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Ties That Bind, Ties That Break by Lensey Namioka,http://www.amazon.com/dp/0440415993/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_szXmtb1V6R8YR6T8

Just when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers.

Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China: Peter Hessler: 0201560826592: Amazon.com: Books

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (P.S.): William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer: 9780061730337: AmazonSmile: Books

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness: William Styron: 9780679736394: Amazon.com: Books. (Have I pinned this before?) (Just making sure its on my list...)

It is 1945, and courageous ten-year-old Sookan and her family must endure the cruelties of the Japanese military occupying Korea. Police captain Narita does his best to destroy everything of value to the family, but he cannot break their spirit. Sookan's father is with the resistance movement in Manchuria and her older brothers have been sent away to labor camps. Her mother is forced to supervise a sock factory and Sookan herself must wear a uniform and attend a Japanese school.

The Door in the Wall by Margeurite de Angeli. A classic Newbery (1950), this book follows young 10-year-old Robin and his brave adventure during the 14th century. Upper elementary-middle grades.

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