The Batchelder Award is given to the year’s most outstanding children’s book originally published in a foreign language and then translated into English.

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A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return (Single Titles)
Zeina Abirached

BIOGRAPHY GRAPHIC ABIRACHED

Living in the midst of civil war in Beirut, Lebanon, Zeina and her brother face an evening of apprehension when their parents do not return from a visit to the other side of the city.


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The Crow-Girl: The Children of Crow Cove (Mildred L Batchelder Honor Book (Awards))
Bodil Bredsdorff

J BREDSDORFF

After the death of her grandmother, an orphaned young girl leaves her house by the cove and begins a journey which leads her to people and experiences that exemplify the wisdom her grandmother had shared with her.


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Eidi: The Children of Crow Cove (The Children of Crow Cove Series)
Bodil Bredsdorff

J BREDSDORFF

Eidi leaves her mother and stepfather in Crow Cove to live in a nearby village, where she meets the much younger Tink and rescues him from the abusive man he has been living with.


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Big Wolf and Little Wolf
Nadine Brun-Cosme

E BRUN-COSME

Big Wolf has always lived alone at the top of a hill under a tree, so when a little wolf suddenly arrives one day, he does not know what to think.


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Son of a Gun
Anne de Graaf

J DEGRAAF

Eight-year-old Liberian Lucky, his ten-year-old sister Nopi, and their schoolmates are kidnapped and forced to become child soldiers, but even after they escape along with some other children and are reunited with their parents, their lives will never be the same. Includes chapter about Liberia.


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Nicholas
René Goscinny,Jean-Jacques Sempé

J GOSCINNY

This contains 19 escapades about a mischievous schoolboy and his friends. The expertly translated text is enlivened by artwork by a New Yorker cartoonist to create the unforgettable milieu of Nicholas and his rowdy friends.


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How I Became an American
Karin Gundisch

J GUNDISCH

In 1902, ten-year-old Johann and his family, Germans who had been living in Austria-Hungary, board a ship to immigrate to Youngstown, Ohio, where they make a new life as Americans.


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Garmann's Summer
Stian Hole

JE HOLE

Garmann is afraid of school starting, but as he quizzes the adults in his life, he realizes that everyone is afraid of something.


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Mister Orange
Truus Matti

HIST TEEN MATTI

The year: 1943. The place: Manhattan. Linus Muller works at the family grocery store in the east 70s. When his oldest brother, Albie, leaves to fight in World War II, Linus takes over the grocery deliveries. One of his customers is an artist from somewhere in Europe who arranges to have a crate of oranges delivered every other week. Over the course of these deliveries, an intimacy develops between Linus and the man, whom he knows only by the name he gives him, Mister Orange. In the peacefulness of Mister Orange’s spare kitchen, they discuss the war, the future, freedom and imagination. Through these conversations, Linus begins to grow up as he wrestles with the realities of war and the place of comic books, superheroes and the imagination in human life.


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The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins
Bea Uusma Schyffert

SCIENCE SPACE JNF SCH

A biography of the astronaut, Michael Collins, who circled the moon in the Apollo 12 space capsule while his colleagues Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module and walked on the moon.


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The Shadows of Ghadames
Joelle Stolz

J STOLZ

At the end of the nineteenth century in Libya, eleven-year-old Malika simultaneously enjoys and feels constricted by the narrow world of women, but an injured stranger enters her home and disrupts the traditional order of things.


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A Faraway Island
Annika Thor

HIST J THOR

In 1939 Sweden, two Jewish sisters wait for their parents to flee the Nazis in Austria, but while eight-year-old Nellie settles in quickly, twelve-year-old Stephie feels stranded at the end of the world, with a foster mother who is as cold and unforgiving as the island on which they live.


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My Family for the War
Anne C. Voorhoeve

HIST TEEN VOORHOEVE

Before the start of World War II, ten-year-old Ziska Mangold, who has Jewish ancestors but has been raised as a Protestant, is taken out of Nazi Germany on one of the Kindertransport trains, to live in London with a Jewish family, where she learns about Judaism and endures the hardships of war while attempting to keep in touch with her parents, who are trying to survive in Holland.


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