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30 Books Selected as »Extraordinary« by the international literature festival berlin

 

Since 2012, each guest of the International Children’s and Young Adult Literature section of the international literature festival been has been asked to nominate one extraordinary book for children, young people or young adults, backing up their decision with a short jury statement that describes what makes their selected book so special. The 30 books selected as »2016’s Extraordinary Books« by the 30 guests of the section programme will be on display in both their original languages and in German translation at free exhibitions held at the Philipp Schaeffer Library (5.–23.9.2016) and the Haus der Berliner Festspiele (7.–17.9.2016) as part of the 16h international literature festival berlin. This year’s selection of books and the accompanying jury statements can be found at www.literaturfestival.com/cyal/extraordinary. The extraordinary books from 2012-2015 an be found at  www.literaturfestival.com/cyal/archive/extraordinary.

The jurors responsible for selecting »2016’s Extraordinary Books« include the writers and illustrators Nikolaus Heidelbach (Germany), Mawil (Germany), David Van Reybrouck (Belgium), Boualem Sansal (Algeria), Allen Say (Japan / USA) and Ruta Sepetys (USA). The books chosen this year include DON QUIJOTE by Miguel de Cervantes, DANNY, THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD by Roald Dahl, TINTIN AU TIBET by Hergé, SIDDHARTHA by Hermann Hesse, THE ARRIVAL by Shaun Tan and LE TOUR DU MONDE EN 80 JOURS by Jules Verne.

The exhibition of the prize-winning works has also been made possible thanks to the support of the following publishers: Al Salwa Books, Anaconda Verlag, Arena Verlag, Bloomsbury Publishing, Carlsen Verlag, Casterman, Dover Publications, Éditions Gallimard, Hachette Australia, Hachette Children's Group, Harper Collins, Penguin Randomhouse, Peter Hammer Verlag, Ravensburger Buchverlag, Rowohlt Verlag, S. Fischer Verlag, Suhrkamp Verlag, Thienemann-Esslinger Verlag, Uijtgeverij Leopold, Uijtgeverij Rainbow, Verlag Freies Geistesleben.

The 30 books selected as »2016’s Extraordinary Books« are:

 

1

Zeina ABIRACHED (Lebanon / France) selects:

EXERCICES DE STYLE (1947) / STILÜBUNGEN (1961) by Raymond Queneau

 

2

Julia BENNER (Germany) selects:

BROWN GIRL DREAMING (2014) by Jacqueline Woodson

 

3

Mina BRAUN (Germany) selects:

KRABAT (1971) by Otfried Preußler

 

4

Carll CNEUT (Belgium) selects:

LE TOUR DU MONDE EN 80 JOURS (1872) / REISE UM DIE ERDE IN 80 TAGEN (1873) by Jules Verne

 

5

Maureen Maisha EGGERS (Kenya / Germany) selects:

MAMA'S NIGHTINGALE – A STORY OF IMMIGRATION AND SEPARATION (2015) by Edwidge Danticat

 

6

Simon VAN DER GEEST (The Netherlands) selects:

SKELLIG (1998) / ZEIT DES MONDES (1999) by David Almond

 

7

Alex GINO (USA) selects:

WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS (1974) / WO DER GEHWEG ENDET (1987) by Shel Silverstein

 

8

GUOJING (China / Singapore) selects:

THE LOST THING (2000) / DIE FUNDSACHE (2009) by Shaun Tan

 

9

Nikolaus HEIDELBACH (Germany) selects:

VOR MEINER TÜR AUF EINER MATTE (2016) by Nadia Budde

 

10

Inga ISRAEL (Germany) selects:

THE ARRIVAL (2006) / EIN NEUES LAND (2008) by Shaun Tan

 

11

Maitha AL KHAYAT (United Arab Emirates) selects:

UNCLE KHALFAN'S SHEEP (2013) by Maitha Al Khayat

 

12

Noura AL-KHOORI (United Arab Emirates) selects:

AJWAN (2012) by Noura Al Noman

 

13

Sebastian LÖRSCHER (France / Germany) selects:

ABER OHNE MEIN AKKORDEON BIN ICH NICHTS! (2013) by Johanna Benz

 

14

MAWIL (Germany) selects:

Q-R-T – DER NEUE NACHBAR (2015) by Ferdinand Lutz

 

15

Anne MIHAN (Germany) selects:

THE ART OF BEING NORMAL (2015) / ZUSAMMEN WERDEN WIR LEUCHTEN (2015) by Lisa Williamson

 

16

Kenneth OPPEL (Canada) selects:

DANNY, THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD (1975) / DANNY ODER DIE FASANENJAGD (1977) by Roald Dahl

 

17

Hakon ØVREÅS (Norway) selects:

PAPPAN OCH HAVET (1965) / MUMINS WUNDERSAME INSELABENTEUER (1993) by Tove Jansson

 

18

Niels PENKE (Germany) selects:

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK (2008) / DAS GRAVEYARD-BUCH (2009) by Neil Gaiman

 

19

Markus PFALZGRAF (Germany) selects:

ACH, SO IST DAS?! – BIOGRAFISCHE COMICREPORTAGEN VON LGBTI* (2014) by Martina Schradi

 

20

David VAN REYBROUCK (Belgium) selects:

TINTIN AU TIBET (1960) / TIM IN TIBET (1960) by Hergé

 

21

Yusuf RIEGER (Germany) selects:

SIDDHARTHA (1922) by Hermann Hesse

 

22

Özge SAMANCI (Turkey / USA) selects:

ONE HUNDRED DEMONS (2002) by Lynda Barry

 

23

Gideon SAMSON (The Netherlands) selects:

KEES DE JONGEN (1923) by Theo Thijssen

 

24

Boualem SANSAL (France) selects:

EL INGENIOSO HIDALGO DON QUIXOTE DE LA MANCHA (1605) / DON QUIJOTE (1648) by Miguel de Cervantes

 

25

Allen SAY (Japan / USA) selects:

THE VOYAGES OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE (1922) / DOKTOR DOLITTLES SCHWIMMENDE INSEL (1926) by Hugh Lofting

 

26

Ruta SEPETYS (USA) selects:

FIUME LENTO – UN VIAGGIO LUNGO IL PO (2013) / DER FLUSS (2014) by Alessandro Sanna

 

27

Anika ULLMANN (Germany) selects:

TWO BOYS KISSING (2013) / TWO BOYS KISSING – JEDE SEKUNDE ZÄHLT (2015) by David Levithan

 

28

Jakob WEGELIUS (Sweden) selects:

L'AFFAIRE TOURNESOL (1922) / DER FALL BIENLEIN (1926) by Hergé

 

29

Bette WESTERA (The Netherlands) selects:

TORENHOOG EN MIJLENBREED (2015) / TURMHOCH UND MEILENWEIT (2015) by Tonke Dragt

 

30

Benedikt WOLF (Germany) selects:

DIE MITTE DER WELT (1998) by Andreas Steinhöfel