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Young Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan. Because Parvana's father has a foreign education, he is arrested by the Taliban.
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.
Vietnam. A young American soldier waits for his enemy, rifle in hand, finger on the trigger. He is afraid to move and yet afraid not to move. Gunshots crackle in the still air. The soldier fires blindly into the distant trees at an unseen enemy.
Will the truth harm them -- or save them? When Nigeria's corrupt military government kills their mother, twelve-year-old Sade and her brother Femi think their lives are over.
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Bryan Collierby Rappaport, Doreen
When a young girl and her privileged family in Mexico is forced to move to the United States, they learn to depend on and love each other more.
In a village in Chile, Pedro and Daniel are two typical nine-year-old boys. Up until Daniel's father gets arrested, their biggest worry had been how to improve their soccer skills.
Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the integration of her school in New Orleans in 1960.
Molly Bannaky, illustrated by Chris K. Soentpietby Mcgill, Alice
The Bat 6 is the big annual softball game. But this year, there's a new girl on both teams, each with a secret past which sets them on a collision course set to explode on game day. No one knows how to stop it. All they can do is watch...
Two separate stories in one book, the first telling of Mari's starting school in a new land, and the second describing village life in her country before she and her family left in search of a better life.
When 14-year-old Liyana Abboud and her family move from St. Louis to a new home between Jerusalem and the Palestinian village where her father was born, they face many changes and must deal with the tensions between Jews and Palestinians.
Take a journey through time as a young girl recounts the exploits of her female ancestors, seven brave women who left their imprints on the past and on her.
Through interviews, newspaper accounts, and other original sources, Bartoletti pieced together a picture of life in the Pennsylvania coal mines at the turn of the century.
Before Wilma was five years old, polio had paralyzed her left leg. Everyone said she would never walk again. But Wilma refused to believe it. Not only would she walk again, she vowed, she'd run.
During a drought, the Logan family shares their well water with their neighbors, black and white alike. But David's brother Hammer finds it hard to share with Charlie Simms, who torments them because they are black.
The Middle Passage is the name given to one of the most tragic ordeals in history: the cruel and terrifying journey of enslaved Africans across the Atlantic Ocean.
Biography of Lewis Hine, photographer and crusader to ban child labor in the 1900s.
A young girl describes a visit to see her grandmother in a Palestinian village on the West Bank.
Firsthand accounts of thirty African-Americans who were children or teens during the 1950s and 1960s describe what it was like to fight segregation in the South, discussing sit-ins, marches, and other experiences.
Artist George Littlechild shows and tells us what it means to be a young Native artist living on the cusp of the 21st century.
In the hospital after being beaten by Macoutes, seventeen-year-old Djo tells the story of his impoverished life to a young woman who, like him, has been working with the social reformer Father Aristide to fight the repression in Haiti.
Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Skyby Ringgold, Faith
Maria and her brother and sister, Salvadoran refugees, are smuggled into the United States in crates and try to eke out a living in Chicago with the help of a sympathetic family.
The wisdom of peace and the absurdity of fighting are demonstrated in seventeen stories and poems by outstanding authors of today such as Jean Fritz, Milton Meltzer, and Nancy Willard.