AfghanistanAfghanistan gzachariah Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:07
Ellis, Deborah, The breadwinner.
In Afghanistan, a country controlled by the Taliban, a radical religious faction that allows only men to work and forbids women to go to school, work, or even outside their homes with a male escort, a courageous young woman pretends to be a boy in war-torn Kabul in order to support her family. This trilogy also includes Parvana's Journey and Mud City.
Gavin, Jamila, The bloodstone.
In the early seventeenth century, young Venetian Filippo Veroneo travels from Venice to Afghanistan to rescue his imprisoned father, Geronimo, and stops in India to raise the ransom by selling his father's beautiful diamond to the ruler Shah Jehan, who later uses the stone as the model for the Taj Mahal.
Senzai, N.H., Shooting Kabul.
In the early seventeenth century, young Venetian Filippo Veroneo travels from Venice to Afghanistan to rescue his imprisoned father, Geronimo, and stops in India to raise the ransom by selling his father's beautiful diamond to the ruler Shah Jehan, who later uses the stone as the model for the Taj Mahal.
AfricaAfrica gzachariah Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:09
Follows Peekay, a white British boy in South Africa during World War II, between the ages of five and eleven, as he survives an abusive boarding school and goes on to succeed in life and the boxing ring, with help from a chicken, a boxer, a pianist, black African prisoners, and many others.
Ferreira, Anton. Zulu Dog.
In post-apartheid South Africa, a Zulu boy keeps secrets from his family as he cares for an injured dog and befriends the daughter of a white farmer.
Jones, Kari. So Much for Democracy.
A Canadian family goes to Ghana. What was supposed to be a family adventure has turned into a disaster.
In the 1840s, Dr. Asa B. Cornwall, a phrenologist, and his fourteen-year-old assistant, Matthew Morrissey, travel from Paris to Northern Africa to seek the missing skull of Alexander the Great.
Kehret, Peg. The secret journey.
In 1834 when a storm at sea destroys the slave ship on which she is a stowaway, twelve-year-old Emma musters all her resourcefulness to survive in the African jungle.
Kent, Trilby. Stones for my Father.
Corlie Roux's life in South Africa is not easy. But when the British invade and drive out the Boer families, some of them are driven to interment camps. This happens to Corlie. Will the love of her country survive the British invasion?
Leeds, Constance. The Unfortuante Son.
Luc, a youth born with one ear and raised by a drunken father in fifteenth-century France, finds a better home with fisherman Pons, his sister Mattie, and their ward Beatrice, the daughter of a disgraced knight, and even after being kidnapped and sold into slavery in Africa, he remains remarkably fortunate.
The Door of No Return.
Sixteen-year-old Zac never believed his grandfather's tales about their enslaved ancestors being descended from an African king, but when his grandfather is murdered and the villains come after Zac, he sets out for Ghana to find King Baktu's long-lost treasure before the murderers do.
Wein, Elizabeth. The Lion Hunter.
Still recovering from his ordeal as a government spy, twelve-year-old Telemakos, the half-Ethiopian grandson of King Artos of Britain, is sent with his sister to live with Abreha, the ruler of Himyar. His Aunt Goewin warns him that Abreha is a dangerous man, but just how dangerous remains to be seen. The story continues in The Empty Kingdom.
Whelan, Gloria. Listening for Lions.
Left an orphan after the influenza epidemic in British East Africa in 1918, thirteen-year-old Rachel is tricked into assuming a deceased neighbor's identity to travel to England, where her only dream is to return to Africa and rebuild her parents' mission hospital.
Ancient AssyriaAncient Assyria gzachariah Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:11
Aubin, Henry. Rise of the Golden Cobra.
After witnessing the murder of his master by Count Nimlot in 728 B.C., Nebi, a fourteen-year-old scribe-in-training, sets out to warn the brilliant and compassionate Pharaoh Piankhy.
Wilson, Diane L. To ride the gods' own stallion
After being taken as a slave to Nineveh, thirteen-year-old Soulai finds his life intertwined with that of the son of King Ashurbanipal and a magnificent stallion and gets a chance to prove to himself and others that he is not a coward.
Ancient EgyptAncient Egypt gzachariah Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:12
Lester, Julius. Pharaoh's daughter
A fictionalized account of a Biblical story in which an Egyptian princess rescues a Hebrew infant who becomes a prophet of his people while his sister finds her true self as a priestess to the Egyptian gods.
McGraw, Eloise Jarvis. The golden goblet
Ranofer struggles to thwart the plottings of his evil uncle, Gebu, so he can become a master goldsmith like their father in this exciting tale of ancient Egyptian mystery and intrigue.
Ancient GreeceAncient Greece gzachariah Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:12
Alcock, Vivien. Singer to the sea god
When he and his companions flee their island home after the king's court is turned to stone, Phaidon begins to believe in the gods and monsters that his uncle has always scorned.
Faulkner, Nancy. The traitor queen
Willful Thalamika, irresistibly drawn to the Mycenean Prince, disdains the earnest advice of her friends, as Andrios tries desperately to uncover the truth behind flying rumors of disaster.
Galloway, Priscilla. Aleta and the queen: a tale of ancient Greece
Queen Penelope is besieged by suitors eager to claim the kingship of Ithaca; Odysseus, her husband, has been away for 19 years. Her clever attempt to stall them by spending years weaving and unraveling the same piece of cloth is exposed by the daughter of Kleea. Her companion. Kleea's granddaughter, Aleta, is ashamed of her drunken, traitorous mother. This original retelling of the Odyssey gives readers a unique look at life on the ancient Greek "home front" while remaining faithful to the details of the classic story.
Sreenivasan, Jyotsna. The moon over Crete
Eleven-year-old Lily travels back in time 3,500 years to ancient Crete, where women and men were equal.
Ancient RomeAncient Rome gzachariah Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:13
Lawrence, Caroline. The thieves of Ostia: a Roman mystery
In Rome in the year 79 A.D., a group of children from very different backgrounds work together to discover who beheaded a pet dog -- and why.
Moss, Marissa. Galen: my life in imperial Rome: an ancient world journal
Twelve-year-old Galen describes his life as a slave in Rome under Emperor Augustus. Features hand-printed text, drawings, and marginal notes.
Ray, Mary. The ides of April
When a Roman senator is murdered in 62 A.D., his slaves are imprisoned, and death for them all is imminent unless the real assassin can be determined.
AustraliaAustralia gzachariah Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:10
Doswell, Paul. Prison Ship: Adventures of a Yount Sailor.
After being framed for cowardice in a sea battle, thirteen-year-old Sam and his friend Richard are sent to Australia, where they must fight for their lives in the outback. (Book 2 in the Adventures of a Young Sailor series).
Three sisters growing up in post-World War II Sydney, Australia, deal with their mentally unstable father, their possibly unfaithful mother, and the defecting Russian spy who lives next door.
Pople, Maureen. The other side of the family
Sent from England for safety during World War II to stay with an Australian grandmother known to hate her family, fifteen-year-old Katherine discovers a totally unexpected character and startling revelations about her family.
Silvey, Craig. Jasper Jones.
In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible.
CanadaCanada gzachariah Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:24
Brooks, Martha. Queen of Hearts.
Shortly after her first kiss but before her sixteenth birthday in December 1941, Marie Claire and her younger brother and sister are sent to a tuberculosis sanatorium near their Manitoba farm.
Bruchac, Joseph. The Winter People.
As the French and Indian War rages in October of 1759, Saxso, a fourteen-year-old Abenaki boy, pursues the English rangers who have attacked his village and taken his mother and sisters hostage.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. Elijah of Buxton.
In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom.
Doyle, Brian. Uncle Ronald.
In 1895, to escape his violent father, Mickey is sent to stay with his Uncle Ronald and his twin aunts in the hills north of Ottawa and learns to feel safe for the first time in his life.
Durbin, William. The broken blade
When an injury prevents his father from going into northern Canada with fur traders, thirteen-year-old Pierre decides to take his father's place as a voyageur.
Durbin, William. Wintering
In 1801, fourteen-year-old Pierre returns to work for the North West Fur Company and makes the long and difficult journey to a winter camp, where he learns from both the other voyageurs and from the Ojibwa Indians whose land they share.
Frost, Helen. The Braid.
Two Scottish sisters, living on the western island of Barra in the 1850s, relate, in alternate voices and linked narrative poems, their experiences after their family is forcibly evicted and separated with one sister accompanying their parents and younger siblings to Cape Breton, Canada, and the other staying behind on the small island of Mingulay.
Greenwood, Barbara. Factory Girl.
Twelve-year-old Emily must hold down her job working twelve-hour days in a garment factory in order to keep from starving. A story that includes historical interludes about the working conditions in factories at the turn of the century.
Harlow, Joan Hiatt. Star in the Storm.
In 1912, fearing for the safety of her beloved Newfoundland dog Sirius because of a new law outlawing non-sheepherding dogs in her Newfoundland village, twelve-year-old Maggie tries to save him by keeping him hidden.
Houston, James. River Runners: A Tale of Hardship and Bravery
Two young boys, who have been sent into the Canadian interior to set up a fur-collecting station, are befriended by a Naskapi Indian family.
Hudson, Jan. Sweetgrass
Living on the western Canadian prairie in the nineteenth century, Sweetgrass, a fifteen-year-old Blackfoot Indian girl, saves her family from a smallpox epidemic and proves her maturity to her father.
Napoli, Donna Jo.
Tired of his mother's overprotectiveness and intrigued by the life of African American explorer Matthew Henson, twelve-year-old Alvin travels north and spends a season with a trapper near the Arctic Circle.
Pearson, Kit. The Sky is Falling.
The experiences of a young girl and her small brother who are evacuated to Canada at the beginning of World War II and find that they will be staying with complete strangers. Book 1 in the Guest of War series.
Slade, Arthur. Dust.
Eleven-year-old Robert is the only one who can help when a mysterious stranger arrives, performing tricks and promising to bring rain, at the same time children begin to disappear from a dust bowl farm town in Saskatchewan in the 1930s.
