Books for Restless Young Readers

By Restless Books

By Restless Books

The Wild Book

Juan Villoro

$17.99 $16.55

"The book is seamlessly translated by Lawrence Schimel, and it reads as compellingly as anything written for adults. In a summer at his strange uncle’s house, thirteen-year-old Juan discovers he is a ‘Princeps Reader’—a person who can bring out the magic in books, who can, in a sense, make them real … The novel is transfixing and emotional, and, for book lovers, it reads like the memoir of your imagined other self.” —Rivka Galchen, Words Without Borders

Run for Your Life

Silvana Gandolfi

$15.99 $14.71

“A brilliantly executed novel that older readers won’t be able to put down, Run for Your Life is inspired by real-life Mafia encounters by leading Italian author, Silvana Gandolfi. Intelligent, heart-pounding and thought-provoking, this novel is a must-read.” —Kendal A. Rautzhan, Times Herald

Daniel and Ismail

Juan Pablo Iglesias and Alex Peris

$19.99 $18.39

“...[A]n alter­na­tive fable, one where the joy of friend­ship and the com­fort­ing dreams of their inte­ri­or lives allows Daniel and Ismail to ignore the hatred which threat­ens them…. high­ly rec­om­mend­ed for chil­dren and will also be of inter­est to adults who are hope­ful about the future.” —Emily Schneider, Jewish Book Council

The Mermaid in the Bathtub

Nurit Zarchi and Rutu Modan

$22.99 $20.69

"All kinds of kooky details fill the pages, and that flying fish with wings and legs may be my favorite unnamed character of all time. It’s wackadoodle and I love it. Hand it to the mermaid obsessed kiddos. It’ll blow their little minds.” —Betsy Bird, Fuse 8

Rat Rule 79: An Adventure

Rivka Galchen and Elena Megalos

$19.99 $18.39

"How can it be that Galchen's epic, so utterly, enchantingly new, also gave me the happiest deja vu while reading? How can the Dark, Dark Woods be such an illuminating place? These and other paradoxes fill Galchen's astonishing, hilarious, mind-and-heart-expanding book." —Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia

Who Left the Light On?

Richard Marnier and Aude Maurel

$21.99 $19.79

“My three-year-old daughter loves flipping back in the book to trace how the neighborhood changes in Aude Maurel’s whimsical illustrations.... And thanks to Emma Ramadan’s translation from the French, which maintains a nice rhythm and rhyme, this is a fun book to read aloud. Who Left the Light On? joins a growing collection of (much-needed) kids literature that portrays diversity as a source of inspiration and strength." —Karen Phillips, Words Without Borders Executive Director

The Casket of Time

Andri Snær Magnason

$17.99 $16.55

"I loved this book so much — it is a cerebral tale, well told and unabashedly philosophical. So grim that I fear it will not be for everyone…But despite the beheadings, the grave-robbing, the people casually thrown to the lions, the central message of the book is clear, and it’s welcome. Greed hurts us; power ruins us; and time has never been our enemy. Indeed, Magnason reminds us, as long as our tendency toward self-destruction doesn’t get in the way, time is the earth’s, and humanity’s, greatest healer.” —Kelly Barnhill, New York Times Book Review

Ramayana: An Illustrated Retelling

Arshia Sattar and Sonali Zohra

$22.99 $20.69

"The fluid and evocative prose and nonstop action are sure to draw in those who already know and love this classic as well as providing an accessible introduction to readers unfamiliar with the story. Striking illustrations and a compelling narrative bring an important Indian tale of good and evil to young readers.” —Kirkus Reviews

Ellie's Voice: Or Trööömmmpffff

Piret Raud

$18.00 $16.56

A touching and profound tale of friendship, differences, and acceptance from renowned Estonian children’s author and illustrator Piret Raud.