After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of a wise elder.
When war comes to southern Sudan, young Poni is one of thousands of refugees starting the long and dangerous trek to a camp in Kenya, and along the way many die from starvation, land mines, wild animals and despair.
When the civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven.
The autobiography of Michaela DePrince, who lived the first few years of her life in war-torn Sierra Leone until being adopted by an American family. Now seventeen, she is one of the premiere ballerinas in the United States.
An eleven-year-old Penacook Indian boy living on a reservation faces his father's alcoholism, a controversy surrounding plans for a casino on a tribal island, and insensitivity toward Native Americans in his school and nearby town.
After his anger erupts into violence, fifteen year-old Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative that sends him to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.
An Iroquois boy known on the reservation for his talent at the sacred game of lacrosse moves to Washington, D.C., with his mother and grows frustrated with the misleading statements about Native Americans that his new lacrosse coach makes.
Cory's seventeenth year is marked by her mother's sudden death, the return of her hotheaded older brother, her romance with a Native American boy, and the eruption of bigotry in her small Wisconsin town.
Seventh-grader Lewis "Shoe" Blake from the Tuscarora Reservation has a new friend, George Haddonfield from the local Air Force base, but in 1975 there is a lot of tension and hatred between Native Americans and Whites.
Starting in 1972 when she is nine years old, Ling struggles to make sense of the communists' Cultural Revolution, which empties stores of food, homes of appliances deemed "bourgeois," and people of laughter.
Leaving his village in India to find a better education, mathematically gifted Akash ends up at the New Delhi train station, where he relies on Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, to guide him as he negotiates life on the street and learns whom he can trust.
In order to save her newborn sister, Chu Ju leaves her rural home in modern China and survives by working on a sampan, tending silk worms, and planting rice, while wondering if she will ever see her family again.
Twelve-year-old Jaden, an emotionally damaged adopted boy fascinated by electricity, feels a connection to a small, weak toddler with special needs in Kazakhstan, where Jaden's family is trying to adopt a "normal" baby.
The author tells about the happy life she led in China up until she was twelve-years-old when her family became a target of the Cultural Revolution, when she had to make a choice between denouncing her father and losing her future in the Communist Party.
A young Afghan girl, Najmah, befriends an American woman in Pakistan, after Najmah flees her native Afghanistan during the 2001 war; together they begin a long journey to locate their missing loved ones after the war ends.
Zulaikha, a thirteen-year-old girl in Afghanistan, faces a series of frightening but exhilarating changes in her life as she secretly meets with a woman who teaches her to read, her older sister gets married, and American troops offer her surgery to fix her cleft lip.
Tal Levine of Jerusalem, despondent over the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict, puts her hopes for peace in a bottle and asks her brother to toss it into the Gaza Sea, leading ultimately to friendship and understanding between her and an "enemy."
Because the Taliban rulers of Kabul, Afghanistan, impose strict limitations on women's freedom and behavior, eleven-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy so that her family can survive after her father's arrest.
When fourteen-year-old Liyanne Abboud, her younger brother, and her parents 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.
Farah Ahmedi, the victim of a land mine when she was twelve years old, tells about growing up in Afghanistan, the challenge of losing her leg, and the difficulty in adapting to life in the United States.
Kidnapped when she was very young by an unscrupulous man who has forced her to lie and beg to get money, a twelve-year-old Mayan girl endures an abusive life, always wishing she could return to the parents she can hardly remember.
In 1961 after Castro has come to power in Cuba, fourteen-year-old Lucia and her brother are sent to the U.S. when her parents, who oppose the new regime, fear that the children will be taken away from them.
A fictionalized biography of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who grew up a painfully shy child, ridiculed by his overbearing father, but who became one of the most widely-read poets in the world.
When fifteen-year-old Alexander accompanies his grandmother on an expedition to find a humanoid Beast in the Amazon, he experiences ancient wonders and a supernatural world as he tries to avert disaster for the Indians.