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  Cover Art: A Game for Swallows : to Die to Leave to Return Abirached, Zeina
A Game for Swallows : to Die to Leave to Return
Zeina Abirached, born into a Lebanese Christian family in 1981, has collected her childhood memories of Beirut in a warm story about the strength of family and community.
2012
Teen Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Things Fall Apart Achebe, Chinua
Things Fall Apart
The novel concerns the life of Okonkwo, a leader and local wrestling champion in Umofia--a fictional group of nine villages in Nigeria, inhabited by the Igbo ethnic group. It also focuses on his three wives, his children (mainly his oldest son Nwoye and his favorite daughter Ezinma), and the influences of British colonialism and Christian missionaries on his traditional Igbo (archaically "Ibo") community during an unspecified time period in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.
1996
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Purple Hibiscus : a Novel Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
Purple Hibiscus : a Novel
From the outside, fifteen-year-old Kambili has the perfect life. Yet things are less than perfect in her wealthy Nigerian home. But everything changes once Kambili and Jaja visit Aunty Ifeoma outside the city. For the first time they experience freedom from their papa. Jaja learns to garden and work with his hands, and Kambili secretly falls in love with a young, charismatic priest. As the country begins to fall apart under a military coup, tension within the family escalates.
2003
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Say You're One of Them Akpan, Uwem
Say You're One of Them
Stories told from the viewpoints of African children on the perils of poverty and violence.
2008
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: City of the Beasts Allende, Isabel
City of the Beasts
When fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his individualistic grandmother on an expedition to find a humanoid Beast in the Amazon River Valley, he experiences ancient wonders and a supernatural world of magic realism as he tries to avert disaster for the Indians.
2002
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Zahra's Paradise Amir
Zahra's Paradise
Mehdi is a young protestor who has vanished into an extrajudicial twilight zone. What's keeping his memory from being obliterated is not the law. It is the grit and guts of his mother, who refuses to surrender her son to fate, and the tenacity of his brother, a blogger, who fuses tradition and technology to explore and explode the void in which Mehdi has vanished.
2011
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Revolution is Not a Dinner Party : a Novel Compestine, Ying Chang
Revolution is Not a Dinner Party : a Novel
Starting in 1972 when she is nine years old, 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.
2007
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The House at Sugar Beach : in Search of a Lost African Childhood Cooper, Helene
The House at Sugar Beach : in Search of a Lost African Childhood
The author traces her childhood in war-torn Liberia and her reunion with a foster sister who had been left behind when her family fled the region.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: God Grew Tired of Us Dau, John Bul
God Grew Tired of Us
Just 13 when he was driven from his village and separated from his family in the raging civil war in southern Sudan, John Bul Dau spent years in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, until he came to the U.S. as one of 4,000 Lost Boys of Sudan. He's funny about the culture shock in America and honest about his years in the camp. Although appreciative of this country and the chance for work and college, he never denies his connections to Africa.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Jerusalem : Chronicles from the Holy City Delisle, Guy
Jerusalem : Chronicles from the Holy City
Delisle explores the complexities of a city that represents so much to so many. He eloquently examines the impact of the conflict on the lives of people on both sides of the wall while drolly recounting the quotidian: checkpoints, traffic jams, and holidays.
2012
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Bog Child Dowd, Siobhan
Bog Child
In 1981, the height of Ireland's "Troubles," eighteen-year-old Fergus is distracted from his upcoming A-level exams by his imprisoned brother's hunger strike, the stress of being a courier for Sinn Fein, and dreams of a murdered girl whose body he discovered in a bog.
2008
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Surrender Hartnett, Sonya
Surrender
As he is dying, a twenty-year-old man known as Gabriel recounts his troubled childhood and his strange relationship with a dangerous counterpart named Finnigan.
2006
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Infidel Hirsi Ali, Ayaan
Infidel
In this profoundly affecting memoir from the internationally renowned author of The Caged Virgin, Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells her astonishing life story, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya, to her intellectual awakening and activism in the Netherlands, and her current life under armed guard in the West.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Whale Rider Ihimaera, Witi Tame
Whale Rider
As her beloved grandfather, chief of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, struggles to lead in difficult times and to find a male successor, young Kahu is developing a mysterious relationship with whales, particularly the ancient bull whale whose legendary rider was their ancestor.
2003
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Red Scarf Girl : a Memoir of the Cultural Revolution Jiang, Ji-li
Red Scarf Girl : a Memoir of the Cultural Revolution
Ji-li Jiang recounts her experiences as a young girl growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution.
1997
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Reformed Vampire Support Group Jinks, Catherine
The Reformed Vampire Support Group
Fifteen-year-old vampire Nina has been stuck for fifty-one years in a boring support group for vampires, and nothing exciting has ever happened to them--until one of them is murdered and the others must try to solve the crime.
2009
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Color of Earth Kim, Tong-hwa
The Color of Earth
Ehwa grows up helping her widowed mother run the local tavern, watching as their customers--both neighbors and strangers--look down on her mother for her single lifestyle. Their social status isolates Ehwa and her mother from the rest of the people in their quiet country village. But as she grows older and sees her mother fall in love again, Ehwa slowly begins to open up to the possibility of love in her life.
2009
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Black Juice Lanagan, Margo
Black Juice
Provides glimpses of the dark side of civilization and the beauty of the human spirit through ten short stories that explore significant moments in people's lives, events leading to them, and their consequences.
2005
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Snow Falling in Spring : Coming of Age in China During the Cultural Revolution Li-Marcus, Moying
Snow Falling in Spring : Coming of Age in China During the Cultural Revolution
In 1966 Moying, a student at a prestigious language school in Beijing, seems destined for a promising future. Everything changes when student Red Guards begin to orchestrate brutal assaults, violent public humiliations, and forced confessions. Now, with so much of her life at risk, she finds sanctuary in the world of imagination and learning.
2008
Teen Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Kaffir Boy : the True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa Mathabane, Mark
Kaffir Boy : the True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa
Written with courage and conviction, Mark Mathbane's reveals the extraordinary memoir of growing up in a world under apartheid.
1986
Adult Nonfiction Book
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