by Achebe, Chinua Year Published: 1992 F ACH
Set in an Ibo village in Nigeria, the novel recreates pre-Christian tribal life and shows how the coming the white man led to the breaking up of the old ways.
by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi Year Published: 2003 F ADI
A teenaged Nigerian girl and her older brother struggle to cope with life in their tense, stifling household--caused by their father's demands for perfection--after getting a taste of freedom during a visit to their aunt's home.
by Allende, Isabel Year Published: 1982 F ALL
Presents a novel set in an unnamed Latin American country and describes the struggles, passions, and secrets of theTrueba family that spans three generations.
by Alvarez, Julia Year Published: 1994 F ALV
Gives a fictionalized account of four sisters in the Dominican Republic under the dictatorship of General Trujillo.
by Alvarez, Julia Year Published: 2004 F ALV
Anita, a typically self-absorbed twelve-year-old living in the Dominican Republic in the early 1960s, is surprised to discover her family is involved in the underground movement to end the bloody rule of the dictator, General Trujillo.
by Anaya, Rudolfo Year Published: 1972 F ANA
Six-year-old Antonio embarks upon a spiritual journey under the watchful guidance of Ultima, a healing woman, that leads him to question his faith and beliefs in family, religion, and other aspects of his Chicano culture.
by Anderson, M.T. Year Published: 2015 780 AND
In September 1941, Adolf Hitler's Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history. Trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government itself was composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who would write a symphony that roused, rallied, eulogized, and commemorated his fellow citizens - the Leningrad Symphony. This testament of courage was copied onto microfilm, driven across the Middle East, and flown over thedeserts of North Africa to be performed in the United States - where it played a surprising role in strengthening the Grand Alliance against the Axis powers.
by Applegate, Katherine Year Published: 2007 F APP
Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth-grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.
by Beah, Ishmael Year Published: 2007 B BEA
Ishmael Beah describes his experiences after he was driven from his home by war in Sierra Leone and picked up by the government army at the age of thirteen, serving as a soldier for three years before being remo
by Jackson, Livia Bitton Year Published: 1997 940.53 JAC
A memoir of Elli Friedmann in which she tells about her experiences at Auschwitz concentration camp where she was taken at the age of thirteen in 1944 when the Nazis invaded her native Hungary.
by Bruchac, Joseph Year Published: 2005 F BRU
After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.
by Buck, Pearl S. Year Published: 1931 F BUC
The story of a Chinese peasant and his passionate, dogged accumulation of land during famine, drought, and revolution.
by Burg, Ann E. Year Published: 2013 F BUR
In a poor village outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Serafina works hard to help her family, but dreams of going to school and becoming a doctor--then the earthquake hits and Serafina must summon all her courage to find her father and still get medicine for her sick baby brother as she promised.
by Camus, Albert Year Published: 1941 F CAM
Caught in the grip of forces he does not understand, a quiet, ordinary clerk in Algiers commits a murder.
by Coelho, Paulo Year Published: 1993 F COE
Tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different--and far more satisfying--than he ever imagined.
by Coman, Carolyn Year Published: 2000 F COM
After her sister Laura is murdered in South Africa, Berry and her estranged father travel there to participate in the dedication of a memorial in her name.
by Combres, Elisabeth Year Published: 2009 F COM
Five-year-old Emma witnesses the brutal murder of her mother during the 1994 genocide massacres in Rwanda and seeks shelter with an aging Hutu woman; but years later when war ends, Emma's fears continue to haunt her as she finds the courage to begin her healing.
by D'Adamo, Francesco Year Published: 2003 F DAD
A fictionalized account of the Pakistani child who escaped from bondage in a carpet factory and went on to help liberate other children like him before being gunned down at the age of thirteen.
by Dinesen, Isak Year Published: 1937 B DIN
With classic simplicity and a painter's feeling for atmosphere and detail, Isak Dinesen tells of the years she spent from 1914 to 1931 managing a coffee plantation in Kenya.
by Donnelly, Jennifer Year Published: 2010 F DON
An angry, grieving seventeen-year-old musician facing expulsion from her prestigious Brooklyn private school travels to Paris to complete a school assignment and uncovers a diary written during the French revolution by a young actress attempting to help a tortured, imprisoned little boy--Louis Charles, the lost king of France.
by Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Year Published: 1866 F DOS
Raskolnikov, a former Russian student, murders an old pawnbroker and her sister. The guilt with which he struggles results in a tragedy of tension and terror.
