The Killing Sea by Richard Lewis

In the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in Sumatra, two teenagers, American Sarah and Acehnese Ruslan, meet and continue together their arduous climb inland, where Ruslan hopes to find his father and Sarah seeks a doctor for her brother.

International Books: Never Fall Down

never fall downWhat are the potential benefits of using international books with children and young adults? Are there any downsides?  Can children get excited about reading books set in other countries, or books that are actually from other countries?

Genocide does not sound like the topic of a book for young readers… does Patirica McCormick pull it off?

Check out the author’s interview on NPR about her book Never Fall Down  http://www.npr.org/2012/05/19/153010795/never-fall-down-surviving-the-killing-fields

 

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International Books: No Ordinary Day

What are the potential benefits of using international books with children and young adults? Are there any downsides?  Can children get excited about reading books set in other countries, or books that are actually from other countries?

Ellis takes us to a part of the world that few kids in the USA can imagine.

Check out this interview with Ellis from School Library Journal.

http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/newsletters/newsletterbucketextrahelping2/892117-477/slj_talks_to_deborah_ellis.html.csp

Shooting Kabul by N.R. Senzai

Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.

Use this post to begin the discussion about Shooting Kabul.

Boys without Names by Kashmira Sheth

Eleven-year-old Gopal and his family leave their rural Indian village to live with his uncle in Mumbai, but when they arrive his father goes missing and Gopal ends up locked in a sweatshop from which there is no escape.

Extra Credit by Andrew Clements

Clement’s narrative makes it so easy for American readers to relate to life in Afghanistan. Visit the publisher’s site at http://books.simonandschuster.com/Extra-Credit/Andrew-Clements/9781416949299 or Clement’s site at http://www.andrewclements.com/books.html

International Books: Beneath My Mother’s Feet by Amjed Qamar

beneathWhat are the potential benefits of using international books with children and young adults? Are there any downsides?  Can children get excited about reading books set in other countries, or books that are actually from other countries?

Amazing story about a young woman coming of age in Pakistan… but also about every girl’s right to pursue her dream. Find out more at Qamar’s website http://www.amjedqamar.com/Home.php



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