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.
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.
Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara. Mariatu grew up in a small village in Sierra Leone where the rumours of civil war were a distant worry. But then the rebels attacked. Heavily-armed soldiers, some barely teenagers, tortured and killed, and in the senseless violence, Mariatu had both her hands cut off. This is an incredible story of courage, resilience and hope.
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.
In darkness, I count my blessings like Manman taught me.One: I am alive. Two: there is no two. In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, a boy is trapped beneath the rubble of a ruined hospital, thirsty, terrified and alone. Shorty is a child of the slums, a teenage boy who has seen enough violence to last a lifetime, and who has been inexorably drawn into the world of the gangsters who rule Site Soley; men who dole out money with one hand and death with the other. But Shorty has a secret…