YA FIC AID Aidinoff, Elsie The Garden
Young Eve takes her first breath in the Garden attended by her guardian, the beautiful, nurturing
Serpent. Daily it teaches her about all of life, including the all-powerful Creator, God. When the
Serpent finally takes her to meet God and Adam, the boy he teaches, Eve is fascinated. But when
she questions God in order to understand more, God is annoyed, demanding that she obey
unquestioningly. Eve and young Adam are instructed to come hear lessons from God about how
to properly worship him. Eve's natural curiosity, nurtured by the Serpent, continues to anger the
stern God. Impatient to see if his creations can properly procreate, God forces Adam on Eve in an
ugly rape that devastates both Eve and Adam. The Serpent demands a six moon-cycle
separation of the two, and during that time, Eve revels in the forays that she and the Serpent
make outside of the Garden. When the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil grows as a result of
Eve's travels, the Serpent carefully explains the consequences of disobeying God to Eve and
Adam. Despite Eve's dark prophetic dreams, they choose freedom rather than unquestioning
obedience to God and are expelled from the Garden.
J & YA FIC AVI Avi Crispin: The Cross of Lead
In 1377 England, mysteries surround thirteen-year-old Crispin, a serf from a rural village who
never knows his own name until his mother dies. Nor does he know just who his mother really
was—why she was an outcast or how she learned to read and write. Shortly after her burial,
Crispin finds himself pursued by men who mean to kill him for reasons he does not understand.
He escapes, only to be captured by a huge juggler named Bear. Bear teaches Crispin to sing and
play the recorder, and slowly they begin to get to know one another. When they perform in
villages and towns, however, they discover that the hunt for Crispin is still in full swing. For
Crispin, this situation makes the question of Bear's trustworthiness vital, for Bear has secrets of
his own. The suspense stays taut until the very end of the book, when Crispin uncovers his
identity and then must decide how to act on that information.
J & YA FIC AVI Avi Crispin: At the Edge of the World
At last, Crispin helps Bear escape from the evil clutches of one enemy only to run right into
another one. Now, the second tale in the series about Crispin begins where the two must elude
John Ball's brotherhood, of which Bear was once a spy. With no friends in sight, Bear and Crispin
reach deep inside their friendship to find a way to the freedom they both crave. Along the trail,
Bear uses his brawn to keep the two alive until injury leaves them alone in an unknown place
where they must trust a young disfigured girl, Troth, and her guardian. Still the fates send even
more trouble as the old guardian dies a violent death, leaving Troth in their keep. Although
tragedy strikes at every corner, the three comrades use their wits and talents to survive this
ordeal that leads to a variety of freedoms for our heroes.
J & YA MYS AVI Avi Midnight Magic
Just after the Tarot cards forecast death in this ghostly fantasy adventure, conniving Count
Scarazoni summons Fabrizio and his magician master to the castello to spirit away the specter
that haunts Princess Teresina.
YA FIC BAR Barnhouse, Rebecca The Book of the Maidservant
Johanna is a servant girl to Dame Margery Kempe, a renowned medieval holy woman. Dame
Margery feels the suffering the Virgin Mary felt for her son but cares little for the misery she sees
every day. When she announces that Johanna will accompany her on a pilgrimage to Rome, the
suffering truly begins. After walking all day, Johanna must fetch water, wash clothes, and cook for
the entire party of pilgrims. Then arguing breaks out between Dame Margery and the other
travelers, and Johanna is caught in the middle. As the fighting escalates, Dame Margery turns her
back on the whole group, including Johanna. Abandoned in a foreign land where she doesn’t
even speak the language, the young maidservant must find her own way to Rome.
J & YA FIC BLA Blackwood, Gary The Shakespeare Stealer
Poor Widge is compelled by his master to use his ability to transcribe in shorthand for the
purpose of stealing Mr. Shakespeare’s play Hamlet.
YA FIC BLA Blackwood, Gary Shakespeare’s Spy
Things are disappearing mysteriously from Will Shakespeare's acting company, and it looks like
an inside job. Everyone's eyes are on Widge, the orphan boy turned actor, and former thief.
Widge knows better than anyone that Shakespeare's plays must be protected at all costs. In
order to prove his innocence and clear his name, Widge must learn a new role: spy. But can he
dig through the suspects and skulduggery and catch the true culprit?
YA FIC BLA Blackwood, Gary Shakespeare’s Scribe
When an outbreak of the deadly Black Plague closes the Globe Theatre, William Shakespeare's
acting troupe sets off on a tour of England. Widge, the orphan-turned-actor, knows that he'll be
useful on the trip. Not only does he love the stage, but his knack for a unique shorthand has
proven him one of the most valuable apprentices in the troupe. But then a mysterious man
appears, claiming to know a secret from Widge's past-a secret that may forever force him from
the theatre he loves.
YA FIC BOS Bosse, Malcolm Tusk and Stone
Bosse creates a rich and detailed world in this story of a young Brahman of seventh-century
India. Fourteen-year-old Arjun is traveling with his younger sister and uncle when their caravan is
attacked by bandits. Arjun escapes the slaughter, only to be sold into the army, where he
becomes an elephant driver of great renown. When his beloved elephant is killed in battle, Arjun
is captured and becomes a slave, but he eventually develops a new life and talent as a master
stonecutter of religious sculptures.
YA FIC BRA Bradford, Karleen There Will Be Wolves
Ursula, condemned as a witch because of her knowledge of healing, escapes being burned to
death when she joins her father and thousands of others who follow Peter the Hermit on the first
Crusade from Cologne to Jerusalem in 1096.
YA FIC CAD Cadnum, Michael Daughter of the Wind
Hallgerd is the 17 year-old daughter of the Norwegian village leader. A group of Danes, acting
under the orders of a powerful, warring-king's daughter, kidnap her and intend to marry her to this
noblewoman's son. After a sympathetic young Dane helps her to escape, Hallegerd avenges her
kidnapping by setting fire to the town and steals a small rowboat. As she is rowing through the
marsh, she meets Gauk, a young hunter, along with a young blacksmith from Hallegerd's village
who has come to rescue her.
YA FIC CAD Cadnum, Michael Ship of Fire
In 1587, sailing to Spain on board Sir Francis Drake's ship "Elizabeth Bonaventure," seventeen-
year-old surgeon's apprentice Thomas Spyre finds that, with the sudden death of his master, he
must take over as ship's surgeon and prove his skill not only as a doctor but also as a fighter
when he is enlisted by Drake to face battle.
YA MYS CAD Cadnum, Michael The King’s Arrow
When eighteen-year-old Simon, the half-English, half-Norman son of a noble family living in
Norman-occupied England in 1100, is offered the chance to accompany the king's friend Walter
Tirel on a royal hunt, he is flattered by the honor. He hopes his association with Tirel will help him
advance in a country where being English means being subject to the whims of the Norman
upper class. But when the king is killed by Tirel's arrow during the course of the hunt, Simon must
join Tirel in fleeing for their lives. Accident or murder?
YA SF CHA Chamberlin, Ann Merlin of the Oak Wood
War-torn 1425 France is desperate for La Pucelle, the Maid who will heal the country, whereas
the object of the prophecy, Jehannette, struggles with her destiny.
YA FIC COO Cooney, Caroline Enter Three Witches
Lady Mary is a ward of Lord and Lady Macbeth whose life is forever changed when her father,
Lord Cawdor, betrays the Scottish king — and is hanged as a traitor. In an instant, Mary has lost
both her father and future. Now she's trapped in a castle with a power-hungry couple who will do
anything to get what they want — and are willing to crush anyone in their way. Including Mary. As
the murderous events of Shakespeare's play unfold around her, Mary must struggle to survive --
and do what she can to prevent more deaths. But can a lone girl save lives when a legion of
Scottish lords cannot?
J & YA SF COO Cooper, Susan King of Shadows
The play’s the thing – whether it’s 1999 or 1599; a young actor time travels to Will Shakespeare’s
Globe Theater and becomes involved in a puzzling mystery.
YA FIC CRE Creel, Ann Howard Under a Stand Still Moon
Echo Song's love of birdcalls earned her her name, but her first name was Born of the Stand Still
Moon, for the rare lunar position at the time of her birth. Because of this, she has always been
labeled as special. When a turn of events allows her to save a life miraculously, her status is
cemented. She is sought as a bride for one of the high priests in her Anasazi community and has
to give up the young man she loves. But when the crops begin to fail, she finds herself stepping
into her role as a leader of her people and ultimately discovers the secret to save their way of life.
YA FIC CRO Crowley, Suzanne The Stolen One
Kat's true identity is a secret, even from her. All she has ever known are Grace and Anna and
their small village. Kat wants more—more than hours spent embroidering finery for wealthy ladies
and more than Christian, the gentle young farmer courting her. But there are wolves outside,
Grace warns. Waiting, with their eyes glowing in the dark . . . and Grace has given Kat safety and
a home when no one else would. Then a stranger appears in their cottage, bringing the mystery
of Kat's birth with her. In one night, Kat's destiny finds her: She will leave. She will journey to
London, and her skill with the needle will attract the notice of the magnificent Queen Elizabeth—
and of the wolves of the court. She will discover what Grace would never tell her.
Everything will unravel.
J& YA FIC CUS Cushman, Karen 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.
YA SF DIC Dickinson, Peter A Bone From a Dry Sea
In his latest novel, Dickinson tells of two girls whose lives are linked, though they are born more
than two million years apart. Along with its dual heroines, this tale has two objectives: one is to
entertain, and the other is to elaborate on a controversial theory of evolution. The story's present-
day protagonist is Vinny, who is spending the summer on a dig in Africa with her taphonomist
father. In the same part of the world but deep in ``our furthest possible past, which is like looking
at a group of people far off across a flat, hot plain'' lives Li, a hominid who lives with the rest of
her tribe by the shores of a vast sea. The inquisitive Li's knack for inventing new and better ways
to do things--along with her rapport with a school of dolphins--makes her the unwilling prize in a
struggle between two dominant males. Likewise, in her own time, Vinny becomes the center of a
dispute between her father and the dig's arrogant leader. Hefty doses of scientific speculation, a
plot rife in coincidence, a school of helpful dolphins, and a decidedly feminist slant are the sort of
ingredients that, in less capable hands, could result in a New Age muddle. Here, however, the
narrative is gripping, and Dickinson's shrewd observation of the interaction between males and
females--in both the present and the past--is easily as compelling as his exploration of the
intriguing sea-ape theory.
YA FIC FLE Fletcher, Susan Alphabet of Dreams
After their father orchestrated a failed plot against a tyrant, Mitra and her little brother Babak take
to streets of Rhagae. Mitra disguises herself as a boy, hoping to survive long enough to reunite
with her family. When her brother begins to have strange dreams, he attracts the attention of a
Magus. Babak's gift enables him to know a person's dreams if he sleeps with an object belonging
to the person. Mitra wants Babak to use this gift to find their family, but the Magus has other
ideas. He has read portents of a great king to come soon and wants Babak to dream more
details. Mitra and Babak find themselves on a long journey to find this king, a journey that will
eventually lead them to Bethlehem.
YA FIC FOR Ford, Michael Fire of Ares (Spartan Quest v 1)
Lysander, a young Helot slave, knows little about the mysterious pendant he wears around his
neck except its name—the Fire of Ares. But when the pendant is stolen, he must fight to retrieve
it and fulfill its powerful destiny before it is too late.
YA FIC FOR Ford, Michael Birth of a Warrior (Spartan Quest v 2)
Lysander thought he left his roots as a Helot slave far behind when he discovered his true identity
as the descendant of a Spartan warrior. His training at the academy has been ruthless, but now
he must face his toughest challenge yet: being sent to the mountains with two other boys to prove
they can survive the harsh conditions on nothing but their Spartan strength and wits. Facing
starvation, wild animals, and the elements, Lysander discovers that his real enemy is in fact one
of the other boys, who’s bent on sabotaging him. And when war with Persia threatens, Lysander
must decide where his allegiance truly lies.
YA FIC FOR Ford, Michael Legacy of Blood (Spartan Quest v 3)
The Spartan Quest series continues with Lysander's next adventure. After victory against the
Persians, Lysander and the other young warriors from Sparta are weary from battle. But then a
messenger brings news that Taras, a distant outpost of the Spartan empire, is under siege.
Sparta is in danger of losing a vital trading port to a local uprising. Lysander and his barrack set
sail immediately for southern Italy. They quickly discover that the locals will not be easily beaten.
In the heat of battle Lysander finds himself in front of the great statue in the main square, and is
shocked to see that the figure is wearing the Fire of Ares. Is this Lysander’s ancestor? He must
find out his connection to this town and its people, and in so doing reveal more of his mysterious
heritage, hidden from him for so long.
YA FIC FRI Friesner, Esther Nobody’s Princess
She is beautiful, she is a princess, and Aphrodite is her favorite goddess, but something in Helen
of Sparta just itches for more out of life. Not one to count on the gods—or her looks—to take care
of her, Helen sets out to get what she wants with steely determination and a sassy attitude. That
same attitude makes Helen a few enemies—such as the self-proclaimed "son of Zeus"
Theseus—but it also intrigues, charms, and amuses those who become her friends, from the
famed huntress Atalanta to the young priestess who is the Oracle of Delphi.
YA FIC FRI Friesner, Esther Nobody’s Prize
In this rousing sequel to Nobody’s Princess, young Helen of Sparta is not about to be left behind
when her older brothers head off to join the quest for the Golden Fleece. Accompanied by her
friend Milo, and disguised as a boy herself, Helen sets out to join the crew of heroes aboard the
massive ship known as The Argo. Helen quickly faces all sorts of danger. There are battles to be
fought, as well as an encounter with a terrifying murderous princess. With her beauty blossoming,
Helen’s journey takes her beyond the mythology of the Golden Fleece to Athens, where her very
future as Queen of Sparta is threatened.
YA FIC FRI Friesner, Esther Sphinx’s Princess
Nefertiti may be the dutiful daughter of a commoner, but her inquisitive mind often gets her into
situations that are far from ordinary, like receiving secret lessons from a scribe. And she’s the
kind of girl who acts first, and apologizes later whenever she witnesses injustice or cruelty. But
she is also extraordinarily beautiful. And news of her striking beauty and impulsive behavior
attracts the attention of her aunt, the manipulative Queen Tiye, who sees Nefertiti as an ideal
pawn in her desire for power. Even though Nefertiti is taken from her beloved family and forced
into a life filled with courtly intrigue and danger, her spirit and mind will not rest. She continues to
challenge herself and the boundaries of ancient Egyptian society.
