The Year the Maps Changed

The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks is set in Australia in 1999, a year of change and personal upheaval for 11-year-old Winifred “Fred” Owen-Ricci. Fred’s mother has died and she lives with her stepfather, Luca, and her maternal grandfather, Pop. This loving family circle shifts when Luca’s girlfriend and her 10-year-old son move in, forcing Fred to readjust. Plus, her community has accepted 400 Kosovar Albanian refugees, fleeing war in Kosovo, who are greeted with varying degrees of acceptance by the people in Fred’s hometown. Luckily, Luca is among those in town who welcome the refugees and Fred makes some new friends while beginning to understand the ways in which people can adapt to all kinds of change. (Middle-Grade Books)