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Child of Spring
by Farhana Zia Details
In India, young Basanta struggles to accept her role as servant to a temperamental rich girl while dreaming of having a beautiful ring of her own.
Lion Island: Cuba's Warrior of Words
by Margarita Engle Details
A biographical novel about Antonio Chuffat, a Chinese-African-Cuban messenger boy in 1870s Cuba who became a translator and documented the freedom struggle of indentured Chinese laborers in his country.
London Art Chase
by Natalie Grant Details
Their first trip to England brings twin sisters, Mia and Maddie, their first chance to be private investigators! There is pure excitement in the Glimmer family as the group heads to London to watch mom, famous singer Gloria Glimmer, perform. But on a day trip to the National Gallery, Maddie witnesses an art theft and takes her sisters and Miss Julia (their nanny) on a wild and crazy adventure as they follow the thief through London to his lair.
Series -
Glimmer Girls
Mission Mumbai: a Novel of Sacred Cows, Snakes, and Stolen Toilets
by Mahtab Narsimhan Details
Dylan, an aspiring photographer, is spending a month in Mumbai with his friend Rohit Lal and his family, but knowing nothing of Indian culture, he cannot seem to do anything right (do not hit cows!)--and the situation is made worse by the tensions within the Lal family over whether Rohit should be raised in India, which Mr. Lal's wealthy sister is pushing for.
Moone Boy: the Fish Detective
by Chris O'Dowd Details
Martin's parents are strapped for cash: it's going to be a budget Christmas this year. So Martin plans to buy his own presents - and attempts, unsuccessfully, to get a job. Set in Ireland.
One Half From the East
by Nadia Hashimi Details
In modern-day Afghanistan, 10-year-old Obayda is a bacha posh, a girl dressed as a boy. She has more freedom than she would as a girl, and makes a good friend of another bacha posh, but must find a way to remain free when she returns to life as a girl.
Sea Change
by Frank Viva Details
Follows a young boy who is reluctantly sent to spend the summer in a remote part of Nova Scotia.
Sealed with a Secret
by Lisa Schroeder Details
In the beautiful Cartier makeup compact she bought at a flea market, Phoebe finds a letter written during World War II in London, from one sister to another, which contains a "spell" for bringing people closer together, a kind of treasure hunt around London--and Phoebe could really use such a spell, because her older sister, Alice, will be leaving for university soon, and just now she seems to be cutting Phoebe out of her life. Set in England.
Somewhere Among
by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu Details
Eleven-year-old Emma's life in Tokyo changes for the worse when she and her American mother, who is pregnant, must move in with her Japanese grandmother the summer before 9/11 changes the world.
The Baker Street Peculiars
by Roger Langridge Details
The Baker Street Peculiars is a supernatural twist on the beloved world of Sherlock Holmes. Set in England.
The Black Dragon
by Julian Sedgwick Details
Talented magician Danny, who is half-Chinese, half-British, and dwarf strongman Zamora try to find the connection between the disastrous end of the circus Mysterium, where Danny's performer parents were killed, and the disappearance of his guardian aunt, who is investigating sinister gangs in Hong Kong.
Series -
Mysterium
The Lightning Queen
by Laura Resau Details
On the Hill of Dust, in the remote mountains of Mexico, an eleven-year-old Mixtec boy called Teo lives with his family and the animals that he has healed, but one day a Romany caravan rolls into town with a young girl who calls herself Esma, the Gypsy Queen of Lightning--it is the beginning of a life-long friendship that will change both their lives.
The Tin Snail
by Cameron McAllister Details
A thirteen-year-old French boy tries to save his father's job by inventing a special kind of car, but it isn't easy--especially when the Nazis are planning to steal his design.
What Elephants Know
by Eric Dinerstein Details
In the threatened jungle of the Borderlands between Nepal and India during the 1970s, an orphaned boy discovers his fate as a great elephant driver.
When the Sea Turned to Silver
by Grace Lin Details
Pinmei, a storyteller's granddaughter, must find the Luminous Stone that Lights the Night to rescue her grandmother, who has been kidnapped by the Tiger Emperor. Set in China.
Updated 01/30/2017

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