YA FIC GAR Garland, Sherry Indio
When Ipa was ten, Apache raiders attacked her small, peaceful pueblo in what is now Southwest
Texas, killing her Grandmother and abducting her older brother. Four years later, during her
wedding ceremony to a neighboring cacique's handsome son, Spaniards attack, and take Ipa, her
younger brother and a girl cousin as slaves to work in the mines and missions farther south, in
Mexico. How Ipa learns to live with the Spanish, and eventually manage to escape back to her
own people, makes for a riveting tale filled with adventure, romance and skillfully interwoven
information on how a little known Native American group was partly destroyed and partly
assimilated into Mexican culture in the 1500s.
YA FIC GER Geras, Adele Troy
The passion of Helen and Paris, Hector's farewell to his ill-fated infant son, and other familiar
domestic scenes are seen from a closer perspective, through the eyes of the four teenage
protagonists. Marpessa is Helen's young servant, and her sister Xanthe is nursemaid to Hector's
baby son, while Iason, who is secretly beloved by their friend Polyxena, tends the horses and
yearns for Xanthe, who has a crush on Alastor, who has impregnated Marpessa. These
complicated, interlocking infatuations and love affairs work themselves out against a background
of siege and bloodshed watched over by the gods. Artemis, Mars, Poseidon, and Pallas Athene
appear in visions to reveal their plans to the characters (and to us), but their words blow away like
mist as soon as they are gone. Meanwhile, the bawdy gossip of three old serving maids in the
kitchen emulates a Greek chorus. The story winds to its inevitable destination with the emergence
of the Greeks from the wooden horse and the bloody sack of the city--a suitably violent end to an
ancient and violent tale.
YA FIC GER Geras, Adele Ithaka
Many years have passed since the end of the Trojan War, and Penelope is still waiting for her
husband, Odysseus, to return home. The city of Ithaka is overrun with uncouth suitors from the
surrounding islands who are vying to win Penelope's hand in marriage, thereby gaining control of
the land. When a naked, half-drowned man washes up on the beach, everything changes. . . .
Told through the eyes of Klymene, a young girl who is like a daughter to Penelope--and who
longs for more than friendship from the young prince Telemachus--Ithaka captures the quiet
strength and patience of a woman's enduring love for her husband and the ensuing chaos that
threatens all as Penelope is pressured to remarry.
YA FIC GRA Grant, K.M. Blood Red Horse
Based on the Third Crusade with England's King Richard I and the Muslim leader Saladin, this
novel takes readers from the de Granvilles' Hartslove Castle to the bloody battlefields of the
Middle East. It is a story of loyalty, honor, and nobility and centers around the lives of two
brothers, Gavin and William; the fair maiden Eleanor whom they leave behind; and Will's beloved
red horse. Readers are caught up in the bloody battles, with alternating chapters revealing what
is happening on the "home front," and in the Christian and in the Muslim camps. Tying these
stories together is the red horse, Hosanna, who is the book's most compelling and empathetic
YA FIC GRI Grimes, Nikki Dark Sons
Grimes contrasts the Biblical story of Abraham's son Ishmael with present day Samuel's trying to
cope with divorce and his father's remarriage. Conveyed almost entirely in prose poems, the work
gives deeper meaning to both stories. Both sons focus first on their mothers. Ishmael's mother is
a slave, and the jealousy of Abraham's wife makes their life difficult. The arrival of Isaac, the
natural son in ancient times and of David, a biracial child in the present, gives a clear picture of
the universality over time of sons wanting to be first in their father's lives regardless of
circumstances, as well as the charm of new babies.
YA FIC HAU Haugaard, Erik Christian The Samurai’s Tale
In turbulent sixteenth-century Japan, orphaned Taro is taken in by a general serving the great
warlord Takeda Shingen and grows up to become a samurai fighting for the enemies of his dead
YA FIC HAU Haugaard, Erik Christian The Boy and the Samurai
Having grown up as an orphan of the streets while sixteenth-century Japan is being ravaged by
civil war, Saru seeks to help a samurai rescue his wife from imprisonment by a warlord so they
can all flee to a more peaceful life.
YA FIC HAU Haugaard, Erik Christian The Revenge of the Forty Seven
In the time when the Shogun ruled Japan, two hundred samurai suffered a grave insult—their
master met an unjust death. Forty-seven of them are courageous enough to avenge him. Jiro is a
lowly servant to one of the brave samurai. Chosen as his master's unlikely spy during the
planning of the great revenge, Jiro must learn when to talk and when to listen, or at any moment
he could lose his head to a samurai's razor-sharp sword. And even as Jiro plays his small part in
the unfolding plot, he searches for the truth about his own identity.
YA FIC HEU Heuston, Kimberly Dante’s Daughter
Spanning twenty years of hardship and happiness, this deeply affecting tale of Dante Alighieri's
daughter gives readers glimpses into the sensory carnival of fourteenth-century Italy and France,
a world of violence and fear as well as of great beauty. Antonia is five when her father's political
activities force them to flee Florence, but she finds a warm family in her uncle Duccio's house and
learns about painting in his workshop. She is eleven when her father reappears, demanding that
Antonia accompany him on a difficult journey to Paris, where he will study at the university. In
Paris, Antonia works at a stationer's shop in a béguinage, a community of lay sisters. When she
returns to Italy two years later, Antonia helps in Duccio's household and workshop as he
constructs his altarpiece, the Maestà. As years and troubles pass and her family's fortunes wane
and then wax again, Antonia always finds herself in art, learning to fresco from Giotto as her
father writes his Purgatorio.
YA MYS HOF Hoffman, Mary The Falconer’s Knot
The award-winning author of the Stravaganza series has done it again with this atmospheric
adventure set in Renaissance Italy. Chiara and Silvano come from different worlds, but when they
fall in love while living in exile and posing as religious novices, they are powerless to reveal their
feelings to one another. And a few suspicious murders don’t make their love lives any simpler!
These intertwining stories unfold in a fantastic and completely entertaining romp that is
marvelously engaging and filled with swirling intrigue.
YA FIC HOF Hoffman, Alice Incantation
Estrella deMadrigal thought she knew herself: daughter, granddaughter, sister, dearest friend,
beloved. She is Star in the Night Sky, Truth in the Darkness. But truth is rare and precious in this
cruel and unforgiving century in Spain, when Jews who refused conversion to Christianity risked
everything - love, life, family, faith. Then: A startling discovery shakes Estrella's world to the core.
And yet, it is something small and sweet that sets it aflame. A kiss. A kiss from someone she is
forbidden to love. As a new girl emerges from the cocoon of secrets in which she has been
shrouded, passion burns and friendship crumbles - and betrayal unleashes a monstrous evil from
the very deepest part of the earth. Estrella crosses over to a place she never thought she could
be; she is someone she never could have imagined. Remember the story she is about to tell you.
YA FIC HOR Horowitz, Anthony The Devil and His Boy
Murder, mystery, espionage, and drama combine in a plot that includes walk-on parts for
Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare. Tom is a poor and ignorant servant when he arrives in
London on an errand that he doesn’t understand. He joins an actors’ troupe that seems more
interested in politics than stagecraft. Only Moll Cutpurse seems at all reliable—and she’s a very
YA FIC JIN Jinks, Catherine Pagan’s Crusade
Street-wise Pagan arrives at the gates of the Templar Knights in hopes of earning money to pay
off gambling debts. He becomes the squire of the near-perfect Lord Roland during a pivotal time
in Jerusalem's history: the Holy Land is under siege from the Egyptian sultan Saladin. Many
scenes are hysterical, such as dim-witted pilgrims playing guessing games to pass the time on
the road ("Which saint am I? My name begins with U " To the answer, Saint Eusebius, Pagan
thinks, "Saint who?") or swapping tips about not-to-be-missed religious landmarks the way soccer
moms trade vacation ideas. But the author handles serious moments just as confidently, when
Pagan's sarcastic voice gives way to genuine introspection. There is real history and real drama
in this setting, much of it bloody, but Jinks keeps the focus on Pagan and his unique perspective.
YA FIC JIN Jinks, Catherine Pagan in Exile
After fighting the infidels in Jerusalem in 1188, Lord Roland and his squire Pagan return to
Roland's castle in France where they encounter violent family feuds and religious heretics.
YA FIC JIN Jinks, Catherine Pagan’s Vows
Follows the adventures of Pagan, squire to Lord Roland, through the years 1188 to 1189, as he
accompanies his master, now determined to be a monk, to the French monastery of St. Martin
and uncovers a dangerous blackmail plot.
YA FIC KLE Klein, Lisa Ophelia
He is Hamlet, Prince of Denmark; she is simply Ophelia. If you think you know their story, think
again. In this reimagining of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, it is Ophelia who takes center stage.
A rowdy, motherless girl, she grows up at Elsinore Castle to become the queen’s most trusted
lady-in-waiting. Ambitious for knowledge and witty as well as beautiful, Ophelia learns the ways
of power in a court where nothing is as it seems. When she catches the attention of the
captivating, dark-haired Prince Hamlet, their love blossoms in secret. But bloody deeds soon turn
Denmark into a place of madness, and Ophelia’s happiness is shattered. Ultimately, she must
choose between her love for Hamlet and her own life. In desperation, Ophelia devises a
treacherous plan to escape from Elsinore forever . . . with one very dangerous secret.
YA MYS LAS Lasky, Kathryn Blood Secret
Since her mother walked off and disappeared, Jerry has been shuttled around to various
charities. It took authorities years to find a relative because Jerry refuses to speak a word to
anyone. Now ready for high school, Jerry has been sent to live with her great-great-aunt
Constanza. In Constanza's house, Jerry finds a trunk filled with mementos. Each memento Jerry
touches fills her with memories from another time. Starting with Miriam, a Jewish girl living in
Seville, Spain in 1391, Jerry learns first-hand the horrors Jews suffered at the hands of the
Spanish Inquisition in Spain and America from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries. Jerry
becomes aware that certain practices Constanza follows, such as lighting candles on Friday
nights and not mixing red meat and milk, come from the Jewish religion. With each item she finds
in the trunk, Jerry learns the bitter truth behind her family's apparently staunch Catholic roots.
Throughout the book, Jerry finds the courage to began speaking again and starts to lead herself
and her aunt back to their Jewish heritage.
YA SF LEV Levitin, Sonia The Cure
A sixteen-year-old boy living in 2407 collides with the past when he finds himself in Strasbourg in
1348 confronting the anti-Semitism that sweeps through Europe during the Black Plague.
YA FIC LOV Love, D. Anne The Puppeteer’s Apprentice
A medieval orphan girl called Mouse gains the courage she needs to follow her dreams of
becoming a puppeteer's apprentice.
YA FIC MAT Matthews, Andrew Way of the Warrior
Jimmu is haunted by his father's suicide. Vowing vengeance on the man responsible, Jimmu
masters the skill of the samurai and secures a position among the lord's guards. But the closer
Jimmu comes to fulfilling his dark destiny, the more tangled he becomes in the truth of his father's
YA FIC MCC McCaughrean, Geraldine The Kite Rider
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.
J & YA FIC MCK McKinley, Robin Outlaws of Sherwood
The author retells the adventures of Robin Hood and his band of outlaws who live in Sherwood
Forest in twelfth-century England.
J & YA FIC MOR Morris, Gerald Parsifal’s Page
In medieval England, eleven-year-old Piers' dream comes true when he becomes page to
Parsifal, a peasant whose quest for knighthood reveals important secrets about both of their
YA FIC MOR Morris, Gerald The Ballad of Sir Dinadan
Young Dinadan has no wish to joust or quest or save damsels in distress or do any of the knightly
things expected of him. He'd rather be a minstrel, playing his rebec and writing ballads. But he
was born to be a knight, and knights, of course, have adventures. So after his father forces his
knighthood upon him, he wanders toward King Arthur's court, in the company of a misguided
young Welsh lad named Culloch. There Dinadan meets Sir Kai and Bedivere, and the three find
themselves accompanying Culloch on the worst sort of quest. Along the way, Dinadan writes his
own ballads, singing of honor, bravery, loyalty, and courtly love -- and becomes a player in the
pathetic love story of Tristram and Iseult. He meets the Moorish knight Palomides, the clever but
often exasperating Lady Brangienne, and an elvin musician named Sylvanus, along with the
usual collection of recreant knights and dimwitted defenders of chivalry. He learns that while
minstrels sing of spectacular heroic deeds, honor is often found in simpler, quieter ways.
J & YA FIC MOR Morris, Gerald The Squire, His Knight, & His Lady
Love, honor, battle and magic all have their place and purpose as Squire Terence and his knight,
Sir Gawain, the greatest knight of the Round Table, prepare to meet the faery Knight of the Green
J & YA FIC MOR Morris, Gerald The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf
Sixteen-year-old Lady Lynet, younger sister of the beautiful, shallow Lyonesse, is tired of
watching the Red Knight slaughter Lyonesse's suitors and stealthily rides to Camelot to ask King
Arthur to send a knight to defeat Red. She's worried, though, because her father died opposing
Arthur. She's aided by a dwarf she meets along the way, a polite, knowledgeable fellow, who
helps her navigate the paths to Camelot, joining her and the kitchen knave Beaumains--or is
Beaumains really someone else? As they travel, Lynet sees a lot of knights fighting, learns that
appearances can be deceiving, and finds true love.
YA & J FIC MOR 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
YA FIC MOR Morris, Gerald The Princess, The Crone and the
Ever since that tragic night when her mother and guardian were murdered, thirteen-year-old
Sarah has been living on her own and searching for the knight who was responsible. Her quest
for revenge leads to an even greater adventure when she witnesses Queen Guinevere being
kidnapped. Soon Sarah finds herself accompanying Sir Gawain and Squire Terence on a
remarkable journey to rescue the Queen. In their travels they meet, among others, a mystery
knight traveling incognito in a dung cart, a faery who becomes Sarah's first friend in a long time, a
reclusive monk who plans to spend the rest of his life building a tomb for Sir Lancelot, and a
princess who might have a little more gumption than she appears to. As the plot thickens, Sarah
finds out more about the people she's met and befriended, as well as about herself. She begins
to learn the true consequences of vengeance and what it really means to be a princess.
YA FIC MOR Morris, Gerald The Lioness and her Knight
Luneta is tired of living in dull Orkney with her mother and father (who happens to be the most
boring knight of King Arthur's Round Table). She prides herself on always getting what she
wants, so when the opportunity presents itself, she jumps at the chance to stay at a family friend's
castle near Camelot. Her handsome cousin, Sir Ywain - a young knight seeking adventure-
arrives just in time to escort her to King Arthur's court. Along the way they pick up a knight-
turned-fool named Rhience, whose wit and audacity set many a puffed-up personality in its place.
Before arriving at Lady Laudine's castle, the trio stops at Camelot, where they hear the story of
the Storm Stone, a magical object deep in the forest that soon sweeps everyone into a web of
love, betrayal, and more than a bit of magic. Filled with broken promises, powerful
enchantresses, unconventional sword fights, fierce and friendly lionesses, mysterious knights,
and damsels in and out of distress, The Lioness and Her Knight proves itself as witty and
adventuresome as the rest of Gerald Morris's tales from King Arthur's court.
