Geographic Theme (Outside the U.S.) (Teen)

Afghanistan
Ellis, Deborah.  The Breadwinner.  Y FIC Ellis  (SERIES)
Parvana, age 11, lives in Afghanistan during the time of the Taliban.  Sequels are Parvana’s Journey and Mud City.

Africa
Farmer, Nancy.  A Girl Named Disaster.  Y FIC Farmer
While journeying to Zimbabwe, eleven-year-old Nhamo struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to the luminous world of the African spirits.

Kurtz, Jane.  The Storyteller’s Beads.  Y FIC Kurtz
During the political strife and famine of the 1980’s, two Ethiopian girls, one Christian and the other Jewish and blind, struggle to overcome many difficulties, including their prejudices about each other, as they make the dangerous journey out of Ethiopia.

Park, Linda Sue.  A Long Walk to Water.  Y FIC Park
When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.

Silver, Norman.  No Tigers in Africa.   Y FIC Silver
Newly arrived in England from South Africa, a fifteen-year-old’s family deteriorates, as the effects of living under apartheid take a toll on every aspect of the family members’ lives.

Antarctica
L’Engle, Madeleine.  Troubling a Star.  Y FIC L’Engle
As she tries to stay alive after being left on an iceberg in the Antarctic, sixteen-year-old Vicky recalls the series of events that brought her to the bottom of the world and involved her in a dangerous mystery.

Australia
Disher, Garry.  The Bamboo Flute.  J FIC Disher
In a rural Australian community in 1932, twelve-year-old Paul has his predictable life brightened when a drifter helps him make a flute and teaches him how to play it.

Klein, Robin.  The Sky in Silver Lace.  Y FIC Klein
Recounts the growing up of three sisters in a city in Australia around the 1940’s.

Bangladesh
Perkins, Mitali.  Rickshaw Girl.  J FIC Perkins
In her Bangladesh village, ten-year-old Naimi excels at painting designs called alpanas, but to help her impoverished family financially she would have to be a boy–or disguise herself as one.

Canada
Heneghan, James.  Wish Me Luck.  Y FIC Heneghan
While on an ocean voyage to Canada to escape the air raids in his Liverpool home, twelve-year-old Jaimie Monaghan faces another kind of life-threatening situation.

Paulsen, Gary.  Hatchet.  Y PB P
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.

Taylor, Theodore.  The Hostage.  Y FIC Tayor
Fourteen-year-old Jamie has second thoughts about harboring a killer whale that his father and he captured off the coast of Vancouver, British Columbia and plan to sell to a sea amusement park.

Denmark
Reuter, Bjarne B.  The Boys from St. Petri.  Y FIC Reuter/ Y PB R
In 1942, a group of young men begin a series of increasingly dangerous protests against the German invaders of their Danish homeland.

Dominican Republic
Alvarez, Julia.  Before We Were Free.  Y FIC Alvarez
In the early 1960s in the Dominican Republic, twelve-year-old Anita learns that her family is involved in the underground movement to end the bloody rule of the dictator, General Trujillo.

Egypt
Carter, Dorothy Sharp.  His Majesty, Queen Hatshepsut.  Y FIC Carter
A fictionalized account of the life of Hatshepsut, a queen in ancient Egypt who declared herself king and ruled as such for more than twenty years.

England
Cushman, Karen.  Matilda Bone.  Y FIC Cushman
Fourteen-year-old Matilda, an apprentice bonesetter and practitioner of medicine in a village in medieval England, tries to reconcile the various aspects of her life, both spiritual and practical.

Sullivan, Laura L.  Love by the Morning Star.  Y FIC Sullivan
Mistaken for one another when they are sent to the grand English country estate of Starkers on the brink of World War II, Hannah, a distant relative hoping to be welcomed by the family, and Anna, sent to spy for the Nazis, both unexpectedly fall in love.

Cooney, Caroline B.  The Terrorist.  Y FIC Cooney
Sixteen-year-old Laura, an American living in London, tries to find the person responsible for the death of her younger brother Billy, who has been killed by a terrorist bomb.

