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Childhood: Books for or about children in different cultures around the wor

Description: List created to help planning the Q2 2021 Reading Globally theme read. Please feel free to add anything you think might be relevant, ideally adding a comment to say why you think so!

Members: 16 participating members (show all)

All members' list: [1] 2 3 4Sort: Score | Title | Author | Date
1
3,967 members, 171 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: cindydavid4 (2), markon (3), kidzdoc (11), spiphany

Score: 10.41

Explanations:

markon (3): Told from the perspective of a 15-yo girl, the child of a family in which her father is a devout Christian & respected businessman on the outside & a rigid & violent man in the household.… (more)

2
656 members, 9 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: thorold (3), cindydavid4 (6), kidzdoc (6), markon (11)

Score: 10.35

Explanations:

kidzdoc (6): author's childhood in Nigeria

3
1,828 members, 38 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: thorold (4), cindydavid4 (7), kidzdoc (7), markon (12)

Score: 9.9

Explanations:

thorold (4): Growing up in Zimbabwe

4
633 members, 20 reviews
3.38 stars (3.38 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (1), cindydavid4 (3), spiralsheep (5)

Score: 9.71

Explanations:

Dilara86 (1): Growing up in West Africa, in the first part of the 20th century

spiralsheep (5): Classic autobiographical novel of childhood in colonial French Guinea. Note: my copy is titled The African Child.

5
6,058 members, 237 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: cej1027 (1), markon (1), nrmay (31)

Score: 9.7

Explanations:

nrmay (31): coming of age in Tehran

6
192 members, 5 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: cindydavid4 (1), Dilara86 (3), spiphany

Score: 8.85

Explanations:

Dilara86 (3): A Kyrgyz childhood

7
1,671 members, 29 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: cindydavid4 (4), markon (6), merrystar

Score: 8.75

Explanations:

merrystar (1): a childhood in Australia

8
4,499 members, 78 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: thorold (2), cindydavid4 (5), kidzdoc (5)

Score: 8.71

Explanations:

thorold (2): Rushdie’s take on the Arabian Nights

9
537 members, 79 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

Lists: cej1027 (2), spiralsheep (2), cindydavid4 (22)

Score: 8.57

Explanations:

spiralsheep (2): Children's book about the first female drummer in Cuba.

10
4,771 members, 318 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: cej1027 (3), ahef1963 (3), cindydavid4 (29)

Score: 7.8

11
18,274 members, 333 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (2), cindydavid4 (8), spiphany

Score: 7.55

12
1,039 members, 26 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: thorold (5), kidzdoc (8), cindydavid4 (9)

Score: 7.36

Explanations:

thorold (5): First part of Coetzee’s fictionalised autobiography

13
68 members, 4 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: thorold (6), kidzdoc (9), cindydavid4 (10)

Score: 7.12

Explanations:

thorold (6): Small boy in PR Congo

14
76 members, 0 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (1), LolaWalser

Score: 7.04

Explanations:

ahef1963 (1): I used to own a copy of this. I bought it as a child at the Russian exhibit at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. I wonder where this book is now?… (more)

LolaWalser (4): Russian/Soviet children's classic by a great modernist writer (not a children's author). Made into a play, film, ballet etc.

15
290 members, 5 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: kidzdoc (4), cindydavid4 (11), spiphany

Score: 6.83

Explanations:

kidzdoc (4): Author's account of his childhood in colonial Kenya

16
58 members, 7 reviews
3.28 stars (3.28 stars)

Lists: karenb (1), cej1027 (4)

Score: 6.83

Explanations:

karenb (1): A young kid being a kid in Côte d'Ivoire, in a series of vignettes. Akissi is Aya's young sibling.

