay
Berry, Liz. The China Garden.
After college, Clare moves with her mother from London to a rural home
where her psychic ability helps unravel the past and where she searches
for something called the Benison.
Farmer, Nancy. Sea of Trolls.
After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister Lucy are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen, leading Jack to undertake a vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls.
Levitin, Sonya. Room in the Heart.
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.
Napoli, Donna Jo. For the Love of Venice.
17-year-old Percy is reluctant to accompany his family to Venice for the
summer until he meets Graziella, a beautiful and passionate girl who
draws him into a desperate plan.
Nilsson, Per. Heart's Delight.
As a sixteen-year-old in Sweden looks at and systematically destroys each of his mementos of
Ann-Katrin, he replays scenes from their relationship and realizes that it was not the great romance he believed it to be.
Rennison, Louise. Angus, Thongs, and Full-frontal Snogging.
Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.
Reuter, Bjarne B. The Boys From St. Petri.
In 1942, a group of young men begin a series of increasingly dangerous
protests against the German invaders of their Danish homeland.
Westall, Robert. Blitzcat.
During World War II a black cat journeys all across war-ravaged England in an effort to track down her beloved master.
Bruchac, Joseph. Code Talker.
After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.
Bruchac, Joseph. Sacajawea.
Sacajawea -- a Shoshoni Indian interpreter, peacemaker, and guide -- and
William Clark alternate in describing their experiences on the Lewis and
Clark Expedition to the Northwest.
Hudson, Jan. Sweetgrass.
Living on the western Canadian prairie in the 19th century, Sweetgrass,
a 15-year-old Blackfoot Indian, saves her family from a smallpox
epidemic and proves her maturity to her father.
Orenstein, Denise Gosliner. Unseen Companion.
In rural Alaska in 1969, the lives of several teenagers come together while trying to find out what happened to a sixteen-year-old boy who is missing.
Paulsen, Gary. The Crossing.
14-year-old Manny, a street kid fighting for survival in Ciudad Juarez,
a Mexican border town, develops a strange friendship with an emotionally
disturbed American soldier who decides to help him get across the
Rees, Celia. Sorceress.
Eighteen-year-old Agnes, a Mohawk Indian who is descended from a line of shamanic healers, uses her own newly-discovered powers to uncover the story of her ancestor, a seventeenth-century New England English healer who fled charges of witchcraft to make her life with the local Indians.
South and Central America
Abelove, Joan. Go and Come Back.
Alicia, a young tribeswoman living in an Amazonian village in the Andes,
tells about the two American women anthropologists who arrive to study
their way of life.
Alexander, Lloyd. The El Dorado Adventure.
Traveling to Central America to inspect her real estate holdings,
seventeen-year-old Vesper Holly tries to stop a villain from building a
canal, which would destroy an Indian people's homeland.
Allende, Isabel. City of the Beasts.
When fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his grandmother on an expedition to find a humanoid Beast in the Amazon, he experiences ancient wonders and a supernatural world as he tries to avert disaster for the Indians.
Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. Of Love and Other Demons.
In colonial South America, the doomed love of a 12-year-old girl and a priest thrice her age sent to exorcise her. She is a nobleman's daughter who has been bitten by a rabid dog. The authorities decide she is possessed by the devil and lock her up in a convent.
Holtwijk, Ineke. Asphalt Angels.
Abandoned on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, thirteen-year-old
Alex joins a group of children like him and finds himself adapting to
his new life.
Mikaelson, Ben. Tree Girl.
After Gabriela witnesses the destruction of her Mayan village and the murder of nearly all its inhabitants, she vows never to climb again until she and her traumatized sister find safety in a Mexican refugee camp.
Thomas, Rob. Green Thumb.
A teenage scientist discovers that a new species of tree is endangering
the Amazon rain forest.