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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
3,655 members, 164 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 10.45

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
604 members, 9 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 10.35

Explanations:

kidzdoc (6): author's childhood in Nigeria

3
1,682 members, 33 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

Score: 9.9

Explanations:

thorold (4): Growing up in Zimbabwe

4
581 members, 19 reviews
3.36 stars (3.36 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
179 members, 5 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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

Score: 8.89

Explanations:

Dilara86 (3): A Kyrgyz childhood

6
1,602 members, 28 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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

Score: 8.75

Explanations:

merrystar (1): a childhood in Australia

7
4,262 members, 79 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

8
17,525 members, 323 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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

Score: 7.59

9
986 members, 26 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

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

Score: 7.36

Explanations:

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

10
60 members, 4 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

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

Score: 7.12

Explanations:

thorold (6): Small boy in PR Congo

11
76 members, 0 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 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.

12
258 members, 5 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

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

Score: 6.87

Explanations:

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

13
2,351 members, 108 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

15
1,437 members, 20 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 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

16
460 members, 22 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

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

Score: 6.29

Explanations:

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

17
1,501 members, 31 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

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)

18
485 members, 2 reviews
3.53 stars (3.53 stars)

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

Score: 6.13

Explanations:

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

19
27 members, 0 reviews
3 stars (3 stars)

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

Score: 6.1

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

20
409 members, 22 reviews
3.24 stars (3.24 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.

21
181 members, 6 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 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!

22
5,553 members, 223 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: markon (1), nrmay (31)

Score: 5.7

Explanations:

nrmay (31): coming of age in Tehran

23
7,562 members, 172 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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

Thumbs down: spiralsheep, LolaWalser

Score: 5.56

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

24
863 members, 24 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

25
436 members, 68 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: spiralsheep (2), cindydavid4 (22)

Score: 5.21

Explanations:

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

26
699 members, 12 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: markon (4), thorold (10)

Score: 5.08

27
554 members, 38 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: karenb (2), cindydavid4 (36)

Score: 5

28
1,200 members, 40 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: karenb (3), spiphany

Score: 4.89

Explanations:

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

29
168 members, 6 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 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)

30
3,822 members, 273 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (3), cindydavid4 (29)

Score: 4.76

31
1,163 members, 59 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (4), spiphany

Score: 4.68

32
15 members, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (5), spiphany

Score: 4.52

Explanations:

Dilara86 (5): Mongolian childhood

34
2,618 members, 69 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: jburlinson (1)

Score: 4

35
1,923 members, 55 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: nrmay (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

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

36
412 members, 6 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: Ifland (1)

Score: 4

37
40 members, 6 reviews
3.19 stars (3.19 stars)

Lists: karenb (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

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

38
4 members, 0 reviews

Lists: Tess_W (1)

Score: 4

39
0 members, 0 reviews

Lists: spiralsheep (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

spiralsheep (1): Childhood in El Salvador.

40
2,030 members, 16 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: kidzdoc (12), spiphany

Score: 4

Explanations:

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

41
893 members, 46 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: kidzdoc (13), spiphany

Score: 3.95

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

42
257 members, 20 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: kidzdoc (14), spiphany

Score: 3.92

Explanations:

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

43
819 members, 10 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: thorold (12), cindydavid4 (28)

Score: 3.89

44
195 members, 3 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: nrmay (15), spiphany

Score: 3.88

Explanations:

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

45
95 members, 3 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: thorold (13), nrmay (32)

Score: 3.79

46
770 members, 7 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: cindydavid4 (24), spiphany

Score: 3.65

47
921 members, 10 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: merrystar (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

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

48
408 members, 9 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: nrmay (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

nrmay (2): India. YA

49
126 members, 5 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

Dilara86 (2): Hampâté Bâ's childhood memoirs

50
123 members, 14 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: jburlinson (2)

Score: 3.36

51
2,392 members, 153 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.

52
2,191 members, 97 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: nrmay (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

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

53
1,305 members, 29 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: spiralsheep (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

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

54
881 members, 14 reviews
4 stars (4 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.

55
560 members, 29 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.

56
320 members, 38 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 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.

57
88 members, 5 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 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.

58
58 members, 2 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: jburlinson (3)

Score: 3.04

59
7 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.

60
1,347 members, 26 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: nrmay (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

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

61
1,343 members, 17 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: merrystar (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

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

62
421 members, 14 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: jburlinson (4)

Score: 2.83

63
381 members, 24 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: spiralsheep (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

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

64
163 members, 10 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

Dilara86 (4): Tuvan-Mongolian childhood

65
1,994 members, 60 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: markon (5)

Score: 2.68

Explanations:

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

66
987 members, 16 reviews
3.31 stars (3.31 stars)

Lists: jburlinson (5)

Score: 2.68

67
103 members, 6 reviews
4.73 stars (4.73 stars)

Lists: nrmay (5)

Score: 2.68

Explanations:

nrmay (5): Teens fleeing Guatemala. YA

68
639 members, 27 reviews
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: nrmay (6)

Score: 2.56

Explanations:

nrmay (6): Teenage girl in Nigeria.

69
157 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.

70
19 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

71
1,054 members, 203 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: nrmay (7)

Score: 2.46

Explanations:

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

72
5 members, 1 review
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: spiralsheep (7)

Score: 2.46

Explanations:

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

73
2,296 members, 141 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: nrmay (8)

Score: 2.38

Explanations:

nrmay (8): children in Sudan.

74
38 members, 1 review
4.67 stars (4.67 stars)

Lists: spiralsheep (8)

Score: 2.38

Explanations:

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

75
2,411 members, 153 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

76
24 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.

77
368 members, 8 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 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.

78
252 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.

79
526 members, 29 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: nrmay (11)

Score: 2.2

Explanations:

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

80
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.

81
759 members, 176 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: nrmay (12)

Score: 2.15

Explanations:

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

82
3,839 members, 321 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: nrmay (13)

Score: 2.11

Explanations:

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

83
249 members, 1 review
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: nrmay (16)

Score: 2

84
137 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]

85
246 members, 1 review
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: nrmay (18)

Score: 1.94

86
78 members, 8 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: nrmay (19)

Score: 1.92

Explanations:

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

87
1,453 members, 36 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: nrmay (20)

Score: 1.89

Explanations:

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

88
355 members, 12 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: nrmay (21)

Score: 1.87

Explanations:

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

90
1,434 members, 23 reviews
3.62 stars (3.62 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1.85

91
1,181 members, 38 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1.85

92
501 members, 31 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1.85

93
454 members, 20 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1.85

94
379 members, 31 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1.85

95
352 members, 7 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1.85

96
349 members, 2 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1.85

97
288 members, 17 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1.85

98
246 members, 9 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1.85

99
211 members, 9 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1.85

100
170 members, 3 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1.85

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