17
2,617 members, 117 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: thorold (8), kidzdoc (10), cindydavid4 (12)

Score: 6.78

Explanations:

kidzdoc (10): lovely story about a young girl and her grandmother on a small island in the Gulf of Finland

19
1,613 members, 22 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (7), nrmay (14), cindydavid4 (23)

Score: 6.35

Explanations:

Dilara86 (7): Or any other book from Dorling Kindersley's Children Just Like Me series

20
539 members, 27 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: markon (8), cindydavid4 (14), spiphany

Score: 6.25

Explanations:

markon (8): Coming of age in Nigeria during civil war. Ijeoma learns that love between girls/women is taboo.

21
1,633 members, 34 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: thorold (9), cindydavid4 (15), spiphany

Score: 6.15

Explanations:

spiphany (18): Adventures in 1920s Germany. Kästner also wrote an autobiographical text about growing up in pre-WWI Dresden, "When I Was a Little Boy", as well as numerous other classic children's books.… (more)

22
512 members, 2 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)

Lists: markon (9), cindydavid4 (17), spiphany

Score: 6.09

Explanations:

spiphany (21): How the modern concept of childhood emerged in the first place.

23
30 members, 0 reviews
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: markon (10), cindydavid4 (16), spiphany

Score: 6.06

Explanations:

spiphany (26): Because the idea of "childhood" as a separate phase of life isn't the same everywhere or at all periods of history

24
1,054 members, 10 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: merrystar (2), cej1027 (5)

Score: 6.04

Explanations:

merrystar (2): Children in rural Sweden; a wonderful book by the author of Pippi Longstocking

25
563 members, 33 reviews
3.33 stars (3.33 stars)

Lists: kidzdoc (1), cindydavid4 (18)

Score: 5.94

Explanations:

kidzdoc (1): 2020 Booker International Prize novel narrated by a young girl in a family in grief after the accidental death of the oldest son.

26
196 members, 6 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: thorold (1), cindydavid4 (19)

Score: 5.92

Explanations:

thorold (1): Germany, 1930s, perfect title for this theme!

cindydavid4 (19): Really that is a perfect tite for this theme!

27
8,198 members, 186 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: markon (2), thorold (7), cindydavid4 (20), spiphany

Thumbs down: spiralsheep, LolaWalser

Score: 5.52

Explanations:

thorold (7): You don’t have to approve, but it is the book that gave millions of westerners an idea of what it might be like to be a child in India

28
1,496 members, 17 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: merrystar (4), cej1027 (6)

Score: 5.38

Explanations:

merrystar (4): Fictionalized autobiography of an American child living in China

29
900 members, 26 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: kidzdoc (2), cindydavid4 (21)

Score: 5.23

Explanations:

kidzdoc (2): A group of reform school boys are forced to fend for themselves after their community is evacuated due to a plague

30
2,254 members, 68 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: markon (5), cej1027 (7)

Score: 5.13

Explanations:

markon (5): First in a children's series written by Native American about Native Americans.

31
740 members, 12 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: markon (4), thorold (10)

Score: 5.08

32
592 members, 37 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: karenb (2), cindydavid4 (36)

Score: 5

33
1,290 members, 41 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: karenb (3), spiphany

Score: 4.85

Explanations:

karenb (3): A young Maori girl in Aoteroa New Zealand. (The movie was based on this book.)

34
1,149 members, 205 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: nrmay (7), cej1027 (8)

Score: 4.84

Explanations:

nrmay (7): children in Japanese-occupied Korea, WWII era.

35
180 members, 6 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: merrystar (3), cindydavid4 (26)

Score: 4.81

Explanations:

merrystar (3): Autobiography of the author's childhood in British-ruled India

cindydavid4 (26): Her Far Pavillions is one of my all time fav books and itself a book that could be included in the theme. This title looks very interestijg and i want to read it… (more)

36
1,211 members, 59 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (4), spiphany

Score: 4.64

37
15 members, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (5), spiphany

Score: 4.48

Explanations:

Dilara86 (5): Mongolian childhood

38
811 members, 176 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: cej1027 (9), nrmay (12)

Score: 4.46

Explanations:

nrmay (12): Japanese family flees Korea at the end of WWII.

