Geographic Theme (Outside the U.S.) (Grades 4-6)

Australia
Beatty, Patricia.  Jonathan Down Under.  J FIC Beatty
Thirteen-year-old Jonathan accompanies his luckless miner father to the gold fields of Australia, where he learns to be his own man amidst the rough-and-ready society of nineteenth-century Victoria.

Lester, Alison.  Quicksand Pony.  J FIC Lester
After her pony Bella, trapped in quicksand, is rescued by a mysterious unseen person, ten-year-old Biddy follows the trail into the Australian bush and discovers the solution to a disappearance that happened years ago.

Thiele, Colin.  Shadow Shark.  J FIC Thiele
Two fourteen-year-old cousins join a group of fishermen in pursuit of a massive shark off the coast of Southern Australia.

Canada
Burnford, Sheila Every.  The Incredible Journey.   J FIC Burnford/  Y FIC Burnford/ Y PB B
A Siamese cat, an old bull terrier, and a young Labrador retriever travel together 250 miles through the Canadian wilderness
to find their family.

China
Fritz, Jean.  Homesick, My Own Story.  J FIC Fritz/ J PB F
The author’s fictionalized version, though all the events are true, of her childhood in China in the 1920’s.

Denmark
Lowry, Lois.  Number the Stars.  J FIC Lowry  // J PB L
In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.

Egypt
Bradshaw, Gillian.  The Dragon and the Thief.  J FIC Bradshaw
In ancient Egypt an unlucky young man meets a wealthy dragon and together they find dangerous but exciting adventure.

England
Bauer, Marion Dane.  A Dream of Queens and Castles.  J FIC Bauer
In England with her mother for a year, dreamy Diana meets an eccentric old man and shares his frustrations and use of the royal family as a means of escape.

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker.  The War That Saved My Life.  J FIC Bradley
A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

Carris, Joan Davenport.  Beware the Ravens, Aunt Morbelia.  J FIC Carris
Todd Fearing, his aunt Morbelia, and his friend Jeff are shadowed by mysterious characters when they visit London and their ancestral home.

Paton Walsh, Jill.  Gaffer Samson’s Luck.  J FIC Paton Walsh
James’s difficulty in adjusting to a new school and life in the Fens is further complicated by the request of an elderly neighbor to find his lucky piece, a task which puts James in some danger.

Townsend, John Rowe.  Tom Tiddler’s Ground.  J FIC Townsend
Amid the backwater canals of an English industrial town, five children unravel a fifty-year-old mystery about a half-sunken canalboat and its hidden treasure.

White, Ellen Emerson.  Voyage on the Great Titanic : The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, R.M.S. Titanic, 1912.   J FIC Dear America
In her diary in 1912, thirteen-year-old Margaret Ann describes how she leaves her lonely life in a London orphanage to become a companion to a wealthy American woman, sails on the Titanic, and experiences its sinking.

France
McAllister, Cameron.  The Tin Snail.  J FIC McAllister
A thirteen-year-old French boy tries to save his father’s job by inventing a special kind of car, but it isn’t easy–especially when the Nazis are planning to steal his design.

Japan
Paterson, Katherine.  The Master Puppeteer.   J FIC Paterson
A thirteen-year-old boy describes the poverty and discontent of eighteenth century Osaka and the world of puppeteers in which he lives.

Netherlands
Propp, Vera W.  When the Soldiers Were Gone.  J FIC Propp
After the German occupation of the Netherlands, Benjamin leaves the Christian family with whom he had been living and reunites with his real parents who returned from hiding.

Poland
Kelly, Eric Philbrook.  The Trumpeter of Krakow.  J FIC Kelly
A Polish family in the Middle Ages guards a great secret treasure and a boy’s memory of an earlier trumpeter of Krakow makes it possible for him to save his father.

Puerto Rico
Mohr, Nicholasa.  Felita.  J FIC Mohr
The everyday experiences of an eight-year-old Puerto Rican girl growing up in a close-knit, urban community.

Switzerland
Spyri, Johanna.  Heidi.  J FIC Spyri
A Swiss orphan is heartbroken when she must leave her beloved grandfather and their happy home in the mountains to go to school and to care for an invalid girl in the city.

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