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Jacob Glatstein.  Emil & Karl.  (Austria)

In Vienna, Austria, in 1940, two nine-year-old boys, one Jewish and one Aryan, are classmates and best friends when events of the Nazi occupation draw them even closer together as they fight to survive and escape together.

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Louise Borden. The Greatest Skating Race. (Belgium)

During World War II in the Netherlands, a ten-year-old boy’s dream of skating in a famous race allows him to help two children escape to Belgium by ice skating past German soldiers and other enemies.

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Arthur Dorros. Under the Sun.  (Bosnia)

Chronicles the harrowing journey of Ehmet, a thirteen-year-old boy from Sarajevo who gets caught up in the ethnic conflicts in the former Yugoslavia.

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Jonathon Stroud. The Golem’s Eye. (Czech Republic)

In their continuing adventures, magician’s apprentice Nathaniel, now fourteen years old, and the djinni Bartimaeus travel to Prague to locate the source of a golem’s power before it destroys London.

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Robert Elmer.  A Way Through the Sea. (Denmark)

In 1943, when the Germans plan to send all Danish Jews to prison camps, Peter and Elise, eleven-year-old twins, face danger trying to help their Jewish friend Henrik escape to Sweden.

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Ludwig Bemelmans. Madeline.   (France)

Madeline, smallest and naughtiest of the twelve little charges of Miss Clavel, wakes up one night with an attack of appendicitis.

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Adam Gopnik. The King in the Window. (France)

Eleven-year-old Oliver, an American boy residing in Paris, discovers, much to his astonishment, that phantoms live within the windowpanes and have selected Oliver to lead a war against the “soul-stealers” that inhabit mirrors.

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Andreas Steinhofel. The Spaghetti Detectives. (Germany)

Living with his mother in a Berlin apartment house, Rico, a young boy with ADHD, enjoys playing detective games but when his friend Oscar suddenly disappears, possibly taken by a serial kidnapper, Rico determines to use his skills to find his friend.

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Marianne Hering. Revenge of the Red Knight. (Great Britain)

Eight-year-old cousins Patrick and Beth find themselves in 1450’s England during the War of the Roses, where they discover the missing treasures and meet the person who has been sending notes through the Imagination Station.

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Robert Louis Stevenson. The Black Arrow. (Great Britain)

An exciting portrait of England during the War of the Roses, this is a adventure of battle, intrigue, deception, kidnapping, spies, rogues, heroes, and villains.

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Lynn Hazan. Mermaid Mary Margaret. (Greece)

Eleven-year-old Mary Margaret takes a cruise through the Greek Isles with her recently widowed grandmother and keeps a journal of her adventures.

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Kate Seredy.  The Good Master.   (Hungary)

Two cousins spend an adventurous summer on a ranch on the Hungarian plains.

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Gloria Whelan. Megan’s Year.  (Ireland)

Ten-year-old Megan Brady tells of her family’s lifestyle, spending summers traveling in a caravan through the Irish countryside getting work where they can, and winters in Dublin so the children can attend school.

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Donna Jo Napoli. Three Days.  (Italy)

When her father suddenly dies while on a business trip leaving her alone on an Italian highway, eleven-year-old Jackie worries what will happen when she is picked up by two men with unknown motives.

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Katherine Paterson. The Day of the Pelican. (Kosovo)

In 1998 when the Kosovo hostilities escalate, thirteen-year-old Meli’s life as an ethnic Albanian, changes forever after her brother escapes his Serbian captors and the entire family flees from one refugee camp to another until they are able to immigrate to America.

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Lenny Hort. The Boy Who Held Back the Sea. (Netherlands)

By blocking a leaking hole in the dike, a young boy saves his town from destruction.

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Michael Emberley. Welcome Back, Sun.  (Norway)

During “murketiden,” the dark months between September and March, a Norwegian girl and her family try to hasten the arrival of spring.

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Jerry Spinelli. Milkweed.  (Poland)

He’s a boy called Jew. Gypsy. Stopthief. Runt. Happy. Fast. Filthy son of Abraham. He’s a boy who lives in the streets of Warsaw. He’s a boy who steals food for himself and the other orphans. He’s a boy who believes in bread, and mothers, and angels. He’s a boy who wants to be a Nazi some day, with tall shiny jackboots and a gleaming Eagle hat of his own. Until the day that suddenly makes him change his mind. And when the trains come to empty the Jews from the ghetto of the damned, he’s a boy who realizes it’s safest of all to be nobody.

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Arthur Ransome. The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship.  (Russia)

When the Czar proclaims that he will marry his daughter to the man who brings him a flying ship, the Fool of the World sets out to try his luck and meets some unusual companions on the way. 1969 Caldecott Medal winner.

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Elvira LIndo. Manolito Four-Eyes.   (Spain)

Recounts the exploits of the irrepressible Manolito as he navigates the world of his small Madrid neighborhood, along with his grandpa, his little brother, and his school friends.

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Astrid Lindgren. Pippi Goes to School.  (Sweden)

After Tommy and Annika entice Pippi into going to school, her first-and-only day there is unlike anything they ever expected.

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Johanna Spyri. Heidi. (Switzerland)

A Swiss orphan is heartbroken when she must leave her beloved grandfather and their happy home in the mountains to go to school and to care for an invalid girl in the city.

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