39
302 members, 1 review
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: cej1027 (10), nrmay (16)

Score: 4.25

41
2,772 members, 73 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: jburlinson (1)

Score: 4

42
2,069 members, 56 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: nrmay (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

nrmay (1): Arranged-marriage in India. National Book Award winner. YA

43
426 members, 6 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: Ifland (1)

Score: 4

44
5 members, 0 reviews

Lists: Tess_W (1)

Score: 4

45
3 members, 0 reviews

Lists: spiralsheep (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

spiralsheep (1): Childhood in El Salvador.

46
2,178 members, 18 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: kidzdoc (12), spiphany

Score: 3.96

Explanations:

kidzdoc (12): semi-autographical account of a childhood in Algeria

47
980 members, 49 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: kidzdoc (13), spiphany

Score: 3.91

Explanations:

kidzdoc (13): A group of brothers in Nigeria disobey their father's instructions and fish in a dangerous section of their town's river

48
861 members, 12 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: thorold (12), cindydavid4 (28)

Score: 3.89

49
268 members, 21 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: kidzdoc (14), spiphany

Score: 3.88

Explanations:

spiphany (19): Teenage Russian immigrant in Germany; several other books by the author feature teenage protagonists, e.g. "Just Call Me Superhero".

50
1,010 members, 27 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: cej1027 (11), cindydavid4 (34)

Score: 3.85

51
208 members, 6 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: nrmay (15), spiphany

Score: 3.84

Explanations:

nrmay (15): teenage boy in Damascus, Syria. YA

52
1,467 members, 61 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: cej1027 (12), cindydavid4 (32)

Score: 3.83

53
97 members, 3 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: thorold (13), nrmay (32)

Score: 3.79

54
826 members, 6 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: cindydavid4 (24), spiphany

Score: 3.61

55
419 members, 9 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: nrmay (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

nrmay (2): India. YA

56
135 members, 14 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: jburlinson (2)

Score: 3.36

57
131 members, 5 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

Dilara86 (2): Hampâté Bâ's childhood memoirs

58
3,112 members, 177 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: LolaWalser

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

LolaWalser (6): American childhoods. African American boys in Alabama who were sent to juvenile institutions, often for little reason, and subject to abuse.

59
2,440 members, 99 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: nrmay (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

nrmay (3): Afghanistan. 1st of 4 in the series.

60
1,395 members, 29 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: spiralsheep (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

spiralsheep (3): Novel about growing up in Antigua.

61
956 members, 15 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: LolaWalser

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

LolaWalser (5): Gorky's masterpiece, lyrical and brutal, with a grandmother as magnificent and important as Proust's.

62
635 members, 31 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: LolaWalser

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

LolaWalser (1): Fantastic series of graphic novels about a Franco-Arab boy's childhood between Libya, Syria and France.

63
337 members, 40 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: kidzdoc (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

kidzdoc (3): A 9 yo Mauritian boy of Indian emigrants befriends another boy of his age, who is also an emigrant from another, very troubled, background.

64
89 members, 5 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: LolaWalser

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

LolaWalser (2): Abdeslam, a Moroccan boy of 11 and a runaway narrates his adventures. The story was shaped by Paul Bowles, who "discovered" Mrabet.

65
62 members, 2 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: jburlinson (3)

Score: 3.04

66
8 members, 0 reviews

Lists: LolaWalser

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

LolaWalser (3): An unusual work within the opus of the Caribbean (Trinidad) Marxist historian C. L. R. James.

67
1,480 members, 28 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: nrmay (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

nrmay (4): Africa. Newbery Honor Book. YA

68
461 members, 15 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: jburlinson (4)

Score: 2.83

69
440 members, 30 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: spiralsheep (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

spiralsheep (4): Novel about a privileged childhood in Burundi disrupted by civil war.

