Teen Global Interest

    • Frost
      Wendy Delsol

      After her boyfriend Jack conjures up a record-breaking snow storm, sixteen-year-old Kat LeBlanc finds herself facing an unusual rival in the form of an environmental researcher from Greenland who is drawn to their small town of Norse Falls, Minnesota, by the storm.

    • Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War
      Deborah Ellis

      Explores the plight of Afghanistan's children since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, featuring the stories of two dozen or so children, aged 10 to 17, and their struggles to continue educating themselves and improving their own lives despite living in a country torn by war, violence and oppression.

    • Alphabet of Dreams
      Susan Fletcher

      Fourteen-year-old Mitra, of royal Persian lineage, and her five-year-old brother Babak, whose dreams foretell the future, flee for their lives in the company of the magus Melchoir and two other Zoroastrian priests, traveling through Persia as they follow star signs leading to a newly-born king in Bethlehem.

    • The Bite of the Mango
      Mariatu Kamara

      When Mariatu set out for a neighborhood village in Sierra Leone, she was kidnapped and tortured, and both of her hands cut off. She turned to begging to survive. This heart-rending memoir is a testament to her courage and resilience. 

    • An Infidel in Paradise
      S. J. Laidlaw

      Living in a diplomatic compound in Pakistan with her family, a teenage girl struggles to adapt to the customs of a new country and endures an increasingly dangerous political situation with the help of an enigmatic Muslim classmate.

    • In Darkness
      Nick Lake

      In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, fifteen-year-old Shorty, a poor gang member from the slums of Site Soleil, is trapped in the rubble of a ruined hospital, and as he grows weaker he has visions and memories of his life of violence, his lost twin sister, and of Toussaint L'Ouverture, who liberated Haiti from French rule in the 1804.

    • Jellicoe Road
      Melina Marchetta

      Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, high school student Taylor Markham struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia.

    • Never Fall Down
      Patricia McCormick

      Cambodian child soldier Arn Chorn-Pond defied the odds and used all of his courage and wits to survive the murderous regime of the Khmer Rouge.

    • Trash
      Andy Mulligan

      Fourteen-year-olds Raphael and Gardo team up with a younger boy, Rat, to figure out the mysteries surrounding a bag Raphael finds during their daily life of sorting through trashin a third-world country's dump.

    • Endangered
      Eliot Schrefer

      Sophie is not happy to be back in the Congo for the summer, but when she rescues an abused baby bonobo she becomes more involved in her mother's sanctuary--and when fighting breaks out and the sanctuary is attacked, it is up to Sophie to rescue the apes and somehow survive in the jungle.

    • Between Shades of Gray
      Ruta Sepetys

      In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family; includes a historical note.

    • Code Name Verity
      Elizabeth Wein

      In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

    • Blink & Caution
      Tim Wynne-Jones

      Two teenagers who are living on the streets and barely getting by become involved in a complicated criminal plot, and make an unexpected connection with each other.

    • The Book Thief
      Markus Zusak

      Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.