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By Yan Lianke, translated by Carlos Rojas (Grove Atlantic, $16). The author of “The Day the Sun Died” and winner of the Franz Kafka Prize writes about his family members’ struggles with poverty during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. “Throughout the book, Yan depicts his provincial relatives with enormous heart and respect, acknowledging their sacrifices in a dark yet poignant meditation on grief and death,” wrote a Kirkus reviewer.

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A sixth-grader struggles with his parents' divorce and his subsequent move to a new town in this book, which won the 1984 Newbery Medal, the top prize for American children's literature.

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