Sterling, Shirley. My Name Is Seepeetza.
Seepeetza, whose "white" name is Martha Stone, keeps a journal describing her life at an Indian residential school in 1950s British Columbia.
Yates, Elizabeth. With pipe, paddle, and song: A story of the French-Canadian voyageurs, circa 1750
A sixteen-year-old lad, who can paddle, sing, and swim, signs a three-year contract as a voyageur and joins an expedition to north-west Canada in 1750 to search for furs and his future.
Caribbean IslandsCaribbean Islands gzachariah Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:25
Alvarez, Julia. Before We Were Free.
In the early 1960s in the Dominican Republic, twelve-year-old Anita learns that her family is involved in the underground movement to end the bloody rule of the dictator, General Trujillo
Central AmericaCentral America gzachariah Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:31
Eboch, Chris. The Well of Sacrifice.
When a Mayan girl in ninth-century Guatemala suspects that the High Priest sacrifices anyone who stands in the way of his power, she proves herself a hero.
Engle, Margarita. Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal.
Fourteen-year-old Mateo and other Caribbean islanders face discrimination, segregation, and harsh working conditions when American recruiters lure them to the Panamanian rain forest in 1906 to build the great canal.
ChinaChina gzachariah Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:33
Alban, Andrea. Anya's War.
Summary In 1937, the privileged and relatively carefree life of a fourteen-year-old Jewish girl, whose family emigrated from Odessa, Ukraine, to Shanghai, China, comes to an end when she finds an abandoned baby, her hero, Amelia Earhart, goes missing, and war breaks out with Japan. Based on the author's family history.
Bosse, Malcolm. The Examination.
Fifteen-year-old Hong and his older brother Chen face famine, flood, pirates, and jealous rivals on their journey through fifteenth century China as Chen pursues his calling as a scholar and Hong becomes involved with a secret society known as the White Lotus.
Cao, Wenxuan. Bronze and Sunflower.
When Sunflower, a young city girl, moves to the countryside, she grows to love the reed marshlands - the endlessly flowing river, the friendly buffalo with their strong backs and shiny round heads, the sky that stretches on and on in its vastness. However, the days are long, and the little girl is lonely. Then she meets Bronze, who, unable to speak, is ostracised by the other village boys. Soon the pair are inseparable, and when Bronze's family agree to take Sunflower in, it seems that fate has brought him the sister he has always longed for. But life in Damaidi is hard, and Bronze's family can barely afford to feed themselves. Will the city girl be able to stay in this place where she has finally found happiness?
Chen, Da. Sword: A Novel.
When Miu Miu turns fifteen, she learns the truth about her father's violent death and discovers that she must avenge his murder before she can marry the man to whom she is betrothed. Based on a story told to the author by a former prisoner during China's Cultural Revolution.
Compestine, Ying Chang. Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party.
Starting in 1972 when she is nine years old, Ling, the daughter of two doctors, struggles to make sense of the communists' Cultural Revolution, which empties stores of food, homes of appliances deemed "bourgeois," and people of laughter.
De Jong, Meindert. The house of sixty fathers
Alone in a sampan with his pig and three ducklings, a little Chinese boy is whirled down a raging river, back to the town from which he and his parents had escaped the invading Japanese, and spends long and frightening days regaining his family and a new home.
Mah, Adeline Yen. Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society.
During the Japanese occupation of parts of China, twelve-year-old Ye Xian is thrown out of her father's and stepmother's home, joins a martial arts group, and tries to help her aunt and the Americans in their struggle against the Japanese invaders. Includes historical notes.
Martinex, Andres Vera. Little White Duck: A Childhood in China.
In this graphic novel, a young girl describes her experiences growing up in China, beginning with the death of Chairman Mao in 1976.
McCaughrean, Geraldine. The Kite Rider: A Novel.
In thirteenth-century China, after trying to save his widowed mother from a horrendous second marriage, twelve-year-old Haoyou has life-changing adventures when he takes to the sky as a circus kite rider and ends up meeting the great Mongol ruler Kublai Khan.
Mowll, Joshua. Operation Red Jericho.
The posthumous papers of Rebecca MacKenzie document her adventures, along with her brother Doug, in 1920s China as the teenaged siblings are sent to live aboard their uncle's ship where they become involved in the dangerous activities of a mysterious secret society called the Honourable Guild of Specialists. 1st in the Guild of Specialists series.
Paterson, Katherine. Rebels of the heavenly kingdom
Abducted from his home by bandits, fifteen-year-old Wang Lee is rescued from slavery by a mysterious girl who introduces him to the Taiping Tienkuo, a secret society partly based on Christian principles and dedicated to the overthrow of the Manchu government.
Whelan, Gloria. Chu Ju's House.
In order to save her baby sister, fourteen-year-old Chu Ju leaves her rural home in modern China and earns food and shelter by working on a sampan, tending silk worms, and planting rice seedlings, while wondering if she will ever see her family again.
Yang, Dori Jones. Daughter of Xanadu.
Emmajin, the sixteen-year-old eldest granddaughter of Khublai Khan, becomes a warrior and falls in love with explorer Marco Polo in thirteenth-century China.
Yep, Laurence. Spring Pearl: the last flower
Called boyish by her new family for being able to read and write, twelve-year-old orphaned Spring Pearl's "odd ways" help save the family during the 1857 Opium War in Canton, China.
Yue, Guo. Little Leap Forward: A Boy in Bejing.
In Communist China in 1966, eight-year-old Leap Forward learns about freedom while flying kites with his best friend, by trying to get a caged wild bird to sing, and through the music, he is learning to play on a bamboo flute. Includes author's notes on his childhood in Beijing, life under Mao Zedong, and the Cultural Revolution.
Europe, PreshistoricEurope, Preshistoric gzachariah Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:33
Darath and his sister spend a winter on the Siberian peninsula some 30,000 years ago learning how to heal, to use the moon sticks, and to remember the stories of the memory string before their tribe begins searching for a legendary land to the east where there are no people and lots of game.
Europe: 1500sEurope: 1500s gzachariah Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:40
Cheaney, J. B. The playmaker
While working as an apprentice in a London theater company in 1597, fourteen-year-old Richard uncovers a mystery involving the disappearance of his father and a traitorous plot to overthrow Queen Elizabeth.
Hilgartner, Beth. A murder for Her Majesty
Horrified at having witnessed her father's murder and fearing that the killers are agents of Queen Elizabeth I, eleven-year- Alice Tuckfield hides in the Yorkshire cathedral by disguising herself as one of the choirboys.
Lasky, Kathryn. Elizabeth I, red rose of the House of Tudor
In a series of diary entries, Princess Elizabeth, the eleven-year-old daughter of King Henry VIII, celebrates holidays and birthdays, relives her mother's execution, revels in her studies, and agonizes over her father's health.
Napoli, Donna Jo. Daughter of Venice
Frustrated with the restrictions her gender imposes on her life, fourteen-year-old Donata, disguised as a boy, sneaks out of her noble family's house to roam the streets of late sixteenth-century Venice and then must confront the repercussions of her actions.
O'Dell, Scott. The hawk that dare not hunt by day
Amid political turmoil and threats of plague, young Tom Barton accepts the risks of helping William Tyndale publish and smuggle into England the Bible he has translated into English.
Europe: 1600sEurope: 1600s gzachariah Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:41
Blackwood, Gary L. The Shakespeare Stealer.
A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare's acting troupe in order to steal the script of "Hamlet," but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty.
Blackwood, Gary L. Shakespeare's scribe
In plague-ridden 1602 England, a fifteen-year-old orphan boy, who has become an apprentice actor, goes on the road with Shakespeare's troupe and finds out more about his parents along the way.
Bulla, Clyde Robert. A lion to guard us.
Left on their own in seventeenth-century London, three impoverished children draw upon all their resources to stay together and make their way to the Virginia colony in search of their father.
Gilson, Jamie. Stink Alley.
Living in Holland in 1614 with the harsh Puritan leader, William Brewster, and working for the family of a mischievous Dutch boy named Rembrandt, a spirited twelve-year-old orphan girl struggles to do what is right.
Strickland, Brad. Mutiny!
"The lawless Caribbean of the 1680s is a hotbed of sailors, spies, and pirate gold, where the line between patriot and privateer is a thin one. New to this exciting and dangerous world, fourteen-year-old orphan Davy Shea arrives a the home of his disreputable uncle Patch..."
Trevino, Elizabeth Borton de. I, Juan de Pareja.
Based on "thin threads" of truth, "I, Juan de Pareja" explores the relationship between famous 17th-century Spanish painter Diego Velazquez and his black slave, Juan de Pareja. Written in the first person as if Juan is really telling his story, it is the chronicle of much of Juan's life and his colorful experiences as an apprentice to a master painter.
Europe: 1700sEurope: 1700s gzachariah Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:52
Conlon-McKenna, Marita. Fields of home
In the latter part of the nineteenth century, their varied circumstances in Ireland and in America convince Peggy and Michael O'Driscoll and Eily O'Driscoll Powers of the importance of family.
Hendry, Frances Mary. Quest for a kelpie
In the days before the Scottish uprising of 1745 against the English throne, a young girl fantasizes about riding a wild horse.
Henty, G. A. In the reign of terror: the adventures of a Westminster boy
Harry Sandwith, a Westminster boy, becomes a resident at the chateau of a French marquis, and after various adventures accompanies the family to Paris at the crisis of the Revolution.
Hesse, Karen. Stowaway
A fictionalized journal relates the experiences of a young stowaway from 1768 to 1771 aboard the Endeavor which sailed around the world under Captain James Cook.
McCaughrean, Geraldine. Plundering paradise
Left penniless in eighteenth-century England, fourteen-year-old Nathan Gull and his mousy sister Maud accompany Tamo, the son of a notorious pirate, to his homeland of Madagascar where they are all changed by their encounter with Tamo's dangerous past.
Nichol, Barbara. Beethoven lives upstairs
The letters that ten-year-old Christoph and his uncle exchange show how Christoph's feelings for Mr. Beethoven, the eccentric boarder that shares his house, change from anger and embarrassment to compassion and admiration.
