Journey to Far-Away Lands with Books from Around the World!

Journey to Far-Away Lands with Books from Around the World!
Tricia Fraser

Do you want to expand your horizons with international perpectives? Check out these books! 

We want our books to be as diverse as our student body! That's why we work to have books from racially diverse authors and perspectives. Here are some young adult fiction titles featuring authors, characters, and settings from around the world. 

Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

Simi is a mermaid in the 1400's off the shore of West Africa, and slaves are being thrown off of ships on their way to the new world. Simi saves the life of one of the boys thrown overboard and then must journey to the Supreme Creator to get forgiveness for breaking his decrees. What follows is a fantasy journey through the world of African mythology, written by Natasha Bowen who is Nigerian and Welsh. 

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
In a world inspired by ancient Arabia, seventeen-year-old huntress Zafira must disguise herself as a man to seek a lost artifact that could return magic to her cursed world. (Follett.) 
A fascinating fantasy written by a young Muslim author. 

The Red Palace by June Hur

While investigating a series of grisly murders, eighteen-year-old palace nurse Hyeon navigates royal and political intrigue and becomes entangled with a young police inspector. (Follett.) Set in Korea in 1758, this historical mystery by Korean author, June Hur, offers us a glimpse into a setting not often found in many English fiction books. 

Forward Me Back to You by Mitali Perkins

Perkins is an Christian Indian author who loves to write stories that cross cultures. In this selection, Kat and Robin leave Boston on a church mission to help combat human trafficking in India while Kat recovers from a sexual assault and Robin seeks his birth mother. (Follett.) I was impressed with how well Perkins handles the difficult issues raised in the this book while keeping it appropriate for young readers. 

Thorn by Intisar Khanani

What starts as a retelling of the fairytale, The Goose Girl, continues on into a rich saga which deals with trafficking, disabilities, abuse and other important topics. These are all woven into a beautiful and powerful trilogy, by Pakistani author, Intisar Khanani. 


Happy Reading and Merry Christmas!

Mrs. Tricia Fraser





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