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Obayda can never forget the day her father lost his leg in a car bombing. Because he is no longer able to work as a policeman, the family moves from Kabul to a rural village to live with extended family. There, Obayda becomes Obayd, a bacha posh— a girl dressed as a boy— to bring luck and greater opportunity to the family. As Obayd, she experiences adventure, freedom, and friendship. Too soon, however, she must return to her family in order to prepare for marriage. Obayda now feels likes she is only One Half from the East (HarperCollins, $16.99). Nadia Hashimi explores the role of women in her family’s homeland in vivid prose, with rich descriptions bringing people and place into riveting focus. Ages 11-14.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062421906
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Published: HarperCollins - September 6th, 2016

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In Lion Island (Atheneum, $16.99), the final volume in what award-winning author and poet Margarita Engle describes as a “loosely linked group of historical verse novels about the struggle against forced labor in nineteenth-century Cuba,” we meet historical figure Antonio Chuffat. This young, freeborn courier of African and Chinese descent becomes known as Cuba’s “warrior of words” thanks to his recording and collecting of laborers’ personal testimonies. Engle mirrors this accomplishment in her story, interweaving the fictional Chinese-American refugee twins Wing and Fan’s perspectives with Chuffat’s. As African slaves, Chinese indentured laborers, and Chinese Californians struggle to find freedom during Cuba’s own fight for independence from Spain, Engle once again demonstrates the power of words—not only those of Chuffat, but of her own as well. Ages 11-14.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781481461122
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2016

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A group of travelers staying at the same inn amuse themselves by telling each other stories about three very special children and their supposedly resurrected greyhound. Little do the raconteurs know that the man quietly listening to their tales is on a mission for King Louis of France, who is waging a crusade. The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog (Dutton, $17.99) imparts stories of miracles, dragons, religion, and more to reveal a mysterious world “full of wonders—and endlessly maddening,” but always amazing. Although younger readers may miss the echoes of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, they will be engrossed by Adam Gidwitz’s clever presentation of the Middle Ages. Hatem Aly’s illustrations evoke illuminated manuscripts and enhance this striking and satisfying adventure. Ages 11-14.

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By Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525426165
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2016

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