YA FIC MOR Morris, Gerald Quest of the Fair Unknown
On her deathbed, Beaufils's mother leaves him with a quest and a clue: find your father, a knight
of King Arthur's court. So Beaufils leaves the isolated forest of his youth and quickly discovers
that he has much to learn about the world beyond his experience. Beaufils's innocence never fails
to make his companions grin, but his fresh outlook on the world's peculiarities turns out to be
more of a gift than a curse as they encounter unexpected friends and foes.
YA FIC MOR Morris, Gerald The Legend of the King
In this final installment of the Squire's Tale series, Terence and his fellow Knights of the Round
Table must come together in a last stand to save Camelot. The characters Gerald Morris has
brought to life throughout his series—―Terence and Gawain, Lynet and Gaheris, Luneta and
Rhience, Dinadan and Palomides"—each have an important role to play in this climactic final
conflict. Maintaining their faith, selflessness, and honor, Arthur's court bands together to try to
defeat Morgause and Mordred and banish the dark magic from England forever.
YA FIC NAP Napoli, Donna Jo The Wager
Don Giovanni was once the wealthiest and handsomest young man in Messina. Then a tidal
wave changed everything. When a well-dressed stranger offers him a magical purse, he knows
he shouldn’t take it. Only the devil would offer a deal like this, and only a fool would accept. Don
Giovanni is no fool, but he is desperate. He takes the bet: he will not bathe for 3 years, 3 months,
and 3 days. Beauty is a small price to pay for worldly wealth, isn’t it? Unless he loses the wager—
and with it his soul.
YA FIC NAP Napoli, Donna Jo The Smile
Hers is the most famous portrait in the world. Here, in prose as rich as the high Renaissance, is
Mona Lisa's tale—a story of passion, loss, and, above all, love. Elisabetta longs for romance,
though she thinks she's too plain. Then, on a visit to Florence, she catches the eye of the great
Leonardo da Vinci, and falls for a boy, Giuliano de' Medici. It's a dangerous time to be—or to be
involved with—a Medici. As tragedy and chaos threaten their happiness, Elisabetta faces the
bittersweet truth of love.
YA FIC NAP Napoli, Donna Jo Breath
This fascinating Pied Piper bypasses the villain rehabilitation or feminist perspective common to
most modern retellings; instead, it solidly grounds the tale in the 13th-century town of Hameln.
Chronically ill, Salz can't help on the farm, so he studies with the priest as if preparing for the
church. With his beloved Grandmutter, he's also a member of the town's coven of Christian, God-
fearing witches. Though no one expects him to live to adulthood, Salz dreams of a cure, perhaps
brought from distant lands by a traveling piper. In spring, a devastating stock blight is followed by
strangely selective plague, as the townsfolk fall ill with a terrifying, diseased madness. Is it
caused by rats, or sin, or witchcraft? Salz, searching for logical answers and moral consistency,
wants to help, but without drawing attention to his own suspicious (relative) health. A compelling
mystery (explained scientifically in the author's postscript) and fully realized characters bring life
to the legend.
YA FIC NAP Napoli, Donna Jo Bound
After Xing Xing's beloved father dies, she is left in the care of his second wife, her cruel
stepmother. Stepmother's one goal is to help her only daughter, Wei Ping, marry well. Although
Wei Ping is already of marriageable age, Stepmother decides to bind her feet, a process that was
usually begun in early childhood, to make the girl more attractive to potential suitors. Instead, the
girl develops only debilitating pain and a life-threatening infection. While her stepsister heals, Xing
Xing becomes the family servant, dressed in rags and secretly practicing the "three perfections"—
painting, poetry, and calligraphy—which her father had valued and helped cultivate in her. As
Xing Xing attempts to practice her art and evade her evil Stepmother, she finds solace from an
unexpected source—a giant fish who may be the spirit of her late mother. Napoli's story bears a
general resemblance both to traditional Western Cinderella stories and to the much older Chinese
YA FIC NAP Napoli, Donna Jo The Great God Pan
Pan, both goat and god, is a curious being who roams nature searching, wondering, and
frolicking with maenads and satyrs. He plays melodies on his reed flute, wooing animals to listen.
He is a creature of mystery and delight. One day in his travels, Pan meets Iphigenia, a human
raised as the daughter of King Agamemnon and Queen Clytemnestra. Pan is captivated by the
young princess. Set against a landscape of myth and legend, Napoli’s latest tale is a love story
wrought with sincere emotion and all that is great about the Gods.
YA SF NAP Napoli, Donna Jo Sirena
The gods grant immortality to the mermaid Sirena when she rescues a human man from the sea
and they fall in love, but his mortality creates great conflict between love and honor when he is
called to defend Greece in the Trojan War.
YA FIC NAP Napoli, Donna Jo Hush: An Irish Princess Tale
Melkorka is a princess, the first daughter of a magnificent kingdom in mediæval Ireland -- but all
of this is lost the day she is kidnapped and taken aboard a marauding slave ship. Thrown into a
world that she has never known, alongside people that her former country's laws regarded as
less than human, Melkorka is forced to learn quickly how to survive. Taking a vow of silence,
however, she finds herself an object of fascination to her captors and masters, and soon realizes
that any power, no matter how little, can make a difference. Based on an ancient Icelandic saga,
award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli has crafted a heartbreaking story of a young girl who
must learn to forget all that she knows and carve out a place for herself in a new world -- all
without speaking a word.
YA SF POP Pope, Elizabeth Marie Perilous Gard
In 1558 while imprisoned in a remote castle, a young girl becomes involved in a series of events
that leads to an underground labyrinth peopled by the last practitioners of druidic magic.
YA FIC REN Renault, Mary Bull From the Sea
The story of the hero Theseus, king of Athens, beginning with his triumphant return from Crete
after slaying the Minotaur.
YA FIC ROB Roberts, Judson Viking Warrior (Strongbow Saga v. 1)
On his deathbed, the Viking chieftain Hrorik makes two unexpected requests. He asks his
concubine Derdriu to accompany him on the death ship voyage to Valhalla, and he agrees to
acknowledge their fourteen-year-old son. Suddenly Halfdan is no longer a thrall but a free man
and part of the most powerful family in the settlement. He is also now an orphan. Although skilled
in woodworking, archery, and forest lore, Halfdan must train as a warrior and adjust to his new
position. His good-natured and generous half-brother, Harald, makes the transition easier for
Halfdan, but their stepbrother, Toke, resents both of them. Toke's treacherous behavior brings
death and tragedy, and Halfdan draws on all his resources-the wit of a thrall and the valor of a
YA FIC ROB Roberts, Judson Dragons from the Sea ( The Strongbow
Saga v 2)
Halfdan Hroriksson has a longbow that he made himself, an axe he took from a man he killed,
and a vow to fulfill. He's sworn to slay the man who murdered his brother. But first Halfdan must
find a ship's captain who will take him i-viking, where he can master the skills and make the allies
his vengeance will demand. Once a slave, now a free man and a warrior, Halfdan leaves home to
find what the fates have in store for him: a taste of war, a dangerous mission in a foreign land,
and an unexpected prisoner whose ransom may make Halfdan rich—or who may get him killed.
YA FIC RUS Russell, Christopher Dogboy
Sir Edmund Dowe, a middle-aged knight who's fallen on hard times, has decided to join his
countrymen in the first stage of the Hundred Years War between England and France and takes
his ragtag servants with him: Tullo, a cruel but effective huntsman; Philip, Dowe's weedy nephew
and page; and 12-year-old Brind, the dogboy. As a baby, Brind was found among a litter of
mastiff puppies, and as a boy, he is invaluable to Sir Edmund as someone who can communicate
with the large, fierce dogs. During the battle of Cr cy, Glaive, the leader of the mastiff pack,
escapes from his French attackers into the woods. Brind tracks the wounded dog (who is also his
best friend) and stumbles across a 10-year-old French refugee named Aur lie. Despite a rough
start, the two become companions during their journey to survive the perils that follow them,
including an English lord bent on owning Brind for his own dogboy and the vengeful Tullo
YA FIC RUS Russell, Christopher Hunted
Brind, who was raised with Sir Edmund's pack of hunting dogs, is the huntsman of Dowe Manor.
Together with his best friend, the mastiff Glaive, and the rest of the pack, he protects Sir Edmund,
Lady Beatrice, and their foster daughter, Aurélie. But suddenly a tragedy strikes, one that Brind
cannot prevent. In a fit of grief, Sir Edmund throws Brind, Glaive, and Aurélie—and her puppy,
Gabion—out of the manor. Everywhere they turn, the vicious and lethal Black Death closely
follows, as though they are bringing it with them. Can they evade this invisible enemy, as well as
the angry mobs, the rogue soldiers, and the other sinister figures now threatening them? Glaive
and Gabion—born to hunt, not to be hunted—may be their only chance for survival. Plague-
bringers or not, Brind and Aurélie will never stop fighting to keep themselves—and their small
YA FIC SAN Sandell, Lisa Ann Song of the Sparrow
The year is 490 AD. Fiery 16-year-old Elaine of Ascolat, the daughter of one of King Arthur's
supporters, lives with her father on Arthur's base camp, the sole girl in a militaristic world of
men. Elaine's only girl companion is the mysterious Morgan, Arthur's older sister, but Elaine
cannot tell Morgan her deepest secret: She is in love with Lancelot, Arthur's second-in-command.
However, when yet another girl -- the lovely Gwynivere-- joins their world, Elaine is confronted
with startling emotions of jealousy and rivalry. But can her love for Lancelot survive the birth of an
YA FIC SKU Skurzynski, Gloria Spider’s Voice
Set in Medieval France, this is a retelling of the famous love story of Abelard and Eloise. The
narrator, who tries to help the ill-fated pair, is a mute boy, Aran, servant to the famed scholar.
YA FIC SNO Snow, Maya Sisters of the Sword
Kimi dreams of being a great samurai warrior, but she and her sister, Hana, are young ladies of
feudal Japan, daughters of the Jito of the province. Her future seems clear: Girls do not become
samurai. Then, betrayal shatters the sisters' world. Their power-hungry uncle murders their
father, and their mother and little brother mysteriously disappear. Determined to seek revenge
and restore their honor, they disguise themselves as boys to train at a school for samurai. Kimi
and Hana are thrown headlong into a life of warrior codes, sharp swords, and shadowy figures—
as they work with fierce determination to avenge the brutal wrongs done to their family. In a flash,
life has swept them into a terrible adventure, more heart-pounding than Kimi and Hana ever could
have imagined . . . and once it has been set in motion, nothing will ever be the same.
YA FIC SNO Snow, Maya Chasing the Secret (Sisters of the Sword v 2)
Kimi and her sister, Hana, disguised themselves as boys to learn the ways of the samurai—and
to prepare themselves to take revenge on the uncle who murdered their father and older brothers.
After receiving word that their mother and younger brother are alive and in hiding, the sisters set
off on a treacherous journey to find them. But giving up is not an option—if they fail, they will lose
the last of their family forever.
YA FIC SNO Snow, Maya Journey Through Fire (Sisters of the
Sword v 3)
Sometimes a samurai's most dangerous opponent is herself.
Ever since their father's murder, Kimi and Hana have honed their fighting skills and prepared for
vengeance against their vicious uncle Hidehira. They have become true warriors with the hearts
of samurai. Now their fight has become more than just a personal vendetta. As Hidehira's quest
for power continues, he is destroying the province and is poised to invade the rest of the
kingdom. After both girls are nearly killed in a fire while fighting their uncle's soldiers, their mother
insists on attempting to enlist the support of the Shogun. But at the Shogun's court, the sisters
are torn apart by their differences, especially when they rediscover an old friend with a shrouded
past. Danger lurks in the most elegant circumstances behind the smiling face of an aristocrat as
well as behind the mask of a ninja and true peril awaits the sisters where they least expect it. . .
YA FIC SPI Spinner, Stephanie Quicksilver
Hermes, Prince of Thieves and son of Zeus, relates why the seasonal change, the history of the
Trojan War, his friendship with Pegasus, and many more adventures.
YA FIC SPI Spinner, Stephanie Quiver
Greek gods and mortals spring to life in this riveting retelling of the myth of Atalanta, the fleet-
footed girl warrior who could outrun any man in ancient Greece. Cast off and abandoned at birth,
Atalanta- saved by a she-bear and raised by hunters-proves herself to be a superior archer and
the fastest runner in the land. But her skills and independence anger many, including her father,
the Arcadian King, who suddenly reclaims her and demands that she produce an heir to the
throne. Atalanta has pledged herself to Artemis, goddess of the hunt, who has forbidden her to
marry. Unwilling to break her promise, Atalanta suggests a grim compromise: she will marry the
first man to beat her in a race, but everyone she defeats must die. All the while, Artemis, Apollo,
Aphrodite, Eros, and Zeus himself watch-and interfere-from on high.
YA FIC SPR Springer, Nancy I Am Morgan le Fay: A Tale from Camelot
Morgan, the girl with fey eyes and the druid stone, narrates the events and choices that led her to
Avalon and her decision to become the sorceress, Morgan le Fay.
J & YA FIC SPR Springer, Nancy I Am Mordred: A Tale From Camelot
When Mordred learns the identity of his father, he struggles with feelings of hatred, but also fights
the fate which determines that he kill the good and gracious king.
J & YA FIC SUT Sutcliff, Rosemary The Light Beyond the Forest
A retelling of the adventures of King Arthur's knights, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, Sir Bors, and Sir
Percival, as they search for the Holy Grail.
YA FIC SUT Sutcliff, Rosemary The Road to Camlaan
YA FIC SUT Sutcliff, Rosemary The Sword and the Circle
YA FIC TIN Tingle, Rebecca Far Traveler
In tenth-century Britain, AElfwyn is the bookish, retiring daughter of the Amazonian AEthelflaed,
Lady of the Mercians. Her mother's sudden death leaves AElfwyn unable to assist her northern
allies against Danish invaders, or even to resist her Uncle Edward's determination to absorb
independent Mercia into his kingdom of Wessex. Forced to choose between the convent and
marriage, AElfwyn escapes disguised as a wandering scop (bard); but her wit and courage will be
challenged by a dreadful test of loyalty, with two kingdoms at stake.
YA & J FIC TIN Tingle, Rebecca The Edge on the Sword
Fifteen year old AEthelfloed, who would someday be queen of the Saxons, was the daughter of
England’s ninth century King Albert. Carefully drawing on the Beowulf epic, this imagined
account of the year before her marriage is set in an era when English outposts were threatened
by Danish invaders. Educated and trained in military arts, AEthelfloed becomes a leader
overnight when her wedding party is attacked by raiders.