Lawrence, Iain.  The Wreckers.  Y FIC Lawrence (SERIES)
Shipwrecked after a vicious storm, fourteen-year-old John Spencer attempts to save his father and himself while also dealing with an evil secret about the English coastal town where they are stranded. SEQUELThe Smugglers 

Sturtevant, Katherine.  At the Sign of the Star.   Y FIC Sturtevant
In seventeenth-century London, Meg, who has little interest in cooking, needlework, or other homemaking skills, dreams of becoming a bookseller and someday inheriting her widowed father’s book store.

France
Stone, Phoebe.  Paris for Two.  Y FIC Stone
Twelve-year-old Petunia is used to living in the shadow of her fourteen-year-old half-sister, Ava, their mother’s favorite, but now that the whole family has moved to Paris for a year, Pet finds herself stepping into the light, making new friends, uncovering secrets, and, inspired by the classic French dolls she has found, revealing an unexpected talent for designing dresses–and her beautiful sister does not take it well.

Germany
Holub, Josef.  The Robber and Me.  Y FIC Holub
Because he knows that the man accused of robbery is innocent, an eleven-year-old orphan struggles to find the courage to reveal the truth to his uncle in their small German village in 1867.

Greece
Harrison, Barbara.   Theo.  Y FIC Harrison
A twelve-year-old puppeteer performs bravely on and off the stage after joining the Greek resistance movement during World War II.

Haiti
Temple, Frances.  Tonight, by Sea.  Y FIC Temple
As governmental brutality and poverty become unbearable, Paulie joins with others in her small Haitian village to help her uncle secretly build a boat they will use to try to escape to the United States.

India
Whelan, Gloria.  Homeless Bird.  Y FIC Whelan
When thirteen-year-old Koly enters into an ill-fated arranged marriage, she must either suffer a destiny dictated by India’s tradition or find the courage to oppose it.

Iran//Iraq
Laird, Elizabeth.  Kiss the Dust.  Y FIC Laird
Her father’s involvement with the Kurdish resistance movement in Iraq forces thirteen-year-old Tara to flee with her family over the border into Iran, where they face an unknown future.

Ireland
Giff, Patricia Reilly.   Nory Ryan’s Song.  Y FIC Giff
When a terrible blight attacks Ireland’s potato crop in 1845, twelve-year-old Nory Ryan’s courage and ingenuity help her family and neighbors survive.

Schmidt, Gary D.  Anson’s Way.  Y FIC Schmidt
While serving as a British Fencible to maintain the peace in Ireland, Anson finds that his sympathy for a hedge master places him in conflict with the law of King George II.

Israel
Banks, Lynne Reid.  Broken Bridge.  Y FIC Banks
The murder of fourteen-year-old Glen Shelby, soon after his arrival in Israel to visit his father’s family, has a dramatic effect on the lives of his relatives, the other members of their kibbutz, and the Arabs responsible for his death.

Levitin, Sonia.  The Singing Mountain.  Y PB L
While traveling in Israel for the summer, seventeen-year-old Mitch decides to stay and pursue a life of Jewish orthodoxy, forcing him to make some important decisions about the family and life he is leaving in southern California.

Nye, Naomi Shihab.  Habibi.  Y FIC Nye
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.

Italy
Avi.  Midnight Magic.  Y FIC Avi
In Italy in 1491, Mangus the magician and his apprentice are summoned to the castle of Duke Claudio to determine if his daughter is indeed being haunted by a ghost.

Welch, Jenna Evans.  Love & Gelato.  Y FIC Welch
After her mother dies, Lina travels to Italy where she discovers her mothers’s journal and sets off on an adventure to unearth her mother’s secrets

Japan
Hoobler, Dorothy.  The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn.  Y FIC Hoobler
While attempting to solve the mystery of a stolen jewel, Seikei, a merchant’s son who longs to be a samurai, joins a group of kabuki actors in eighteenth-century Japan.

Mori, Kyoko.  One Bird.  Y FIC Mori
After her mother abandons them, fifteen-year-old Megumi tries to understand her father’s need for his mistress while dealing with her own aching isolation.

Paterson, Katherine.  The Sign of the Chrysanthemum.  J FIC Paterson
A teen-ager comes to know himself through contacts with social ills and political unrest while searching for his father in Japan’s capital, centuries ago.

