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Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

by Katherine Rundell & Melissa Castrillón Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 26, 2014)

Even a life on the untamed plains of Africa can’t prepare Wilhelmina for the wilds of an English boarding school in this “gripping, magical, and heartwarming tale of resilience, friendship, and hope” (...


Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope

by Beverley Naidoo HarperCollins (April 13, 2010)

We are the young people,

We will not be broken!

We demand freedom

And say

"Away with slavery

In our land of Africa!"

For almost fifty years apartheid forced the young people of South Africa to live apart as Blacks,...


Burn My Heart

by Beverley Naidoo HarperCollins (April 13, 2010)

What does it mean to be loyal?

Mathew and Mugo, two boys—one white, one black—share an uneasy friendship in Kenya in the 1950s. They're friends even though Mathew's dad owns the land and everything on it....


Chanda's Wars

by Allan Stratton HarperTeen (September 01, 2009)

She promised her mama she'd keep them safe.

It's been six months since Mama died, and Chanda is struggling to raise her little brother and sister. Determined to end a family feud, she takes them to her relatives'...


The Milk of Birds

by Sylvia Whitman Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 16, 2013)

This timely, heartrending novel tells the moving story of a friendship between two girls: one an American teen, one a victim of the crisis in Darfur.

Know that there are many words behind the few on this paper…...


Jakarta Missing

by Jane Kurtz Greenwillow Books (October 23, 2012)

Dakar is scared. When her family left East Africa to spend a year or two in Cottonwood, North Dakota, Dakar's older sister, Jakarta, was adamant about staying behind. Now Jakarta is all by herself in Kenya...and...


The Egypt Game

by Zilpha Keatley Snyder & Alton Raible Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 23, 2012)

The first time Melanie Ross meets April Hall, she’s not sure they have anything in common. But she soon discovers that they both love anything to do with ancient Egypt. When they stumble upon a deserted storage...


Orange for the Sunsets

by Tina Athaide Katherine Tegen Books (April 02, 2019)

* A Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books of 2019 Selection * A Canadian Children’s Book Center Best Books for Kids & Teens Pick *

From debut author Tina Athaide comes a soaring tale of empathy,...


Wild Wings

by Gill Lewis & Yuta Onoda Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 24, 2011)

This “vividly imagined and well-written novel” (Booklist, starred review) tells a gripping story about a boy from Scotland and a girl from West Africa who join together to save a migrating Osprey—and end...


The Iron Tomb

by Peter Vegas Aladdin (August 02, 2016)

Join Sam Force on a fast-paced adventure through Egypt that’s a mix of “Indiana Jones, National Treasure, and The Da Vinci Code” (School Library Journal) with the start to a brand-new series packed with...