by Dostonevsky, Fyodor Year Published: 1880 F DOS
A translation of nineteenth-century Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel in which the four sons of Fyodor Karamazov, a man of immoral character, must contend with a criminal investigation and with their own inner questions about justice and the existence of God after they are involved in their father's murder.
by Dumas, Alexandre Year Published: 1845 F DUM
After escaping from the island fortress where he has been imprisoned for treason, young sailor Edmund Dantes sets out to discover the treasure of Monte Cristo and seek revenge against the people who falsely accused him. Includes a selection of study aids.
by Dumas, Firoozeh Year Published: 2003 B DUM
Firoozeh Dumas recounts the experiences she had after her family moved from Iran to Southern California, discussing how her family adapted to life in America.
by Ellis, Deborah Year Published: 2011 F ELL
Valli has always been afraid of the lepers living on the other side of the train tracks in the coal town of Jharia, India, so when a chance encounter with a doctor reveals she also has leprosy, Valli rejects help and begins an uncertain life on the streets.
by Engle, Margarita Year Published: 2010 811 ENG
Draws on little-known Cuban history to tell a stirring story in poetry. Based on the diaries and letters of Swedish suffragist Fredrika Bremer, who spent three months in Cuba in 1851, the story focuses on oppressed women, the privileged as well as the enslaved, in three alternating free-verse narratives.
by Esquivel, Laura Year Published: 1992 F ESQ
A romantic and poignant tale of love and family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico.
by Flaubert, Gustave Year Published: 1857 F FLA
Nineteenth-century novel about Emma Bovary, the wife of a provincial doctor who seeks to escape her boredom by indulging in romantic fantasies and adulterous affairs.
by Garcia, Cristina Year Published: 1992 F GAR
The story of four strong-willed women of the del Pino family of Havana and of Brooklyn who are divided by conflicting political loyalties.
by Hersey, John Year Published: 1985 940.54 HER
An account of the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, from the viewpoint of the people who lived through it.
by Hesse, Hermann Year Published: 1951 F HES
A moral allegory, set in ancient India, about one soul's quest for the ultimate answer to the enigma of man's role in this world. The hero, Siddhartha, undergoes a series of experiences to emerge in a state of peace and wisdom.
by Desai Hidier, Tanuja Year Published: 2002 F HID
As Dimple Lala turns seventeen, she realizes that life is about to become more complex as her best friend starts pulling away and her parents try to find a suitable boyfriend for Dimple, despite the fact that she is not interested.
by Hosseini, Khaled Year Published: 2003 F HOS
Amir, haunted by his betrayal of Hassan, the son of his father's servant and a childhood friend, returns to Kabul as an adult after he learns Hassan has been killed, in an attempt to redeem himself by rescuing Hassan's son from a life of slavery to a Taliban official.
by Hosseini, Khaled Year Published: 2007 F HOS
Afghan women Mariam and Laila grow close, despite their nearly twenty-year age difference and initial rivalry, as they suffer at the hands of a common enemy--their abusive, much-older husband, Rasheed.
by Hugo, Victor Year Published: 1910 F HUG
In fifteenth-century Paris, a disfigured man named Quasimodo, who was abandoned as an infant in the cathedral of Notre-Dame and now lives in its bell tower, must come to the aid of a beautiful gypsy girl named Esmeralda after she repels the advances of the cruel archdeacon Don Claude Frollo.
by Jansen, Hanna Year Published: 2006 F JAN
Jeanne, the only member of her family not murdered in the Rwandan genocide, struggles to start a new life without her family while coping with the violent memories that haunt her.
by Jiang, Ji-li Year Published: 1997 F JIA
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, and discusses the choice she had to make between denouncing her father and breaking with her family, or refusing to speak against him and losing her future in the Communist Party.
by Joyce, James Year Published: 1916 F JOY
An autobiographical novel depicting the childhood, adolescence, and early manhood of Stephen Dedalus.
by Kadohata, Cynthia Year Published: 2011 F KAD
A boy takes refuge in the jungle with his elephant when the Viet Cong launch an attack on his village in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.
by Kamkwamba, William Year Published: 2009 609.2 KAM
African teenager William Kamkwamba explored science books in his village library when he was forced to drop out of school, and was able to change his family's life by creating a windmill to pump water for his family's farm.
by Kincaid, Jamaica Year Published: 1985 F KIN
A fictional account of a young girl's coming of age in Antigua, from a doted upon childhood to an adolescence fraught with events and alliances leading her away from mutual complacent acceptance.