70
177 members, 11 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

Dilara86 (4): Tuvan-Mongolian childhood

71
1,084 members, 17 reviews
3.34 stars (3.34 stars)

Lists: jburlinson (5)

Score: 2.68

72
199 members, 9 reviews
4.6 stars (4.6 stars)

Lists: nrmay (5)

Score: 2.68

Explanations:

nrmay (5): Teens fleeing Guatemala. YA

73
1,023 members, 35 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: nrmay (6)

Score: 2.56

Explanations:

nrmay (6): Teenage girl in Nigeria.

74
173 members, 22 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: spiralsheep (6)

Score: 2.56

Explanations:

spiralsheep (6): Mythic children's fantasy. Mexican author and illustrator.

75
22 members, 0 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (6)

Score: 2.56

Explanations:

Dilara86 (6): Children growing up in an Angolan shanty town

76
8 members, 2 reviews
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: spiralsheep (7)

Score: 2.46

Explanations:

spiralsheep (7): Children's retelling of a traditional Greenlandic Inuit story.

77
2,851 members, 147 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: nrmay (8)

Score: 2.38

Explanations:

nrmay (8): children in Sudan.

78
47 members, 1 review
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: spiralsheep (8)

Score: 2.38

Explanations:

spiralsheep (8): Children's story by Nicaraguan author. Translated into several languages.

79
2,561 members, 156 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: nrmay (9)

Score: 2.31

Explanations:

nrmay (9): Nepali girl sold into sexual slavery in India. YA

80
23 members, 0 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: spiralsheep (9)

Score: 2.31

Explanations:

spiralsheep (9): Children's story by the first woman Pacific Islander to publish a book. Frisbie also wrote the autobiographical novel Frisbees of the South Seas.

81
416 members, 11 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: spiralsheep (10)

Score: 2.25

Explanations:

spiralsheep (10): Children's book. I've never read this but am assured by RG members LW and AM that it's good.

82
281 members, 4 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: nrmay (10)

Score: 2.25

Explanations:

nrmay (10): Jewish children in German-occupied France, WWII. And others by Matas.

83
657 members, 32 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: nrmay (11)

Score: 2.2

Explanations:

nrmay (11): Hindu child living during the 1947 partition of India. Newbery Honor Book.

84
12 members, 1 review
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: spiralsheep (11)

Score: 2.2

Explanations:

spiralsheep (11): Children's book set in what is now the Central African Republic. I haven't read it but it's reputedly a classic.

85
4,314 members, 336 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: nrmay (13)

Score: 2.11

Explanations:

nrmay (13): Lithuanian family sent to Siberian labor camp, WWII. YA

86
7 members, 0 reviews
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: cej1027 (13)

Score: 2.11

87
138 members, 10 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: nrmay (17)

Score: 1.97

Explanations:

nrmay (17): 12-year-old boy in Bolivia. Sequel is [Sacred Leaf]

88
276 members, 1 review
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: nrmay (18)

Score: 1.94

89
86 members, 9 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: nrmay (19)

Score: 1.92

Explanations:

nrmay (19): gay teenage girls in Iran. YA

90
1,508 members, 36 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: nrmay (20)

Score: 1.89

Explanations:

nrmay (20): young girl in Pakistan; 1st in a series. YA

91
373 members, 12 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: nrmay (21)

Score: 1.87

Explanations:

nrmay (21): Refugee Afghan girl in Pakistan. YA

92
92 members, 2 reviews
3.2 stars (3.2 stars)

Lists: nrmay (22)

Score: 1.85

Explanations:

nrmay (22): young boy in war-torn Cambodia.

93
1,600 members, 34 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: nrmay (23)

Score: 1.83

Explanations:

nrmay (23): Ireland during the Potato Famine, 1845. 2 more in the series.

95
1,531 members, 24 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1.81

96
1,267 members, 38 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1.81

97
553 members, 25 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: nrmay (24)

Score: 1.81

Explanations:

nrmay (24): child labor in Pakistani carpet factories.

98
520 members, 31 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1.81

99
476 members, 20 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1.81

100
460 members, 19 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1.81

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