Schmidt, Gary D. Anson's way
While serving as a British Fencible to maintain the peace in eighteenth-century Ireland, Anson finds that his sympathy for a hedge master, a teacher devoted to teaching Irish children their forbidden language and culture, places him in conflict with the law of King George II.
Wiley, Melissa. Down to the bonny glen
In Scotland in 1791, eight-year-old Martha Morse, who would grow up to become the great-grandmother of author Laura Ingalls Wilder, meets her new governess and learns the difference between growing up a laird's daughter and a child of a cottager.
Europe: 1800sEurope: 1800s gzachariah Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:50
Aiken, Joan. Black hearts in Battersea
Simon, the foundling from the earlier book, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, arrives in London to meet an old friend and pursue the study of painting, but he finds himself in the middle of a wicked crew's plan to overthrow good King James and the Duke and Duchess of Battersea.
Aiken, Joan. The wolves of Willoughby Chase
The story of how two young girls survive the misdeeds of their wicked governess with the help of Simon, the goose boy.
Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre
In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess and soon finds herself in love with her employer who has a terrible secret.
Cole, Sheila. The dragon in the cliff: a novel based on the life of Mary Anning
Recounts the girlhood of the woman who made many of the important fossil discoveries in the early nineteenth century, yet never received the credit she deserved.
Dodge, Mary Mapes. Hans Brinker or, The silver skates, a story of life in Holland
A young boy tells of his life in Holland in the 1800s.
Doherty, Berlie. Street child
A novel based on the life of Jim Jarvis, a young orphan who escapes the workhouse in London in the 1860s and survives brutal treatment and desperate circumstances until he is taken by Dr. Barnardo, founder of a school for the city's "ragged" children.
Giff, Patricia Reilly. Nory Ryan's song
When a terrible blight attacks Ireland's potato crop in 1845, twelve-year-old Nory Ryan's courage and ingenuity help her family and neighbors survive.
Holub, Josef. The robber and me
Because he knows that the man accused of robbery is innocent, an eleven-year-old orphan struggles to find the courage to reveal the truth to his uncle in their small German village in 1867.
Howard, Ellen. The gate in the wall
In nineteenth-century England, ten-year-old Emma, accustomed to long working hours at the silk mill and the poverty and hunger of her sister's house, finds her life completely changed when she inadvertently gets a job on a canal boat carrying cargoes between several northern towns.
Europe: 1900sEurope: 1900s gzachariah Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:52
Aaron, Chester. Gideon: a novel
After losing family and friends, Gideon must bury religion and identity in order to survive the Warsaw ghetto and Treblinka concentration camp during World War II.
Anderson, Margaret Jean. Searching for Shona
During the evacuation of children from Edinburgh in the early days of World War II, shy, wealthy Margaret on her way to relatives in Canada trades places and identities with the orphaned Shona bound for the Scottish countryside.
Cooper, Susan. Dawn of fear
Three English children, fascinated by the war air raids, gradually become aware of true fear and horror when they seek vengeance on an opposing gang that destroyed their hideaway.
Drucker, Malka. Jacob's rescue: a Holocaust story
In answer to his daughter's questions, a man recalls the terrifying years of his childhood when a brave Polish couple, Alex and Mela Roslan, hid him and other Jewish children from the Nazis. Based on a true story.
Frank, Rudolf. No hero for the kaiser
Jan, a fourteen-year-old Polish boy whose town is invaded in World War I, joins a German battalion and experiences the horrors of battle.
Gehrts, Barbara. Don't say a word
Living in Berlin during World War II, Anna finds herself and her family growing more and more aware of the dangerous direction in which her country is moving as her friends start to die.
Hunter, Mollie. A sound of chariots
A young girl growing up in Scotland after World War I tries to come to terms with her grief over her father's death and her increasing sense of the passage of time.
Isaacs, Anne. Torn thread
In an attempt to save his daughter's life, Eva's father sends her from Poland to a labor camp in Czechoslovakia where she and her sister survive the war.
Lingard, Joan. Tug of war
Follows the fortunes of the Peterson family as they flee their native Latvia before the advancing Russian armies in late 1944 and find themselves homeless refugees in a war-torn Germany.
Lowry, Lois. Number the stars
In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.
Magorian, Michelle. Back home
Sent to America from England at age seven to escape war-torn England, Rusty returns five years later to go to a strict English boarding school and renew her relationship with her family, who now seem like strangers to her.
Maguire, Gregory. The good liar
Now an old man living in the United States, Marcel recalls his childhood in German-occupied France, especially the summer that he and his older brother Rene befriended a young German soldier.
Matas, Carol. Daniel's story
Daniel, whose family suffers as the Nazis rise to power in Germany, describes his imprisonment in a concentration camp and his eventual liberation.
Orgel, Doris. The devil in Vienna
A Jewish girl and the daughter of a Nazi have been best friends since they started school, but in 1938 the thirteen-year-olds find their close relationship difficult to maintain.
Reuter, Bjarne B. The boys from St. Petri
In 1942, a group of young men begin a series of increasingly dangerous protests against the German invaders of their Danish homeland.
Shemin, Margaretha. The empty moat
As World War II progresses, a sixteen-year-old girl in occupied Holland becomes more and more aware that she cannot remain aloof from the war despite fear of arousing the displeasure of Nazis.
Vos, Ida. Anna is still here
Thirteen-year-old Anna, who was a "hidden child" in Nazi-occupied Holland during World War II, gradually learns to deal with the realities of being a survivor.
Vos, Ida. Dancing on the bridge of Avignon
Relates the experiences of a young Jewish girl and her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.
Westall, Robert. Time of fire
In England during World War II, with his mother dead from a German bomb and his father off in training and action but keeping him informed by letter, Sonny tries to understand the darkest truths of war and retribution.
Williams, Laura E. Behind the bedroom wall
Thirteen-year-old Korinna must decide whether to report her parents to her Hitler youth group when she discovers that they are hiding Jews in a secret space behind Korinna's bedroom wall.
Europe: Arthurian AgeEurope: Arthurian Age gzachariah Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:00
McCaffrey, Anne. Black horses for the king
Galwyn, son of a Roman Celt, escapes from his tyrannical uncle and joins Lord Artos, later known as King Arthur, using his talent with languages and way with horses to help secure and care for the Libyan horses that Artos hopes to use in battle against the Saxons.
Morpurgo, Michael. Arthur, high king of Britain
A twelve-year-old boy comes across Arthur Pendragon, who has just awakened from his long sleep beneath the earth, and hears from him some of the exciting stories of his past.
Europe: Medieval and Middle AgesEurope: Medieval and Middle Ages gzachariah Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:07
Avi. Crispin: the cross of lead
Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.
Black, Kat. A Templar's apprentice
While trying to harness his power for prophetic visions, a fourteenth-century Scottish boy joins a Templar knight on his sacred quest to unearth an ancient relic.
Branford, Henrietta. Fire, bed, and bone
In 1381 in England, a hunting dog recounts what happens to his beloved master Rufus and his family when they are arrested on suspicion of being part of the peasants' rebellion led by Wat Tyler and the preacher John Ball.
Collins, Meghan. Maiden crown
Sixteen-year-old Sophie, having left her Russian homeland to marry the Danish king, struggles to preserve a sense of her own value against the court intrigue and double standards of 12th-century Denmark.
Cushman, Karen. Catherine, called Birdy
The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.
Cushman, Karen. Matilda Bone
Fourteen-year-old Matilda, an apprentice bonesetter and practitioner of medicine in a village in medieval England, tries to reconcile the various aspects of her life, both spiritual and practical.
Cushman, Karen. The midwife's apprentice
In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world.
Furlong, Monica. Robin's country
A mute orphan boy, with only shadowy recollections of his past, runs away from his cruel master and eventually joins Robin Hood and his followers in their forest hideaway.
Hendry, Frances Mary. Quest for a maid
Aware of her sister's deadly efforts to secure the Scottish throne for Robert de Brus, Meg realizes she must protect the young Norwegian princess who has been chosen as the rightful heir.
Konigsburg, E. L. A proud taste for scarlet and Miniver
While waiting in heaven for divine judgment to be passed on her second husband, Eleanor of Aquitaine and three of the people who knew her well recall the events of her life.
McGraw, Eloise Jarvis. The striped ships
Juliana, an eleven-year-old Saxon girl, loses her home and family when the Normans conquer England in 1066 and seeks to order her life by becoming involved in the creation of the Bayeux tapestry.
Morris, Gerald. The squire's tale
In medieval England, fourteen-year-old Terence finds his tranquil existence suddenly changed when he becomes the squire of the young Gawain of Orkney and accompanies him on a long quest, proving Gawain's worth as a knight and revealing an important secret about his own true identity.
O'Dell, Scott. The road to Damietta
Deeply attached to the charming and carefree Francis Bernardone, Cecilia, a young noblewoman of Assisi, watches as he turns from his life of wealth and privilege, takes vows of poverty, and devotes himself to serving God by helping all those around him.
Platt, Richard. Castle diary: the journal of Tobias Burgess, page
As a page in his uncle's castle in thirteenth-century England, eleven-year-old Tobias records in his journal his experiences learning how to hunt, play games of skill and behave in noble society. Includes notes on noblemen, castles, and feudalism.
Pyle, Howard. Men of iron
A boy's story of the time of Henry IV, of England, who, with the men of his court, are the "men of iron."
Scott, Walter, Sir. Ivanhoe
Ivanhoe, a trusted ally of Richard-the-Lion-Hearted, returns from the Crusades to reclaim the inheritance his father denied him. Rebecca, a vibrant, beautiful Jewish woman is defended by Ivanhoe against a charge of witchcraft--but it is Lady Rowena who is Ivanhoe's true love. The wicked Prince John plots to usurp England's throne, but two of the most popular heroes in all of English literature, Richard-the-Lion-Hearted and the well-loved famous outlaw, Robin Hood, team up to defeat the Normans and regain the castle.
