#WorldKidLit Wednesday: The Wild Book

I love a sweet first-love story. Here’s one set in Mexico in summer that is bound to charm a middle grader near you. The Wild Book by Juan Villoro, translated by Lawrence Schimel, features a thirteen-year-old boy named Juan whose summer begins in the worst possible way: with news of his parents’ divorce. He learns … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: The Wild Book

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Meet Translator Avery Fischer Udagawa

Meet my wonderful co-#WorldKidLitWednesday blogger, Avery Fischer Udagawa! Avery grew up in Kansas and has lived in Bangkok, Thailand, for over a dozen years.  But does she translate from Thai into English? No! That would be far too straightforward a situation for this busy, accomplished translator.   Avery is a multiply published translator of Japanese … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Meet Translator Avery Fischer Udagawa

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Mister Orange

Who is Mister Orange? And why is this quiet, moving book named after him? Written by award-winning Dutch author and editor, Truus Matti, and beautifully translated by another award-winner, Laura Watkinson, Mister Orange won the Netherlands' 2012 Silver Slate Pencil Award and the American Library Associations's 2014 Mildred L. Batchelder Award. The story begins in … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Mister Orange

Excerpt: The Greenest Wind by Gesine Schulz

Chapter 1Goodbye, California “No, No, NO!” Lucy screamed, clapping her ears shut.     Her mother pulled Lucy’s hands down and held them tightly.     “Sweetheart, please try to understand,” she said. “It’s the perfect opportunity for me to spend a few weeks with Kurt. He called just a little while ago and I had to … Continue reading Excerpt: The Greenest Wind by Gesine Schulz

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Bronze and Sunflower

“Bronze’s family was like an old cart that has rolled for years along bumpy roads and through wind and rain. The axles need grease, the wheels need fixing, the parts seem a bit loose and the cart creaks forward, as though everything is a big effort. But it still works, and it still gets to … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Bronze and Sunflower

Maria Parr

Today I would like to introduce you to the works of Norwegian author Maria Parr. Born in 1981, she writes children's books and works as a teacher. She has won several awards for her books. The hilarious story about Trille and Lena growing up in Mathildewick was first translated by Guy Puzey and published as … Continue reading Maria Parr

The Crossing: My Journey to the Shattered Heart of Syria

  '[...] she held out a hand above my head. "Do you swear by God that you'll tell the world what I have to say?" she                            asked. "I swear." "Swear by the thing you hold most dearly deep in your heart." I swore quietly, and as her palm came down on my head … Continue reading The Crossing: My Journey to the Shattered Heart of Syria

No Knives in the Kitchens of This City

Review by: Lindsey Hilsum Channel 4 News' International Editor Most western TV viewers know Aleppo as a violent, divided, destroyed city where children covered in bomb dust cry amongst jagged ruins, or are rushed to makeshift hospitals along debris-strewn streets. Khaled Khalifa’s Aleppo, by contrast, is a place of alleyways and elegant perfume stores, of … Continue reading No Knives in the Kitchens of This City

A Month of Turkish Literature via Global Literature in Libraries Initiative

https://www.ted.com/talks/ann_morgan_my_year_reading_a_book_from_every_country_in_the_world By Karen Van Drie, Editor of Turkish Literature Month for Global Literature in Libraries Like a lot of people who love to read, I was captivated by Ann Morgan's reading innovation of reading a book from every country in the world. What a cool idea! Short of visiting every nation in the world, how … Continue reading A Month of Turkish Literature via Global Literature in Libraries Initiative

‘A Tale Within A Tale’ by Ahmet Ümit

The author Ahmet Ümit writes: ‘’The tales in this book, I heard from my mother. My mother heard them from a storyteller nearly sixty years ago. It seems my grandfather never thought twice about hiring a storyteller to warm the cockles of his little girl's heart. She listened to many stories, though she couldn't always … Continue reading ‘A Tale Within A Tale’ by Ahmet Ümit