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Global Reads: Teen Books Set Abroad

Global Reads: Teen Books Set Abroad

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Published by kelly jensen
Want to read a story set in another land? Look no further!
Want to read a story set in another land? Look no further!

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Published by: kelly jensen on Apr 28, 2011
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by John van de Ruit South Africa. In 1990, 13-year-old choir-

Students Across the Seven Seas (series)
This series of books follow girls who are studying abroad in a wide variety of foreign countries, including China, Russia, Australia, Italy, and more. They’re written by more than one author, but they all look pretty similar, so you can spot them on the shelf easily.

boy John “Spud” Milton keeps a diary of his first year at an elite, boys-only boarding school in South Africa, where he deals with bizarre housemates, wild crushes, embarrassingly dysfunctional parents, and more.

Beneath My Mother’s Feet
by Amjed Qamar

Pakistan . When her father is injured, 14year-old Nazia is pulled away from her school, her friends, and her preparations for an arranged marriage, to help her mother clean houses in a wealthy part of Karachi, Pakistan, where she finally rebels against the destiny that is planned for her.

Once Upon a Time (series)
This series of books retells classic and foreign fairy tales. You can read tales set in Japan, Italy, the Middle East, and more. They’re written by more than one author, but they all look similar, so you can spot them on the shelf easily.

Bamboo People
by Mitali Perkins

Burma/Myanmar. Two Burmese boys, one a Karenni refugee and the other the son of an imprisoned Burmese doctor, meet in the jungle. In order to survive, they must learn to trust each other.

by Carolyn Meyer

Italy. While her tyrannical family is out of favor in Italy, young Catherine de Medici is raised in convents, then in 1533, when she is 14, her uncle, Pope Clement VII, arranges for her marriage to the prince Henri of France, who is destined to become king.

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A Little Wanting Song
by Cath Crowley Australia. One Australian summer, two

Anna and the French Kiss
by Stephanie Perkins France. When Anna’s romance-novelist father

by Andy Mulligan Philippines. 14-year-old Raphael and Gardo

very different 16-year-old girls — Charlie, a talented but shy musician, and Rose, a confident student longing to leave her tiny town — are drawn into an unexpected friendship, as told in alternating voices. more.

sends her to an elite American boarding school in Paris for her senior year, she reluctantly goes and meets an amazing boy who becomes her best friend, in spite of the fact that they both want something

team up with a younger boy, Rat, to figure out the mysteries surrounding a bag Raphael finds during their daily life of sorting through trash in a third-world country’s dump.

by Roland Smith

The Book Thief
by Marcus Zusak

The Fetch
by Laura Whitcomb

Nepal and China. A 14-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.

Russia. After 350 years as a Fetch — a Germany. Trying to make sense of the hor-

Red Glass
by Laura Resau

rors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel — a young German girl whose book-stealing and storytelling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

death escort — Calder breaks his vows and enters the body of Rasputin, whose spirit causes rebellion in the Land of Lost Souls while Calder struggles to convey Ana and Alexis, orphaned in the Russian Revolution, to Heaven.

Mexico and Guatemala. 16-year-old Sophie has been frail and delicate since her premature birth, but discovers her true strength during a journey to Mexico, where the 6-year-old orphan her family hopes to adopt was born, and to Guatemala, where her would-be boyfriend hopes to find his mother and plans to remain.

The Agency: A Spy in the House
by YS Lee

Toads and Diamonds
by Heather Tomlinson

by Marcus Sedgwick

England. Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan and thief Mary Quinn is offered a place at Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls where she is trained to be a part of an all-female investigative unit called The Agency and at age 17, she infiltrates a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships.

India. A retelling of the Perrault fairy tale set in pre-colonial India, in which two stepsisters receive gifts from a goddess and each walks her own path toe find her gift’s purpose, discovering romance along the way.

Finland. 15-year-old Sig is shocked to see a hole in the frozen lake outside his family’s cabin and to find his father’s corpse nearby. Why did Einer steer his dog sled across the lake instead of taking the safer route? Sig’s sister and stepmom go for help, leaving Sig alone with Einar’s body in the cabin. Soon after, an armed stranger barges in, demanding a share of Einar’s stolen gold.

The Uninvited Blood Ninja
by Nick Lake by Tim Wynne Jones

Japan. After his father is murdered and a ninja saves his life, Taro discovers the connection between ninjas and vampires and finds himself being dragged into a bitter conflict between the rival lords ruling Japan.

Canada . After a disturbing freshman year at NYU, Mimi is happy to get away to her father’s remote Canadian cottage, only to discover a stranger living there who has never heard of her father and who is convinces Mimi is responsible for leaving sinister tokens around the property.

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