YA FIC TOM Tomlinson, Theresa Moon Riders
Myrina has prepared for thirteen years to join the Moon Riders—learning the sacred dances, the
art of using a weapon, and listening to her mother and grandmother's tales of their time spent
with the Moon-maidens. Finally, the day arrives when she will leave her family and devote herself
to the Old Woman, Atisha, and her tribe of fearless young warriors. No sooner do Myrina and the
Riders leave camp when a stowaway is discovered: Cassandra, the troubled young princess of
Troy. Myrina is skeptical of Cassandra's "visions" of death and destruction in Troy; and yet when
her predictions begin to come true, she and the other Moon Riders have no choice but to get
involved. The events that unfold as the Trojan War wages on will affect Myrina, Cassandra, and
the Moon Riders in unimaginable, unforgettable ways.
YA FIC TOM Tomlinson, Theresa Voyage of the Snake Lady
Since the fall of Troy, Myrina has built the Moon Riders into a strong and potent band of warrior
women. But the son of Achilles is bent on revenge, and the Moon Riders are displaced from their
home and fighting for their lives. Plagued with slavery, storms, shipwreck, and strife, the Moon
Riders must accept help from outsiders for their very survival. Only trust in the strong bonds of
their friendship will help Myrina, Iphigenia, and Cassandra vanquish their enemies and welcome
those who may help them achieve a more peaceful way of life.
YA FIC WHI White, T.H. Sword in the Stone
The Sword in the Stone is the first novel in The Once and Future King, T. H. White's epic fantasy
re-telling of the Arthurian legend. A cartoon adaptation by Walt Disney made it into an enduring
favourite for the young. But like Tolkien'sThe Lord of the Rings, it appeals to adults and children
YA FIC YOL Yolen, Jane Sword of the Rightful King
Merlinnus the magician devises a way for King Arthur to prove himself the rightful king of
England--pulling a sword from a stone--but trouble arises when someone else removes the sword
YA FIC YOL Yolen, Jane and Robert J. Harris Girl in a Cage
Imprisoned in a cage by King Edward Longshanks, Princess Marjorie wages her own small war
on him while her father, the newly crowned King of Scotland, defends his country from the
ruthless King of England.
YA FIC YOL Yolen, Jane & Robert Harris Prince Across the Water
When Scotland calls on all its able-bodied clans to join Prince Charlie in the march against
England's tyranny, young Duncan McDonald is as ready as anyone to fight. He's grown up on
Granda's stories of glory in battle, and his heart is stirred by what he knows of the young prince.
But when he and his cousin Ewan run away to join the great battle at Culloden, they find
themselves caught in a nightmare: not the glorious field of heroes they expected. As much as he
loves his country and his prince, Duncan has to ask himself: Can anything good really come of
YA FIC AND Anderson, Laurie Halse Chains
Set in New York City at the beginning of the American Revolution, Chains addresses the price of
freedom both for a nation and for individuals. Isabel tells the story of her life as a slave. She was
sold with her five-year-old sister to a cruel Loyalist family even though the girls were to be free
upon the death of their former owner. She has hopes of finding a way to freedom and becomes a
spy for the rebels, but soon realizes that it is difficult to trust anyone. She chooses to find
someone to help her no matter which side he or she is on. With short chapters, each beginning
with a historical quote, this fast-paced novel reveals the heartache and struggles of a country and
slave fighting for freedom.
YA FIC AND Anderson, Laurie Halse Forge
In this compelling sequel to Chains, a National Book Award Finalist and winner of the Scott O’Dell
Award for Historical Fiction, acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson shifts perspective from
Isabel to Curzon and brings to the page the tale of what it takes for runaway slaves to forge their
own paths in a world of obstacles—and in the midst of the American Revolution.
The Patriot Army was shaped and strengthened by the desperate circumstances of the Valley
Forge winter. This is where Curzon the boy becomes Curzon the young man. In addition to the
hardships of soldiering, he lives with the fear of discovery, for he is an escaped slave passing for
free. And then there is Isabel, who is also at Valley Forge—against her will. She and Curzon have
to sort out the tangled threads of their friendship while figuring out what stands between the two
of them and true freedom.
YA FIC AND Anderson, M.T. The Pox Party (The Astonishing Life of
Octavian Nothing v 1)
It sounds like a fairy tale. He is a boy dressed in silks and white wigs and given the finest of
classical educations. Raised by a group of rational philosophers known only by numbers, the boy
and his mother - a princess in exile from a faraway land - are the only persons in their household
assigned names. As the boy's regal mother, Cassiopeia, entertains the house scholars with her
beauty and wit, young Octavian begins to question the purpose behind his guardians' fanatical
studies. Only after he dares to open a forbidden door does he learn the hideous nature of their
experiments - and his own chilling role in them. Set against the disquiet of Revolutionary Boston,
M. T. Anderson's extraordinary novel takes place at a time when American Patriots rioted and
battled to win liberty while African slaves were entreated to risk their lives for a freedom they
would never claim.
YA FIC AND Anderson, M.T. The Kingdom of the Waves (The
Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing v.2)
Fearing a death sentence, Octavian and his tutor, Dr. Trefusis, escape through rising tides and
pouring rain to find shelter in British-occupied Boston. Sundered from all he knows — the College
of Lucidity, the rebel cause — Octavian hopes to find safe harbor. Instead, he is soon to learn of
Lord Dunmore's proclamation offering freedom to slaves who join the counterrevolutionary forces.
In Volume II of his unparalleled masterwork, M. T. Anderson recounts Octavian's experiences as
the Revolutionary War explodes around him, thrusting him into intense battles and tantalizing him
with elusive visions of liberty.
J & YA FIC BRU Bruchac, Joseph Sacajawea: The Story of Bird
Woman and the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Sacajawea, a Shoshoni Indian interpreter, peacemaker, and guide, and William Clark alternate in
describing their experiences on the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Northwest.
J & YA FIC BRU Bruchac, Joseph 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
YA FIC CAR Carter, Noni Good Fortune
Sarah, Anna, and Ayanna are the names used by one person over the course of her life. First she
is Sarah, a slave on a plantation in Tennessee. Her days are full of endless labor, humiliation,
and the threat of rape. She struggles to understand the meaning of freedom and to educate
herself despite the danger. After witnessing a brutal whipping, she flees north to freedom. Barely
surviving the harrowing journey, Sarah and her adopted brother arrive in Ohio, only to find that
freedom is not as sweet as she had hoped. She changes her name to Anna and begins a new
life, but she worries about loved ones left behind and is embittered by the severe restrictions and
discrimination faced by free blacks.
YA FIC CLA Clark, Clare The Nature of Monsters
1666: The Great Fire of London sweeps through the streets and a heavily pregnant woman flees
the flames. A few months later she gives birth to a child disfigured by a red birthmark--and no
wonder, since everyone knows that mothers who do not protect themselves from shocking sights
could turn their unborn children into monsters.
1718: Sixteen-year-old Eliza Tally sees the gleaming dome of St. Paul's Cathedral rising above a
rebuilt city. She arrives as an apothecary's maid, a position hastily arranged to shield the father of
her unborn child--a wealthy merchant's son--from scandal. But why is the apothecary so eager to
welcome her when he already has a maid, a half-wit named Mary? Why is she never allowed to
look her veiled master in the face or go into the study where he pursues his experiments? And
why is she having vivid dreams of ferocious dogs? On one of her visits to the friendly Huguenot
bookseller who keeps the apothecary supplied with scientific tomes, she finally realizes the nature
of her master's obsession. And when she learns that Mary, too, is pregnant, she knows she has
to act to save not just the child but Mary and herself.
YA FIC DIN Dines, Carol Queen’s Soprano
Seventeen-year-old Angelica Voglia has the voice of an angel. But in seventeenth-century Rome,
the pope has forbidden women to sing in public. To make matters worse, her controlling mother is
determined to marry her off to a wealthy nobleman, even though Angelica is in love with a poor
French artist. Angelica's only hope to sing before an audience—and escape a forced marriage—
is to flee to Queen Christina's court, where she will become the queen's soprano. But she soon
discovers that the palace walls are not completely secure . . . and her freedom will require even
greater sacrifice than she imagined.
YA FIC DRA Draper, Sharon Copper Sun
Some stories need to be told. Fifteen-year-old Amari's story of slavery is told through Sharon
Draper's powerful new novel, Copper Sun. Amari's tale begins in an African village, where she
lives with her family. Foreign visitors are given a warm welcome before a blood bath ensues as
the visitors kill many villagers or put them in shackles. The slaves' journey to America is brutal,
but Amari survives. She is later sold to a plantation owner, who buys her as a gift to his son for
his 16th birthday. Life on the plantation is harsh, but Polly (an indentured white servant) helps
Amari and later befriends her. After witnessing a brutal murder by the plantation owner, Amari,
Polly, and Tidbit (a slave's son) escape captivity and become runaways. Draper masterfully
portrays the inhumane realities of slaves' lives in America in this compelling read.
YA FIC DUB Duble, Kathleen Benner The Sacrifice
How could so much evil exist in such a little town? It seems the devil has come to nearby Salem
Village, and several young girls are accusing neighbors of being witches, with three women
already convicted. This is not the best time for ten-year-old Abigail Faulkner to have been
punished in the stocks for her willful behavior, or for her father to be having his fits again. Though
Abigail's grandfather, Andover's minister, believes the Salem girls are acting, their performances
pure sport, powerful people believe them, and when the girls are called to Andover to root out
witches there, the madness continues. Duble does a superb job of showing how the hysteria
develops and how innocent people were trapped. She vividly evokes the horrors of Salem Town
Prison, with the cold, the lack of food and the rats sometimes killing people off before trial dates
YA MYS DUN Dunlap, Susanne The Musician’s Daughter
Amid the glamour of Prince Nicholas Esterhazy’s court in 18th-century Vienna, murder is afoot.
Or so fifteen-year-old Theresa Maria is convinced when her musician father turns up dead on
Christmas Eve, his valuable violin missing, and the only clue to his death a strange gold pendant
around his neck. Then her father’s mentor, the acclaimed composer Franz Joseph Haydn, helps
her through a difficult time by making her his copyist and giving her insight in to her father’s secret
life. It’s there that Theresa begins to uncover a trail of blackmail and extortion, even as she
discovers honor—and the possibility of a first, tentative love.
YA FIC FOR Forsyth, Kate The Gypsy Crown
Emilia Finch and her cousin Luka are gypsies. They live a strongly traditional life, rich
with story, music, dance, and magic, governed by the laws of the clan and the ways of the
road. To the repressive Puritanical government of 17th century England, however, the gypsies
are thieving, fortune-telling vagrants who are most likely allies of the devil. Soon, a series of
terrible events lands the family in jail, charged with murder. Emilia and Luka manage to escape,
promising to bring back help and free them. But how? Emilia believes in the legend of the
charms: it is said that the luck of the Rom soured after a long-ago gypsy matriarch broke her
chain of charms, giving one charm to each of her five children. If they can gather the charms
from the families, Emilia thinks, the strong magic of the Rom will somehow bring her family
freedom. Luka, on the other hand, is more practical - he wants to enlist the help of the other clans
to help the Finches escape. Emilia and Luka must race through the countryside, navigating a
hornets' nest of Rom-hating Puritans, Royalist spies, and traitors, if they are to complete their
quest before the magistrate delivers a death sentence.
YA FIC GAR Gardner, Sally The Red Necklace
Clever and head-turningly attractive, fourteen-yearold Yann is an orphan who has been raised in
Paris by Têtu, a dwarf with secrets he has yet to reveal to the gypsy boy. It's the winter of 1789,
and the duo have been working for a vain magician named Topolain. On the night when
Topolain's vanity brings his own death, Yann's life truly begins. That's the night he meets shy
Sido, an heiress with an ice-cold father, a young girl who has only known loneliness until now.
Though they have the shortest of conversations, an attachment is born that will influence both
their paths. And what paths those will be! Revolution is afoot in France, and Sido is being used
as a pawn. Only Yann will dare to rescue her, and he'll be up against a fearful villain who goes by
the name Count Kalliovski, but who has often been called the devil. It'll take all of Yann's newly
discovered talent to unravel the mysteries of his past and Sido's and to fight the devilish count.
YA MYS GOL Golding, Julia The Diamond of Drury Lane
Orphan Cat Royal has lived in the Drury Lane Theater all her life under the protection of the
theater owner and playwright, Mr. Sheridan. One night, Cat follows Sheridan and overhears him
planning to hide a diamond in the theatre. When he catches her listening in, Sheridan makes Cat
promise to keep the diamond safe and its existence a secret. But when she befriends the new
violin prodigy Pedro, who is a former slave, she accidentally reveals the secret of the jewel. Pedro
tries to steal the jewel in the hope of escaping to a life of luxury and freedom. Eventually, Pedro
relinquishes his criminal thoughts and swears to help Cat guard the diamond. Following a
performance at the theater, Cat and Pedro meet two young nobles, Lord Francis and Lady
Elizabeth, who are enchanted with Pedro's violin skills and Cat's witty writing. A new and
unexpected friendship develops, bringing more adventures, mysteries, and an even bigger secret.
Cat's knowledge turns deadly, as she becomes the only obstacle standing in the way of the
treasure everyone wants and will do anything to get: the diamond of Drury Lane.
YA MYS GOL Golding, Julia Cat Among the Pigeons
The second episode in the CAT ROYAL ADVENTURE series plunges readers into the underbelly
of London in a mission for justice. Pedro’s old slave master wants him back, but his friends on
Drury Lane won’t give him up without a fight. Disguised as a boy, Cat enters an aristocratic
boarding school and scales the heights of London society before joining a street gang to probe its
depths, all to secure the freedom of her friend. Like THE DIAMOND OF DRURY LANE, CAT
AMONG THE PIGEONS features mysteries, theatrical spectacles, the evil Billy ―Boil‖ Shepherd,
and, of course, the irrepressible Cat, who never fails to stir up trouble and save the day wherever
YA FIC GRA Grant, K.M. How the Hangman Lost His Heart
What's a nice girl like Alice doing with a hangman called Dan Skinslicer? He likes a good clean
killing and a hearty supper afterwards. She likes pretty dresses and riding a well-bred horse.
But fate throws them together on a mission of mercy--to save Alice's poor uncle Frank's head and
restore his dignity. Soon they find themselves on the run from every soldier in London.
It could be their necks next!
YA FIC HEA Hearn, Julie The Minister’s Daughter
In 1645 in England, the daughters of the town minister successfully accuse a local healer and her
granddaughter of witchcraft to conceal an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, but years later during the
1692 Salem trials their lie has unexpected repercussions.
YA SF HEA Hearn, Julie Sign of the Raven
Tom is a 12-year-old only child living at his grandmother's house in London. His mother is
recovering from cancer and has returned to set things right with her own mother. Tom has cared
for his mother, helping her through the treatments, and he is not happy to be spending time with a
grandmother he barely remembers. But what he does remember is that the basement contains
more than boxes and cobwebs. Through a whirling "gap" in the basement floor, Tom is
transported to London of the late 19th century and into the housing area of London's "monsters."