Europe: RenaissanceEurope: Renaissance gzachariah Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:08
Avi. Midnight magic
In Italy in 1491, Mangus the magician and his apprentice are summoned to the castle of Duke Claudio to determine if his daughter is indeed being haunted by a ghost.
Dana, Barbara. Young Joan
Joan, a girl growing up in the French countryside during the Hundred Years' War, begins to hear voices telling her she is destined to reunite her torn country in opposition to the English invaders.
Garden, Nancy. Dove and sword
In 1455 in France, Gabrielle is visited by Pierre d'Arc, a brother of Joan of Arc, and with him reminisces about their childhood together in Domremy and Joan's subsequent trial and burning at the stake at Rouen twenty-four years before.
Kelly, Eric Philbrook. The Trumpeter of Krakow
A story of a courageous patriot and a mysterious jewel of great value.
Konigsburg, E. L. The second Mrs. Giaconda
Relates, from the point of view of his servant Salai, how Leonardo da Vinci came to paint the Mona Lisa.
Morpurgo, Michael. Joan of Arc of Domremy
While sitting on the riverbank in the ancient French city of Orleans, seventeen-year-old Eloise hears a voice which relates the adventures and struggles of the medieval heroine, Joan of Arc, as she fights to free France by driving out the English.
Stevenson, Robert Louis. The black arrow: a tale of the two roses
A young Englishman, seeking to avenge the death of his father, becomes involved in the band of the Black Arrow and the events of the War of the Roses.
Europe: Roman PeriodEurope: Roman Period gzachariah Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:09
Moran, Katy. Bloodline
While traveling through early seventh-century Britain trying to stop an impending war, Essa, who bears the blood of native British tribes and of the invading Anglish, discovers that his mother is alive and he, himself, is a prince of the northern kingdom, but he has loyalties and loved ones in the south to whom he is compelled to return.
Sutcliff, Rosemary. The eagle of the Ninth
A young centurion ventures among the hostile tribes beyond the Roman Wall to recover the eagle standard of the Ninth, a legion which mysteriously disappeared under his father's command.
Sutcliff, Rosemary. Knight's fee
Tells the story of Randal, a half-Saxon half-Breton lad in Norman England, an orphan left to fend for himself as a dog-boy in Arundel castle, and details his gradual rise to knighthood and freedom, at a terrible price.
Sutcliff, Rosemary. The lantern bearers
Set in the brief Romano-Celtic twilight between the end of the Roman Empire and the creation of Anglo-Saxon Britain, this is the story of Aquila, a Roman soldier who chooses to stay among his adopted people. However, his world crashes to pieces when he and his sister are enslaved by the Saxons, their father slain and their farm destroyed.
Sutcliff, Rosemary. The shining company
In 600 A.D. in northern Britain, Prosper becomes a shield bearer with the Companions, an army made up of three hundred younger sons of minor kings and trained to act as one fighting brotherhood against the invading Saxons.
IranIran gzachariah Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:23
IraqIraq gzachariah Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:24
Laird, Elizabeth. Kiss the dust
Her father's involvement with the Kurdish resistance movement in Iraq forces thirteen-year-old Tara to flee with her family over the border into Iran, where they face an unknown future.
Myers, Walter Dean. Sunrise over Fallujah
Robin Perry, from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly changes him.
IsraelIsrael gzachariah Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:25
Carmi, Daniella. Samir and Yonatan
Samir, a Palestinian boy, is sent for surgery to an Israeli hospital where he has two otherworldly experiences, making friends with an Israeli boy, Yonatan, and traveling with him to Mars where Samir finds peace over his younger brother's death in the war.
Orlev, Uri. The lady with the hat
In 1947, seventeen-year-old Yulek, the only member of his immediate family to survive the German concentration camps, joins a group of young Jews preparing to live on a kibbutz in Israel, unaware that his aunt living in London is looking for him
Reid Banks, Lynne. One more river
Fourteen-year-old Lesley is upset when her parents abandon their comfortable life in Canada for a kibbutz in Israel prior to the 1967 war.
JapanJapan gzachariah Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:26
Gratz, Alan. Samurai shortstop
While obtaining a Western education at a prestigious Japanese boarding school in 1890, sixteen-year-old Toyo also receives traditional samurai training which has profound effects on both his baseball game and his relationship with his father.
Hoobler, Dorothy. The ghost in the Tokaido Inn
While attempting to solve the mystery of a stolen jewel, Seikei, a merchant's son who longs to be a samurai, joins a group of kabuki actors in eighteenth-century Japan.
Paterson, Katherine. The master puppeteer
A thirteen-year-old boy describes the poverty and discontent of eighteenth-century Osaka and the world of puppeteers in which he lives.
Pray, Ralph. Jingu: The hidden princess
In fourth-century Japan, a princess lives a life of loneliness and learning until she makes a secret friend, but her destiny forbids that they ever be more than friends.
Whitesel, Cheryl Aylward. Blue fingers: a ninja's tale
Having failed apprenticeship as a dye maker, Koji is captured and forced to train as a ninja, where he remains disloyal until he discovers samurai have burned his former village.
Korea, North and SouthKorea, North and South gzachariah Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:26
hoi, Sook Nyul. Echoes of the white giraffe
Fifteen-year-old Sookan adjusts to life in the refugee village in Pusan but continues to hope that the civil war will end and her family will be reunited in Seoul.
Kim, Helen. The long season of rain
When an orphan boy comes to live with her family, eleven-year-old Junehee begins to realize that the demands placed on S. Korean women can destroy their lives.
Park, Linda Sue. The kite fighters
In Korea in 1473, eleven-year-old Young-sup overcomes his rivalry with his older brother Kee-sup, who as the first-born son receives special treatment from their father, and combines his kite-flying skill with Kee-sup's kite-making skill in an attempt to win the New Year kite-fighting competition.
Park, Linda Sue. A single shard
Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.
Park, Linda Sue. When my name was Keoko
With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister face the increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War II, which threatens to suppress Korean culture entirely.
Mayan CultureMayan Culture gzachariah Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:27
Eboch, Chris. The Well of Sacrifice
When a Mayan girl in ninth-century Guatemala suspects that the High Priest sacrifices anyone who stands in the way of his power, she proves herself a hero.
O'Dell, Scott. The amethyst ring
Spanish seminarian Julian Escobar, known to the Mayas as Lord Kukulcan and worshipped as a god, witnesses the fall of the Mayan and Incan civilizations with the coming of Cortes and Pizarro.
O'Dell, Scott. The feathered serpent
Sequel to: The captive
A young Spanish seminarian who the Mayas believe is their powerful god, Kukulcan, witnesses the coming of Cortes and the capture of the magnificent Aztec city, Tenochtitlan.
North America, 1400sNorth America, 1400s gzachariah Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:28
Bruchac, Joseph. Children of the longhouse
Eleven-year-old Ohkwa'ri and his twin sister must make peace with a hostile gang of older boys in their Mohawk village during the late 1400s.
O'Connor, Genevieve A. The admiral and the deck boy: one boy's journey with Christopher Columbus
Carlos, a thirteen-year-old deck boy, struggles to prove himself as he sails with Christopher Columbus to the New World.
North America, 1500sNorth America, 1500s gzachariah Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:31
Dorris, Michael. Morning Girl
Morning Girl, who loves the day, and her younger brother Star Boy, who loves the night, take turns describing their life on an island in pre-Columbian America; in Morning Girl's last narrative, she witnesses the arrival of the first Europeans to her world.
North America, PrehistoricNorth America, Prehistoric gzachariah Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:31
Bruchac, Joseph. Dawn land
Set about 10,000 years ago in the area now known as New England and the maritime provinces of Canada the People of the Dawn Land (the Abenaki) enjoy an idyllic existence, with people in 13 villages living in harmony with one another and with all creation. Their loyal dogs have an almost telepathic link to their human keepers. Then a mysterious threat darkens the horizon. Have the Cannibal Giants returned? The heroic Young Hunter is dispatched on a desperate, dangerous journey to meet the enemy, and takes with him a new technology, the bow.
RussianRussian gzachariah Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:32
Holman, Felice. The wild children
Left behind when his whole family is arrested by soldiers during the dark days following the Bolshevik Revolution, twelve-year-old Alex falls in with a gang of other desperate homeless children but never loses his hope for a better life
Meyer, Carolyn. Anastasia, the last Grand Duchess
A novel in diary form in which the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II describes the privileged life her family led up until the time of World War I and the tragic events that befell them.
Whelan, Gloria. Angel on the square
In 1913 Russia, twelve-year-old Katya eagerly anticipates leaving her St. Petersburg home, though not her older cousin Misha, to join her mother, a lady in waiting in the household of Tsar Nicholas II, but the ensuing years bring world war, revolution, and undreamed of changes to her life.
South AmericaSouth America gzachariah Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:33
Abelove, Joan. Go and come back
Alicia, a young tribeswoman living in a Amazonian village in the Andes, tells about the two American women anthropologists who arrive to study the way of life of her people.
Clark, Ann Nolan. Secret of the Andes
An Indian boy who tends llamas in a hidden valley in Peru learns the traditions and secrets of his Inca ancestors.
O'Dell, Scott. The amethyst ring
Spanish seminarian Julian Escobar, known to the Mayas as Lord Kukulcan and worshipped as a god, witnesses the fall of the Mayan and Incan civilizations with the coming of Cortes and Pizarro.
Peet, Mal. The penalty
Paul Faustino, known as the best soccer journalist in the business, reluctantly investigates the disappearance of eighteen-year-old Ricardo, a soccer prodigy known as "El Brujito," while in alternate chapters a slave in old San Juan becomes a powerful voodoo priest.
United States: 1600sUnited States: 1600s gzachariah Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:34
Dorris, Michael. Guests
Moss and Trouble, an Algonquin boy and girl, struggle with the problems of growing up in the Massachusetts area during the time of the first Thanksgiving.
Fleischman, Paul. Saturnalia
In 1681 in Boston, fourteen-year-old William, a Narraganset Indian captured in a raid six years earlier, leads a productive and contented life as a printer's apprentice but is increasingly anxious to make some connection with his Indian past.
