When a nonprofit organization called Save the Girls pairs a fourteen-year-old Sudanese refugee with an American teenager from Richmond, Virginia, the pen pals teach each other compassion and share a bond that bridges two continents.
Three children on the run; Abdul from Iraq, Cheslav from Russia and Rosalia is Roma who doesn’t have a country to call her own. All three have escaped brutal childhoods and cruelties and are now on the run to a better life. They meet in Calais late at night on a smuggler’s boat, bound for England. The smuggler is ruthless, the night is dark and frightening and not everything will go to plan. Will they make it to England and what will happen if they get there?
Orphaned as a young boy in the rainforests of Borneo, Bujang is brought up by a family of orangutans. But his future has been decided for him by Sengalang Burong, the Iban warpath god. He must become a warrior and a headhunter.
Thirteen year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking she is going to work as a maid in the city. However, she has been sold into the sex slave industry in India, and she struggles to survive as her hopes of escape fade away.
Inspired by a true story. Mirabel, a 17 year-old Australian-born Chinese girl, falls in love with a handsome Chinese soldier stationed in Melbourne during World War II. Only after JJ is re-posted to China does Mirabel discover that she is pregnant. Unable to contact JJ and refusing to give her baby up for adoption, Mirabel and little Bao Bao flee to Shanghai. But China is in the throes of civil war and the Communist army is advancing...Will Mirabel find JJ before it's too late?
In Cairo, fifteen-year-old Aaron makes a living out of gathering garbage; as a member of the despised Zabbaleen, this is his fate. But Aaron has dreams. Every day he dreams of Rachel. He dreams that they will make a life together, far from the smells, cruelty and squalor of their daily existence.
New Guinea Moon: Julie has grown up not knowing her father. When she comes to stay with him one long summer, she learns to appreciate not only her long-lost father and his love of flying, but also New Guinea itself and the people she meets.