Soto, Gary.  Pacific Crossing.  Y FIC Soto
Fourteen-year-old Mexican American Lincoln Mendoza spends a summer with a host family in Japan, encountering new experiences and making new friends.

Watkins, Yoko Kawashima.   So Far from the Bamboo Grove.  Y FIC Watkins
A fictionalized autobiography in which eleven-year-old Yoko escapes from Korea to Japan with her mother and sister at the end of World War II.

Yumoto, Kazumi.  The Friends.  Y FIC Yumoto
Curious about death, three sixth-grade boys decide to spy on an old man waiting for him to die, but they end up becoming his friends.

Korea
Kim, Helen S.  The Long Season of Rain.  Y FIC Kim
When an orphan boy comes to live with her family, eleven-year-old Junehee begins to realize that the demands placed on Korean women can destroy their lives.

Mexico
Peck, Richard.  Unfinished Portrait of Jessica.  Y FIC Peck
A trip to Mexico to visit the divorced vagabond father whom she idolizes cures fourteen-year-old Jessica of certain illusions and helps her reconstruct her relationship with her mother.

Resau, Laura.  What the Moon Saw : a novel.  Y FIC Resau
Fourteen-year-old Clara Luna spends the summer with her grandparents in the tiny, remote village of Yucuyoo, Mexico, learning about her grandmother’s life as a healer, her father’s decision to leave home for the United States, and her own place in the world.

Treviño, Elizabeth Borton de.  Leona, a Love Story.  Y FIC Trevino
In early nineteenth-century Mexico, sixteen-year-old Leona Vicario, loyal to Spain and engaged to a wealthy widower, struggles to come to terms with her growing revolt against Spain’s harsh treatment of Mexicans and her love for a young revolutionary lawyer.

Netherlands
Hesse, Monica.  Girl in the Blue Coat.  Y FIC Hesse
In 1943 Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, teenage Hanneke–a ‘finder’ of black market goods–is tasked with finding a Jewish girl a customer had been hiding, who has seemingly vanished into thin air, and is pulled into a web of resistance activities and secrets as she attempts to solve the mystery and save the missing girl.

Russia
Meyer, Carolyn. Anastasia, the Last Grand Duchess.  Y FIC Meyer
A novel in diary form in which the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II describes the privileged life her family led up until the time of World War I and the tragic events that befell them.

Schur, Maxine.  The Circlemaker.  Y PB S/ Y FIC Schur
In mid-nineteenth century Russia, Mendel Cholinsky, a twelve-year-old Jewish boy tries to escape to America to avoid being taken into the Czar’s army for twenty-five years of military service.

Smith, Lindsay.  Sekret.  Y FIC Smith
Follows a group of psychic teenagers in 1960s Soviet Russia who are forced to use their powers to spy for the KGB.

Scotland
Yolen, Jane.  The Queen’s Own Fool.  Y FIC Yolen
When twelve-year-old Nicola leaves Troupe Brufort and serves as the fool for Mary, Queen of Scots, she experiences the political and religious upheavals in both France and Scotland.

South Africa
Silver, Norman.  No Tigers in Africa : A Novel.  Y FIC Silver
Newly arrived in England from South Africa, a fifteen-year-old’s family deteriorates, as the effects of living under apartheid take a toll on every aspect of the family members’ lives.

Spain
Meyer, Carolyn.  Isabel: Jewel of Castilla.  J FIC Dear America
While waiting anxiously for others to choose a husband for her, Isabella, the future Queen of Spain, keeps a diary account of her life as a member of the royal family.

Thailand 
Sleator, William.  The Spirit House.  Y FIC Sleator 
Fifteen-year-old Julie investigates the suspicious behavior of the Thai exchange student staying with her family and comes to believe in the wish-granting power of a spirit that appears to have followed him across the ocean.

Venezuela
L’Engle, Madeleine.  Dragons in the Waters.  Y FIC L’Engle
A thirteen-year-old boy’s trip to Venezuela with his cousin culminates in murder and the discovery of an unexpected bond with an Indian tribe, dating from the days of Simón Bolívar.

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