The Librarian of Auschwitz - Antonio Iturbe, Lilit Thwaites

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Dita is determined to prove to everyone—and herself— that she is brave. But she is facing one of the most disturbingly cruel environments humanity has ever wreaked: Auschwitz. When the handsome Fredy Hirsch offers her a dangerous opportunity to become The Librarian of Auschwitz (Henry Holt, $19.99), guarding the eight books that have been smuggled into the camp, she accepts despite the risk of being caught. Then Dr. Josef Mengele, known as the Angel of Death for his depraved human experiments, tells Dita he has his eye on her. This is a whole new level of terror, and Dita goes to tell Fredy what has happened and ask for his advice when she overhears a conversation that causes her to question her loyalty. Antonio Iturbe interviewed Holocaust survivor Dita Kraus to create a fictionalized account of her experience, a masterful work that translator Lilit Thwaites has now brought to an English-speaking audience. Ages 14-18.


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By Antonio Iturbe, Lilit Thwaites (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781627796187
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 10th, 2017

Disappeared - Francisco X. Stork

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Ever since her best friend Linda was kidnapped by the cartels, Sara has made it her mission to use her voice as a local journalist in Juárez, Mexico to find her. After receiving death threats against herself as well as her mother and brother Emiliano, Sara begins untangling a complex web of lies that make her question those she thought she could trust the most. While Sara dives deeper into Linda’s disappearance and those of other young girls, the lure of the beautiful Perla Rubi pulls Emiliano into the same tangle of criminals hunting his sister. The two must figure out just how far they are willing to go to get what they want. Francisco X. Stork’s nuanced characters and suspenseful plot make Disappeared (Arthur A. Levine, $17.99) an easy choice for readers looking for adventure. Ages 14-18.


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ISBN: 9780545944472
Availability: Backordered
Published: Scholastic Press - September 26th, 2017

You Bring the Distant Near - Mitali Perkins

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Mitali Perkins draws inspiration from her own adolescence for her latest novel, You Bring the Distant Near (Farrar Straus Giroux, $17.99). Sisters Tara and Sonia Das each narrate alternating chapters as they recount their family’s relocations from Ghana to Great Britain and, finally, the United States. While their mother, Ranee, can easily relate to Tara’s love of fashion, Sonia’s fierce independence and passion for social activism stand in conflict with the Bengali traditions Ranee holds dear. Eventually, Sonia’s marriage to a black man causes a seemingly permanent estrangement between mother and daughter. But as years pass and Sonia and Tara’s daughters become the new narrators of this story, Ranee’s relationships with her granddaughters bring about transformations in all three generations of Das women. Although set in the 1970s, this tale of immigration, cultural identity, and family ties is poignantly relevant to our society today. Ages 14-18.


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ISBN: 9780374304904
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 12th, 2017