These monsters are the "freaks" who populate the fairs and street shows—the bearded lady, the
contortionist, the dwarf and the giant, all of whom made money for their "owners." Tom meets
Astra, the Changeling Child, a tiny and dwarflike girl of no discernible age, a "performer" men pay
to see and to touch. She has called to Tom through the centuries and desperately needs his help
to save their friend's body from the grave robbers who sell skeletons to the unscrupulous medical
schools. Tom's days are spent trying to understand the strained relationship his grandmother has
with his mother, but in the evenings he jumps the gap and agrees to help the "monsters" save
their friend's body. That adventure leads him into the pubs, the streets and on the river under the
Tower of London. In this fast-paced novel, Tom learns about the history of London's darker side,
which is nonetheless a history of friendship, family, faith, and sacrifice.
YA FIC HEA Hearn, Julie Ivy
Ivy is used to being overlooked. The youngest in a family of thieves, scoundrels, and roustabouts,
the girl with the flame-colored hair and odd-colored eyes is declared useless by her father from
the day she is born. But that's only if you look at her but don't see. For Ivy has a quality that
makes people take notice. It's more than beauty -- and it draws people toward her.
Which makes her the perfect subject for an aspiring painter named Oscar Aretino Frosdick, a
member of the pre-Raphaelite school of artists. Oscar is determined to make his mark on the art
world, with Ivy as his model and muse. But behind Ivy's angelic looks lurk dark secrets and a
troubled past -- a past that has given her an unfortunate taste for laudanum. And when treachery
and jealousy surface in the Eden that is the artist's garden, Ivy must learn to be more than a
pretty face if she is to survive.
YA FIC HEM Hemphill, Shephanie Wicked Girls
What started out as girls' games became a witch hunt. Wicked Girls is a fictionalized account of
the Salem witch trials told from the perspectives of three of the real young women living in Salem
in 1692. Ann Putnam Jr. plays the queen bee. When her father suggests that a spate of illnesses
within the village is the result of witchcraft, Ann grasps her opportunity. She puts in motion a
chain of events that will change the lives of the people around her forever.
Mercy Lewis, the beautiful servant in Ann's house, inspires adulation in some and envy in others.
With a troubled past, she seizes her only chance at safety.
Margaret Walcott, Ann's cousin, is desperately in love and consumed with fiery jealousy. She is
torn between staying loyal to her friends and pursuing the life she dreams of with her betrothed.
With new accusations mounting daily against the men and women of the community, the girls will
have to decide: Is it too late to tell the truth?
YA FIC HOL Holder, Nancy Spirited
In May 1756 war is formally declared between the British and the French. During this highly
dangerous time, Isabella Sevens is travelling with her father to the British stronghold Fort William
Henry. In the forest, Wusamequin, the young and handsome medicine man, looks to avenge the
death of his wife and child at the hands of British soldiers. When Wusamequin spots Isabella and
her father, he alerts his warriors to capture them. But Wusamequin is quite taken with how
bravely Isabella battles. He orders the warriors to spare her and her tfather, and they are dragged
back to their village. However, many members of the Mohican tribe still want them to be killed. In
a desperate plea to Wusamequin, Isabella vows to stay as his hostage if he lets her father go.
J & YA MYS HOO Hoobler, Dorothy The Demon in the Teahouse
In eighteenth-century Japan, fourteen-year-old Seikei, a merchant's son in training to be a
samurai, helps his patron investigate a series of murders and arson in the capital city of Edo,
each of which is associated in some way with a popular geisha.
J & YA MYS HOO 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.
YA MYS HOO Hoobler, Dorothy & Thomas In Darkness, Death
Samurai Lord Inaba has been murdered in his sleep. To make matters worse, the crime took
place under the protective eye of the Shogun himself. This is a case for Judge Ooka, Japan's
own real-life Sherlock Holmes. And, of course, for his 14-year-old apprentice, Seikei. Their only
clue—a bloodstained origami butterfly—leads them on a journey filled with mysterious shape-
shifting ninjas, vengeful peasants, and a power-hungry killer you might never suspect. If Seikei is
to help solve this crime, he must first survive.
YA MYS HOO Hoobler, Dorothy & Thomas The Sword That Cut the
When fourteen-year-old samurai apprentice Seikei is sent on a mission by the shogun, he
believes it to be a simple one: Convince the 14-year-old emperor to resume his ceremonial
duties. But when the emperor is kidnapped in an elaborate plot to overthrow the Shogun, Seikei's
mission grows much more dangerous. With the help of a mysterious warrior, he must rescue the
emperor before his sacred sword—said to be unbeatable in battle—falls into the wrong hands.
Should he fail, bloodshed will stain the land.
YA MYS HOO Hoobler, Dorothy & Thomas A Samurai Never Fears
For Seikei, the adopted son of the famous samurai Judge Ooka with aknack for solving
mysteries, a trip home to see his real family isn’t cause to celebrate. His brother has become
mixed up with local criminals who use the family’s tea shop as a front for a smuggling operation.
His sister, meanwhile, has fallen in love with an apprentice to a puppet master who stands
accused of murder. Somehow, Seikei senses the two are connected. His loyalties divided
between his new family and his old, Seikei must find the real killer before it is too late.
YA MYS HOO Hoobler, Dorothy & Thomas Seven Paths to Death
When a man with a tattoo covering his back is found floating in the water at a rice ceremony,
Seikei and Judge Ooka know it's a bad omen. Soon there are seven of these men with partial
tattoos on their backs. All different, all dead, all seemingly unrelated—except for the tattoos. It
becomes apparent these men are not just carrying body art, but a treasure map . . . to what? And
why is carrying this map so mortally dangerous? Seikei must find and assemble all seven tattoos
to find the answer— and the path to a most terrifying destination.
YA FIC HOO Hooper, Mary At the Sign of the Sugared Plum
In June 1665, excited at the prospect of coming to London to work at her sister Sarah's candy
shop, teenaged Hannah is unconcerned about rumors of Plague until, as the hot summer
advances and increasing numbers of people succumb to the disease, she and Sarah find
themselves trapped in the city with no means of escape.
YA FIC HOO Hooper, Mary Petals in the Ashes
After surviving the plague in London and using health certificates belonging to others, Hannah
and her older sister Sarah manage to escape the city and take the baby of a noblewoman to her
aunt. However, the anticipated warm welcome is not forthcoming, and the girls are quarantined in
a pestilence house for 40 days to make sure that they are free of infection. When their good
health is finally proven, they return home to Chertsey before returning to their sweetmeats shop in
London. When Sarah decides to remain at home, Hannah returns to London with her younger
sister Anne. Shortly thereafter, the Great Fire breaks out. In this sequel to At the Sign of the
Sugared Plum the chaos, terror, uncertainty, and horror of that tragedy are vividly portrayed.
YA FIC HOO Hooper, Mary The Remarkable Life and Times of Eliza
Ousted from her family by her new stepmother, Eliza Rose makes her way to London - only to be
thrown straight into prison for stealing a mouthful of bread. Her life takes some remarkable twists
as she is rescued and befriended by the infamous actress Nelly Gwyn. Nelly introduces her to the
courtly intrigue, politics, and glamour of the court of King Charles II, as well as a handsome young
man known as Valentine Howard. Eliza is smitten with him, yet their love cannot be, as she is
only a lowly maid from the country and he is an aristocrat. But a twist of fate just may unravel a
long-hidden secret that could bring them together after all.
YA FIC HOO Hooper, Mary Newes From the Dead
Anne Green can't move a muscle, can't open her eyes, can't scream. She lies paralyzed in
absolute darkness, terrified by her final memory—being hanged. Is she in purgatory? Hell? Was
she buried alive? An innocent woman caught up in a nightmare, Anne Green is trapped with her
racing thoughts, her burning need to revisit the events—and the man—that led her to the scaffold.
Meanwhile, a shy young medical student attends his first dissection and notices something
strange as the doctors prepare their tools . . . Did her eyelids just flutter? Could this corpse be
YA FIC LAS Lasky, Kathryn Beyond the Burning Time
Mary Chase observes unbelievingly as her tiny community of Salem village is shredded by
accusations of witchcraft, knowing that she, at least, must take action.
YA FIC LEE Lee, Tanith Piratica
A Daring Tale of a Singular Girl Pirate's Adventure Upon the High Seas - a gaudy romp through
exotic places, bizarre secrets, secret enemies and total gender-stereotype reversals.
YA FIC LEE Lee, Tanith Return to Parrot Island (Piratica II)
Art Blastside has dodged the gallows and married her true love. But life ashore is too tame for a
pirate queen, so she jumps at the chance to go to sea again. England is at war, and the
government wants Art to use her talents against the French. Naval war is horrific, and her arch-
nemesis is bent on revenge. What price is Art willing to pay for her life of freedom?
YA FIC MCC McCaughrean, Geraldine Cyrano
A gallant solider, a sharp wit, and a man of letters, Cyrano de Bergerac seems like the obvious
romantic hero. He has just one noteworthy flaw: an improbably large nose. And after a lifetime of
loving the beautiful Roxane from afar, Cyrano must find a way--any way at all--to express his
feelings for her.
YA FIC MEY Meyer, L.A. Bloody Jack (Bloody Jack bk 1)
Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the
days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of eighteenth-century London.
Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high
seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit,
wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret. This could be the adventure of her
life--if only she doesn't get caught. . . .
YA FIC MEY Meyer, L.A. Under the Jolly Roger (Bloody Jack bk 2)
After leaving the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston--under dire circumstances, of
course--she boards a whaling ship bound for London, where she hopes to find her beloved Jaimy.
But things don't go as planned, and soon Jacky is off on a wild misadventure at sea. She thwarts
the lecherous advances of a crazy captain, rallies the sailors to her side, and ultimately gains
command of a ship in His Majesty's Royal Navy. But Jacky's adventures don't end there. .
YA FIC MEY Meyer, L.A. In the Belly of the Bloodhounds (Bloody
Jack bk 4)
The British crown has placed a price on Jacky's head, and so she returns to the Lawson Peabody
School for Young Girls in Boston to lay low. But laying low isn't in the cards for a spunky lass who
finds trouble even when she's not looking for it. A school outing goes awry as Jacky and her
classmates are abducted and forced into the hold of the Bloodhound, a ship bound for the slave
markets on the Barbary Coast. All of Jacky's ingenuity, determination, and plain old good luck will
be put to the test as she rallies her classmates to fight together to avoid being sold on the auction
block in this new installment of the Bloody Jack Adventures.
YA FIC MEY Meyer, L.A. Mississippi Jack (Bloody Jack bk 5)
The intrepid Jacky Faber, having once again eluded British authorities, heads west, hoping that
no one will recognize her in the wilds of America. There she tricks the tall-tale hero Mike Fink out
of his flatboat, equips it as a floating casino-showboat, and heads south to New Orleans, battling
murderous bandits, British soldiers, and other scoundrels along the way. Will Jacky's
carelessness and impulsive actions ultimately cause her beloved Jaimy to be left in her wake?
Bold, daring, and downright fun, Jacky Faber proves once again that with resilience and can-do
spirit, she can wiggle out of any scrape . . . well, almost.
YA FIC MEY Meyer, L.A. My Bonny Light Horseman (Bloody Jack bk 6)
The irrepressible Jacky Faber is captured by British Naval Intelligence and forced to spy against
France in order to save her friends.
YA FIC MOR Morgan, Robert Brave Enemies
After sixteen-year-old Josie Summers murders her abusive stepfather, she runs away from home
disguised as a boy. Lost in the woods, she accepts a young preacher's invitation to assist in his
itinerant ministry. Eventually her identity is revealed and affection grows between the two. But
when the preacher is kidnapped by British soldiers, Josie disguises herself once again and joins
the militia in a desperate attempt to find him.
YA FIC MYE Myers, Anna Time of the Witches
An orphan named Drucilla has finally has a place to call home with the Putnam family in Salem.
Although her adopted mother is strange—haunted by a troubled past—Dru feels drawn to her as
the mother she never had. When a new reverend and his family move into town with their servant
Tituba, life takes a strange turn as young girls begin to fall ill and accusations of witchcraft begin
to swirl. Reluctant to turn her back on the Putnams or her peers and overwhelmed by the power
of groupthink among the other girls in town, Dru becomes one of the accusers herself. But when
her best friend Gabe is accused, she must find a way to end the hysteria, or risk losing him
YA FIC MYE & SR Section Myers, Walter Dean The Glory Field
Follows a family’s two hundred forty-one year history, from the capture of an African boy in the
1750’s through the lives of his descendants, as their dreams and circumstances lead them away
from and back to the small plot of land in South Carolina that they call the Glory Field.
YA FIC PAU Paulsen, Gary The Rifle
A priceless, handcrafted rifle, fired throughout the American Revolution, is passed down through
the years until it fires on a fateful Christmas Eve of 1994.
YA FIC PAU Paulsen, Gary Woods Runner
Samuel, 13, spends his days in the forest, hunting for food for his family. He has grown up on the
frontier of a British colony, America. Far from any town, or news of the war against the King that
American patriots have begun near Boston. But the war comes to them. British soldiers and
Iroquois attack. Samuel's parents are taken away, prisoners. Samuel follows, hiding, moving
silently, determined to find a way to rescue them. Each day he confronts the enemy, and the
tragedy and horror of this war. But he also discovers allies, men and women working secretly for
the patriot cause. And he learns that he must go deep into enemy territory to find his parents: all
the way to the British headquarters, New York City.
J & YA FIC PET Petry, Ann Lane Tituba of Salem Village
Tituba, the minister's slave, gazed into the stone watering trough. She did not see her own
reflection. Instead, she saw a vision of herself, surrounded by angry people. The people were
staring at her. Their faces showed fear. That was several years ago. It is now 1692, and there is
strange talk in Salem Village. Talk of witches. Several girls have been taken with fits, and there is
only one explanation: Someone in the village has been doing the devil's work. All eyes are on
Tituba, the one person who can tell fortunes with cards, and who can spin a thread so fine it must
be magic. Did Tituba see the future that day at the watering trough? If so, could she actually be
hanged for practicing witchcraft?
YA MYS PRI Priestley, Chris Death and the Arrow
Fifteen-year-old Tom Marlowe, and the rest of London, is fascinated by a string of murders:
People are being killed with arrows shot from above, and each victim has a ―Death and Arrow‖
card with him. Danger and intrigue abound, especially when Tom’s friend, a young pickpocket, is
also found murdered. But who would want to kill Will? To avenge his friend, Tom sets out with Dr.
