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Culture Shock

The world can be a big and scary place with cultures that are drasticaly different than our own. Sometimes these differences can make it easy to forget that real people, much like ourselves, live there. Read these fiction books and see how it is to live in another country.


Kingdom of the Golden Dragon
Kingdom of the Golden Dragon

Sixteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his grandmother, a writer for a geography magazine, to the remote Forbidden Kingdom in the Himalayas to help locate a sacred statue of a golden dragon before it is stolen by a greedy outsider.


A Time of Miracles
A Time of Miracles

In the early 1990s, a boy with a mysterious past and the woman who cares for him endure a five-year journey across the war-torn Caucasus and Europe, weathering hardships and welcoming unforgettable encounters with other refugees searching for a better life.


Borrowed Light
Borrowed Light

Calisto is a 16 year old Australian girl, who has a difficult time finding her place within her own dysfunctional family. An unplanned pregnancy makes life even more difficult as Calisto is forced to stop living in the shadows and make drastic changes.


Jellicoe Road
Jellicoe Road

Seventeen-year old orphan Taylor is put in charge of the Jellicoe School in the annual territory war between her school, the Townies, and the military cadets. As the violent war is carried out in the Australian bush, Taylor learns about her complicated pass as she becomes close with the leader of the cadets.


Never Fall Down
Never Fall Down

This heartbreaking novel is based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pon, a Cambodian boy who was only 11 years old when the Communist Khmer Rouge came into power. Arn is separated from his family, sent to a labor camp and eventually forced to become a soldier. Never Fall Down is a story of the power of the human spirit in the face of tremendous adversity.


You & You & You
You & You & You

Young Anon, who marches to the beat of a different drummer in galoshes to protect himself from radiation, touches the lives of all around him, resulting in disillusionment, loss, love, and more than a few surprises.


Bamboo People
Bamboo People

Two Burmese boys, one a Karenni refugee and the other the son of an imprisoned Burmese doctor, meet in the jungle and in order to survive they must learn to trust each other.


Captives
Captives

When two families are kidnapped while vacationing on a Caribbean island, they come to understand something of the island's political backdrop and the events that fuel their captors' actions.


Between Shades Of Gray
Between Shades Of Gray

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil.


Chanda's Wars
Chanda's Wars

Chandra Kabelo, a teenaged African girl, must save her younger siblings after they are kidnapped and forced to serve as child soldiers in General Mandiki's rebel army.