Saturday, July 9, 2011

On the Map

I have a mission for you.

Next time you're in the library, look for the map on the bulletin board behind the Young Adult Reference Desk.

Now, find a pin to the left of the map and mark a place that you have traveled this summer, whether in reality or through books. Fantasy and science fictional realms are included.

So far the map indicates that you are all quite worldly, though only one person so far has traveled south of the equator.

I dare you to go even more exotic. Try one of these great books:

A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck.

Keeper by Peet Mal:
In an interview with a young journalist, World Cup hero, El Gato, describes his youth in the Brazilian rain forest and the events, experiences, and people that helped make him a great goalkeeper and renowned soccer star.

Spud by John Van de Ruit:
In 1990, thirteen-year-old John "Spud" Milton, a prepubescent choirboy, keeps a diary of his first year at an elite, boys-only boarding school in South Africa, as he deals with bizarre housemates, wild crushes, embarrassingly dysfunctional parents, and much more.

The Conch Bearer by Chitra Divakaruni:
In India, a healer invites twelve-year-old Anand to join him on a quest to return a magical conch to its safe and rightful home, high in the Himalayan mountains.

The White Darkness by Gereldine McCaughrean:
Taken to Antarctica by the man she thinks of as her uncle for what she believes to be a vacation, Symone--a troubled fourteen year old--discovers that he is dangerously obsessed with seeking Symme's Hole, an opening that supposedly leads into the center of a hollow Earth.

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