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Cartwheeling In Thunderstorms
by Katherine Rundell
Will must find her way after she's plucked out of a wonderful life in Zimbabwe and forced to go to boarding school in England.
Jordan and the Dreadful Golem
by Karen Goldman
The children of the Israeli town of Keshet are born with the ability to bend nature to their will and 13-year-old Jordan has just discovered his gift of the power to transform into water. All of Jordan's friends have unique powers but no one knows the source of these powers except, perhaps, Miss Sara, the mysterious town matriarch who helps the children find and control their talents using Kabbalah and other mystical teachings from Israel's forgotten past.
Little Man
by Elizabeth Mann
On a small Caribbean Island, Albert must face middle school, where he is one of the shortest students, without his best friend who just moved away, but he is able to move past the teasing after getting involved in a troupe of Mocko Jumbies--Stiltwalkers--following a tradition brought by African slaves.
by Kate Messner
Henry, Anna, and Jose, the junior members of the Silver Jaguar Society, are on a mission in Paris to recover the Mona Lisa--but when senior members of the Society are taken hostage, it is up to Henry to rescue them while continuing to pursue the missing masterpiece.
Mikis and the Donkey
by Bibi Dumon Tak
Mikis is thrilled when his grandfather buys a new donkey, but soon begins to worry that he is overworking the animal.
Red Butterfly
by A.L. Sonnichsen
In China, a foundling girl with a deformed hand raised in secret by an American woman must navigate China's strict adoption system when she is torn away from the only family she has ever known.
The Billionaire's Curse
by Richard Newsome
When thirteen-year-old Gerald finds himself the heir to twenty billion pounds from an aunt he never met, he inherits with it a mystery surrounding his aunt's death and various artifacts in the British Museum.
The Red Pencil
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of a wise elder.
The Turtle of Oman: a Novel
by Naomi Shihab Nye
When Aref, a third-grader who lives in Muscat, Oman, refuses to pack his suitcase and prepare to move to Michigan, his mother asks for help from his grandfather, his Siddi, who takes Aref around the country, storing up memories he can carry with him to a new home.
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