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The Things We Don’t Talk About

The Things We Don’t Talk About

An insightful and authentic narrative Silence is not always golden Mimi collects perhaps-mothers. She stalks and photographs women who resemble her. The hair color, the shape of the nose, the profile of the face. Her own mother allegedly died while giving birth to her. At least, that is what Mimi’s father says, who has raised […]

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Talitha

Talitha

by Carolin Philipps 15-year-old Talitha and her family live in a village 30 kilometres north of Damaskus. Her father is a doctor, the mother, who used to work as an interpreter, looks after her and her two brothers. Everything is fine until Muslim rebels seize the village, destroy the cloisters and churches and perpetrate a […]

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When the Cold Wind Blows

When the Cold Wind Blows

by Michaela Holzinger Her father used to show Malena the colourful side of life. But since he has passed away there is only one colour left: the grey that her deeply depressive mother spreads. To the rest of the world, Malena tries to maintain the pretence of an unimpaired and normal everyday life. However, an […]

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Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With Y...

by Hanna Jansen Together with her big brother Jando and her little sister Teya, Jeanne is well looked after as she grows up in Rwanda. Her parents—both teachers and members of the Tutsi—educate their children with affectionate rigour. But shortly after Jeanne’s eighth birthday her carefree childhood comes to a sudden end: in April 1994 […]

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Max and the Space-Time Folding Inve...

Max and the Space-Time Folding Inversion

by Frank Schlender Science fiction nerds Max, Willi and Ben discover a light inside the ruinous mansion. Over night, a strange elderly lady seems to have moved in with her daughter Penelope. Penelope, a striking appearance with platinum blonde hair, rouses unknown feelings in Max. But then the boys discover that the girl has triangular […]

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Sharks Don’t Come Ashore

Sharks Don’t Come Ashore

by Karin Bruder Twelve-year old Joaquín lives on an island in Lake Nicaragua and thanks to his many jobs his family manages to survive. When he meets the fascinating German girl Rosa, daughter of an ethnologist, he delights in the opportunity to earn a little extra money with interviews given to Rosa’s dad. When Rosa […]

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Nana’s Love

Nana’s Love

by Sonwabiso Ngcowa A South African love story The young South African Sonwabiso Ngcowa tells the touching story of the lesbian girl Nana—based on a true story. Nana grows up in poor circumstances in the country, but is cared for by her beloved grandmother. When her grandmother gets into financial difficulties, 14-year-old Nana has to […]

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Speed of Light

Speed of Light

by Joy Cowley  With a father more interested in money than family, a brother in prison, a sister with a secret, and a mother in denial, it’s no wonder Jeff buries himself in the safe world of mathematics. When a storm hits Wellington, a strange old woman is blown into Jeff’s life, challenging everything he thinks is true. A high-drama […]

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Dunger

Dunger

by Joy Cowley  William and Melissa have been roped into helping their old hippie grandparents fix up their holiday home in the middle of the Sounds. They’ll have no electricity, no cellphone reception, and only each other for company. As far as they’re concerned, this is not a holiday. A highly readable new pre-teen novel […]

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iX-Mission Scrapyard

iX-Mission Scrapyard

by Ina Krabbe   A brilliant story about two boys, their friendship and the power of the imagination. Milo and Jannis accidentally witness an assault on old Geronimo in his scrapyard. Before Geronimo lapses into a coma, he asks the boys to look after iX and the others. But who on earth is iX? And who […]

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Tales of Fontania

Tales of Fontania

The Travelling Restaurant (vol. 1) The Queen and the Nobody Boy (vol. 2) The Volume of Possible Endings (vol. 3) by Barbara Else The Travelling Restaurant In the reign of Lady Gall (Provisional Monarch of Fontania), the word ‘magic’ is forbidden…  When 12 year old Jasper Ludlow’s parents flee the city, he gets left behind […]

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Shrimp Season

Shrimp Season

by Hanna Jansen Having finished high-school on the mainland, Cynthia returns to her native island in the Caribbean. A little paradise, actually: with white beaches and palm trees this is every tourist’s dream. Cynthia’s mother Mathilda runs a restaurant overlooking the most beautiful bay. But what Cynthia experiences and sees during the weeks of shrimp […]

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Heartstones

Heartstones

It’s a lot to ask: Sam is to go to school on the island of Sylt – far from his home town and friends. Sam’s mother Fe is the reason for the family’s move. Fe comes from Rwanda and fled her country during the genocide that took place 17 years ago. Her trauma has now […]

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Romeo and Jabulile

Romeo and Jabulile

by Lutz van Dijk  Jabulile, a 13 year-old girl in a South-Afrikan township, is the star of her soccer team. One day, when she has shot a spectacular goal, a boy she has never seen before comes to congratulate her. He turns out to be one of the many refugees who have come from Simbabwe […]

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Shorty. The Professor and the Littl...

Shorty. The Professor and the Little Monkey

by Andrea Hensgen  Professor Bob Nelly is a biologist, his special subject is the behaviour of monkeys. On a small island he has built himself a little hut, well hidden in the wood. His hiding place is only a few hundred metres away from a bay, where a horde of macaques has settled. Bob Nelly […]

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Buddha’s Secret

Buddha’s Secret

by Andrea Liebers  Somewhere in an Indian village the earth begins to tremble in the middle of the night. The siblings Siri and Tissa run into the open. They watch the earth’s tremors with fascination and find out the reason for the earth quake from an old man on the following day: The death of […]

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Nobody Will Ever Kill Me

Nobody Will Ever Kill Me

by Mbu Maloni  In this moving and gripping tale of his life, Mbu recounts his childhood growing up in the shacks of some of the poorest townships in the Eastern and Western Cape; the battle to survive hunger, neglect and sleeping on the streets; the beloved older brother who took care of him as a […]

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