BOOKS

Young Adult Fiction
Can Patrik and his family escape their totalitarian country before they are found out?
multicultural middle grade fiction
In Baghdad, war is being waged all around Talib and Nouri. Can these two Iraqi boys solve their own war and live in peace with each other?
Living in the Mayan jungle, Rosalba knows nothing about the 2012 prophesy of the end of the world. Then sophisticated Alicia comes from Mexico City to tell her all about it...
Susana and Pina grow up in an Italian orphanage Will either find a parent?
Can a white boy and an African boy keep their friendship in a changing world?
Overnight, Tinh's Vietnamese village is destroyed by a cyclone. How can Tinh make things right for himself and his family?
Binh's Ameican aunt is coming to her Vietnamese village. Will she bring the riches that Binh longs for?
Gregory has to leave the Navajo reservation for the big city of Tucson.
Why won't the new Chinese girl be Ginny's friend?
In this sequel to The Gold-Threaded Dress, Oy must again make a decision. In the talent show will she do what others want or be true to herself?
What if your best friend is also your biggest rival?
Will Noi be sent to the factory to work, or can she learn to paint umbrellas? Will a young artist be able to pursue her gift?
Gloria wakes up on Christmas morning to find that Mama is going to work instead of taking her to Nana's house in Mexico to celebrate.
Oy, a Thai immigrant, has to decide what she will give up to fit in. What would you do if the most popular girl demanded that you bring or special dress to school, or else?

Susana and Pina grow up in an Italian orphanage. Will either find a parent?

AWARDS
Booklist-- Top Ten Historical Novels of 2010
Top Ten Spiritual and Religious Novels of 2010
Editors' Choice of 2010

Parents' Choice Summer 2010 Books Award

REVIEWS
Booklist-- STARRED REVIEW
Marsden, who has written about children in Asia and Africa, now goes somewhere different, both in time and place: Italy after World War II... Marsden often puts crafts like sewing or crocheting into her stories, and in many respects she is like a master craftsman, using words instead of stitches for her deceptively simple design. The embellishments come in the sensory details of life in the orphanage, on the street, and with the particulars of religious life.There is even a touch of mysticism when the orphans are taken to a mass conducted by the sainted Padre Pio. Perhaps it is he who performs Pina’s miracle, but in any case, his well-known philosophic statement beautifully sums up this book: “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.”
— Ilene Cooper

Publishers' Weekly:
Take Me with You Carolyn Marsden. Candlewick, $14.99 (176p) ISBN 978-0-7636-3739-2
Marsden (The Gold-Threaded Dress) again deftly weaves a multicultural thread into her fiction... It's a poignant novel, enriched by expressive writing and credible characters. Ages 10–up. (Mar.)

HOW I GOT THE IDEA

My friend, Daniella, grew up in an orphanage after World War II in Naples, Italy. For several years, she told me stories of her life as an orphan. One Christmas Day, I said, "Daniella, let's go ahead and write this story!" Because she had so many interesting details and anecdotes, it was hard for me to create a plot. I finally had to get rid of one of the most intriguing elements-- a miniature baby that fit in the pocket of the nun's habit. The girls called the child Bambolina and took care of her like a "living doll." Bambolina never grew taller than about three feet and died at age fourteen. I had to leave this fascinating bit out of my story since it proved to be very distracting.