2006 Books That Take You Away

I'm on the hunt for fiction titles published for middle readers in 2006 that evoked a strong sense of place via the combo of good writing and your imagination. Any suggestions much appreciated.

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Pooja said…
A book I am sure you have read: Younguncle Comes to Town by Vandana Singh.
Susan said…
Mitali, one of the coolest books I've read lately is Mohieddin Ellabad's "Illustrator's Notebook" (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2006). Now, it is in the form of a picture book, so some middle-grade readers could be put off. The writing, though, is for older children, not the 2-6 crowd. The author is an Egyptian illustrator, and the book (a translation from the original) includes the Arabic writing. As with Arabic reading, it opens from what we Westerners would think of as the back. I get a very strong sense of place from it. (Did you suggest this one for the Cybils? I need to write about it on my blog.)