by Kingsolver, Barbara Year Published: 1998 F KIN
Nathan Price and his family move to the Belgian Congo in 1959, and the experiences they have while living in Africa affect each member of the family in a different way.
by Klein, Gerda Weissmann Year Published: 1995 B KLE
The author tells of the three years she endured as a slave laborer of the Nazis during World War II.
by Lahiri, Jhumpa Year Published: 2003 F LAH
A young man born of Indian parents in America struggles with issues of identity from his teens to his thirties.
by Lai, Thanhha Year Published: 2014 F LAIAssisting her grandmother's investigation of her grandfather's fate during the Vietnam War, Mai struggles to adapt to an unfamiliar culture while redefining her sense of family. by Lake, Nick Year Published: 2012 F LAK
In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, Shorty, a poor, fifteen-year-old gang member from the slums of Site Soleil, is trapped in the rubble of a hospital and as he grows weaker, he has visions and memories of his life of violence, his lost twin sister, and of Toussaint L'Ouverture, who liberated Haiti from French rule in 1804.
by Li-Marcus, Moying Year Published: 2008 951.05 LI
The author reveals the events of her life from age twelve to adulthood when the cultural revolution of Mao Zedong destroyed family customs and life as they knew it.
by Markandaya, Kamala Year Published: 1982 F MAR
Tells of a simple peasant woman in a primitive village in India whose whole life was a gallant and persistent battle to care for those she loved.
by Garcia Marquez, Gabriel Year Published: 2003 F MAR
A young man tries to uncover the truth behind a shocking murder that took place nearly thirty years ealier, looking to the town's residents to rebuild the events of the crime and try to determine why no one stopped the killer when everyone seemed to know his intentions.
by Garcia Marquez, Gabriel Year Published: 1988 F MAR
A love story that ranges from the late nineteenth century to the early decades of our own, tracing the lives of three people and their entwined fates.
by Garcia Marquez, Gabriel Year Published: 1970 F GAR
Translation of the Spanish novel which traces the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo, through the history of the Buendia family.
by Martel, Yann Year Published: 2001 F MAR
Pi Patel, having spent an idyllic childhood in Pondicherry, India, as the son of a zookeeper, sets off with his family at the age of sixteen to start anew in Canada, but his life takes a marvelous turn when their ship sinks in the Pacific, leaving him adrift on a raft with a 450-pound Bengal tiger for company.
by Mathabane, Mark Year Published: 1986 B MAT
The author recalls his personal experiences growing up under South African Apartheid during the 1970s, the poverty and oppression of living in the ghettos of Alexandra, and of those who helped him escape from it.
by McCormick, Patricia Year Published: 2006 F MCC
A novel in vignettes, in which Lakshmi, a thirteen-year-old girl from Nepal, is sold into prostitution in India.
by McCormick, Patricia Year Published: 2012 F MCC
When soldiers arrive in his hometown in Cambodia, Arn Chorn-Pond is separated from his family and sent to a labor camp, where he works in the rice paddies until he volunteers to learn to play an instrument--a decision that both saves his life and lands him in battle.
by McKay, Sharon Year Published: 2010 F MCK
Teenagers Tamanna and Yasmine, having seen their dream to become educated ruined when their school building was burned down by the Taliban, find themselves fleeing from the terrorist organization and facing mortal dangers in their travels through mountain passes.
by Mortenson, Greg & David Oliver Relin Year Published: 2006 371.822 MOR
Greg Mortenson recounts the experiences he had while trying to help impoverished villages in Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya build schools for their children.
by Nafisi, Azar Year Published: 2003 F NAF
The author presents a memoir of her life in post-revolutionary Iran, focusing on her organization of a group of young women in 1997 who met secretly once a week to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature.
by Namioka, Lensey Year Published: 1999 F NAM
Ailin's life takes a different turn when she defies the traditions of upper class Chinese society by refusing to have her feet bound.
by Nanji, Shenaaz Year Published: 2008 F NAN
In Uganda in 1972, fifteen-year-old Sabine and her family, wealthy citizens of Indian descent, try to preserve their normal life during the ninety days allowed by President Idi Amin for all foreign Indians to leave the country, while soldiers and others terrorize them and people disappear.
by Napoli, Donna Jo Year Published: 2004 F NAP
In a novel based on Chinese Cinderella tales, fourteen-year-old stepchild Xing-Xing endures a life of neglect and servitude, as her stepmother cruelly mutilates her own child's feet so that she alone might marry well.
