Multcolib Kids Picks: Great Adventures, Survival!

A Time of Miracles
A Time of Miracles By Bondoux, Anne-Laure Book - 2010 y BONDOUX 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:In the early 1990s, a boy with a mysterious past and the woman who cares for him endure a five-year journey across the war-torn Caucasus and Europe, weathering hardships and welcoming unforgettable encounters with other refugees searching for a better life. gr. 8+

The Unforgotten Coat
The Unforgotten Coat By Cottrell Boyce, Frank Book - 2011 j COTTRELLB 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:When two Mongolian brothers inexplicably appear one morning in her sixth grade class, Julie, who lives in a town near Liverpool, England, becomes their new friend and "Good Guide," navigating them through soccer, school uniforms, and British slang. gr. 5-7

Revolution Is Not A Dinner Party
Revolution Is Not A Dinner Party A Novel By Compestine, Ying Chang Book - 2009 y COMPESTIN 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 5 copies

Annotation:Starting in 1972 when she is nine, Ling, the daughter of two doctors, struggles to make sense of the communists' Cultural Revolution, which empties stores of food, homes of appliances deemed "bourgeois," and people of laughter. gr. 5+

Soldier Bear
Soldier Bear By Dumon Tak, Bibi Book - 2011 j DUMONTAK 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 9 copies

Annotation:An orphaned Syrian brown bear cub is adopted by Polish soldiers during World War II and serves for five years as their mischievous mascot in Iran and Italy (based on a true story). gr. 3-6

My Name Is Not Easy
My Name Is Not Easy By Edwardson, Debby Dahl Book - 2011 y EDWARDSON 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Alaskans Luke, Chickie, Sonny, Donna, and Amiq relate their experiences in the early 1960s when they are forced to attend a Catholic boarding school where, despite different tribal affiliations, they come to find a sort of family and home. gr. 7+

Never Forgotten
Never Forgotten By McKissack, Pat Book - 2011 j 326 M158n 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:In eighteenth-century West Africa, a boy raised by his blacksmith father and the Mother Elements--Wind, Fire, Water, and Earth--is captured and taken to America as a slave. gr. 5-9

War Horse
War Horse By Morpurgo, Michael Book - 2011 j MORPURGO 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:World War I has started and the military needs horses to move equipment, charge the enemy, and carry wounded soldiers off the battlefield. Joey, a farm horse, is sold to the Army. Joey misses the farmer's son, Albert, and spends the war years wondering if the war will ever end and if he will ever see Albert again. gr. 5-8

Ruth and The Green Book
Ruth and The Green Book By Ramsey, Calvin A. Book - 2010 jE RAMSEY 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:In the 1950s, when Ruth and her parents take a motor trip from Chicago to Alabama to visit her grandma, they rely on a pamphlet called "The Negro Motorist Green Book" to find places that will serve them (includes facts about “The Green Book”). gr. 1-4

Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto
Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto By Rubin, Susan Goldman Book - 2011 j B-Se559r 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Using toolboxes, ambulances, and other ingenious measures, Irena Sendler defied the Nazis and risked her own life by saving and then hiding Jewish children. Her secret list of the children's real identities was kept safe, buried in two jars under a tree in war-torn Warsaw. An inspiring story of courage and compassion, this biography includes a list of resources, source notes, and an index. gr. 4-7

Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem By Schanzer, Rosalyn Book - 2011 j 133.43097445 S2995w 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:This book tells the story of the victims, the accused witches, and the scheming officials who turned a mysterious illness into a witch hunt. gr. 7-9

Between Shades of Gray
Between Shades of Gray By Sepetys, Ruta Book - 2011 y SEPETYS 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life. This book is based on the author's family, and includes a historical note. gr. 8+

Boys Without Names
Boys Without Names By Sheth, Kashmira Book - 2010 j SHETH 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Eleven-year-old Gopal and his family leave their rural Indian village for life with his uncle in Mumbai, but when they arrive his father goes missing and Gopal ends up locked in a sweatshop from which there is no escape. gr. 4-7

The Wall
The Wall Growing up Behind the Iron Curtain By Sís, Peter Book - 2007 jgn 943.704 SIS Available in some locations

Annotation:By combining history with his memories, author and illustrator Peter Sís takes us through Prague from 1948 to 1989. gr. 5-10

The Arrival
The Arrival By Tan, Shaun Book - 2006 ygn TAN Available in some locations

Annotation:In this wordless graphic novel, a man leaves his homeland and sets off for a new country, where he must build a new life for himself and his family. gr. 7+

Breaking Stalin's Nose
Breaking Stalin's Nose By Yelchin, Eugene Book - 2011 j YELCHIN 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs. gr. 5-7

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Survival is not always about just staying alive. Sometimes it means finding the way to stay safe and remembering who you are. For grades 3 through 8.