This Thing Called the Future by Powers, J. L.
School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Khosi, a 14-year-old living in post-apartheid South Africa, is torn between her grandmother's superstitious beliefs in witches and sangomas (healers) and her mother's Western belief in science and medicine. She lives in a shantytown in Pietermaritzburg with Gogo and her younger sister while their mother works in another city and comes home on the weekends. At school, Khosi earns top marks in biology, but she wonders how she c...More
The House Baba Built: An Artist's Childhood in China by Ed Young and Libby Koponen
Book list *Starred Review* With war coming to Shanghai, Young's father did the best he could to protect his wife and children. An engineer, he built a house strong enough to withstand attack and large enough to hold his growing family and, later, others as well. Koponen writes from Young's point of view, creating a portrait of the artist as a growing child and acknowledging the wisdom of his father, Baba. Although war casts a shadow over this memoir, the narrativ...More