by Nazario, Sonia Year Published: 2006 305.23 NAZAddresses the issues of family and illegal immigration through the story of a young boy's dangerous journey from Honduras to the U.S. in search of his mother, who left him and his sibling behind make a better life for her family. by Okorafor-Mbachu, Nnedi Year Published: 2011 F OKO
Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer.
by Ostlere, Cathy Year Published: 2011 F OST
Fifteen-year-old half Hindu, half Sikh Maya, having traveled from Canada to New Delhi to put her mother's ashes in their final resting place, finds herself in the middle of chaos after Indira Gandhi is assassinated and must disguise her identity and rely on a boy she just met in order to be reunited with her father and remain safe.
by Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich Year Published: 1957 F PAS
In Russia, Yuri Zhivago is a young doctor and poet trying to care for his wife and family when he meets Lara, the love of his life. When revolution breaks out, their world is torn apart, and their lives are at risk.
by Paton, Alan Year Published: 1948 F PAT
Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo travels to Johannesburg on an errand for a friend and to visit his son, Absalom, only to learn Absalom has been accused of murdering white city engineer and social activist Arthur Jarvis and stands very little chance of receiving mercy.
by Peet, Mal Year Published: 2003 F PEE
South American journalist Paul Faustino begins his interview with World Cup Soccer star El Gato and learns a fantastic story of a young, lonely boy growing up in the middle of a rain forest who wandered upon a mysterious soccer field and an apparition that appeared to him daily.
by Perkins, Mitali Year Published: 2010 F PER
Two Burmese boys, one a Karenni refugee and the other the son of an imprisoned Burmese doctor, meet in the jungle and in order to survive they must learn to trust each other.
by Polly, Matthew Year Published: 2007 796.815 POL
Matthew Polly recounts the experiences he had during the two years he spent living and studying in China, performing with the Shaolin monks, who taught Matthew important lessons about life and his place in the universe.
by Rand, Ayn Year Published: 1938 F RAN
Set in a future world, one man defies the ideals of collectivism, makes his own decisions and personal choices, seeks knowledge, and ultimately becomes a target for death.
by Reedy, Trent Year Published: 2011 F REE
Zulaikha, a thirteen-year-old girl in Afghanistan, faces a series of frightening but exhilarating changes in her life as she defies her father and secretly meets with an old woman who teaches her to read, her older sister gets married, and American troops offer her surgery to fix her disfiguring cleft lip.
by Remarque, Erich M. Year Published: 1929 F REM
Depicts the experiences of a group of young German soldiers fighting and suffering during the last days of World War I.
by Resau, Laura Year Published: 2011 F RES
Living in a village in Ecuador, a Quechua Indian girl is sent to work as an indentured servant for an upper class "mestizo" family.
by Restrepo, Bettina Year Published: 2011 F RES
Nora, a fifteen-year-old Mexican girl, faces the challenges of being an illegal immigrant in Texas when she and her mother cross the border in search of Nora's father.
by Rostand, Edmond Year Published: 1898 842 ROS
An English translation of the nineteenth-century French play about Cyrano de Bergerac, a brilliant swordsman who hides his love for his cousin Roxane out of fear she will reject him because of his enormous nose.
by Roy, Arundhati Year Published: 1997 F ROY
On a December day in 1969 twins Rahel and Estha, born to a wealthy family living in the province of Kerala, India, find their lives changed after the death of their English cousin who was visiting for the holidays.
by Ryan, Pam Munoz Year Published: 2010 F RYA
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.
by Satrapi, Marjane Year Published: 2004 GN 955 SAT
Contains black-and-white comic strip images in which the author continues the story of her life, discussing her move from Iran to Vienna in 1984, her feelings of alienation in the foreign country, and her return home where she starts college, falls in love, and questions whether she can continue to live in the repressive society.
by See, Lisa Year Published: 2005 F SEE
Friends Snow Flower and Lily find solace in their bond as they face isolation, arranged marriages, loss, and motherhood in nineteenth-century China.
by Seierstad, Åsne Year Published: 2004 958.1 Sei
Asne Seierstand tells of her experiences while staying with a bookseller named Sultan Khan and his family in Afghanistan just after the fall of the Taliban, describing what it was like for families in the country to adjust to a new way of life and a new government.
by Senzai, N.H. Year Published: 2010 F SEN
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.