Harrah, Madge. My brother, my enemy
Determined to avenge the massacre of his family, fourteen-year- Robert Bradford joins Nathaniel Bacon's rebel army in hopes of wiping out the Susquehannock Indians of Virginia.
Howard, Ellen. The crimson cap
In 1684, wearing his father's faded cap, eleven-year-old Pierre Talon joins explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier on an ill-fated expedition to seek the Mississippi River, but after the expedition falls apart Pierre, deathly ill, is taken in by Hasinai Indians. Includes historical facts.
Jackson, Dave. The Mayflower secret
Teenage Elizabeth Tilley, one of the colonists landing at New Plymouth on the Mayflower, sees her parents die from illness and wonders if God is punishing her for the terrible secret she carries.
Lasky, Kathryn. Beyond the burning time
When, in the winter of 1691, accusations of witchcraft surface in her small New England village, twelve-year-old Mary Chase fights to save her mother from execution.
O'Dell, Scott. The serpent never sleeps: a novel of Jamestown and Pocahontas
In the early seventeenth century, Serena Lynn, determined to be with the man she has loved since childhood, travels to the New World and comes to know the hardships of colonial life and the extraordinary Princess Pocahontas.
Petry, Ann Lane. Tituba of Salem Village
Tituba gets brought to trial for witchcraft in Salem village.
Speare, Elizabeth George. The Witch of Blackbird Pond
In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.
United States: 1700sUnited States: 1700s gzachariah Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:35
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever, 1793
In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self- reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.
Avi. The fighting ground
Thirteen-year-old Jonathan goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and discovers the real war is being fought within himself.
Avi. Night journeys
In the spring of 1768, twelve-year-old Peter, living with his guardian near the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border, joins in the search for two runaway indentured servants.
Brady, Esther Wood. Toliver's secret
During the Revolutionary War, a ten-year-old girl crosses enemy lines to deliver a loaf of bread containing a message for the patriots.
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. Weaver's daughter
In 1791 after her family's journey from Pennsylvania, ten-year-old Lizzie suffers from the disease of asthma in her new home in the Southwest Territory (present-day Tennessee).
Bruchac, Joseph. The arrow over the door
In the year 1777, a group of Quakers and a party of Indians have a memorable meeting.
Bruchac, Joseph. The winter people
As the French and Indian War rages in October of 1759, Saxso, a fourteen-year-old Abenaki boy, pursues the English rangers who have attacked his village and taken his mother and sisters hostage.
Buckey, Sarah Masters. Enemy in the Fort
In 1754, with her own parents taken captive, twelve-year-old Rebecca must confront her fear and hatred of the Abenaki when a boy raised by members of that tribe is brought to the fort at Charleston, New Hampshire, just before a series of thefts occurs.
Clapp, Patricia. I'm Deborah Sampson: a soldier in the War of the Revolution Relates the experiences of the woman who disguised herself as a man in order to enlist and fight in the American Revolution.
Collier, James Lincoln. The bloody country
In the mid-eighteenth century a family moves from Connecticut to Pennsylvania and becomes involved in the property conflict between the two states.
Collier, James Lincoln. Jump ship to freedom
In 1787 a fourteen-year-old slave, anxious to buy freedom for himself and his mother, escapes from his dishonest master and tries to find help in cashing the solidier's notes received by his father for fighting in the Revolution.
Collier, James Lincoln. My brother Sam is dead
Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town.
Collier, James Lincoln. The winter hero
Anxious to be a hero, a young boy relates how he becomes involved in Shays' Rebellion begun by farmers in western Massachusetts against unfair taxation levied on them by the Boston government.
Cooney, Caroline B. The ransom of Mercy Carter
In 1704, in the English settlement of Deerfield, Massachusetts, eleven-year-old Mercy and her family and neighbors are captured by Mohawk Indians and their French allies, and forced to march through bitter cold to French Canada, where some adapt to new lives and some still hope to be ransomed.
Curtis, Alice Turner. The little maid Series
The series details the adventures of girls set in the US during the 1700s.
A little maid of Mohawk Valley
During the Revolutionary War, ten-year-old Joanne Clarke, living in a log cabin in the Mohawk Valley, delivers an important message to General Philip Schuyler at Albany after being kidnapped and abandoned by an Indian.
Dubois, Muriel L. Abenaki captive
In 1752, nineteen-year-old Abenaki warrior Ogistin is present when a band of his people capture an English trapper, John Stark, and as Stark is carried into captivity in Canada a bond of hate and competition develops between him and Ogistin.
Durrant, Lynda. The beaded moccasins
After being captured by a group of Delaware Indians and given to their leader as a replacement for his dead granddaughter, twelve-year-old Mary Campbell is forced to travel west with them to Ohio.
Durrant, Lynda. Betsy Zane, the rose of Fort Henry
In 1781 twelve-year-old Elizabeth Zane, great-great-aunt of novelist Zane Grey, leaves Philadelphia to return to her brothers' homestead near Fort Henry in what is now West Virginia, where she plays an important role in the final battle of the American Revolution.
Faulkner, Nancy. A stage for Rom
Rom and his twin Polly move to Colonial Williamsburg and Rom joins a company of actors. Their lives are changed forever when some old puppets and a stolen horse add up to a mystery and they make an exciting discovery.
Field, Rachel. Calico bush
Marguerite Ledoux, called Maggie by the English family to whom she is bound-out, saves their lives by arranging a Maypole dance for attacking Indians.
Forbes, Esther. Johnny Tremain
After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution.
Frederick, Heather Vogel. The voyage of Patience Goodspeed
Following their mother's death in Nantucket, Captain Goodspeed brings twelve-year-old Patience and six-year-old Tad aboard his whaling ship, where a new crew member incites a mutiny and Patience puts her mathematical ability to good use.
Goodman, Joan E. Hope's crossing
When kidnapped by English Loyalists during the Revolutionary War, thirteen-year-old Hope draws on every ounce of courage within her to respond to the ordeal.
Gregory, Kristiana. Five smooth stones: Hope's diary
In her diary, a young girl writes about her life and the events surrounding the beginning of the American Revolution in Philadelphia in 1776.
Hudson, Jan. Dawn rider
Kit Fox's sixteenth year with her people, the Bloods, is filled with preparations for an important buffalo run, talk of her older sister's coming marriage, and skirmishes with their traditional enemy the Snakes.
Jones, Elizabeth McDavid. Mystery on Skull Island
In 1724, twelve-year-old Rachel and her friend Sally discover a pirates' hiding place on a deserted island near Charles Town, South Carolina, and they suspect it may be connected to the woman who will soon become Rachel's stepmother.
Keehn, Sally M. I am Regina
In 1755, as the French and Indian War begins, ten-year-old Regina is kidnapped by Indians in western Pennsylvania, and she must struggle to hold onto memories of her earlier life as she grows up under the name of Tskinnak and starts to become Indian herself.
Moss, Marissa. Emma's journal: the story of a Colonial girl
From 1774 to 1776, Emma describes in her journal her stay in Boston, where she witnesses the British blockade and spies for the American militia. Features hand-printed text, drawings, and marginal notes.
O'Dell, Scott. Sarah Bishop
Left alone after the deaths of her father and brother who take opposite sides in the War for Independence, and fleeing from the British who seek to arrest her, Sarah Bishop struggles to shape a new life for herself in the wilderness.
Rinaldi, Ann. A break with charity: a story about the Salem witch trials
While waiting for a church meeting in 1706, Susanna English, daughter of a wealthy Salem merchant, recalls the malice, fear, and accusations of witchcraft that tore her village apart in 1692.
Rinaldi, Ann. The second bend in the river
In 1798 Rebecca, a young settler in the Ohio territory, meets the Shawnee called Tecumseh and later develops a deep friendship with him.
Shaik, Fatima. Melitte
In 1772, years of mistreatment force thirteen-year-old Melitte to decide whether or not to run away from the Frenchman who has kept her as a slave on his poor Louisiana farm and leave the young girl who is the only person who ever loved her.
Shub, Elizabeth. Cutlass in the snow
In 1797 Sam and his grandfather explore the wild and uninhabited Fire Island, just missing a band of pirates but finding a cutlass and buried treasure.
Speare, Elizabeth George. Calico Captive
This story is very loosely based on the true captivity narrative of Susannah Johnson. The focus of the book is on Mrs. Johnson's younger sister, Miriam Willard, who was just 14 at the time she and her older sister's family were captured by Abenaki Indians in 1754, but Ms. Speare increased her age to 16. The book is filled with adventure and romance and how cultures and religions clashed on the 18th century frontier: New England farmers vs. Abenaki warriors, Puritanism vs. Roman Catholicism, and English vs. French loyalties.
Speare, Elizabeth George. The sign of the beaver
Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.
Swoboda. The hollow tree
It is 1777, and fifteen-year-old Phoebe Olcott is thrown headlong into the turmoil of war when her beloved cousin Gideon is hanged as a British spy.
Walter, Mildred Pitts. Second daughter: the story of a slave girl
In late eighteenth-century Massachusetts, Aissa, the fictional younger sister of Elizabeth Freeman, relates how her sister gains freedom for herself and her family by bringing a suit against their owner in court.
United States: 1800sUnited States: 1800s gzachariah Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:45
Alcott, Louisa May. Little women
The sentimental and humorous adventures of the four March sisters as they grew up in the nineteenth century.
Aldrich, Thomas Bailey. The story of a bad boy
The boyhood adventures of a mischievous lad in nineteenth-century New England are based on the author's own experiences.
Armstrong, Jennifer. Black-eyed Susan
Ten-year-old Susie and her father love living on the South Dakota prairie with its vast, uninterrupted views of land and sky, but Susie's mother greatly misses their old life in Ohio.
Armstrong, Jennifer. Steal away
In 1855 two thirteen-year-old girls, one white and one black, run away from a southern farm and make the difficult journey north to freedom, living to recount their story forty-one years later to two similar young girls.
Arrington, Frances. Bluestem
With their father away and their mother traumatized by some unknown event, eleven-year-old Polly and her younger sister are left to take care of themselves and their prairie homestead.
