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Found in Translation


Look through another's eyes with a book translated from another language. Scroll to the bottom for chapter books and teen fiction.

Picture Books

Over the ocean by Tarō Gomi

A young girl gazes out over the horizon, and wonders what lands lie beyond the ocean, and what the people are like who live in those lands.

As time went by by José Sanabria

A steamship makes a journey across time from luxury and exclusivity, industry and abandonment, to stewardship and inclusion as we see the evolving functions of the ship and the changing faces of the people who cherish it most of all.

Eddie is five and a half and things she is the only one in her family without a special talent. So when she hears her sister say "birthday-Mommy-fluffy-little-squishy," she worries that her sister will give Mom the better present.

On his first vacation without his parents, eight-year-old Myron faces a scary grandfather, teasing older cousins, his first dive off the ten-foot board, and his grandmother's encouragement to write his mother daily, telling her of his adventures.

100 bears by Magali Bardos

Follow the number trail from one to one hundred as hunters pursue some bears from between two mountains, through the city, and into the forest in a silly bear tale.

Ernest and Celestine by Gabrielle Vincent

Ernest, a bear, and Celestine, a mouse, lose Celestine's stuffed bird in the snow.

The ugly duckling by H. C. Andersen

An ugly duckling spends an unhappy year excluded by the other animals before he grows into a beautiful swan.

When Big Wolf decides to surprise Little Wolf in the dead of winter by fetching a little leaf from an otherwise bare tree, both of them are rewarded in different ways by Big Wolf's effort.

Graphic Novels

A grandmother shares the story of her experiences in WWII with her grandchild in this graphic novel for young readers.

When Henrietta's mother gives her a box of colored pencils, she sets out to draw a terrifying and fantastic adventure.

Follows Zaina in the city of Beirut during the civil war in Lebanon.

Words taken from a diary by an unknown French soldier are paired with illustrations depicting the action.

Chapter Books

Adam & Thomas by Aharon Apelfeld

Adam and Thomas, two nine-year-old Jewish boys who survive World War II, take refuge in the forest where they learn to forage and survive, soon meeting and helping other fugitives fleeing for their lives.

The first case by Ulf Nilsson

When Vladimir the squirrel's stockpile of nuts disappears, the portly Detective Gordon deputizes his young, enthusiastic friend Buffy the mouse to help him discover the identity of the thieves.

Mikis and the donkey by Bibi Dumon Tak

Mikis is thrilled when his grandfather buys a new donkey, but soon begins to worry that he is overworking the animal.

Mister Orange by Truus Matti

When his oldest brother, Albie, leaves to fight in World War II, Linus takes over the grocery deliveries. One of his customers is an artist from somewhere in Europe who arranges to have a crate of oranges delivered every other week. Over the course of these deliveries, an intimacy develops between Linus and the man, whom he knows only by the name he gives him, Mister Orange.

The cat who came in off the roof by Annie M. G Schmidt

Minou, formerly a cat but now a woman with many cattish ways, helps Tibbs, a newspaper reporter, with information she gets from her many feline friends.

Soldier bear by Bibi Dumon Tak

An orphaned Syrian brown bear cub is adopted by Polish soldiers during World War II and serves for five years as their mischievous mascot in Iran and Italy. Based on a true story.

The lily pond by Annika Thor

Having left Nazi-occupied Vienna a year ago, thirteen-year-old Jewish refugee Stephie Steiner adapts to life in the cultured Swedish city of Gothenburg, where she attends school, falls in love, and worries about her parents who were not allowed to emigrate.

The last dragon by Silvana De Mari

When his village is destroyed by the torrential waters, Yorsh finds himself suddenly orphaned and alone - the earth's last elf. But he soon learns he is part of a ancient prophecy: When the last dragon and the last elf break the circle, the past and the futhre will meet, and the sun of a new summer will shine in the sky. Now he must find the last dragon and save the world from the Dark Age that has begun.

A faraway island by Annika Thor

In 1939 Sweden, two Jewish sisters wait for their parents to flee the Nazis in Austria, but while eight-year-old Nellie settles in quickly, twelve-year-old Stephie feels stranded at the end of the world, with a foster mother who is as cold and unforgiving as the island on which they live.

My family for the war by Anne C Voorhoeve

Ten-year-old Franziska Mangold escapes Nazi Germany on the kindertransport she boards in Berlin, and when she arrives in London, she takes on the name Frances and struggles with her identity as she pieces together a new life without her family.

Bronze and Sunflower by Wenxuan Cao

Taken in by a poor family in a rural village after the death of her father, Sunflower bonds with the family's only child, Bronze, who has not spoken since being traumatized by a terrible fire.

Teen and Young Adult

The head of the saint by Socorro Acioli

Having arrived in Candeia, Brazil, starving and footsore, after walking sixteen days to fulfill his dying mother's last wishes, young Samuel takes up residence in an enormous, broken statue of Saint Anthony and finds that he can hear the prayers of the townspeople, despite his lack of faith.

On the night of his final vigil before being knighted, Tiuri agrees to deliver an urgent letter to a distant kingdom across the Great Mountains--a journey that will threaten his life and teach him the true meaning of what it is to be a knight.

Misha and his family do their best to survive in the appalling conditions of the Warsaw ghetto during World War II, and ultimately make a final, desperate stand against the Nazis.

Nothing by Janne Teller

When thirteen-year-old Pierre Anthon leaves school to sit in a plum tree and train for becoming part of nothing, his seventh grade classmates set out on a desperate quest for the meaning of life.

An innocent soldier by Josef Holub

Adam is a farmhand conscripted by Napoleon's army, which is gathering strength for its campaign against Russia. Sergeant Krauter makes Adam the victim of his most sadistic urges. But when an aristocratic young lieutenant spots Adam and requisitions him as his personal valet, Adam's life seems to take a turn for the better.

As red as blood by Salla Simukka

When seventeen-year-old loner Lumikki finds a stash of blood-soaked money in her school's dark room, she is swept into a whirlpool of events involving dirty cops and a notorious drug kingpin known for brutality.

Vango : between sky and Earth by Timothée de Fombelle

Becoming a fugitive when he is wrongly accused of murder, an aspiring young priest embarks on a transcontinental journey by train, boat, and airship in search of answers about his shrouded past.

Why we took the car by Wolfgang Herrndorf

Mike Klingenberg is a troubled fourteen-year-old from a dysfunctional family in Berlin who thinks of himself as boring, so when a Russian juvenile delinquent called Tschick begins to pay attention to him and include Mike in his criminal activities, he is excited-- until those activities lead to disaster on the autobahn.

Also available in: e-book

Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine.

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