Kidsmomo Podcast #12: “Leaving on a Jet Plane”

November 17th, 2009 by

An important mission in Korea, a human bulldozer in France, a taxi ride in Hong Kong, an underground grave in Paris… Which of these come from our favorite books set in foreign countries, and which are stories from our own travels abroad? You’ll just have to listen to our latest podcast to find out!

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  • “Around the World in 8 Minutes” — aka this week’s mystery book + our travel stories
  • “Foreign Favorites” — aka our book picks this week (Secret Letters From 0 to 10 and Shabanu)
  • Kid-submitted book recs (The Wednesday Wars and Swindle + the On the Run series)

And don’t forget: we’re taking a little Thanksgiving break, so we won’t announce our next theme until December 8th. But dry your crying eyes, because we’ll have plenty o’ blog posts and weekly Kidsmomomo videos to keep you occupied until then. So don’t start ignoring us! Then we might start to cry…

— Nancy and Karen

Book Trailer: A Single Shard

November 10th, 2009 by

This book trailer for A Single Shard was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Foreign Lands theme. For more on A Single Shard, check out our “Leaving on a Jet Plane” podcast.

Pretend you’re entrusted with precious cargo that you must transport safely across the country. Say you’re alone in the woods with your important package, no contact with anyone from home for days. And then imagine that suddenly, a robber approaches. What would you do?

That’s exactly the situation in Linda Sue Park’s A Single Shard — except, did we forget to mention that it takes place in 12th century Korea?

Books Set in Foreign Lands

November 10th, 2009 by

Ever feel like you want to get as far away from your life as possible? Maybe smelly Uncle Harry is visiting your family again — and he’s taken over your bedroom? (Yech!) Or maybe your little brother has just announced your silly for-Grandma’s-ears-only nickname to the whole school? (Gasp!) Or maybe it’s just another Monday morning… (We hear ya!)

Well, we’ve got just the ticket for your troubles — as in books that act as tickets for foreign travels! So the next time you wish you were anywhere but here, pick up one of these books set in other countries (in no particular order):

  1. Secret Letters from 0 to 10 by Susie Morgenstern (France) (Karen’s pick)
  2. Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples (Pakistan) (Nancy’s pick)
  3. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Denmark)
  4. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr (Japan)
  5. I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino (Spain)
  6. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke (Italy)
  7. Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan (India)
  8. Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman (England)
  9. Thunder Cave by Roland Smith (Kenya)
  10. Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir Of The Cultural Revolution by Ji-Li Jiang (China)
  11. The Corn Grows Ripe by Dorothy Rhoads (Ancient Mexico)
  12. The 39 Clues series by various authors (various countries, including Japan, France, Italy, and Russia)

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite book set in a foreign country!

UPDATE 11/17/09: We revealed the answer to our Foreign Lands Mystery Book Theater in our “Leaving on a Jet Plane” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer.