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.