The Head of the Saint by Socorro Acioli (Brazil)
After the death of his mother, Samuel arrives in a dying village in order to exact his revenge on the father who never returned. While he searches, he takes shelter in the abandoned head of a giant statue of St. Anthony. Inside he can hear the voices of the women who pray to the saint. And he decides to make a prayer come true. But when the villagers begin believing in his “miracles,” Samuel must decide what it is he believes. An original, character-driven story.
Sixteen-year-old Tiuri is keeping vigil before he is knighted. He cannot speak to anyone all night, nor can he open the chapel door. But when he hears a voice outside asking for help, Tiuri opens the door and soon finds himself on the run, a letter for a neighboring king hidden in his shirt. Tiuri hopes that he can deliver the secret message in time. But he also hopes he has not destroyed his chances of ever becoming a knight. A classic heroic quest.
Fourteen-year-old Lucy Maud Montgomery dreams of attending college and becoming a writer, but her grandfather does not believe in higher education for women. Worse, when she finally goes out west to be with her father again, her new stepmother treats her as nothing more than a nanny. Will Maud ever find a way to follow her dreams? Or will she grow old feeling that her world has grown increasingly smaller? A charming tale based on the life of the author of Anne of Green Gables..
Joshua Pearl was once a prince in love with a fairy. But a jealous and wicked king sundered the two. Now Joshua is exiled to our world, grief his only link back to his home. As he endures WWII and the loss of his only home, he begins to collect the pieces that might break the spell. But time is running out and he worries he will never see his love again. A haunting tale of loss and heartbreak.
Vango: Between Earth and Sky by Timothée de Fombelle (France)
Nineteen-year-old Vango is about to be ordained as a priest when the police come for him. Now on the run, Vango crosses Europe by train, by boat, and by airship, desperately seeking for the secrets of his past. Only then will he learn why he is a wanted man. A gripping, genre-blending adventure sure to have readers screaming for the sequel.
Faith Sunderly and her family move to a small island in the wake of scandal; her father has been accused of forging fossils. When he dies, Faith believes it is murder and set out to find the killer by using the legendary Lie Tree–a tree that feeds on falsehoods and provides secrets in return A gripping story about a science-loving teenager trying to survive in a man’s world.
Twelve-year-old Makepeace has long managed to fend off the spirits who would possess her. But then once sneaks past her guard. Can her terrible secret save her family in a nation about to be torn apart by civil war?
When fourteen-year-old Dita Kraus is imprisoned at Auschwitz, she is asked to guard the eight volumes the other prisoners have managed to smuggle past the guards. This is a moving tale sure to please fans of historical fiction, though some may find the pacing a bit slow. Based on a true story.