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  1. 0.2 hrs • 11/5/2013 • Unabridged

    Frances and Ginger Park, authors of both children’s books and young adult novels, based this inspiring and deeply affecting tale on their own mother’s childhood. Winner of the International Reading Association Award, My Freedom Trip features a courageous girl named Soo who makes a desperate bid for freedom by journeying from North Korea to South Korea. Her father awaits across the border, but to achieve her new life, Soo must leave her mother behind.

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    My Freedom Trip

    0.2 hrs • 11/5/13 • Unabridged
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  2. 4.5 hrs • 11/1/2013 • Unabridged

    This heartwarming fictionalized autobiography tells the story of what it is like for a little girl to be growing up in an unfamiliar place. While other girls her age were enjoying childhood in America, Jean Fritz was in China in the midst of political unrest. During this time, foreigners were becoming more and more unpopular, and evacuation at a moment’s notice was imminent. Although Jean appreciated the beauty of China—the mountains, the countryside, the sea—she knew she belonged in America and longed to make her home there.

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    Homesick by Jean Fritz

    Homesick

    4.5 hrs • 11/1/13 • Unabridged
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  3. 3.6 hrs • 6/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Third Sister in the Tao family, Ailin has watched her two older sisters go through the painful process of having their feet bound. In China in 1911, all the women of good families follow this ancient tradition. But Ailin loves to run away from her governess and play games with her male cousins. Knowing she will never run again once her feet are bound, Ailin rebels and refuses to follow this torturous tradition. As a result, however, the family of her intended husband breaks their marriage agreement. And as she enters adolescence, Ailin finds that her family is no longer willing to support her. Chinese society leaves few options for a single woman of good family, but with a bold conviction and an indomitable spirit, Ailin is determined to forge her own destiny. Her story is a tribute to all those women whose courage created new options for the generations who came after them.

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    Ties That Bind, Ties That Break

    3.6 hrs • 6/1/13 • Unabridged
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  4. 6.9 hrs • 1/22/2013 • Unabridged

    When Sherlock and Amyus Crowe, his American tutor, visit Sherlock’s brother Mycroft in London, what they find shocks both of them to the core: a locked room, a dead body, and Mycroft holding a knife. The police are convinced Mycroft is a vicious murderer, but Sherlock is just as convinced he is innocent. Threatened with the gallows, Mycroft needs Sherlock to save him. The search for the truth necessitates an incredible journey, from a railway station for the dead in London all the way to the frozen city of Moscow—where Sherlock is entangled in a world of secrets and danger. In Andrew Lane’s Black Ice, the unstoppable teenage sleuth undertakes his third fantastic adventure, as one deadly puzzle leads only to another. Sherlock Holmes: Think you know him? Think again.

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  5. 5.4 hrs • 10/2/2012 • Unabridged

    The moon is missing from the remote Village of Clear Sky, but only a young boy named Rendi seems to notice! Rendi has run away from home and is now working as a chore boy at the village inn. He can’t help but notice the village’s peculiar inhabitants and their problems—where has the innkeeper’s son gone? Why are Master Chao and Widow Yan always arguing? What is the crying sound Rendi keeps hearing? And how can crazy, old Mr. Shan not know if his pet is a toad or a rabbit? But one day, a mysterious lady arrives at the Inn with the gift of storytelling, and slowly transforms the villagers and Rendi himself. As she tells more stories and the days pass in the Village of Clear Sky, Rendi begins to realize that perhaps it is his own story that holds the answers to all those questions. Newbery Honor author Grace Lin brings readers another enthralling fantasy filled with Chinese folklore, fascinating characters, and exciting new adventures.

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    Starry River of the Sky

    5.4 hrs • 10/2/12 • Unabridged
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  6. 7.2 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    In the heart of Calcutta lurks a dark mystery. On a dark night in the 1930s, an English lieutenant fights to save newborn twins Ben and Sheere from an unthinkable threat. Despite monsoon-force rains and terrible danger lurking around every corner of the streets of Calcutta, the young lieutenant manages to get them to safety, but not without losing his own life. Years later, on the eve of Ben and Sheere’s sixteenth birthday, the mysterious threat reenters their lives. This time it may be impossible to escape. With the help of their brave friends, the twins will have to take a stand against the terror that watches them in the shadows of the night, and face the most frightening creature in the history of the City of Palaces.

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    The Midnight Palace

    7.2 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  7. 4.6 hrs • 8/9/2011 • Unabridged

    The unlikely heroes of the Cockroach Ryu face their greatest danger yet—a warrior seeking revenge against his former teacher, Sensei Ki-Yaga. The White Tiger Temple is under threat. To help the Shaolin monks, Sensei KiYaga and the whole gang of samurai kids—from Niya Moto, the boy with one leg to Taji, the boy who is blind—embark on a perilous journey across the Sea of Japan to China. But soon they discover that getting there is only half the battle. A great danger awaits them: a former student of Sensei named Qing-Shen, China’s Warrior, now the most skilled soldier in the Middle Kingdom. But Qing-Shen is also a man with a vendetta against his onetime teacher. Could there be anyone more dangerous? The samurai kids must train in the ways of the Shaolin monks before facing him. But will they be able to protect the temple and their beloved Sensei?

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    Samurai Kids #3: Shaolin Tiger

    4.6 hrs • 8/9/11 • Unabridged
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  8. 4.4 hrs • 4/26/2011 • Unabridged

    It is 1918, six months after the end of World War I, and Rosalind awaits the return of her father from the war. While it is common practice for British children in India to be packed off to boarding school at the age of six, Rosalind is unusual because she lives and is schooled in India because her mother insists. The heart of this penetrating story is Rosalind’s coming of age—set against the hardship of life for the Indian people, Rosalind’s daily life in India, the rise of Ghandi, and Rosalind’s coming to make her own decisions and become her own person.

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    Small Acts of Amazing Courage

    4.4 hrs • 4/26/11 • Unabridged
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  9. 5.5 hrs • 12/21/2010 • Unabridged

    For years, Ying hated his grandmaster for denying him the opportunity to train as a dragon and held a deep resentment for his five younger brothers—grandmaster’s favorites. He took his revenge and burnt the Cangzhen temple to the ground, but the five youngsters survived and continue to be a thorn in his side. Yet, when betrayed by the emperor and imprisoned, it was his younger sister, Hok, who rescued him. Now Ying begins to realize that Tonglong has been manipulating him for a long time. Ying needs to figure out who are his friends and who are his enemies … and he needs to figure it out fast!

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    Eagle

    5.5 hrs • 12/21/10 • Unabridged
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  10. 4.7 hrs • 1/5/2010 • Unabridged

    Y’Tin is known throughout his Vietnam village as being brave, possessing the calm and courage needed to expertly train wild elephants. But when American troops—who Y’Tin’s tribe, the Dega, have been helping—pull out of the Vietnam War and his village is occupied by Viet Cong forces seeking revenge, twelve-year-old Y’Tin watches his life change in a million terrible ways. His bravery is put to a new test: He must choose between staying captive or saving his elephant’s life by fleeing into the dangerous depths of the jungle. At once heartbreaking and full of hope, A Million Shades of Gray brings listeners close to a world few know about—and no one will ever forget.

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    A Million Shades of Gray

    4.7 hrs • 1/5/10 • Unabridged
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