Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick - Arn, 11, is walking through the countryside in Cambodia. His whole town is walking with him. They're walking into one of the most tragic moments of history: the Killing Fields, where over a million people were murdered by the Khmer Rouge regime. Based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond - a child of war who becomes a man of peace.
Riding the Black Cockatoo by John Danalis - a compelling true story of how the skull of an Aboriginal man, found on the banks of a river over 40 years ago, is returned to his Wamba Wamba descendants. It is a story of awakening, forgiveness and friendship. Part history, part detective story, part cultural discovery, and one amazing journey.
Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You by Hanna Jansen - Before that fateful April day, Jeanne lived the life of a typical Rwandan girl. She bickered with her little sister, went to school, teased her brother. Then, in one horrifying night, everything changed. Political troubles unleashed a torrent of violence upon the Tutsi ethnic group. Based on a true story, this is an incredible, moving tale of how one girl survived the genocide in Rwanda.
Mrs Chippy’s Last Expedition by Caroline Alexander – When Sir Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance became trapped in the Antarctic ice, all twenty-nine members of the crew were pushed to their limits of survival, including Mrs. Chippy, the ship's cat. Based on the true events, this is a first-hand account of one of the greatest adventures in history - from the unique point of view of Mrs Chippy.
The Prison Runner by Deborah Ellis - Diego has grown up in a prison kid in Bolivia. His world is bare lightbulbs, people crying, guards yelling. He looks after his mother and sister as best he can, until the day he accidentally breaks the rules. Now the family is in trouble, and Diego needs money to save them. And so he finds himself in the heart of the jungle and the clutches of the drugs trade.
The Wall by William Sutcliffe - Joshua is a troubled boy who lives with his mother and stepfather in a city protected by a wall. Joshua discovers a tunnel leading to the other side of the wall - forbidden, violent, dangerous territory. An act of kindness from a girl saves his life, but leads to a brutal act of cruelty and a terrible debt he's determined to repay. And no one, no one must find out that he's been there - or the consequences will be unbearable.
Kiss the Dust by Elizabeth Laird - Tara is an ordinary teenager. Her country, Kurdistan, is caught up in a war but the fighting seems far away. Until now. Tara and her family must flee with only the few things they can carry. It is a hard and dangerous journey - but their struggles have only just begun. Will anywhere feel like home again?
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers - a collection of stories set in China or among Chinese Americans in the United States. Mythology, politics, history, and culture intersect with personality to create fate. From the bustling heart of Beijing, to a fast-food restaurant in Chicago, to the barren expanse of Inner Mongolia, so many worlds are revealed.
The Goldsmith's Daughter by Tanya Landman - In the city of Tenochtitlan, Emperor Montezuma rules with an iron rod and people live in fear of the gods. Itacate is destined for a life of domestic drudgery. But when her father, a goldsmith, discovers her talent for his craft, she secretly starts to work as his apprentice. But danger awaits as Spanish strangers invade the city and her life takes an even more perilous turn. Can Itacate change her destiny and survive?
Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper - In 1650, Anne Green, a young servant girl, gave birth prematurely to an illegitimate child. Sadly the baby died and poor Anne was falsely accused of infanticide. In front of a large crowd she was hanged and then carried to the College of Physicians to be dissected for medical science. But as Anne's corpse lay on the table and the doctors assembled, a strange rattle was heard in her throat. Could she still be alive?