A quick glance at popular young adult fiction might lead to you believe that it is a purely American product. This kind of thinking is extremely incorrect and can make you miss out on the rich world that is international young adult fiction. Check out these titles from every inhabited continent on Earth.
1. Nobody Cries at Bingo by Dawn Dumont (North America)
This Canadian short story collection portrays everyday life on the Okanese First Nation. It gets beyond reservation stereotypes to tell the story of Dawn, a young woman who loves to read. As Dawn grows, she finds comfort and security among her family, both past and present.
2. City of Beasts by Isabel Allende (South America)
The first young adult novel from the legendary Chilean-American author. Alexander and his grandmother are traveling to Chile as part of a journey to find the Yeti of the Amazon. But Alex and the friends he meets there will discover much more than that, including hidden secrets and new journeys.
3. The Devil is a Part-Timer by Satoshi Wagahara (Asia)
In this Japanese light novel, Satan and one of his generals flee the heroic Emilia through a gate that leads them into modern world. But with this world lacking magic, they can’t get back. Now the devil has to work in a fast-food restaurant in order to pay the bills and survive in this strange new place.
4. Between Sisters by Adwoa Badoe (Africa)
Gloria dreams of becoming a dressmaker, but with her grades and lack of money, this seems unlikely to come true.Then a distant relative offers to send her to dressmaking school in exchange for childcare. With this, Gloria begins a new life in new city full of temptations, hope, and opportunity.
5. On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (Australia)
Taylor leads the boarders in the traditional territorial wars at her school. But now she has much more than games to worry about. Jonah Griggs, a boy she never expected to see again, is back as leader of the cadets. Meanwhile, Hannah, her guardian, has disappeared and the only clue Taylor has is a manuscript Hannah left behind. If she wants to find Hannah, Taylor must confront her own past and she might need Jonah to help her with that.
6. Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd (Europe)
Fergus is digging for peat with his uncle when he comes across the body of a murdered child. As a little voice whispers from the bog and into his dreams, Fergus tries to make sense of the world around him in Ireland in the midst of the Troubles.
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