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1 - Telephone Tales

Gianni Rodari

Every night, at nine o'clock, wherever he is, Mr. Bianchi, an accountant who often has to travel for work, calls his daughter and tells her a bedtime story. But since it's still the 20th century world of pay phones, each story has to be told in the time that a single coin will buy....
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2 - Catherine's War

Julia Billet - HarperAlley

"A shining story of a young girl who struggles to come of age and find her place in a world fraught with danger." - Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Newbery Honor-winning author of Hitler Youth* Winner of the Youth Prize at the Angoulme International Comics Festival (voted by readers)...
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3 - Brown

Hakon Ovreas - Enchanted Lion Books

New in the neighborhood and hounded by fort-wrecking bullies, Rusty is looking glum. And to top it all off, his grandfather has just died. Rusty is stuck sorting out his emotions while the adults are busy sorting out the "practicalities" with the hospital. But one dark night,...
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4 - The Beast Player

Nahoko Uehashi - Henry Holt and Co.

Nahoko Uehashi's The Beast Player is an epic YA fantasy about a girl with a special power to communicate with magical beasts and the warring kingdom only she can save.
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5 - The Distance between Me and the Cherry Tree

Paola Peretti - Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Ten-year-old Mafalda hides the fact that she is going blind from her family and friends in this lyrical, bittersweet debut novel from Italian author Paola Peretti that shows you how to overcome the darkness - even when you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel.There are a lot of things...
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6 - Do Fish Sleep?

Jens Raschke - Enchanted Lion Books

Sick since even before Jette can remember, her brother Emil now has died. The feelings that losing him evoke in her are huge and confusing. Most simply, it feels as though a dark raincloud has descended over her family. And then there's the ridiculous fact that nobody seems to know...
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7 - When Spring Comes to the DMZ

Uk-Bae Lee - Plough Publishing House

Korea's demilitarized zone has become an amazing accidental nature preserve that gives hope for a brighter future for a divided land.This unique picture book invites young readers into the natural beauty of the DMZ, where salmon, spotted seals, and mountain goats freely follow the seasons...
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