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USBBY Outstanding International Title Pick: The Last Execution by Jesper Wung-Sung

Based on the chilling true story of the last execution in Denmark’s history, this award-winning, mesmerizing novel asks a question that plagues a small Danish town: does a fifteen-year-old boy deserve to be put to death? On February 22, 1853, a fifteen-year-old Niels Nelson is prepared to be executed on Gallows Hill. The master carpenter … Continue reading USBBY Outstanding International Title Pick: The Last Execution by Jesper Wung-Sung

Publisher Spotlight: Candied Plums

Candied Plums is an independent publisher founded in 2016. We are dedicated to sharing inspiring and creative contemporary Chinese picture books with not only Mandarin learners but also picture book lovers. With a deep commitment to the best quality, we select, translate and publish English picture books, as well as bilingual (Simplified Chinese-English) ones. This … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Candied Plums

Self-Published Title Pick: Then She was Born by Christiano Gentili

Then She Was Born is more than a novel. It’s an international human rights campaign supported by eleven Nobel Peace Prize laureates, the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis. Based on an inconceivable reality for many in the world today, Then She Was Born combines the drama and redemption of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner with … Continue reading Self-Published Title Pick: Then She was Born by Christiano Gentili

Excerpt: You’ve Got Grave Issues by Nilufar Sharipova

The Literary Man Rostislav Illarionovich Buning, the magnificent pedagogue and English literature expert, has died. This literary man was the kind of bon vivant you can’t find anymore. He was always dressed to the nines: a silk scarf around his neck, a flower in his buttonhole… and his manners! They just don’t make gentlemen like … Continue reading Excerpt: You’ve Got Grave Issues by Nilufar Sharipova

Self-Published Title Pick: You’ve Got Grave Issues by Nilufar Sharipova

You’ve Got Grave Issues is a collection of short, humorous stories unified by a single theme: everyday life in the cemetery. The events described take place in the Soviet and early post-Soviet period. The stories are observations of people whose lives are inextricably linked to the cemetery. They work, live, and pray there. Every single … Continue reading Self-Published Title Pick: You’ve Got Grave Issues by Nilufar Sharipova

Publisher Spotlight: Bitter Lemon Press

Launched in 2003, we are a London based independent publisher. Under the Bitter Lemon Press imprint we aim to bring our readers high quality thrillers and other contemporary crime fiction books from abroad. We are dedicated to the crime genre and publish dark, sexy and often humorous novels that expose the seamier side of society. … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Bitter Lemon Press

USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Armstrong: A Mouse on the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann

A long time ago a mouse learned to fly . . . and crossed the Atlantic. But what happened next? Torben Kuhlmann's stunning new book transports readers to the moon and beyond! On the heels of Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse comes Armstrong: A Mouse on the Moon—where dreams are determined only by … Continue reading USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Armstrong: A Mouse on the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann

USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Bicycling to the Moon by Timo Parvela

In Bicycling to the Moon, Purdy the cat and Barker the dog live together in a sky-blue house on top of a hill. Barker likes the garden. He wants only to dig, to scratch up the earth and turn it over. But Purdy has big dreams: he wants to fly south with the birds, win … Continue reading USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Bicycling to the Moon by Timo Parvela

Title Pick: A Spare Life by Lidija Dimkovska

“Lidija Dimkovska enriches our contemporary museum of literary wonders with her powerful, grotesque, weird details and episodes told within the merry old novelistic tradition.” — Dubravka Ugrešić, author of Baba Laid an Egg A coming-of-age saga of two sisters, with an incredible twist… It is 1984, and twelve-year-old twins Zlata and Srebra live in communist … Continue reading Title Pick: A Spare Life by Lidija Dimkovska

Words Without Borders International Queer Issue and Teaching Recommendations

This month, the magazine Words Without Borders has published its 8th queer issue, and WWB Campus is featuring two stories with suggested pairings from our site and resources: From Turkey, we have a piece of graphic literature named after the battle-cry of the LGBTI (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex) movement in Turkey: “Where are you … Continue reading Words Without Borders International Queer Issue and Teaching Recommendations