Avi. The barn
In an effort to fulfill their dying father's last request, nine-year-old Ben and his brother and sister construct a barn on their land in the Oregon Territory.
Avi. Beyond the western sea. Book one: The escape from home
Driven from their impoverished Irish village, fifteen-year-old Maura and her younger brother meet their landlord's runaway son in Liverpool while all three wait for a ship to America; their lives continue to intertwine on board ship and in the New World.
Avi. The true confessions of Charlotte Doyle
As the lone "young lady" on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. A coal miner's bride: the diary of Anetka Kaminska
A diary account of thirteen-year-old Anetka's life in Poland in 1896, immigration to America, marriage to a coal miner, widowhood, and happiness in finally finding her true love.
Beatty, Jerome. Blockade!
Recounts the blockade of a North Carolina port by the Union gunboat, Louisiana, based on the diary of teenage participant, Stephen F. Blanding.
Beatty, Patricia. By crumbs, it's mine!
While stranded in the Arizona territory in the 1880's a thirteen-year-old girl finds herself the owner of a traveling hotel.
Beatty, Patricia. Charley Skedaddle
During the Civil War, a twelve-year-old Bowery Boy from New York City joins the Union Army as a drummer, deserts during a battle in Virginia, and encounters a hostile old mountain woman.
Blakeslee, Ann R. A different kind of hero
In 1881 twelve-year-old Renny, who resists his father's efforts to turn him into a rough, tough, brawling boy, earns the disapproval of the entire mining camp when he befriends a newly arrived Chinese boy.
Blos, Joan W. A gathering of days
The journal of a fourteen-year-old girl kept the last year she lived on the family farm; records daily events in her small New Hampshire town, her father's remarriage, and the death of her best friend.
Brill, Marlene Targ. Diary of a drummer boy
The fictionalized diary of a twelve-year-old boy who joins the Union army as a drummer and ends up fighting in the Civil War.
Byars, Betsy Cromer. Trouble River
When he builds his raft, a twelve-year-old boy never dreams that it will serve as the sole means of escape for him and his grandmother when hostile Indians threaten their prairie cabin.
Cannon, A. E. Charlotte's Rose
As a twelve-year-old Welsh immigrant carries a motherless baby along the Mormon Trail in 1856, she comes to love the baby as her own and fear the day the baby's father will reclaim her.
Carbone, Elisa Lynn. Stealing freedom
A novel based on the events in the life of a young slave girl from Maryland who endures all kinds of mistreatment and cruelty, including being separated from her family, but who eventually escapes to freedom in Canada.
Chambers, Veronica. Amistad rising: a story of freedom
A fictional account of the 1839 revolt of Africans aboard the slave ship Amistad and the subsequent legal case argued before the Supreme Court in 1841 by former president John Quincy Adams.
Clements, Bruce. I tell a lie every so often
In 1848 a fourteen-year-old Missourian, although not a habitual liar, tells two lies that start off an unusual chain of events.
Collier, James Lincoln. The clock
In 1810 in Connecticut, trapped in a gruelling job in the local textile mill to help pay her father's debts, fifteen-year-old Annie becomes the victim of the cruel overseer and plots revenge against him.
Collier, James Lincoln. With every drop of blood
While trying to transport food to Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War, fourteen-year-old Johnny is captured by a black Union soldier.
Conlon-McKenna, Marita. Wildflower girl
In the mid-nineteenth century, thirteen-year-old Peggy O'Driscoll sets out alone from Ireland for America, hoping to make a better life for herself.
Crane, Stephen. The red badge of courage
Henry Fleming's fear of what will happen during battles in the Civil War are exacerbated by the action he and the men around him witness.
Crofford, Emily. Born in the year of courage
In 1841, having been shipwrecked and picked up by an American whaling ship outside Japanese territorial waters, fifteen-year-old Manjiro decides to go live in America and work towards opening trade between his country and the West.
Cross, Gillian. Great elephant chase
In 1881, fifteen-year-old Tad, an orphan, helps a girl attempting to get a mighty Indian elephant to friends in Nebraska, all the while pursued by two unscrupulous villains who claim that the elephant is theirs.
Cullen, Lynn. Nelly in the wilderness
In the Indiana wilderness in 1821, twelve-year-old Nelly Vandorn and her older brother hold fast to their rough frontier ways when their father brings home a fancy new city wife not long after burying their mother.
Cushman, Karen. The ballad of Lucy Whipple
In 1849, twelve-year-old California Morning Whipple, who renames herself Lucy, is distraught when her mother moves the family from Massachusetts to a rough California mining town.
Cushman, Karen. Rodzina
A twelve-year-old Polish American girl is boarded onto an orphan train in Chicago with fears about traveling to the West and a life of unpaid slavery.
Dahlberg, Maurine F. The spirit and Gilly Bucket
In 1859, when Gilly's father goes to search for gold in the Rocky Mountains, the eleven-year-old is sent to stay with her aunt and uncle in Virginia, where she befriends one of her uncle's slave girls, finds out about the Underground Railroad, and discovers that people are not always exactly as they seem.
DeFelice, Cynthia C. The apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker
After his family dies of consumption in 1849, twelve-year-old Lucas becomes a doctor's apprentice.
DeFelice, Cynthia C. Weasel
Alone in the frontier wilderness in the winter of 1839 while his father is recovering from an injury, eleven-year-old Nathan runs afoul of the renegade killer known as Weasel and makes a surprising discovery about the concept of revenge.
Demas, Corinne. If ever I return again
In 1856, twelve-year-old Celia Snow sets sail with her parents on her father's whaling ship and chronicles her subsequent adventures on the more than two-year voyage in a series of letters written to her cousin Abigail.
Donahue, John. An island far from home
The twelve-year-old son of a Union army doctor killed during the fighting in Fredericksburg comes to understand the meaning of war and the fine line between friends and enemies when he begins corresponding with a young Confederate prisoner of war.
Erdrich, Louise. The birchbark house
Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.
Fleischman, Paul. Bull Run
Northerners, Southerners, generals, couriers, dreaming boys, and worried sisters describe the glory, the horror, the thrill, and the disillusionment of the first battle of the Civil War.
Fleischman, Sid. Mr. Mysterious & Company
The adventures of a family of magicians traveling across the western deserts and plains in the 1880s.
Fritz, Jean. Brady
A young Pennsylvania boy takes part in the pre-Civil War anti-slavery activities.
Gauch, Patricia Lee. Thunder at Gettysburg
Fourteen-year-old Tillie becomes involved in the tragic battle of July 1-3, 1863.
Gregory, Kristiana. Across the wide and lonesome prairie: the Oregon Trail diary of Hattie Campbell, Booneville, Missoura, 1847
In her diary, thirteen-year-old Hattie chronicles her family's arduous 1847 journey from Missouri to Oregon on the Oregon Trail.
Guccione, Leslie D. Come morning
Twelve-year-old Freedom, the son of a freed slave living in Delaware in the early 1850s, takes over his father's work in the Underground Railroad when his father disappears.
Hahn, Mary Downing. The Gentleman Outlaw and me--Eli: a story of the Old West
In 1887 twelve-year-old Eliza, disguised as a boy and traveling towards Colorado in search of her missing father, falls in with a Gentleman Outlaw and joins him in his illegal schemes.
Hahn, Mary Downing. Promises to the dead
Twelve-year-old Jesse leaves his home on Maryland's Eastern Shore to help a young runaway slave find a safe haven in the early days of the Civil War.
Hansen, Joyce. Out from this place
A fourteen-year-old black girl tries to find a fellow ex-slave, who had joined the Union army during the Civil War, during the confusing times after the emancipation of the slaves.
Hansen, Joyce. Which way freedom?
Obi escapes from slavery during the Civil War, joins a black Union regiment, and soon becomes involved in the bloody fighting at Fort Pillow, Tennessee.
Harness, Cheryl. Ghosts of the Civil War
The ghost of Willie, President Abraham Lincoln's older son, transports Lindsey back to his own time, where she sees and hears many things from both sides of the Civil War. Includes passages from contemporary documents, a glossary, biographical sketches, and a bibliography.
Henry, Marguerite. San Domingo: The medicine hat stallion
In pre-Civil War Wyoming, a teenager's life is complicated when his strangely hostile father trades the boy's beloved horse to the pony express.
Henty, G. A. With Lee in Virginia: a story of the American Civil War
Presents, chronologically, some of the great battles during the Northern invasion of Virginia during the Civil War.
Holm, Jennifer L. Our only May Amelia
As the only girl in a Finnish American family of seven brothers, May Amelia Jackson resents being expected to act like a lady while growing up in Washington state in 1899.
Hunt, Irene. Across five Aprils
Young Jethro Creighton grows from a boy to a man when he is left to take care of the family farm in Illinois during the difficult years of the Civil War.
Johnston, Norma. Over Jordan
In 1836, fourteen-year-old Roxana undertakes a dangerous journey up the Ohio River to help her beloved servant, Jess, and Jess' fiance, a runaway slave, escape to freedom, aided by Roxana's former teacher Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Jones, Elizabeth McDavid. Watcher in the piney woods
In 1865, while helping her family keep their Virginia farm going through the end of the Civil War, twelve-year-old Cassie meets a Confederate deserter and a Yankee prisoner of war and tries to discover who has been stealing from the farm.
Karr, Kathleen. The great turkey walk
In 1860, a somewhat simple-minded fifteen-year-old boy attempts to herd one thousand turkeys from Missouri to Denver, Colorado, in hopes of selling them at a profit.
Keehn, Sally M. Anna Sunday
In 1863 twelve-year-old Anna, disguised as a boy and accompanied by her younger brother Jed, leaves their Pennsylvania home and makes the difficult journey to join their wounded father in Winchester, Virginia, where they find themselves in danger from Confederate troops.
Keith, Harold. Rifles for Watie
A sweeping novel of the Civil War, this book follows the adventures of a young man determined to join the Union army who somehow befriends the rebels and ends up with friends on both sides of the conflict.
