Around the World

Where the Streets Had a Name  bookcover

Where the Streets Had a Name

by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Thirteen year old Hayaat of Bethlehem faces check points, curfews, and the travel permit system designed to keep people on the West Bank when she attempts to go to her grandmother's ancestral home in Jerusalem with her best friend. 
J FIC Abdel-Fattah
Things Fall Apart  bookcover

Things Fall Apart

by China Achebe

A simple story of a "strong man" whose life is dominated by fear and anger. Uniquely African, at the same time, it reveals the author's awareness of the human qualities common to men of all times and places. 
FIC Achebe
The Kite Runner bookcover

The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present day. The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy Afghan youth and the son of his father's servant. The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption. It is also about the power of fathers over sons: their love, their sacrifices, and their lies.
LP FIC Hosseini  and  SP FIC Achebe
La Linea  bookcover

La Linea

by Ann Jaramillo

When fifteen year old Miguel's time finally comes to leave his poor Mexican village, cross the border illegally, and join his parents in California, his younger sister's determination to join him soon imperils them both. 
Y FIC Jaramill
Blood Ninja bookcover

Blood Ninja

by Nick Lake

After his father is murdered and a ninja saves his life, Taro discovers the connection between ninjas and vampires and finds himself being dragged into a bitter conflict between the rival lords ruling Japan. 
Y FIC Lake
Anna and the French Kiss  bookcover

Anna and the French Kiss

by Stephanie Perkins

When Anna's father sends her to an American boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school, she reluctantly goes, and meets a boy who becomes her best friend, in spite of the fact that they both want something more. 
Y FIC Perkins
The Red Pyramid  bookcover

The Red Pyramid

by Rick Riordan

Brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane accidentally unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes the doctor to oblivion and forces his two children to embark on a dangerous journey, bringing them closer to the truth about their family and its links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs. 
J FIC Riordan
Daughter of Smoke and Bone  bookcover

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

by Laini Taylor

Seventeen year old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters -- the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known. 
Y FIC Taylor
The Fetch  bookcover

The Fetch

by Laura Whitcomb

After 350 years as a Fetch, or death escort, Calder breaks his vows and enters the body of Rasputin, whose spirit causes rebellion in the Land of Lost Souls while Calder struggles to convey Ana and Alexis, orphaned in the Russian Revolution, to Heaven. 
Y FIC Whitcomb
The Book Thief  bookcover

The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel -- a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. 
Y FIC Zusak