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    The Librarian of Auschwitz by: Antonio Iturbe

    Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.
    Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.

    Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.

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    My Year In The Middle by: Lila Quintero Weaver

    In a racially polarized classroom in 1970 Alabama, Lu’s talent for running track makes her a new best friend — and tests her mettle as she navigates the school’s social cliques.

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    War Horse by: Michael Morpurgo

    A powerful tale of war, redemption and a hero’s journey.

    In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey’s courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer’s son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

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    The Bicycle Spy by: Yona Zeldis McDonough

    Can Marcel make the ride of his life?
    Marcel loves riding his bicycle, whether he’s racing through the streets of his small town in France or making bread deliveries for his parents’ bakery. He dreams of someday competing in the Tour de France, the greatest bicycle race. But ever since Germany’s occupation of France began two years ago, in 1940, the race has been cancelled. Now there are soldiers everywhere, interrupting Marcel’s rides with checkpoints and questioning.

    Then Marcel learns two big secrets, and he realizes there are worse things about the war than a cancelled race. When he later discovers that his friend’s entire family is in imminent danger, Marcel knows he can help — but it will involve taking a risky bicycle ride to pass along covert information. And when nothing ends up going according to plan, it’s up to him to keep pedalling and think quickly… because his friend, her family, and his own future hang in the balance.

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    Number the Stars by: Lois Lowry

    Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It’s now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are “relocated,” Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen’s life.

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    The War That Saved My Life by: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

    Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.

    So begins a new adventure for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?

    This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity—a classic in the making.

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    Yellow Star by: Jennifer Roy

    “In 1945 the war ended. The Germans surrendered, and the ghetto was liberated.

    Out of over a quarter of a million people, about 800 walked out of the ghetto. Of those who survived, only twelve were children. I was one of the twelve.”

    For more than fifty years after the war, Sylvia, like many Holocaust survivors, did not talk about her experiences in the Lodz ghetto in Poland. She buried her past in order to move forward. But finally she decided it was time to share her story, and so she told it to her niece, who has re-told it here using free verse inspired by her aunt.

    This is the true story of Sylvia Perlmutter—a story of courage, heartbreak, and finally survival despite the terrible circumstances in which she grew up. A timeline, historical notes, and an author’s note are included.

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    When Jiya Met Urmila by: Shabnam Minwalla

    When Jiya meets Urmila, she sees a loud girl with a fierce expression and too-bright clothes. Urmila sees a snooty girl with a dull dress and no spunk. Can they ever be friends?

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    I Need To Pee by: Neha Singh

    Rahi simply loves slurping refreshing drinks, and so she always needs to pee. On her way to her aunt’s house in Meghalaya, she has to pee on a train as well as stop at a hotel, and even visit the really scary public toilet at the bus depot! When those around her refuse to help her with her troubles, her only saviour is her Book of Important Quotes.

    Travel with the cheeky Rahi and read all about her adventures in this quirky and vibrant book about the ever-relevant worry of having a safe and clean toilet experience.

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    The Clever Tailor by: Srividhya Venkat

    Rupa Ram is a famous but poor tailor with an unfulfilled dream – to stitch something for his own family. So, when he receives a gift of a brand new saafa, he is inspired to do just that! At the heart of this touching tale is a generous man who uses his imagination and creativity to do right by his family. With delightful illustrations by Nayantara Surendranath, this book is Srividhya Venkat’s charming Indian adaptation of a European folktale.


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