This week's TTT theme over at Broke and Bookish is Books Set Outside the U.S.
I'll start with the one I am reading right now:
(Afghanistan) Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy. Unabridged audiobook narrated by Arianna Delawari. Scholastic Audio, 2013.
Publisher synopsis: Zulaikha hopes. She hopes for peace, now that the Taliban have been driven from Afghanistan; a good relationship with her hard stepmother; and one day even to go to school, or to have her cleft palate fixed. Zulaikha knows all will be provided for her--"Inshallah," God willing.
(England) The Name of the Blade by Zoe Marriott. Candlewick Press, 2014.
Publisher synopsis: When Mio sneaks the family’s katana — a priceless ancestral sword —from her parents’ attic, she just wants to spice up a costume. But the katana is much more than a dusty antique. Awakening the power within the sword unleashes a terrible, ancient evil onto the streets of unsuspecting London. But it also releases Shinobu, a fearless warrior boy, from the depths of time. He helps to protect Mio — and steals her heart. With creatures straight out of Japanese myths stalking her and her friends, Mio realizes that if she cannot keep the sword safe and learn to control its legendary powers, she will lose not only her own life . . . but the love of a lifetime.
(Scotland) Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray. Unabridged audiobook narrated by Bruce Mann. Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2010.
Publisher synopsis: Ross is dead, and Blake, Sim, and Kenny are furious. To make it right, they steal Ross's ashes and set out from their home on the English coast for the tiny village of Ross in southern Scotland, a place their friend had always wanted to go. What follows is an unforgettable journey with illegal train rides, bungee jumping, girls, and high-speed police chases--all with Ross's ashes along for the ride. As events spin wildly out of control, the three friends must take their heads out of the sand long enough to answer the question: What really happened to Ross?
Keith Gray is an award-winning author from the United Kingdom, making his U.S. debut with this action-packed and darkly humorous novel about friendship and loss.
(England) Half Bad by Sally Green. Half Bad Trilogy #1. 432 p. Penguin Young Readers Group, March 2014.
Publisher synopsis: In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and sixteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?
(England) Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher. 272 p. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, November, 2013.
Publisher synopsis: Dear Mr. S. Harris,
(Africa) The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John.
(Various countries in Europe)Vango: Between Earth and Sky by Timothee de Fombelle. Brilliance Audio, October, 2014.
Publisher synopsis: In a world between wars, a young man on the cusp of taking priestly vows is suddenly made a fugitive. Fleeing the accusations of police who blame him for a murder, as well as more sinister forces with darker intentions, Vango attempts to trace the secrets of his shrouded past and prove his innocence before all is lost. As he crisscrosses the continent via train, boat, and even the Graf Zeppelin airship, his adventures take him from Parisian rooftops to Mediterranean islands to Scottish forests. A mysterious, unforgettable, and romantic protagonist, Vango tells a thrilling story sure to captivate lovers of daring escapades and subversive heroes.
(Australia) I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak. 368 p. Random House Children's Books, February, 2005.
Publisher synopsis: Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He's pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.
That's when the first ace arrives in the mail. That's when Ed becomes the messenger. Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until only one question remains: Who's behind Ed's mission?
(England) The Marvels by Brian Selznick. 672 p. Scholastic Inc., September, 2015.
(Ireland) Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan. 304 p. Candlewick Press, August, 2014.
Publisher synopsis: In a heart-pounding, atmospheric ghost story, a teenage boy must find the resources within himself to save his haunted twin brother.
(Australia) Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. 419 p. HarperCollins Publishers, March, 2010
Publisher synopsis: In this lyrical, absorbing, award-winning novel, nothing is as it seems, and every clue leads to more questions.