Words in the Dust

Winner of the christopher medal and a "heart-wrenching" Al Roker's Book Club selection on the Today Show. Zulaikha hopes. She hopes for peace, now that the taliban have been driven from Afghanistan; a good relationship with her hard stepmother; and one day even to go to school, or to have her cleft palate fixed.

Then she meets meena, who offers to teach her the Afghan poetry she taught her late mother. Zulaikha knows all will be provided for her--"Inshallah, " God willing. And the americans come to her village, promising not just new opportunities and dangers, but surgery to fix her face. These changes could mean a whole new life for Zulaikha--but can she dare to hope they'll come true?


Homeless Bird

Can she forge her own future, bestselling, this universally acclaimed, even in the face of time-worn tradition?  Perfect for schools and classrooms, and award-winning novel by master of historical fiction Gloria Whelan is a gripping tale of hope that will transport readers of all ages. Like many girls her age in India, thirteen-year-old Koly faces her arranged marriage with hope and courage.

The national book award-winning novel about one remarkable young woman who dares to defy fate, perfect for readers who enjoyed A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park or Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai. But koly's story takes a terrible turn when in the wake of the ceremony, she discovers she's been horribly misled—her life has been sold for a dowry.


Daughter of Xanadu

Marco has no skills in the "manly arts" of the Mongols: horse racing, archery, and wrestling. Still, he charms the Khan with his wit and story-telling. In the mongol world the only way to achieve respect is to show bravery and win glory on the battlefield. HarperTrophy. Emmajin sees a different marco as they travel across 13th-century China, hunting 'dragons' and fighting elephant-back warriors.

Now she faces a different battle as she struggles with her attraction towards Marco and her incredible goal of winning fame as a soldier. From the Hardcover edition. The last thing she wants is the distraction of the foreigner Marco Polo, who challenges her beliefs in the gardens of Xanadu. Athletic and strong willed, princess Emmajin's determined to do what no woman has done before: become a warrior in the army of her grandfather, the Great Khan Khubilai.


A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

One day she writes a letter, puts it in a bottle, and sends it to Gaza-to the other side-beginning a correspondence with a young Palestinian man that will ultimately open their eyes to each other's lives and hearts. A seventeen-year-old from jerusalem, Tal Levine comes from a family that always believed peace would come to the Middle East.

She cried tears of joy when president Clinton and Yitzhak Rabin shook hands with Yasser Arafat in 1993-a moment of hope that would stay with her forever. HarperTrophy. But when a terrorist explosion kills a young woman at a café in Jerusalem, something changes for Tal.


Author geraldine mccaughrean's taught prose brings a modern, thriller-like immediacy to the ancient story, while still retaining the characters, details and even some of the rhythms of the epic poem. Odysseus and his loyal troops narrowly escape being eaten by the Cyclops, shipwrecked by Scylla and Charybdis, and turned into pigs by the beautiful Circe.

One of the greatest legends in the world is brought to life in ODYSSEUS, the first book of the four-volume HEROES series. HarperTrophy. The company must travel to hell or hades and back, dodge the constant pursuit of the vengeful Poseidon, and row across oceans in order to get back home where Odysseus' wife, Penelope fends off a gaggle of greedy suitors bent on taking Odysseus' throne.

Filled with excitement and romance, odysseus makes a perfect sequel for any young readers interested in learning more about the Greek heroes portrayed in the summer 2004 blockbuster, TROY.

Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths

Written in simple, heroes, direct language, gods and monsters of the Greek Myths is an accessible and entertaining guide to the Greek myths and their players, following fearless heroes as they battle epic beasts under the eyes of the mighty immortals who rule them. From mortal warriors like perseus and his impossible task of slaying the monstrous Medusa, to Zeus, the king of the Gods whose thunderbolts can shake the earth, who destroys young victims that are sacrificed to his terrifying power, a gruesome beast, to the minotaur, half-man and half-bull, this world is one of magic and adventure.

Other featured gods and myths included are:   · hades · Demeter · Hermes · Pandora · Eros and Psyche · Theseus · Midas · Pygmalion HarperTrophy. For greek myth fans, hera, and monsters of greek mythology come alive in this exciting collection of retellings of the ancient myths that includes tales of Zeus, this classroom staple and mythology classic is perfect for learning about the ancient myths!    The heroes, those who can’t get enough of the D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths, and readers who have aged out of Rick Riordan, gods, Apollo, Artemis, and many more.


Peak A Peak Marcello Adventure

HarperTrophy. Even so, for a climbing addict like Peak, tackling Everest is the challenge of a lifetime. But it's also one that could cost him his life. Roland smith has created an action-packed adventure about friendship, sacrifice, and the drive to take on Everest, family, despite the incredible risk. The things that really matter lie far below.

Peak marcelloafter fourteen-year-old peak marcello is arrested for scaling a New York City skyscraper, he's left with two choices: wither away in Juvenile Detention or go live with his long-lost father, who runs a climbing company in Thailand. But peak quickly learns that his father's renewed interest in him has strings attached.

Big strings. The only thing you’ll find on the summit of Mount Everest is a divine view. Harcourt. The story of peak’s dangerous ascent—told in his own words—is suspenseful, immediate, and impossible to put down. As owner of peak expeditions, he wants his son to be the youngest person to reach the Everest summit--and his motives are selfish at best.


A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

The boy, salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. HarperTrophy. The new york times bestseller a long walk to water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985.

9780547577319. Harcourt. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way. The girl, nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day.


Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

But it's also the year that china's leader, Mao Ze-dong, launches the Cultural Revolution—and Ji-li's world begins to fall apart. Over the next few years, people who were once her friends and neighbors turn on her and her family, forcing them to live in constant terror of arrest. 9780547577319. Harcourt. This edition includes a detailed glossary, discussion questions, pronunciation guide, and a Q&A with the author.

It's 1966, and twelve-year-old ji-li jiang has everything a girl could want: brains, popularity, and a bright future in Communist China. Publishers weekly best book * ala best book for young adults * ala notable children's book * ala booklist Editors' ChoiceIn the tradition of The Diary of Anne Frank and I Am Malala,  this is the incredible true story of one girl’s courage and determination during one of the most terrifying eras of the twentieth century.

And when ji-li's father is finally imprisoned, she faces the most difficult dilemma of her life. Written in an accessible and engaging style, honest, this page-turning, and deeply personal autobiography will appeal to readers of all ages. HarperTrophy. HarperTrophy.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes Puffin Modern Classics

Puffin. 9780547577319. Harcourt. An extraordinary book, one no reader will fail to find compelling and unforgettable. Booklist, starred reviewthe star of her school’s running team, Sadako is lively and athletic…until the dizzy spells start. HarperTrophy. Then she must face the hardest race of her life—the race against time.

Based on a true story, sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes celebrates the courage that makes one young woman a heroine in Japan. The story speaks directly to young readers of the tragedy of Sadako's death and, in its simplicity, makes a universal statement for 'peace in the world. The horn book "the story is told tenderly but with neither a morbid nor a sentimental tone: it is direct and touching.

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