You … me too

Blond is for good girls Lu steals a bottle of pink hair dye from the drugstore. Her blond hair must go! Obstinate and gruff as she is, she continuously rubs people up the wrong way. Especially Christopher has it in for her and bullies her at school.  Her only support is her invisible friend Rhys….

The Things We Don’t Talk About

An insightful and authentic narrative Silence is not always golden Mimi collects perhaps-mothers. She stalks and photographs women who resemble her. The hair color, the shape of the nose, the profile of the face. Her own mother allegedly died while giving birth to her. At least, that is what Mimi’s father says, who has raised…

33 Arches and One Teahouse

Little Mehrnousch and her three siblings, children of a surgeon, have a privileged childhood in the lovely city of Isfahan in Iran in the 70s. Like most others, the family celebrates the eviction of the Shah as a fortunate event—little do they expect that the new ruler Ayatollah Chomeini would establish a despotic rule and…

Talitha

15-year-old Talitha and her family live in a village 30 kilometres north of Damaskus. Her father is a doctor, the mother, who used to work as an interpreter, looks after her and her two brothers. Everything is fine until Muslim rebels seize the village, destroy the cloisters and churches and perpetrate a bloodbath one day….

When the Cold Wind Blows

Her father used to show Malena the colourful side of life. But since he has passed away there is only one colour left: the grey that her deeply depressive mother spreads. To the rest of the world, Malena tries to maintain the pretence of an unimpaired and normal everyday life. However, an unexpected letter unhinges…

Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You

Together with her big brother Jando and her little sister Teya, Jeanne is well looked after as she grows up in Rwanda. Her parents—both teachers and members of the Tutsi—educate their children with affectionate rigour. But shortly after Jeanne’s eighth birthday her carefree childhood comes to a sudden end: in April 1994 the Rwandan genocide…

Max and the Space-Time Folding Inversion

Science fiction nerds Max, Willi and Ben discover a light inside the ruinous mansion. Over night, a strange elderly lady seems to have moved in with her daughter Penelope. Penelope, a striking appearance with platinum blonde hair, rouses unknown feelings in Max. But then the boys discover that the girl has triangular hairs with serial…

Sharks Don’t Come Ashore

Twelve-year old Joaquín lives on an island in Lake Nicaragua and thanks to his many jobs his family manages to survive. When he meets the fascinating German girl Rosa, daughter of an ethnologist, he delights in the opportunity to earn a little extra money with interviews given to Rosa’s dad. When Rosa discovers that he…

Nana’s Love

A South African love story The young South African Sonwabiso Ngcowa tells the touching story of the lesbian girl Nana—based on a true story. Nana grows up in poor circumstances in the country, but is cared for by her beloved grandmother. When her grandmother gets into financial difficulties, 14-year-old Nana has to move in with…

Speed of Light

With a father more interested in money than family, a brother in prison, a sister with a secret, and a mother in denial, it’s no wonder Jeff buries himself in the safe world of mathematics. When a storm hits Wellington, a strange old woman is blown into Jeff’s life, challenging everything he thinks is true. by Joy Cowley “A high-drama…

Tales of Fontania

The Travelling Restaurant (vol. 1) The Queen and the Nobody Boy (vol. 2) The Volume of Possible Endings (vol. 3) by Barbara Else The Travelling Restaurant In the reign of Lady Gall (Provisional Monarch of Fontania), the word ‘magic’ is forbidden…  When 12 year old Jasper Ludlow’s parents flee the city, he gets left behind…

Shrimp Season

Having finished high-school on the mainland, Cynthia returns to her native island in the Caribbean. A little paradise, actually: with white beaches and palm trees this is every tourist’s dream. Cynthia’s mother Mathilda runs a restaurant overlooking the most beautiful bay. But what Cynthia experiences and sees during the weeks of shrimp season has little…

Heartstones

It’s a lot to ask: Sam is to go to school on the island of Sylt – far from his home town and friends. Sam’s mother Fe is the reason for the family’s move. Fe comes from Rwanda and fled her country during the genocide that took place 17 years ago. Her trauma has now…

Romeo and Jabulile

Jabulile, a 13 year-old girl in a South-Afrikan township, is the star of her soccer team. One day, when she has shot a spectacular goal, a boy she has never seen before comes to congratulate her. He turns out to be one of the many refugees who have come from Simbabwe because of hunger and…

Nobody Will Ever Kill Me

In this moving and gripping tale of his life, Mbu recounts his childhood growing up in the shacks of some of the poorest townships in the Eastern and Western Cape; the battle to survive hunger, neglect and sleeping on the streets; the beloved older brother who took care of him as a toddler; the unwavering…