Lampman, Evelyn Sibley. Half-breed
A Crow Indian youth returns to his white father's people and to a life in which patience and maturity are the only means to understanding and accepting an unheroic father.
Lasky, Kathryn. Beyond the divide
In 1849, a fourteen-year-old Amish girl defies convention by leaving her secure home in Pennsylvania to accompany her father across the continent by wagon train.
Lasky, Kathryn. True north
Because of the strong influence which her grandfather, an abolitionist, has in her life, fourteen-year-old Lucy assists a fugitive slave girl in her escape.
Laurgaard, Rachel K. Patty Reed's doll: the story of the Donner party
A wooden doll recalls the hope with which a group of pioneers begins their journey and the ordeals they face as they travel from Springfield, Illinois, to California.
Lawlor, Laurie. Addie across the prairie
Sequel: Addie's long summer
Unhappy to leave her home and friends, Addie reluctantly accompanies her family to the Dakota Territory and slowly begins to adjust to life on the prairie.
Levin, Betty. Brother moose
In the late 1800s, two orphan girls, aided by an Indian and his grandson, make a perilous trip to Maine to find a family.
Levoy, Myron. The magic hat of Mortimer Wintergreen
In 1893, thirteen-year-old Joshua and his eleven-year-old sister, Amy, travel from South Dakota to New York City with the help of the mysterious Mortimer Wintergreen and his unpredictable magic hat.
Lord, Athena V. A spirit to ride the whirlwind
Twelve-year-old Binnie, whose mother runs a company boarding house in Lowell, Massachusetts, begins working in a textile mill and is caught up in the 1836 strike of women workers.
MacBride, Roger Lea. Bachelor girl
Having left her parents' Missouri farm for good and trained to become a telegraph operator in Kansas City, teenage Rose moves out to San Francisco and joins the thousands of "bachelor girls" supporting themselves.
Mazer, Harry. My Brother Abe
Forced off their land in Kentucky in 1816, nine-year-old Sarah Lincoln, known as Sally, and her family, including younger brother Abe, move to the Indiana frontier.
McDonald, Brix. Riding on the wind
A tale of Pony Express riders and their lives.
McGill, Alice. Miles' song
In 1851 in South Carolina, Miles, a twelve-year-old slave, is sent to a "breaking ground" to have his spirit broken but endures the experience by secretly taking reading lessons from another slave.
McGraw, Eloise Jarvis. Moccasin trail
A pioneer boy, brought up by Crow Indians, is reunited with his family and attempts to orient himself in the white man's culture.
McKissack, Pat. Run away home
In 1886 in Alabama, an eleven-year-old African American girl and her family befriend and give refuge to a runaway Apache boy.
Minahan, John A. Abigail's drum
During the War of 1812, when British soldiers threaten the town of Scituate, Massachusetts, young Rebecca Bates and her sister Abigail, daughters of the local lighthouse keeper, find a way to save both him and the town.
Moeri, Louise. Save Queen of Sheba
After miraculously surviving a Sioux Indian raid on the trail to Oregon, a brother and sister set out with few provisions to find the rest of the settlers.
Nixon, Joan Lowery. Aggie's home
A clumsy and unattractive twelve-year-old, Aggie is sure no one will want to adopt her when she rides the orphan train out west, but when she meets the eccentric Bradon family she begins to have some hope. Includes historical information about orphan trains and the woman's suffrage movement.
Nixon, Joan Lowery. A family apart
When their mother can no longer support them, six siblings are sent by the Children's Aid Society of New York City to live with farm families in Missouri in 1860.
O'Dell, Scott. Sing down the moon
A young Navajo girl recounts the events of 1864 when her tribe was forced to march to Fort Sumner as prisoners of the white soldiers.
O'Dell, Scott. Streams to the river, river to the sea: a novel of Sacagawea
A young Indian woman, accompanied by her infant and cruel husband, experiences joy and heartbreak when she joins the Lewis and Clark Expedition seeking a way to the Pacific.
O'Dell, Scott. Thunder rolling in the mountains
In the late nineteenth century, a young Nez Perce girl relates how her people were driven off their land by the U.S. Army and forced to retreat north until their eventual surrender.
Paterson, Katherine. Jip: his story
While living on a Vermont poor farm during 1855 and 1856, Jip learns his identity and that of his mother and comes to understand how he arrived at this place.
Paterson, Katherine. Lyddie
Impoverished Vermont farm girl Lyddie Worthen is determined to gain her independence by becoming a factory worker in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1840s.
Paterson, Katherine. Preacher's boy
In 1899, ten-year-old Robbie, son of a preacher in a small Vermont town, gets himself into all kinds of trouble when he decides to give up being Christian in order to make the most of his life before the end of the world.
Paulsen, Gary. Mr. Tucket
(Series includes several other titles)
In 1848, while on a wagon train headed for Oregon, fourteen-year-old Francis Tucket is kidnapped by Pawnee Indians and then falls in with a one-armed trapper who teaches him how to live in the wild.
Paulsen, Gary. Sarny, a life remembered
Sequel to: Nightjohn
Continues the adventures of Sarny, the slave girl Nightjohn taught to read, through the aftermath of the Civil War during which time she taught other Blacks and lived a full life until age ninety-four.
Pearsall, Shelley. Trouble don't last
Samuel, an eleven-year-old Kentucky slave, and Harrison, the elderly slave who helped raise him, attempt to escape to Canada via the Underground Railroad.
Peck, Richard. Fair weather
In 1893, thirteen-year-old Rosie and members of her family travel from their Illinois farm to Chicago to visit Aunt Euterpe and attend the World's Columbian Exposition which, along with an encounter with Buffalo Bill and Lillian Russell, turns out to be a life-changing experience for everyone.
Pfitsch, Patricia Curtis. Keeper of the light
After her father's death in 1872, Faith takes over his job as lighthouse keeper on Lake Superior, until her mother decides to move into town, where Faith finds herself stifled by the role society expects her to play.
Pfitsch, Patricia Curtis. Riding the flume
In 1894, fifteen-year-old Francie determines to fight the lumbermen and protect the largest Sequoia tree ever seen, which had been given to her sister just before her death six years earlier.
Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Abraham Lincoln : letters from a slave girl
A fictional correspondence between President Abraham Lincoln and a twelve-year-old slave girl that discusses his decision to write the Emancipation Proclamation.
Pryor, Bonnie. Joseph: a rumble of war, 1861
After his stepfather becomes an abolitionist, ten-year-old Joseph struggles with his own thoughts about slavery as he sees its divisive power in his small Kentucky town.
Reeder, Carolyn. Captain Kate
Determined to take her father's coal-carrying barge on the C&O Canal from Cumberland, Maryland, to Georgetown in D.C., twelve-year-old Kate learns hurtful truths about herself.
Richter, Conrad. The light in the forest
True Son became an Indian when he was captured at four from the field of his parents' Pennsylvania frontier farm. When he is forced to return to his parents, he is torn by the conflict between the free Indian life and the restrictions of the settlers.
Rinaldi, Ann. Amelia's war
When a Confederate general threatens to burn Hagerstown, Maryland, unless it pays an exorbitant ransom, twelve-year-old Amelia and her friend find a way to save the town.
Rinaldi, Ann. In my father's house
For two sisters growing up surrounded by the Civil War, there is conflict both outside and inside their house.
Robinet, Harriette. Forty acres and maybe a mule
Born with a withered leg and hand, Pascal, who is about twelve years old, joins other former slaves in a search for a farm and the freedom which it promises.
Robinet, Harriette. Missing from Haymarket Square
Three children in Chicago in 1886 experience the Haymarket Riot in response to exploitative working conditions.
Roop, Peter. Girl of the shining mountains: Sacagawea's story
Sacagawea describes how, at the age of sixteen, she becomes part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and serves as their interpreter and guide, surviving many dangerous adventures on their trek through the wilderness.
Ryan, Pam Munoz. Riding freedom
A fictionalized account of Charley (Charlotte) Parkhurst who ran away from an orphanage, posed as a boy, moved to California, and fooled everyone by her appearance.
Sandoz, Mari. The horsecatcher
Unable to kill, a young Cheyenne is scorned by his tribe when he chooses to become a horse catcher rather than a warrior.
Schultz, Jan Neubert. Firestorm
Maggie hates moving from beautiful Superior, Wisconsin, to dusty Hinckley, Minnesota, in 1894, until she almost loses her family to a forest fire that sweeps through the town.
Steele, William O. The perilous road
Chris hates the Yankees who robbed him but when he reports the presence of a Yankee patrol to the Confederates, he realizes too late he may have betrayed his own brother.
Stevens, Carla. Anna, Grandpa, and the big storm
Anna's grandfather is bored with city life until he and Anna are stranded on the Third Avenue El during the blizzard of 1888.
Stolz, Mary. Cezanne Pinto
In his old age Cezanne Pinto recalls his youth as a slave on a Virginia plantation and his escape to a new life in the North.
Taylor, Theodore. Teetoncey
Sequels: Teetoncey and Ben O'Neal and The odyssey of Ben O'Neal
In this first novel of a trilogy, eleven-year-old Ben rescues an English girl from a shipwreck off the Outer Banks of North Carolina; and, though she becomes part of his family, she never speaks.
Van Leeuwen, Jean. Bound for Oregon
A fictionalized account of the journey made by nine-year-old Mary Ellen Todd and her family from their home in Arkansas westward over the Oregon Trail in 1852.
Wait, Lea. Stopping to home
In 1806, orphaned eleven-year-old Abigail and her little brother Seth find a home with the young Widow Chase in the seaport of Wiscasset, Maine, and help her discover a way to support them all.
Warner, Sally. Finding Hattie
In 1882 Hattie, a fourteen-year-old orphan, joins her cousin Sophie in attending boarding school at Miss Bulkley's Seminary for Young Ladies in Tarrytown, New York, and tries to find her place in the world.
Whelan, Gloria. Fruitlands
Fictional diary entries recount the true-life efforts of Louisa May Alcott's family to establish a utopian community known as Fruitlands in Massachusetts in 1843.
