International Banned Book: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

All Quiet on the Western Front (German: Im Westen nichts Neues, lit. 'In the West Nothing New') is a novel by Erich Maria Remarque, a German veteran of World War I. The book describes the German soldiers' extreme physical and mental stress during the war, and the detachment from civilian life felt by many of these … Continue reading International Banned Book: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

International Publisher Spotlight: dtv Verlagsgesellschaft

dtv is one of the largest independent publishers in the German language and our titles are regularly guests on the top of the bestselling lists. dtv was originally founded in 1960 with the sole purpose of publishing paperback licences. Nowdays, 70% of the books stem from dtv’s own authors. 400 titles are published each year, … Continue reading International Publisher Spotlight: dtv Verlagsgesellschaft

YA Title Pick: Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf

A beautifully written, darkly funny coming-of-age story from an award-winning, bestselling German author making his American debut. Mike Klingenberg doesn't get why people think he's boring. Sure, he doesn't have many friends. (Okay, zero friends.) And everyone laughs at him when he reads his essays out loud in class. And he's never invited to parties … Continue reading YA Title Pick: Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf

USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Anton Can Do Magic by Ole Könnecke

Anton wants to do some magic. He wants to make something disappear... First Anton tries to make a tree vanish, but it s too big. He manages to make a bird disappear, and even his friend Luke. But where did Luke go? Anton Can Do Magic is a perfectly simple and hilarious picture book about … Continue reading USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Anton Can Do Magic by Ole Könnecke

Review: The Three Old Ladies’ Tea by Friedrich Glauser

The Three Old Ladies’ Tea opens with a young man appearing at a tram stop in the middle of the night, where he begins undressing before collapsing into a coma-like state, all while a policeman looks on uncomprehendingly. And in these opening paragraphs, we find the template by which Friedrich Glauser will continue to draw … Continue reading Review: The Three Old Ladies’ Tea by Friedrich Glauser

USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: As Time Went By by José Sanabria

2017 Batchelder Honor Book and ALA Notable Book Once upon a time there was a ship that sailed beside the sun with very important people on board. The spirit of reinvention – and the importance we place on things – is beautifully expressed in José Sanabria’s visually evocative story. A steamship makes a journey across … Continue reading USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: As Time Went By by José Sanabria

Self-Published Title Pick: The Three Old Ladies’ Tea by Friedrich Glauser

At two a.m. a young man appears in the Geneva city center with symptoms of poisoning. Soon afterward he dies in the hospital, and days later a pharmacist is fatally poisoned as well. Suspicion falls on a prominent professor who enjoys great local esteem, but is addicted to morphine and was in close contact with … Continue reading Self-Published Title Pick: The Three Old Ladies’ Tea by Friedrich Glauser

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

A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in a Conquered City by Anonymous

by Karen Van Drie This is a very compelling wartime diary of what a women experienced living in Berlin at the end of World War II. The keeper of this diary, which she originally published anonymously, describes the daily struggle to stay alive as her national leaders, nation-state, and city fell to an invading Soviet … Continue reading A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in a Conquered City by Anonymous

Fade to Black by Zoë Beck

WEDNESDAY 1. No one walks through London with a machete.       Unless you count the two men passing him just now. Niall had already wrapped up taking pictures of the spot where the Effra River had once emptied into the Thames, when one of the two men looked back at him. The man’s gaze lingered … Continue reading Fade to Black by Zoë Beck