Harker, a family friend and retired adventurer, to discover who is behind these seemingly
unsolvable murders. Unbeknownst to them, they’re caught up in a dangerous web of murder and
deception that began years before in the American colonies with a massacre of the Mohawk tribe.
YA FIC REE Rees, Celia Pirates!
In 1722, after arriving with her brother at the family's Jamaican plantation where she is to be
married off, sixteen-year-old Nancy Kington escapes with her slave friend, Minerva Sharpe, and
together they become pirates traveling the world in search of treasure.
YA FIC REE Rees, Celia Witch Child
In 1659, fourteen-year-old Mary Newbury keeps a journal of her voyage from England to the New
World and her experiences living as a witch in a community of Puritans near Salem,
YA FIC REE Rees, Celia Sovay
It’s England, 1783. When the rich and beautiful Sovay isn’t sitting for portraits, she’s donning a
man’s cloak and robbing travelers—in broad daylight. But in a time when political allegiances
between France and England are strained, a rogue bandit is not the only thing travelers fear.
Spies abound, and rumors of sedition can quickly lead to disappearances. So when Sovay lifts
the wallet of one of England’s most powerful and dangerous men, it’s not just her own identity she
must hide, but that of her father.
YA FIC RIN Rinaldi, Ann Mutiny’s Daughter
In the most famous mutiny in the world, Fletcher Christian risked imprisonment by leading a
rebellion aboard the HMS Bounty in 1789. But what happened to Fletcher Christian after that?
There were stories that he survived a vicious massacre in the South Pacific and boarded a ship
back to England. We know that he had several children by his Polynesian wife, including a
daughter named Mary. Could he and Mary have reunited in England?
Respected writer of historical fiction Ann Rinaldi brings her magic touch to the fascinating
prospect ―What if?‖ and weaves an enthralling tale told through the words of Fletcher Christian's
fourteen-year-old daughter, Mary. Behind the privileged walls of her new boarding school, Mary
struggles to fit in, trying not to reveal the identity of her father, who dishonored his family name.
Rollicking adventures await Mary as she ventures out into London's crowded streets, desperately
searching to see her father's loving face one more time.
YA FIC RIN Rinaldi, Ann A Break With Charity
Susanna desperately wants to join the circle of girls who meet every week at the parsonage.
What she doesn't realize is that the girls are about to set off a torrent of false accusations leading
to the imprisonment and execution of countless innocent people. Susanna faces a painful choice.
Should she keep quiet and let the witch-hunt panic continue, or should she "break charity" with
the group--and risk having her own family members named as witches?
YA FIC RIN Rinaldi, Ann Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The
Story of Phyllis Wheatley
America’s first African American published poet comes to life in this historical depiction.
YA FIC RIN Rinaldi, Ann Wolf by the Ears
Harriet Hemings, rumored to be Thomas Jefferson’s daughter, faces the choices of passing as
white or staying a slave in the sheltered by restricted life of Monticello.
YA FIC RIN Rinaldi, Ann The Fifth of March: A Story of the Boston
Fourteen-year-old Rachel Marsh, an indentured servant in the Boston household of John and
Abigail Adams, is caught up in the colonists' unrest that eventually escalates into the massacre of
March 5, 1770.
YA FIC RIN Rinaldi, Ann Ride Into Morning: The Story of Tempe
The Revolutionary War is raging. General Wayne's soldiers are freezing, underpaid, and
resentful. Whispers of mutiny abound. A stone's throw from the restless camp, Tempe Wick
wages her own battle for survival. Despite her efforts, she fears she won't be able to feed her
family, care for her ailing mother, or maintain her farm for long. As the whispers get louder, the
soldiers get bolder. Mutiny is imminent. And Tempe faces a gut-wrenching decision: Should she
join the revolt?
YA FIC RIN Rinaldi, Ann Time Enough For Drums
Sixteen-year-old Jem and her servant struggle to keep things going at home in Trenton, New
Jersey, when the family men join the war for independence from the British king.
YA FIC SED Sedgwick, Marcus My Swordhand is Singing
When Tomas and his son, Peter, settle in Chust as woodcutters, Tomas digs a channel of fast-
flowing waters around their hut, so they have their own little island kingdom. Peter doesn't
understand why his father has done this, nor why his father carries a long, battered box, whose
mysterious contents he is forbidden to know.
YA FIC STU Sturtevant, Katherine True & Faithful Narrative
In Restoration London, sixteen-year-old Meg Moore is something of an anomaly. Unlike other
girls her age, Meg pores over books. She spends long hours conversing with the famous authors
and poets who visit her father’s bookstore, and even writes her own stories, laboring over every
word until her hand is black with ink. Without warning, however, Meg comes to learn exactly how
powerful words can be. The day her best friend’s brother Edward sets sail for Italy, Meg scoffs at
his attempts at romance by answering him with a thoughtless jest. Soon news travels to London
that Edward’s ship has been captured and he has been sold as a slave in North Africa – and Meg
cannot shake the thought that her cruel words are the cause. Now Meg must use her fiery
language to bring Edward home, imploring her fellow Londoners to give all that they can to buy
Edward’s freedom. But once Meg learns to direct the power behind her words, will she be able to
undo the damage she has caused, and write freely the stories that she longs to put to paper?
YA FIC TUR Turnbull, Ann No Shame, No Fear
In 1662, shortly after England's civil war, Susanna and William are irresistibly drawn to each other
even though they come from two different, quite incompatible, worlds. Susanna runs into William
as she goes in to town to seek a job as servant. Even though she is just a young girl she must
work to help her family. Her father has been jailed for his Quaker beliefs and his failure to pay
tithes to the approved church. After three years at Oxford, William is going home to his
prosperous family. William is drawn not only to Susanna but to her deep, quiet faith and he flouts
the law to attend Sunday meetings with her. His father, a staunch member of the Church of
England—the only legal religion—is appalled and does his best to change William's mind.
Susanna's employer and friends are jailed for their beliefs and are kept in appalling, filthy and
crowded conditions. Susanna struggles admirably to keep things going as the adults are held in
prison. She and William grow ever closer despite the religious persecution that pervades their
YA FIC TUR Turnbull, Ann Forged in the Fire
London, 1665. Cast out by his father for becoming a Quaker, the newly independent Will travels
from the countryside to London to earn a living. He and his beloved Susanna wait patiently to be
reunited and, at last, married. But when Will is thrown into jail for his beliefs, the pair’s future
becomes uncertain. With the plague spreading closer and the scent of smoke on the wind, can
their love still bring them together despite the most terrifying twists of fate? Will and Susanna’s
timeless romance continues in this powerful sequel to NO SHAME, NO FEAR.
YA FIC WAL Walsh, Jill Paton Parcel of Patterns
Mall Percival tells how the plague came to her Derbyshire village of Eyam in the year 1665, how
the villagers determined to isolate themselves to prevent further spread of the disease, and how
three-fourths of them died before the end of the following year.
YA FIC WHI Whitesel, Cheryl Aylward Blue Fingers
An adventure set in 16th-century Japan. Because twins are believed to be bad luck, Kojiro and
Taro's parents have always tried to conceal the fact that they have two sons, not one. After Taro
saves the life of a master dye maker, the man wants to reward his rescuer with an
apprenticeship. The boys' parents send Koji instead, hoping the dyer will not notice the
difference, but the artisan soon grows impatient with Koji's clumsy ways and sends him home.
Shamed, Koji runs away and is captured in the forest by people who call themselves "grass," but
who are, as he soon realizes, ninja-a mysterious group with impressive skills who have set
themselves up against the ruling samurai. Under the demanding tutorial of his captor, a boy only
slightly older, and other instructors, Koji grows beyond his fears and self-pity, develops a more
accurate vision of himself and his society as well as a strong body, and finally becomes the ninja
YA FIC WOO Wood, MaryRose The Poison Diaries
In the right dose, everything is a poison. Even love . . . Jessamine Luxton has lived all her sixteen
years in an isolated cottage near Alnwick Castle, with little company apart from the plants in her
garden. Her father, Thomas, a feared and respected apothecary, has taught her much about the
incredible powers of plants: that even the most innocent-looking weed can cure -- or kill.
When Jessamine begins to fall in love with a mysterious boy who claims to communicate with
plants, she is drawn into the dangerous world of the poison garden in a way she never could have
imagined . . .
YA FIC YOL Yolen, Jane & Robert J. Harris The Rogues
When everyone in his Scottish village is violently evicted from their land by the laird, Roddy
Macallan knows he must find a way to fight back. As his family escapes, making their way
through the Scottish Highlands bound for Glasgow, Roddy sneaks home in search of a treasure
his mother once told him was hidden there. But the search becomes more than that when Roddy
teams up with a Robin Hood–like rogue who roams the Highlands just ahead of the unscrupulous
YA FIC AMB Ambrose, Stephen This Vast Land
A fictional diary of the youngest member of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery. Ambrose does
a good job of weaving fictional elements, such as George Shannon's thoughts and his romance
and child with an Indian girl, with the historical facts of the expedition and what is known of
Shannon's real life. The book opens with the young man, more accustomed to books than the
outdoor life, persuading Lewis to let him join the expedition, and continues with his determined
mastery of hunting, survival, and leadership skills that make him a valuable member of the Corps.
Readers will fear for Shannon's life when he becomes separated from the main group for almost
two weeks, and share his conflict over whether to return to civilization or continue the life he has
created in the wilderness.
YA MYS AVI Avi Traitor’s Gate
John Huffam (the middle names of Charles J.H. Dickens) is 14, reluctantly attending Muldspoon's
Militantly Motivated Academy, when his father (like Dickens') is sent to debtor's prison. His
mother is a layabout who does nothing but complain of her husband's fecklessness, and his
sister's sole concern is how this family crisis impacts her marital prospects. It's left to John to
unravel a mystery involving a military invention that his father, a naval clerk, has information
about and a web of foreign spies willing to pay for specifics.
YA MYS BRE Brewer, James No Escape
August, 1873: The city of Memphis is in the grip of a Yellow Fever epidemic, bringing quarantine
and fear. Luke Williamson, captain of the Edward Smythe, is forced not only to stay in Memphis
but on board the ship. That leaves Masey Baldridge and Sally Tyner on shore to investigate the
disappearance of monies donated to help the citizens of the city survive. As deadly as the fever
is, there's another killer at loose who may prove even more dangerous, striking at random and
with no warning. In a city filled with corruption, disease, and panic, Tyner and Baldridge close in
on a murderer and a thief, while on board the Edward Smythe, Williamson can only wait and
watch - until death begins to stalk the decks.
YA FIC BRU Bruchac, Joseph March Toward the Thunder
Louis Nolette is a fifteen-year-old Abenaki Indian from Canada who is recruited to fight in the
northern Irish Brigade in the war between the states. Even though he is too young, and not
American or Irish, he finds the promise of good wages and the Union's fight to end slavery
persuasive reasons to join up. But war is never what you expect, and as Louis fights his way
through battle after battle, he encounters prejudice and acceptance, courage and cowardice, and
strong and weak leadership in the most unexpected places.
YA FIC CAB Cabot, Meg Victoria and the Rogue
The magnificent Meg Cabot charms teen romance lovers with this royally awesome read about
an aristocratic heiress and artfully dodging English earl.
YA FIC CAB Cabot, Meg Nicola and the Viscount
In Regency London, every girl wants to make a good match. Nicola thinks she's done it with the
fabulously handsome (if conversationally challenged) Viscount Sebastian Bartholomew. Turns out
she's wrong -- but it may be too late!
YA FIC CAD Cadnum, Michael Blood Gold
After an arduous journey, Will Dwinelle and his friend Ben finally reach California in 1849
intending to bring home the man who betrayed the honor of a girl back home in Philadelphia, but
find themselves tempted by the riches of the Gold Rush.
YA FIC CAR Carbone, Elisa Last Dance on Holladay Street
Life is not easy on the plains of Colorado in 1878. Especially for a "colored" family living among
rural whites. But Eva Wilkins has no complaints and is happy living with Daddy Walter and Mama
Kate. Then Eva's world slowly begins to crumble. Daddy Walter dies, and Mama Kate soon
follows. Before she dies, Mama Kate reassures Eva that she will watch over her from heaven,
and Eva promises to make Mama Kate glad. Now, with no one to take her in, and armed only with
a yellowing envelope with a fading return address, thirteen-year-old Eva sets out for Denver to
find the woman who gave her up at birth. Big surprises await her. When she arrives at 518
Holladay Street she discovers that Sadie Lewis, her birth mother, is white. Not only that but the
house where she lives is a brothel, one of those "houses of sin" filled with "fallen women" that the
preacher talked about back home. What will Eva do now? Will she become "one of them" in order
to survive? Or will she take matters into her own hands? Eva is only sure of one thing—Mama
Kate would not be glad.
YA FIC CAR Cardenas, Teresa Old Dog
Perro Viejo was taken away from his mother at birth and has known no other life than that of
servitude on a sugar plantation. His name, which means "Old Dog," was given to him by the
plantation master because, like the bloodhounds that chased fugitive slaves, Perro Viejo is
always searching for the scent of his long lost mother. The only thing that keeps him alive is the
memory of Asunción, a beautiful girl he once met while washing his master’s horses at a river.
Never to see her again, he closes his heart to all forms of love. Nearing the end of his life, Perro
Viejo meets Beira, an old slave who is avoided by the other slaves because they think she is a
witch. She warms Perro Viejo’s heart, and together they hatch a plan to escape from slavery.
Young readers join Perro Viejo as he finally learns what it is to love — and to feel free.
YA FIC CAR Carvell, Marlene Sweetgrass Basket
Carvell employs alternating voices to create a poignant verse novel telling the historically
sensitive story of Mohawk sisters who were sent to the Carlisle Indian School after the death of
their mother. Forced to abandon their language and all things from home, the sisters and the
other students at Carlisle struggle to be true to their heritage. Marching wherever they go,
learning menial tasks, being punished for displaying any remnants of their Indian life and strict
enforcement of stringent rules create a disparaging environment. Mattie's and Sarah's struggle to
survive amid intolerance and cruelty brings about a bittersweet ending.
YA FIC COL Colfer, Eoin Airman
Airman is set in the 1890's on the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. It is the story of
Conor Broekhart, a young Saltee Islander whose father, Declan, is the King's bodyguard. When
Conor discovers that the power hungry Marshall Hugo Bonvilain is organizing a military coup, the
king is murdered and Conor is blamed for the crime and thrown into prison. In prison, Conor
passes the solitary months by scratching designs for flying machines into the walls. This has
always been his dream, to win the race for flight. After two years, Conor now sixteen, plans and
executes a daring escape to the mainland. Initially he plans to return home, but realizes that this
would put his entire family in danger, so instead he builds a glider to fly to the prison island and
reclaim the diamonds he buried there from the prison mine. Eight bags of diamonds, means eight
trips. Conor's father is beginning to question Bonvilain's rule, and so the marshall decides to use
his son to blackmail him. This is when he realizes that Conor has escaped. He also finds Conor's
drawings and realizes that he is the mysterious Airman who has been flying around the prison
island. Bonvilain arrests Conor's whole family to trap him. To save them, Conor will have to build
the flying machine that he has been dreaming of all these years.
