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Monika Schröder

with her adopted Indian street dog, Frank

I grew up in Germany in a small town

near the Ruhr Valley. After finishing my university education with a master’s degree in history and social studies, I worked for several years as a research assistant in the German parliament. In 1995, I met my future husband while on a vacation in Egypt. At the time he was a teacher at Cairo American College, and in the summer of 1996 I joined him in Cairo. Since then I have taught in international schools in Egypt, Chile and Oman. In 2002, we moved to India where I first taught grade four and then was the elementary school librarian at the American Embassy School in New Delhi. Since 2011, we live in the mountains of NC.

Be Light Like a Bird


"This book should come with a warning. It will pull you in, break your heart, and take you by surprise. A masterful weaving of loss and grief, friendship and family, bullies and birds...I guarantee you've never read anything like it."


- Barbara O'Connor, author of How To Steal a Dog

"A moving and ultimately heartwarming journey through loss. Hand to readers who loved
Ali Benjamin's The Thing

About Jellyfish."


- School Library Journal

My Brother’s Shadow

Berlin 1918: A nation in turmoil –
a family divided

"A good choice for sharing across the curriculum, this is a novel readers

will want to discuss."–Booklist

“In this nuanced and realistic work of historical fiction, Schröder (Saraswati’s Way) immerses readers in her setting with meticulous details and dynamic characters that contribute to a palpable sense of tension. Moritz’s intimate narration captures the conflicts, divided loyalties, and everyday horrors of the period.” –Publishers Weekly

Saraswati’s Way

“This rare combination of math and culture is a boon for discussions and makes this stand out.” -KIRKUS REVIEWS

2010 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award,

for Asia/India/Middle East

CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)

NCSS Notable Social Studies Tradebook for Young People

A Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year

The Dog in the Wood

“…this poignant look at the effects of war and propaganda, especially on children, resonates with candor and eloquence.”


-starred review, KIRKUS

VOYA Top Shelf Fiction
for Middle School Readers



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