It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist-books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
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Seven interwoven narratives spanning three tense hours on a fateful day explore the pain and pathos of a generation of teens on the brink, including a girl whose rare memory condition causes her to re-experience the traumas of the Boston Marathon bombing, an honor student struggling over an unrequited love and a girl about to embark on a cross-country ploy.
When a violin prodigy who has lost everything wakes up on a ship in another time period, a man who wants to escape a life of servitude is forced to confront his past while keeping his former captors from claiming a stolen object of untold value.
Writing a letter to a heartbroken boy to explain why she pushed him away, Cassie asks for his forgiveness while reflecting on her father's anger over their relationship, the reasons for her occasional disappearances and the traumatic long-ago night that she does not want to remember. By the award-winning author of In Darkness.
Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation
A brilliant but troubled high school student pretends to engage in sports activities and uses his artistic talents to document his voyage to the world's most southern point while his friends observe his increasingly unbalanced behavior.
Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.
Having been raised in near isolation by her naturalist mother, Aslaug is left feeling out of place when her mother dies suddenly, she is thrown into a world she doesn't understand, and she becomes a suspect in her mother's demise.
In the world of Down, young sisters Summer and Bird are separated and go in very different directions as they seek their missing parents, try to vanquish the evil Puppeteer, lead the talking birds back to their Green Home, and discover the identity of the true bird queen.
In 1932 Berlin, Gaby Schramm witnesses the beginning of Hitler's rise to power, as soldiers become ubiquitous and the family's friend, Albert Einstein, leaves the country while Gaby's parents bury his books and papers in their small yard.
In 1961 after Castro has come to power in Cuba, fourteen-year-old Lucia and her seven-year-old brother are sent to the United States when her parents fear that the children will be taken away from them as others have been.
Following a stray football to the other side of a wall where there is a dark secret, Standish Treadwell, a boy who is ostracized for his illiteracy and different-colored eyes, discovers astonishing truths about a heralded moon landing that the overseeing Motherland, a ruthless regime, is determined to hide.
A companion volume to Boxers graphically depicts China's 1898 Boxer Rebellion from the perspective of a young Christian convert and neglected fourth daughter who struggles with divided loyalties that compel her to make the ultimate sacrifice for her faith.
Becoming a fugitive when he is wrongly accused of murder, an aspiring young priest embarks on a transcontinental journey by train, boat and airship in search of answers about his shrouded past. By the author of Toby Alone.