YA FIC COL 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.
YA FIC DUR Durrant, Lynda My Last Skirt
Jennie Hodgers dressed as a boy for the first time in order to help support her impoverished Irish
family with a shepherd's wages. Then her arrival in America confirmed her belief that the world
offers better opportunities to young men than to young women. So Jennie maintained her
outward identity as Albert Cashier, serving as a grocery clerk in Queens, New York; as a
farmhand in Ohio; and as a recruit in the 95th Illinois Infantry during the Civil War. Not only did
she survive three years in combat with her true identity undiscovered, she chose to continue
living as Albert for nearly all of her life. Combining careful research with vivid insight, Lynda
Durrant portrays Albert Cashier as a soldier who served his adopted country and his comrades
with loyalty and heroism, and Jennie Hodgers as a woman of a woman of astonishing strength,
courage, and adaptability- a woman sometimes at war with her own secrets.
YA FIC ERN Ernst, Kathleen Hearts of Stone
When her father goes off to join the Yankee troops, fourteen-year-old Hannah fears her family will
be torn apart by the Civil War. But nothing prepares her for her mother's sudden death. Hannah
now finds herself responsible for keeping the young family together in a world where even her
best friend, Ben, sympathizes with the Confederacy. On a long and dangerous journey from
Cumberland Mountain to Nashville, Tennessee, in search of their only living relative, Hannah and
her brother and sisters come to realize the true meaning of family and hope. This is a beautifully
crafted novel about the tragedy of war and the power of love even in the toughest of times.
YA FIC FER Ferris, Jean Much Ado About Grubstake
Grubstake is a grubby down-on-its-luck mining town filled with grubby down-on-their-luck miners.
So when a decidedly nongrubby city slicker shows up and offers to buy the tapped-out mines, the
miners are sorely tempted. But not Arley, the brash sixteen-year-old girl who runs the
boardinghouse. No, Arley smells a rat. What could some fancy-britches rascal want with empty
mines? Is there more in those desolate pits than the Grubs realize?
YA FIC FOR Forstchen, William We Look Like Men of War
"I was born a slave, as was my father before me, but I shall die a free man...."
Thus begins the poignant story of Samuel Washburn, born a slave in 1850. A young master's
cruelty leads to an unforeseen confrontation, which forces Sam and his cousin to flee the
plantation. They run north to freedom, only to return south to fight for the greater cause.
Though still a boy, Sam becomes a regimental drummer with a "colored regiment" and sees
action in the Wilderness campaign at Fredericksburg and Petersburg, as well as at the bloody
Battle of the Crater in July of 1864. Sam's voice offers a unique and insightful perspective on the
carnage of the War Between the States and the toll it took on both young and old, black and
YA FIC GHO Ghosh, Amitav The Glass Palace
Ghosh's epic novel of Burma and Malaya over a span of 115 years is the kind of "sweep of
history" that readers can appreciate--even love--despite its demands. There is almost too much
here for one book, as over the years the lives and deaths of principal characters go flying by. Yet
Ghosh (The Calcutta Chromosome; Shadow Lines) is a beguiling and endlessly resourceful
storyteller, and he boasts one of the most arresting openings in recent fiction: in the marketplace
of Mandalay, only the 11-year-old Indian boy Rajkumar recognizes the booming sounds beyond
the curve of the river as English cannon fire. The year is 1885, and the British have used a trade
dispute to justify the invasion and seizure of Burma's capital. As a crowd of looters pours into the
fabled Glass Palace, the dazzling throne room of the nine-roofed golden spire that was the great
hti of Burma's kings, Rajkumar catches sight of Dolly, then only 10, nursemaid to the Second
Princess. Rajkumar carries the memory of their brief meeting through the years to come, while he
rises to fame and riches in the teak trade and Dolly travels into exile to India with King Thebaw,
Burma's last king; Queen Supayalat; and their three daughters. The story of the exiled king and
his family in Ratnagiri, a sleepy port town south of Bombay, is worth a novel in itself, and the first
two of the story's seven parts, which relate that history and Rajkumar's rise to wealth in Burma's
teak forests, are marvelously told. Inspired by tales handed down to him by his father and uncle,
Ghosh vividly brings to life the history of Burma and Malaya over a century of momentous change
in this teeming, multigenerational saga.
YA FIC GOD Godbersen, Anna Luxe
Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn.
Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions.
White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups.
This is Manhattan, 1899.
Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan's social scene. Or so it appears.
When the girls discover their status among New York City's elite is far from secure, suddenly
everyone—from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry
Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud—threatens Elizabeth's and Diana's golden future.
With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family
duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering
life lit up the city's gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves,
some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if,
perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan's most celebrated daughter disappear...
In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the
social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously
scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.
YA FIC GOD Godbersen, Anna Rumors (Luxe bk 2)
After bidding good-bye to New York's brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, rumors continue to fly
about her untimely demise. All eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed: her
mischievous sister, Diana, now the family's only hope for redemption; New York's most notorious
cad, Henry Schoon-maker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished; the seductive Penelope
Hayes, poised to claim all that her best friend left behind—including Henry; even Elizabeth's
scheming former maid, Lina Broud, who discovers that while money matters and breeding counts,
gossip is the new currency. As old friends become rivals, Manhattan's most dazzling socialites
find their futures threatened by whispers from the past. In this delicious sequel to The Luxe,
nothing is more dangerous than a scandal . . . or more precious than a secret.
YA FIC GOD Godberson, Anna Envy (Luxe bk 3)
Two months after Elizabeth Holland's dramatic homecoming, Manhattan eagerly awaits her return
to the pinnacle of society. When Elizabeth refuses to rejoin her sister Diana's side, however,
those watching New York's favorite family begin to suspect that all is not as it seems behind the
stately doors of No. 17 Gramercy Park South. Farther uptown, Henry and Penelope
Schoonmaker are the city's most celebrated couple. But despite the glittering diamond ring on
Penelope's finger, the newlyweds share little more than scorn for each other. And while the
newspapers call Penelope's social-climbing best friend, Carolina Broad, an heiress, her fortune—
and her fame—are anything but secure, especially now that one of society's darlings is slipping
tales to the eager press. In this next thrilling installment of Anna Godbersen's bestselling Luxe
series, Manhattan's most envied residents appear to have everything they desire: Wealth.
Beauty. Happiness. But sometimes the most practiced smiles hide the most scandalous secrets. .
YA FIC GRA Gratz, Alan Samurai Shortstop
Tokyo, 1890. High school can be brutal, even in turn-of-the-century Japan.
From his first day at boarding school, Toyo Shimada sees how upperclassmen make a sport out
of terrorizing the first-years. Still, he's taken aback when the seniors keep him from trying out for
the baseball team-especially after he sees their current shortstop. Toyo isn't afraid to prove
himself; He's more troubled by his uncle's recent suicide. Although Uncle Koji's defiant death was
supposedly heroic, it has made Toyo question many things about his family's samurai
background. And worse, Toyo fears that his father may be next. It all has something to do with -
the way of the warrior-but Toyo doesn't understand even after his father agrees to teach it to him.
As the gulf between them grows wider, Toyo searches desperately for a way to prove there is a
place for his family's samurai values in modern Japan. Baseball might just be the answer, but will
his father ever accept a "Western" game that stands for everything he despises?
YA FIC HEN Heneghan, James The Grave
Thirteen-year-old Tom, an unhappy foster child in Liverpool, falls into a massive open grave and
is transported to Ireland in 1847, where he finds himself in the midst of the deadly potato famine.
YA FIC HOL Holeman, Linda Search of the Moon King’s Daughter
Gentle Emmaline loves nothing more than books and flowers and her little brother Tommy. Sadly,
her idyllic country life in Victorian England comes to an abrupt end when her father dies of
cholera. The family is forced to move to a mill town, where Emmaline’s mother is dreadfully
injured in a factory accident. To ease her pain she takes laudanum and is soon addicted, craving
the drug so badly that she sells Tommy into servitude as a chimney sweep in London. Emmaline
knows that a sweep’s life is short and awful. Small boys as young as five are forced to climb
naked into dark chimneys, their bare feet prodded by nail-studded sticks to keep them working. If
Tommy is to survive, it is up to Emmaline to find him.
J & YA FIC HOL Holland, Isabelle Behind the Lines
During the New York Draft Riot of 1863, a young Irish Catholic girl helps an African American
make a daring escape from an angry mob.
YA FIC HOL Holub, Josef An Innocent Soldier
There is a stunning moment at the beginning of Bohemian author Holub's absorbing novel about
Napoleon's 1811 invasion of Russia when readers realize what orphaned farmhand Adam, the
innocent soldier of the title, does not: though only 16, he's joining the French emperor's Grand
Armee in place of the son of the man who took him in. Over the course of the next grueling year,
gentle Adam, who narrates, confronts the atrocities of war (stealing uniforms from the dead,
eating horseflesh to survive). He must contend with a vicious sergeant, who never misses an
opportunity to humiliate him, and also wrestle with questions about the treachery of the farmer,
whom Adam had seen as a father figure.
YA FIC HUB Hubbard, Mandy Prada & Prejudice
To impress the popular girls on a high school trip to London, klutzy Callie buys real Prada heels.
But trying them on, she trips...conks her head...and wakes up in the year 1815! There Callie
meets Emily, who takes her in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. As she spends time with
Emily's family, Callie warms to them—particularly to Emily's cousin Alex, a hottie and a duke, if a
tad arrogant. But can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, and win Alex's heart, before her
time in the past is up?
YA FIC JEN Jenkins, Beverly Josephine
Josephine Best has it all figured out. Just seventeen, she's been to college, she has her own
hairdressing shop and she refuses to be distracted from her goals. At least until handsome
George Brooks begins to pursue her. Jojo isn't looking for romance, but she permits George to
call on her. Adam Morgan has always been a Casanova, and no girl is immune to his charm. But
when he comes home wounded from the War Between the States, it's a girl he used to call "Pest"
who's turning his head. All grown up, Jojo is being courted by another soldier, and Adam knows it
would be foolish to play with her heart. Even so, he just can't get the headstrong lady off his mind.
For her part, Jojo can't deny her growing feelings for Adam. But he's always been such a flirt--he
can't possibly be serious about her. Besides, she has George falling all over himself to please
her. As the war rages on, Adam's feelings for Jojo grow stronger, but Jojo's determination to
resist him does, too. One thing is clear, though: Jojo is a girl who always gets what she wants,
sometimes in spite of herself.
YA FIC JEN Jenkins, Beverly Belle
After a grueling escape north, Belle Palmer is free, yet lost and alone. Separated from her father
on the harrowing journey, Belle has nowhere to turn until she finds shelter with the Bests, the first
free family she's ever known.For the first time in her sixteen years, Belle is able to express herself
freely--except where her feelings for a certain dark-eyed young man are concerned. Daniel Best
is headed for great things. Educated and handsome, at eighteen he is full of the promise and
dreams of his people, and is engaged to the prettiest (if the most spoiled) girl around. So when a
bedraggled stranger arrives in his household and turns into a vibrant, lovely young woman, his
attraction to her catches him entirely by surprise. While Belle is determined to deny her feelings
for him, Daniel is caught between his conscience and his infatuation with her. That the two belong
together is undeniable, but that it could ever happen seems impossible.
YA FIC JOC Jocelyn, Marthe Folly
Inspired by the story of her grandfather and his mother, who gave him up to London's Foundling
Hospital, Jocelyn (Would You) intimately reimagines and fictionalizes their lives in alternating
chapters and in different time periods. In 1876, 15-year-old Mary must leave home, not long after
her mother dies, for a job as a scullery maid in London. A conniving co-worker, Eliza, encourages
Mary to meet a young man in order to keep her away from an admiring butler; soon Mary finds
herself in trouble after a passionate encounter that she herself deems unladylike, ―but a lady were
never what I got up in the morning to be.‖ Meanwhile, in 1884, six-year-old James must leave his
beloved foster mother to return to the Foundling Hospital for an education. Told in third person
(as are Eliza's chapters and those of an instructor at the Hospital), James's story is perhaps the
most affecting, as he is alternately despondent and intrepid in seeking familial connections. The
novel skillfully illustrates how the lives of those who resided ―belowstairs‖ in Victorian England
were at the mercy of those with means.
YA FIC KLA Klause, Annette Curtis Freaks, Alive on the Inside
Seventeen-year-old Abel is the odd one out in his family and his family's business. He lives with
his father who has no legs and his mother who has no arms in a village with others with physical
oddities. He earns money from curiosity seekers. Abel is determined to have another life, so he
runs away to join a circus of all things. When the "fur-faced" boy follows him, Abel is reluctant to
let the boy fend on his own. Abel assumes responsibility for him while they work unusual jobs and
fend off those who would kidnap the boy for their own nefarious purposes. There is an element of
fantasy present, as a mysterious woman comes to Abel, first in his dreams and then in a more
tangible form. Readers will fall in love with Abel and sympathize with his quest to be in a normal
environment. It is amazing how quickly the seemingly "odd" characters feel normal, but that is the
point, after all. They may be "freaks" on the outside but it soon becomes apparent to the reader
and Abel that the love and affection they have for one another is what lives on the inside.
YA FIC KRI Krisher, Trudy Uncommon Faith
Change is coming to the mid-nineteenth-century town of Millbrook, Massachusetts, whether folks
are ready for it or not. Old traditions and values are being questioned, especially by an outspoken
young woman named Faith Common. She defies expectations that women be obedient and limit
their education to domestic duties such as sewing. Faith is determined to find her own truth about
her abilities as well as the abilities of any human being, man or woman, black or white. With her
uncommon faith in each person, she is a powerful catalyst for change.
YA FIC LAS Lasky, Kathryn Beyond the Divide
An Amish girl, Meribah Simon, goes west with her father who has been ``shunned,'' or forced to
leave their Amish community. Along the way she tries to help a friend get over a vicious rape,
copes with the illness and death of her father, and grows from a passive child who relied on a
community for her needs to a fiercely independent young woman.
YA FIC LEE Lee, Jamie Washaka: The Bear Dreamer
Set in the early 1800s, this tale offers a rare glimpse into the Lakota tribe on the cusp of a great
historical change. Little Chief, a young Lakota boy, dreams of a white bear tied to a tree and
bleeding at the neck. His grandfather tells him he must watch for this bear—or something like it—
because dreams are "Wakan," sacred signs from the creator. When Little Chief finds a white boy
who’s been abused by his father and tied to a tree, he knows this is the White Bear of his dreams.
