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A Single Shard
by Linda Park

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.

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Bindi Babes
by Narinder Dhami

Three Indian-British sisters team up to marry off their traditional, nosy aunt and get her out of the house. Meet Amber, Jazz, and Geena Dhillon, a.k.a. the Bindi Babes. They're three fabulous sisters with a reputation for being the coolest, best-dressed girls at their school. But their classmates don't know that the Dhillon sisters work extra hard to look perfect and together to all of their friends - while privately trying not to think how much they miss their mom, who died a year ago

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Blood Secret
by Kathryn Lasky

Fourteen-year-old Jerry Luna, mute since her mother's disappearance, is sent to her great-great aunt Constanza's house, where she discovers a trunk that draws her into the world of her ancestors during the Spanish Inquisition.

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Homeless Bird
by Gloria Whelan

When thirteen-year-old Koly enters into an ill-fated arranged marriage, she must either suffer a destiny dictated by India's tradition or find the courage to oppose it.

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Keeper of the Night
by Kimberly Holt

Isabel, a thirteen-year-old girl living on the island of Guam, and her family try to cope with the death of Isabel's mother who committed suicide.

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Parvana's Journey
by Deborah Ellis

In this sequel to "The Breadwinner, " the Taliban still control Afghanistan, but Kabul is in ruins. Twelve-year-old Parvana's father has just died, and her mother, sister, and brother could be anywhere in the country. Parvana sets out alone to find them, masquerading as a boy, and she meets other children who are victims of war.

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Persepolis
by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq.

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Postcards from No Man's Land
by Aidan Chambers

Alternates between two stories--comtemporarily, seventeen-year-old Jacob visits a daunting Amsterdam at the request of his English grandmother--and historically, nineteen-year-old Geertrui relates her experience of British soldiers's attempts to liberate Holland from its German occupation.

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The Kite Rider
by Geraldine McCaughrean

In thirteenth-century China, after trying to save his widowed mother from a horrendous second marriage, twelve-year-old Haoyou has life-changing adventures when he takes to the sky as a circus kite rider and ends up meeting the great Mongol ruler Kublai Khan.

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Tree Girl
by Ben Mikaelsen

When, protected by the branches of one of the trees she loves to climb, Gabriela witnesses the destruction of her Mayan village and the murder of nearly all its inhabitants, she vows never to climb again until, after she and her traumatised sister find safety in a Mexican refugee camp, she realizes that only by climbing and facing their fears can she and her sister hope to have a future.

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Yossel
by Joe Kubert

When the rest of his family is taken from the Warsaw ghetto to Auschwitz, Yossel is spared only because his drawings amuse the Nazi officers. When a prison camp escapee arrives and tells Yossel and his friends of the horrors he has witnessed, the seeds of rebellion are sown.

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