by Sepetys, Ruta Year Published: 2011 F SEP
In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note.
by Sharafeddine, Fatima Year Published: 2013 F SHA
Faten, a teenage servant girl in Beirut, tries to get an education with the help of a rich young man.
by Dai, Sijie Year Published: 2001 F SIJ
Two boys, moved to the country for "re-education" as part of Mao's Cultural Revolution, find little to amuse them, but things change when they discover a stash of Western classics in Chinese translation and use the stories of Balzac to capture the attention of the beautiful daughter of the local tailor.
by Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Isaevich Year Published: 1962 F SOL
Recounts the experiences of Shukhov, a prisoner at a Soviet work camp in Siberia, as he struggles for survival.
by Soto, Gary Year Published: 1985 B SOT
The author describes his experiences growing up as a Mexican American in Fresno, California.
by Spinelli, Jerry Year Published: 2003 F SPI
A street child, known to himself only as Stopthief, finds community when he is taken in by a band of orphans in Warsaw ghetto which helps him weather the horrors of the Nazi regime.
by Staples, Suzanne Fisher Year Published: 2005 F STA
A young Afghan girl, Najmah, befriends an American woman, Nusrat in Peshawar, Pakistan, after Najmah flees her native Afghanistan during the 2001 war; and together they begin a long journey to located their missing loved ones after the war ends.
by Stratton, Allan Year Published: 2004 F STR
Chanda Kabelo, a sixteen-year-old in a small South African town, faces down shame and stigma in her efforts to help friends and family members who are dying of AIDS.
by Tan, Amy Year Published: 1989 F TAN
The personal, often painful, histories of four Chinese American women who began meeting in San Francisco in 1949 to play mah jong are revealed as the daughter of one who has died searches for her sisters in China to tell them about the mother they never knew.
by Teller, Janne Year Published: 2010 F TEL
When thirteen-year-old Pierre Anthon leaves school to sit in a plum tree and train for becoming part of nothing, his seventh grade classmates set out on a desperate quest for the meaning of life.
by Ung, Loung Year Published: 2000 959.604 UNG
Loung Ung, one of seven children of a high-ranking government official in Phnom Penh, tells of her experiences after her family was forced to flee from Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army, discussing her training as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, and telling of how her surviving siblings were eventually reunited.
by Van de Ruit, John Year Published: 2007 F VAN
In 1990, thirteen-year-old John "Spud" Milton, a prepubescent choirboy, keeps a diary of his first year at an elite, boys-only boarding school in South Africa, as he deals with bizarre housemates, wild crushes, embarrassingly dysfunctional parents, and much more.
by Venkatraman, Padma Year Published: 2008 F VEN
In India, in 1941, when her father becomes brain-damaged in a non-violent protest march, fifteen-year-old Vidya and her family are forced to move in with her father's extended family and become accustomed to a totally different way of life.
by Venkatraman, Padma Year Published: 2014 F VEN
In India, a girl who excels at Bharatanatyam dancerefuses to give up after losing a leg in an accident.
by Walrath, Dana Year Published: 2014 F WAL
Inspired by a true story, this relates the tale of siblings Sosi, Shahen, and Mariam who survive the Armenian genocide of 1915 by escaping from Turkey alone over the mountains.
by Whitman, Sylvia Year Published: 2013 F WHI
When a nonprofit organization called Save the Girls pairs a fourteen-year-old Sudanese refugee with an American teenager from Richmond, Virginia, the pen pals teach each other compassion and share a bond that bridges two continents.
by Wiesel, Elie Year Published: 1961 F WIE
An eighteen-year-old terrorist spends a night waiting to kill an English officer in Palestine as a reprisal for Britain's execution of a Jewish prisoner.
by Wung-Sung, Jesper Year Published: 2010 F WUN
Based on the true story of the last execution in Denmark's history, this novel asks a question that plagues a small Danish town in 1853: does a fifteen-year-old boy deserve to be put to death?
by Yen Mah, Adeline Year Published: 1999 B MAH
The author tells the story of her painful childhood in China where she lived until the age of fourteen with her father, stepmother, and siblings, all of whom considered her bad luck because her mother died shortly after giving birth to her.
by Yen Mah, Adeline Year Published: 1997 B MAH
Autobiography of physician and writer Adeline Yen Mah, discussing her emotionally abusive childhood, experiences of isolation and loneliness, success as a student, and triumphant struggle to achieve freedom and a new life.Last Modified on January 17, 2019