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Amos Daragon's life changes forever the day a mermaid gives him a mask capable of harnessing the strength of the wind-and appoints Amos as the new Mask Wearer. His task: to find the masks for the other elements, earth, fire, and water. Only then will Amos be fully empowered to battle the evil forces that threaten to destroy the balance of nature and plunge the world into darkness. To fulfill his destiny, Amos must make his way to the mysterious woods of Tarkasis. But a wicked sorcerer is terrorizing the land, searching for a skull pendant that was stolen from him-a pendant that conceals a secret weapon. What will Amos do when the pendant falls into his hands? Will Beorf, a boy who can morph into a bear, and Medusa, a snake-haired gorgon, turn out to be friend or foe? And will Amos master any of his newfound skills as Mask Wearer in time to face a formidable enemy? His chanllenges are great . . . and they're just beginning. From the Hardcover edition.
For readers of The Tyrant's Daughter, Out of Nowhere, and I Am Malala, this poignant story about two Muslim sisters is about love, loss, religion, forgiveness, women's rights, and freedom. Eighteen-year-old Sohane loves no one more than her beautiful, carefree younger sister, Djelila. And she hates no one as much. The two have always shared everything. But now, Djelila is embracing her life as a secular teen, and Sohane is becoming more religious. Every choice has a price. When Sohane starts wearing a head scarf, her school insists that she remove it or she'll be expelled. Meanwhile, Djelila is repeatedly harassed by neighborhood bullies for not following Muslim customs. Sohane can't help thinking that Djelila deserves what she gets. She never could have imagined just how far things would go. I love I hate I miss my sister. In the year following Djelila's tragic death, Sohane struggles with her feelings of loss and guilt, revealing a complex relationship between two sisters, each girl's path to self-discovery, and the consequences they face for being true to themselves. "[A] moving story, which provides rich material for conversation about family relations, religious identity, and civil liberties."--Publisher's Weekly "Thought-provoking"--Kirkus Reviews "Important and timely."--Booklist "In seamless chapters transitioning between present and past, this short, fast-paced, tragic story contrasting two clearly drawn Muslim sisters explores similar contemporary cultural and religious issues portrayed in Randa Abdel-Fattah's Does My Head Look Big in This?"--School Library JournalFrom the Hardcover edition.
A young boy, Paolo, and the man who murdered his parents, Angel, gradually become like father and son as they live and work together on the remote Chilean farm where Paolo was born.
Sisters with nothing in common? That's Mado and Patty. Studious and responsible, 15-year-old Mado is the family brain. Patty, on the other hand, is a carefree 20-year-old party girl who lives on her own and has plenty of boyfriends. The two are following divergent paths . . . until their parents die in a car accident and a family court judge reluctantly appoints Patty as her sister's guardian. Now these two improbable siblings face the challenges of growing up together--but it's Mado who quickly assumes the big sister's role. And it's not a role she particularly wants--especially after Patty announces that she's several months pregnant. . . . Anne-Laure Bondoux writes with insight, humor, and poignancy about the bonds between sisters--and the challenges of everyday life.
Loosely based on Charles Perrault's "Tom Thumb" seven brothers in modern-day France flee their poor parents' farm, led by the youngest who, although mute and unusually small, is exceptionally wise.
Blaise Fortune, also known as Koumaïl, loves hearing the story of how he came to live with Gloria in the Republic of Georgia: Gloria was picking peaches in her father's orchard when she heard a train derail. After running to the site of the accident, she found an injured woman who asked Gloria to take her baby. The woman, Gloria claims, was French, and the baby was Blaise. When Blaise turns seven years old, the Soviet Union collapses and Gloria decides that she and Blaise must flee the political troubles and civil unrest in Georgia. The two make their way westward on foot, heading toward France, where Gloria says they will find safe haven. But what exactly is the truth about Blaise's past?Bits and pieces are revealed as he and Gloria endure a five-year journey across the Caucasus and Europe, weathering hardships and welcoming unforgettable encounters with other refugees searching for a better life. During this time Blaise grows from a boy into an adolescent; but only later, as a young man, can he finally attempt to untangle his identity. Bondoux's heartbreaking tale of exile, sacrifice, hope, and survival is a story of ultimate love.From the Hardcover edition.
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