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Multcolib Teen Picks: Teen Fiction from Other Lands

The Wild Book
The Wild Book By Engle, Margarita (Book - 2012 ) y ENGLE 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:A novel in verse about a Cuban girl who struggles with dyslexia.

Tamar
Tamar By Peet, Mal (Book - 2007 ) y PEET Available in some locations

Annotation:When her grandfather dies, Tamar inherits a box containing a series of clues and coded messages. Out of the past, another Tamar emerges, a man involved in the terrifying world of resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Holland half a century before.

Small Acts of Amazing Courage
Small Acts of Amazing Courage By Whelan, Gloria (Book - 2011 ) y WHELAN 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:It is India, 1918, six months after the end of World War I, and Rosalind awaits the return of her father from the war. This story contrasts Rosalind's privilege and daily experiences in India with the hardship of the people around her.

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

Annotation:A novel based on the author’s experience of growing up during China’s Cultural Revolution.

The Queen of Water
The Queen of Water By Resau, Laura (Book - 2011 ) y RESAU 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:When Virginia is taken from her village to be a servant to a mestizo couple, she has no idea what the future holds. Based on a true story.

Pink
Pink By Wilkinson, Lili (Book - 2011 ) y WILKINSON 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Sixteen-year-old Ava does not know who she is or where she belongs, but when she tries out a new personality--and sexual orientation--at a different school, her edgy girlfriend, potential boyfriend, and others are hurt by her lack of honesty.

Out of Shadows
Out of Shadows By Wallace, Jason (Book - 2011 ) y WALLACE 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:In 1983, at an elite boys' boarding school in Zimbabwe, thirteen-year-old English lad Robert Jacklin finds himself torn between his black roommate and the white bullies still bitter over losing power through the recent civil war.

Orchards
Orchards By Thompson, Holly (Book - 2011 ) y THOMPSON 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Sent to Japan for the summer after a classmate's suicide, half-Japanese, half-Jewish Kana Goldberg tries to fit in with relatives she barely knows and reflects on the guilt she feels over the tragedy back home.

No and Me
No and Me By Vigan, Delphine de (Book - 2010 ) y VIGAN 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Precocious thirteen-year-old Lou meets a homeless eighteen-year-old girl on the streets of Paris and Lou's life is forever changed.

Never Fall Down
Never Fall Down A Novel By McCormick, Patricia (Book - 2012 ) y MCCORMICK 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:A horrifying account of living in Cambodia during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. Based on a true story.

My Name Is Parvana
My Name Is Parvana By Ellis, Deborah (Book - 2012 ) y ELLIS 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:When men threaten her school and her family in Afghanistan, Parvana 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.

Love and Other Perishable Items
Love and Other Perishable Items By Buzo, Laura (Book - 2012 ) y BUZO 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:A fifteen-year-old Australian girl gets her first job and first crush on her unattainable university-aged coworker, as both search for meaning in their lives.

Keeping Corner
Keeping Corner By Sheth, Kashmira (Book - 2007 ) y SHETH Available in some locations

Annotation:Can you imagine being married at nine? What happens when your husband dies when you are thirteen?

Kampung Boy
Kampung Boy By Lat (Book - 2006 ) ygn LAT Available in some locations

Annotation:A fun, graphic memoir of growing up in Malaysia.

Island's End
Island's End By Venkatraman, Padma (Book - 2011 ) y VENKATRAM 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Threats from the more modern outside world force Uido to make decisions that will hopefully help her Andaman Island community.

A Greyhound of A Girl
A Greyhound of A Girl By Doyle, Roddy (Book - 2012 ) y DOYLE 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Mary O'Hara is a Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Granny is dying. When a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary's street with a message for her Granny, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure.

Flip
Flip By Bedford, Martyn (Book - 2011 ) y BEDFORD 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:A teenager wakes up inside another boy's body and faces a life-or-death quest to return to his true self or be trapped forever in the wrong existence. A less silly Freaky Friday with higher stakes.

Does My Head Look Big in This?
Does My Head Look Big in This? By Abdel-Fattah, Randa (Book - 2007 ) y ABDELFATT Available in some locations

Annotation:When Amal decides to start wearing the hijab, she wonders who will support her and who won't.

The Betrayal of Maggie Blair
The Betrayal of Maggie Blair By Laird, Elizabeth (Book - 2011 ) y LAIRD 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:In seventeenth-century Scotland Maggie Blair is sentenced to be hanged as a witch but escapes to the home of her uncle, placing him and his family in great danger as she risks her life to save them all from the King's men.

Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging
Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging Confessions of Georgia Nicolson By Rennison, Louise (Book - 2000 ) y RENNISON Available in some locations

Annotation:The hilarious diary of Georgia Nicolson in which she recounts the trials of living with a young sister and a crazy cat, and having a bunch of weird friends.

Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging
Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging Confessions of Georgia Nicolson By Rennison, Louise (Book - 2006 ) y RENNISON 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:The hilarious diary of Georgia Nicolson in which she recounts the trials of living with a young sister and a crazy cat, and having a bunch of weird friends.

Akata Witch
Akata Witch By Okorafor, Nnedi (Book - 2011 ) y OKORAFORM 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Sunny moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she uses to catch a serial killer.

Acceleration
Acceleration By McNamee, Graham (Book - 2012 ) y MCNAMEE 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:During a summer job, Duncan finds a little leather book filled with the dark and dirty secrets of a twisted mind, a serial killer stalking his prey in the subway. And Duncan can't stop reading. What would you do with a book like that? How far would you go to catch a madman?

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Just like teens in the U.S., teens living in other countries have lives that can be fun, difficult, surprising, and horrifying. Read some of their fascinating stories here!


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