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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Spanish National Day

It's National Day in Spain! To celebrate, we look at books that take place in Spain or are written by authors from Spain.

    

Spain or Shine by Michelle Jellen. Elena is a dreamer in a family of focused achievers. Sick of teachers always comparing her to her siblings, she relishes the chance to study in San Sebastian, Spain. There, in addition to Spanish and Basque culture classes, her main class is in theater. Elena wants to write and direct movies and this is a chance to finally work towards that goal. For her class she has to write a full length play with a partner. The 2 best plays in the class are going to be produced at the end of the semester. Elena really wants to win...

The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafron, translated from the Spanish by Lucia Graves. On the night they were born in Calcutta in the 30s, an English lieutenant died saving twins Ben and Sheree. Now they're 16 and whatever tried to kill them that night is back, and it won't give up this time.

Small Damages by Beth Kephart. When Kenzie gets pregnant her senior year, her mother sends her to Spain to have the baby, where it will be adopted by a Spanish couple. No one will ever have to know. Kenzie finds herself alone in a foreign country, until she gets to know the people around her.

    

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. This is Hemingway's great novel of an American fighting against Spanish fascists in WWII.

Lost Cause by John Wilson. When Steve's grandfather dies, his will leaves him a ticket to Spain and an address in Barcelona. There he finds a trunk of his grandfather's things and clues to his past as a fighter in the Spanish Civil War. Part of the 7 series, these companion novels don't need to be read in order.

Grimpow: The Invisible Road by Rafeal Abalos translated from the Spanish by Noel Baca Castex. Grimpow found the stone in a dead man's bag. Suddenly, he has visions and must finish the dead man's mission-- before the Inquisition finds him.

  

The Last Song by Eva Wiseman. Isabel feels safe when the Inquisition starts in Spain, but then Isabel discovers that although she was raised Catholic, her family has Jewish roots, and her father has just been arrested by Torquemada.

In the Bag by Kate Klise. When Andrew takes a chance and leaves a note in Daisy's luggage, she takes it the wrong way. But, Daisy's daughter Coco and Andrew's son Webb accidentally switch bags at the luggage carousel, the four start an email correspondence that the others don't know about, with the girls in Paris and the guys in Madrid. Teens will enjoy the look into the love lives of the their parents, and how much the two sides mis-assume about the other.

What books would you add? Any favorite Spanish authors? And do you have any good history books (can be for adults, pop or academic) that's an overview of 20th century Spanish history?

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