Wilkins, Celia. Across the rolling river
Follows the experiences of Caroline Quiner, who will become Laura Ingalls Wilder's mother, and her family on their farm on the Wisconsin frontier during the year in which Caroline turns twelve.
Wisler, G. Clifton. The drummer boy of Vicksburg
In this fact-based story, fourteen-year-old drummer boy Orion Howe displays great bravery during a Civil War battle at Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Yates, Elizabeth. Patterns on the wall
Adventures of a man who travels through New England, painting and decorating homes.
Yates, Elizabeth. Prudence Crandall: woman of courage
A new edition of the historical novel of the Quaker teacher who in 1833 opened a school for African-American women and girls.
Yep, Laurence. Dragon's gate
Sequel to: Mountain light
When he accidentally kills a Manchu, a fifteen-year-old Chinese boy is sent to America to join his father, an uncle, and other Chinese working to build a tunnel for the transcontinental railroad through the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1867.
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Alexander, Lloyd. The Gawgon and The Boy
In Depression-era Philadelphia, when eleven-year-old David is too ill to attend school, he is tutored by the unique and adventurous Aunt Annie, whose teaching combines with his imagination to greatly enrich his life.
Burch, Robert. Ida Early comes over the mountain
Tough times in rural Georgia during the Depression take a lively turn when spirited Ida Early arrives to keep house for the Suttons.
Coleman, Evelyn. Circle of fire
In 1958, Mendy puts herself in danger when she discovers that the Ku Klux Klan is planning to bomb the Highlander Folk School in order to disrupt a visit from Mendy's hero, Eleanor Roosevelt.
Collier, James Lincoln. The jazz kid
Playing the coronet is the first thing that twelve-year-old Paulie Horvath has taken seriously, but his obsession with becoming a jazz musician leads him into conflict with his parents and into the tough underworld of Chicago in the 1920s.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud, not Buddy
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father-the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
Davies, Jacqueline. Where the ground meets the sky
During World War II, a twelve-year-old girl is uprooted from her quiet, East coast life and moved to a secluded army post in the New Mexico desert where her father and other scientists are working on a top secret project.
Davis, Ossie. Just like Martin
Following the deaths of two classmates in a bomb explosion at his Alabama church, fourteen-year-old Stone organizes a children's march for civil rights in the autumn of 1963.
DeFelice, Cynthia C. Lostman's River
In the early 1900s, thirteen-year-old Tyler encounters vicious hunters whose actions threaten to destroy the Everglades ecosystem, and as a result joins the battle to protect that fragile environment.
Durbin, William. Song of Sampo Lake
In 1900, as a family of Finnish immigrants begins farming on the edge of a Minnesota lake, Matti works as a store clerk, teaches English, and works on the homestead, striving to get out of his older brother's shadow and earn their father's respect.
Giff, Patricia Reilly. All the way home
In 1941, circumstances bring together Brick, a boy from New York's apple country, and Mariel, a young girl made shy by her bout with polio, and the two make a journey from Brooklyn back to help Brick's elderly neighbors save their apple crop and to help Mariel learn about her past.
Giff, Patricia Reilly. Lily's crossing
During a summer spent at Rockaway Beach in 1944, Lily's friendship with a young Hungarian refugee causes her to see the war and her own world differently.
Greene, Bette. Summer of my German soldier
Sheltering an escaped German prisoner of war is the beginning of some shattering experiences for a 12-year-old Jewish girl in Arkansas.
Hesse, Karen. Out of the dust
In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.
Hooks, William H. Circle of fire
Shortly before Christmas, 1936, eleven-year-old Harrison overhears a notorious local bigot planning a Ku Klux Klan raid on a band of Irish tinkers camped nearby and realizes he must do something to prevent it.
Hurwitz, Johanna. Dear Emma
Sequel to: Faraway summer
In her letters to a Vermont friend, eighth grader Dossi, a Russian, Jewish immigrant living in the Lower East Side of New York City in 1910, shares her thoughts about her new brother-in-law, the diphtheria epidemic, and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.
Hyatt, Patricia Rusch. Coast to coast with Alice
Sixteen-year-old Hermine Jahns relates her experiences traveling on the first cross-country automobile trip with a woman driver in 1909.
Ibbotson, Eva. Journey to the river sea
Sent with her governess to live with the dreadful Carter family in exotic Brazil in 1910, Maia endures many hardships before fulfilling her dream of exploring the Amazon River.
Langton, Jane. The boyhood of Grace Jones
A young girl persists in being a tomboy despite the disapproval of her parents and classmates - set during the Depression.
Lehrman, Robert. The store that Mama built
In 1917 twelve-year-old Birdie and her siblings, the children of Jewish immigrants from Russia, help their recently widowed mother run the family store, picking up where their father left off in his struggle to succeed in America.
Levine, Gail Carson. Dave at night
When orphaned Dave is sent to the Hebrew Home for Boys where he is treated cruelly, he sneaks out at night and is welcomed into the music- and culture-filled world of the Harlem Renaissance.
Levinson, Riki. Boys here--girls there
During the Depression, the year that six-year-old Jennie starts school brings many changes to her loving Jewish family, including her father's loss of his job and the birth of a new baby.
Levitin, Sonia. Annie's promise
Sequel to: Silver Days
Her experiences at a summer camp in the California mountains in 1945 give twelve-year-old Annie Platt new insight into her overprotective family of German-Jewish immigrants.
Levoy, Myron. Alan and Naomi
In New York of the 1940's a boy tries to befriend a girl traumatized by Nazi brutality in France.
Lyon, George Ella. Borrowed children
Having been forced to act as mother and housekeeper during Mama's illness, twelve-year-old Amanda has a holiday in Memphis, far removed from the Depression drudgery of her Kentucky mountain family, and finds her world expanding even as she grows to understand and appreciate her own background.
Mazer, Norma Fox. Good night, Maman
After spending years fleeing from the Nazis in war-torn Europe, twelve-year-old Karin Levi and her older brother Marc find a new home in a refugee camp in Oswego, New York.
McKissack, Pat. Color me dark: the diary of Nellie Lee Love, the great migration North
Eleven-year-old Nellie Lee Love records in her diary the events of 1919, when her family moves from Tennessee to Chicago, hoping to leave the racism and hatred of the South behind.
Montes, Marisa. A circle of time
In 1996, a fourteen-year-old girl in a coma is forced back in time by a girl who died in 1906, and who needs help in righting a series of terrible wrongs.
Moranville, Sharelle Byars. Over the river
In 1947, after the war, Willa Mae's father returns to the Illinois town where she has lived with her maternal grandparents for the last five of her eleven years, and Willa Mae finds herself struggling to understand old family tensions and secrets.
O'Leary, Patsy Baker. With wings as eagles
In 1938 in rural North Carolina, twelve-year-old Bubba Hawkins finds himself in emotional turmoil when his father returns from prison to resume his life with his wife and sons and his black neighbors.
Peck, Richard. A long way from Chicago
A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.
Peck, Richard. A year down yonder
Sequel to: A long way from Chicago
In 1937, during the Depression, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice, initially apprehensive about leaving Chicago to spend a year with her fearsome, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois, gradually begins to better understand and admire her grandmother's unusual qualities.
Peck, Robert Newton. Arly
Although Arly Poole seems bound to follow in his father's footsteps as a field worker in Jailtown, Florida, where his family lives in 1927 in the shadow of a cruel boss, his world suddenly seems larger when a schoolteacher comes to town.
Peck, Robert Newton. Cowboy ghost
Growing up without a mother and with an aloof father on a cattle ranch in Florida in the first part of the 1900s has made Titus very close to his older brother, Micah, and determined to make Micah proud of him when the two go on their first cattle drive together.
Robinet, Harriette. Walking to the bus-rider blues
Twelve-year-old Alfa Merryfield, his older sister, and their grandmother struggle for rent money, food, and their dignity as they participate in the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott in the summer of 1956.
Rostkowski, Margaret I. After the dancing days
A forbidden friendship with a badly disfigured soldier in the aftermath of World War I forces thirteen-year-old Annie to redefine the word "hero" and to question conventional ideas of patriotism.
Salisbury, Graham. Under the blood-red sun
Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
Taylor, Mildred D. The road to Memphis
Sadistically teased by two white boys in 1940's rural Mississippi, a black youth severely injures one of the boys with a tire iron and enlists Cassie's help in trying to flee the state.
Taylor, Mildred D. Roll of thunder, hear my cry
A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand.
Taylor, Sydney. All-of-a-kind family
Five young sisters experience life in New York's Lower East Side at the beginning of the 20th century. The close-knit group encounters everyday realities such as boring chores, missing library books, and trips to the Rivington Street market, as well as those details which bring the early 1900's to life--scarlet fever, peddlers, and bathing at Coney Island. Woven into the story are the traditions and holidays of the Jewish religion.
Taylor, Sydney. All-of-a-kind family downtown
The further adventures of five sisters and their brother growing up on New York's East Side in the early twentieth century.
Uchida, Yoshiko. A jar of dreams
A young girl grows up in a closely-knit Japanese American family in California during the 1930's, a time of great prejudice.
Whitmore, Arvella. The bread winner
When both her parents are unable to find work and pay the bills during the Great Depression, resourceful Sarah Ann Puckett saves the family from the poorhouse by selling her prizewinning homemade bread.
Wiggin, Kate Douglas Smith. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
When Rebecca Rowena Randall goes to live with her spinster aunts in Riverboro, Rebecca's aunts find her to be more of a handful than they bargained for. But even more surprising than the transition of Rebecca into a well-mannered young lady are the effects that Rebecca has on her aunts' humdrum lives. Rebecca, with her wide dark eyes and spirit that no walls can contain, will change their lives -- and the lives of everyone she meets -- forever.
Wolff, Virginia Euwer. Bat 6
In a small town, post-World War Oregon, twenty-one 6th-grade girls recount the story of an annual softball game, during which one girl's bigotry comes to the surface.
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Events in the history of the United States, from George Washington's presidency through the beginning of the space program, are related to the experiences of one family.