Raphael spends his days digging through the TRASH (David Finkling, $16.99), scavenging the city dump for things to sell or use. His life is turned upside down when he finds one interesting prize that leads him to something even more valuable. After deciding to conceal their findings from the police, Raphael and two friends begin to trace the origins of their discoveries. What follows is a fast-paced and complex story of government corruption. Andy Mulligan has created an eye-opening book about poverty, repression, and third-world lives. Ages 14-18. AJK
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ISBN: 9780385752145
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: David Fickling Books - October 12th, 2010

Hayaat’s grandmother, Sitti Zeynab, longs to return from the West Bank to Jerusalem, WHERE THE STREETS HAD A NAME (Scholastic, $17.99). Because Sitti Zeynab can’t travel, thirteen-year-old Hayaat journeys to Jerusalem to bring back soil from her grandmother’s homeland. On the way to Jerusalem, Hayaat and her friend Samy cross through checkpoints, face detention by Israeli officials, and find themselves trapped in the middle of a political protest. Throughout the journey, Randa Abdel-Fattah reveals Hayaat’s family and personal history, adding complexity to this story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the importance of home. Ages 11-14. AJK
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ISBN: 9780545172929
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scholastic Press - November 1st, 2010

Lucia and her brother Frankie leave everything familiar behind when they move from Cuba to the U.S. in 1961. They are two of around 14,000 children who emigrated without their parents during the Cuban revolution. As the siblings stare out the window straining to see their parents for the last time, Lucia’s mom lifts THE RED UMBRELLA (Knopf, $16.99) high into the air in a farewell gesture. Christina Diaz Gonzalez brings to life Lucia’s journey from the home she loves to a farm in Nebraska. Infused with love and compassion, this novel illuminates the Cuban Revolution, and, through the eyes of a fourteen-year-old girl, introduces young readers to the politics and moral conflicts of life in a dictatorship. Ages 11-14. AJK
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ISBN: 9780375861901
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 11th, 2010