Based on the dreams and prayers of Leon Hale, a Lakota man, the narrative chronicles the rush
of cultures coming together and—despite the love of family and friends—the ensuing heartbreak
of a cultural collision.
YA FIC LES Lester, Julius Time’s Memory
Amma is the creator god, the master of life and death, and he is worried. His people have always
known how to take care of the spirits of the dead – the nyama – so that they don’t become
destructive forces among the living. But amid the chaos of the African slave trade and the
brutality of American slavery, too many of his people are dying and their souls are being ignored
in this new land. Amma sends a young man, Ekundayo, to a plantation in Virginia where he
becomes a slave on the eve of the Civil War. Amma hopes that Ekundayo will be able to find a
way to bring peace to the nyama before it is too late. But Ekundayo can see only sorrow in this
land – sorrow in the ownership of people, in the slaves who have been separated from their
children and spouses, in the restless spirits of the dead, and in his own forbidden relationship with
his master’s daughter. How Ekundayo finds a way to bring peace to both the dead and the living
makes this an unforgettable journey into the slave experience and Julius Lester’s most powerful
work to date.
YA FIC LES Lester, Julius Day of Tears
During two rainy days in early March, 1859, the largest auction of slaves in America was held in
Savannah, Georgia. Pierce Butler, a grandson of a signer of the Declaration of Independence and
the former husband of English actress and abolitionist Fanny Kremble, sold more than 400 slaves
to pay his gambling debts. Against the backdrop of the so-called "Weeping Time," award-winning
author Julius Lester has woven different first-person voices—told in flashback and flash forward
scenes—into a moving, generational tale. The main story line is that of Emma, the slave girl who
takes care of Butler's children until he breaks a promise and sells her at the auction. Neither quite
poetry nor a play, the book gives the voices of each character life and brings the reader closer to
understanding, on an individual basis, the legacy of slavery and its impact on whites and blacks
J & YA FIC LYO Lyons, Mary Letters From a Slave Girl: The Story of
A fictionalized version of the life of Harriet Jacobs, told in the form of letters that she might have
written during her slavery in North Carolina and as she prepared for escape to the North in 1842.
YA FIC MAC MacLean, Sarah The Season
Seventeen year old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued — in a house full of older
brothers and their friends, she had to learn to hold her own. Not the best makings for an
aristocratic lady in Regency London. Yet her mother still dreams of marrying Alex off to someone
safe, respectable, and wealthy. But between ball gown fittings, dances, and dinner parties, Alex,
along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get herself into what may be her
biggest scrape yet. When the Earl of Blackmoor is mysteriously killed, Alex decides to help his
son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. But will Alex's heart be
stolen in the process? In an adventure brimming with espionage, murder, and other clandestine
affairs, who could possibly have time to worry about finding a husband? Romance abounds as
this year's season begins!
YA FIC MCC McCaughrean, Geraldine Stop the Train!
Imagine living in a brand new frontier town and the train does not make a stop there. Why, there
would be no way to get fresh supplies, or new citizens, or new businesses. The town would face
certain ruin! It is 1893 and Oklahoma has opened land grants to thousands of people—
"desperate, ambitious, hopeful, last chance, stake-all, make-or-break, dare-all, nothing-to lose"
types. Cissy Sissney and her parents have landed in the newly formed town of Florence. Things
look promising until no one wants to sell their claim to a slick oily-haired man who turns out to be
the son of the Red Rock Railroad's owner. When the son decides to join the people of Florence,
his father is enraged and vows that the train will never stop there. Day after day the train breezes
past Florence and the desperate town folks get creative, because they must stop the train.
YA FIC MCM McMullan, Margaret When I Crossed No-Bob
Set in rural Mississippi just ten years after the end of the Civil War, this story examines issues of
gender, race and morality. Thirteen-year-old Addy O'Donnell, having been deserted first by her
father and then by her mother, is taken in by the local schoolteacher and his wife. They treat her
with kindness and respect, in spite of the fact that the O'Donnells are renowned as bad, dirty
people who like to fight. Addy loves going to school, but refuses to be restricted to women's work.
All her life, she has carried water, started fires in the morning and tended to animals. She sees no
reason not to continue. When Addy's father returns and leads a group of Ku Klux Klanners in a
murderous rampage throughout Smith County, Addy is faced with a serious dilemma: Should she
save her schoolteacher/foster father, Mr. Frank, or protect her father with her silence?
YA FIC MCM McMullan, Margaret How I Found the Strong
This often gripping first novel set during the Civil War adopts the perspective of a 10-year-old boy
who lives on a small farm in rural Mississippi. As the story opens, Frank, nicknamed Shanks "on
account of my skinny legs," vies unsuccessfully for his father's attention and love, believing that
Pa prefers even their lone slave, Buck, to him, and envying his 14-year-old brother, Henry, who is
about to go off to war with Pa. After their departure, however, Frank's views about the glory of
battle and about Southern ideologies change, as he and his family battle hunger and as his
relationship with Buck strengthens.
YA FIC MCM McMurchy-Barber, Gina Free as a Bird
Ruby Jean Sharp comes from a time when being a developmentally disabled person could mean
growing up behind locked doors and barred windows and being called names like "retard" and
"moron." Born with Down's syndrome, Ruby Jean is lovingly cared for by her grandmother. But
after Grandma dies when Ruby is eight, her mother takes her to Woodlands School in New
Westminster, British Columbia, and never comes back.
As Ruby Jean herself says: "Can't say why they called it a school - a school's a place you go for
learnin an then after you get to go home. I never learnt much bout ledders and numbers, an I sure
never got to go home. Nope, only stayed at Woodlands all day an all night. I lived on Ward 33."
It's here in an institution that opened in 1878 and was originally called the Provincial Lunatic
Asylum that Ruby Jean learns to survive isolation, boredom, and every kind of abuse. Just when
she can hardly remember if she's ever been happy, she learns a lesson about patience and
perseverance from an old crow.
YA MYS MOR Morgan, Nicola Fleshmarket
Robbie's comfortable middle-class life in 1820s Edinburgh unravels after his mother dies, his
father's insurance business goes up in flames, and his father declines into an alcoholic mist. In
this dark, macabre and engrossing novel, Robbie is responsible for the survival of his small sister
and himself. After he loses his job delivering baked goods in a barrow through the narrow, dirty
streets of Edinburgh's Old Town, his quest to earn enough money for bare survival leads him to
assist Burke and Hare. They were the notorious real-life grave robbers who provided bodies to
surgeons in Edinburgh who were striving to learn more about how the human body works. Burke
and Hare's true story earned them an infamous place in history. As Robbie helps them deliver
bodies, he realizes that they have been "helping" unwary travelers to an early death and he
becomes afraid for his own life. Readers will be hoping that despite the odds against him, Robbie
will win his struggle to endure. The crowded, filthy, disease-ridden Old Town of the 1820s plays a
strong, essential role in this novel. The author sets the scene in grim and vivid detail and she
advises, "Don't read this book while you are eating breakfast!"
YA FIC MOR Morpurgo, Michael Twist of Gold
With only the mythical luck of a golden torc, the necklace of their ancestors, to protect them, Sean
and Annie O'Brien leave famine-stricken Ireland to search for their father in a strange land called
YA FIC MYE Myers, Anna Assassin
Through the device of a fictional young woman interacting with historical figures, Meyers provides
readers with a glimpse of the people, events, and surroundings of a dramatic time in history In
alternating chapters, John Wilkes Booth and Arabella Getchel, a 14-year-old White House
seamstress, relate the story. Booth's unstable emotional state is revealed in his zealous passion
for the Confederacy and intense hatred of the Union as symbolized by President Lincoln. The
novel offers a good opportunity for discussion about the assassin, his motivations, and, in this
case, how he drew an unsuspecting girl into his scheme.
YA FIC MYE Myers, Walter Dean Riot
During a long hot July in 1863, the worst race riots the United States has ever seen erupt in New
York City. Earlier that year, desperate for more Union soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln
instituted a draft–a draft that would allow the wealthy to escape serving in the army by paying a
$300 waiver, more than a year’s income for the recent immigrant Irish. And on July 11, as the first
drawing takes place in Lower Manhattan, the city of New York explodes in rage and fire. Stores
are looted; buildings, including the Colored Foundling Home, are burned down; and black
Americans are attacked, beaten, and murdered. The police cannot hold out against the rioters,
and finally, battle-hardened soldiers are ordered back from the fields of Gettysburg to put down
the insurrection, which they do–brutally. Fifteen-year-old Claire, the beloved daughter of a black
father and Irish mother, finds herself torn between the two warring sides. Faced with the
breakdown of the city–the home–she has loved, Claire must discover the strength and resilience
to address the new world in which she finds herself, and to begin the hard journey of remaking
herself and her identity.
YA FIC NAP Napoli, Donna Jo The King of Mulberry Street
In 1892, nine-year-old Dom's mother puts him on a ship leaving Italy, bound for America. He is a
stowaway, traveling alone and with nothing of value except for a new pair of shoes from his
mother. In the turbulent world of homeless children in Manhattan's Five Points, Dom learns street
smarts, and not only survives, but thrives by starting his own business. A vivid, fascinating story
of an exceptional boy, based in part on the author's grandfather.
YA FIC NAP Napoli, Donna Jo Alligator Bayou
Talullah, Louisiana. 1899.
Calogero, his uncles, and cousins are six Sicilian men living in the small town of Tallulah,
Louisiana. They work hard, growing vegetables and selling them at their stand and in their
grocery store. To 14-year-old Calogero, newly arrived from Sicily, Tallulah is a lush world full of
contradictions, hidden rules, and tension between the Negro and white communities. He’s startled
and thrilled by the danger of a ’gator hunt in the midnight bayou, and by his powerful feelings for
Patricia, a sharpwitted, sweet-natured Negro girl. Some people welcome the Sicilians. Most do
not. Calogero’s family is caught in the middle: the whites don’t see them as equal, but befriending
Negroes is dangerous. Every day brings Calogero and his family closer to a a terrifying, violent
YA FIC NEW Newth, Mette Dark Light
While enduring a bleak existence in a hospital for lepers in Norway during the early 1800s,
thirteen-year-old Tora tries to find meaning in a life surrounded by death.
J & YA FIC PAT & SR Section Paterson, Katherine Lyddie
Determined to pay off the debt on the family farm, Lyddie becomes a factory girl in the textile mills
of Lowell, Massachusetts in 1844, in appalling working conditions in early industrial America.
YA FIC PAU Paulsen, Gary Soldier’s Heart
Although he was eager to enlist, 15-year-old Charley Goddard has a change of heart after
experiencing both the physical horrors and mental anguish of Civil War combat. Battle by battle,
Gary Paulsen shows readers the turmoil of war through one boy's eyes and one boy's heart --
and gives voice to all the anonymous young men who fought in the Civil War.
YA FIC PAU Paulsen, Gary Canyons
Finding a skull on a camping trip in the canyons outside El Paso, Texas, Brennan becomes
involved with the fate of a young Apache Indian who lived in the late 1800s.
YA FIC PEA Pearsall, Shelley Crooked River
The year is 1812. A white trapper is murdered. And a young Chippewa Indian stands accused.
Captured and shackled in leg irons and chains, Indian John awaits his trial in a settler's loft. In a
world of crude frontier justice where evidence is often overlooked in favor of vengeance, he
struggles to make sense of the white man's court. His young lawyer faces the wrath of a
settlement hungry to see the Indian hang. And 13-year-old Rebecca Carver, terrified by the
captive Indian right in her home, must decide for herself what—and who—is right. At stake is a
life. Inspired by a true story, Crooked River takes a probing look at prejudice and early American
J & YA FIC PEC 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
YA MYS PEC Peck, Richard The River Between Us
Fifteen-year-old Howard's story in the Model-T era complements grandmother Tillie's story of fifty-
five years earlier, when she has enough troubles with her sister's visions and her brother facing
war. Then two Louisiana women waltz into their lives, with southern drawls and surprises beneath
their petticoats. The town starts whispering, the Civil War begins, and Tillie's life changes forever.
YA MYS PUL Pullman, Phillip The Ruby in the Smoke
Orphaned, sixteen year old Sally must outmaneuver a host of villainous nineteenth century
figures to claim both her inheritance and her independence.
YA FIC REE Reeder, Carolyn Shades of Gray
At the end of the Civil War, twelve-year-old Will, having lost all his immediate family, reluctantly
leaves his city home to live in the Virginia countryside with his aunt and the uncle he considers a
"traitor" because he refused to take part in the war.
YA FIC RIC Richards, Justin The Death Collector
What starts as an ordinary picket-pocketing incident in Victorian London unites three teens
against a madman. Eddie is the pickpocket; George is an assistant at the British Museum;
Elizabeth has a nose for trouble—and all of them are being hunted by Augustus Lorimore.
Lorimore is a sinister factory owner, a villain bent on reanimating the dead, both humans and
dinosaurs—and one of each is already terrorizing the streets of London. It's up to Eddie, George,
and Elizabeth to stop Lorimore's monsters . . . or die trying.
YA FIC RIN Rinaldi, Ann The Letter Writer
Harriet knows she does not belong in her family. She shares a father with her stepbrother and
stepsister, but her mother is a mystery no one will discuss. Her stepbrother is harsh with her and
with the slaves that work their plantation. When he asks her to be a scribe for his blind mother
and also share family information with an uncle who lives abroad, Harriet begins to feel she has a
purpose. Then she meets the charismatic Nat Turner, a slave preacher who teaches of a loving,
forgiving God—a relief compared to the revenge-seeking God described by her preacher brother.
Harriet is so taken with Nat that she copies a map for him, little realizing how he will use it. When
Nat sets his secret plan in motion, it unleashes a tragedy that is beyond Harriet's imagination.
Rinaldi weaves her fictional characters into the story of Nat Turner and his slave uprising.
J & YA FIC RIN Rinaldi, Ann Amelia’s War
As the Civil War rages, Amelia's Maryland town is beset by divisions. Even she and her best
friend Josh disagree. Amelia vows not to take sides, until the Confederate troops march into
town...led by Josh's uncle.
YA FIC RIN Rinaldi, Ann Come Juneteenth
Tragedy strikes a Texas family when they fail to tell their slaves that they have been freed by
Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.
YA FIC RIN Rinaldi, Ann The Last Silk Dress
High-spirited, beautiful Susan Chilmark, fourteen, vows to do something meaningful to support
the Confederacy during the Civil War. Despite the wishes of her mother, Susan and her best
friend, Connie, collect silk dresses from all the ladies of Richmond to make a balloon that will be
used to spy on the Yankees. But the issues behind the war aren't as obvious as Susan thinks.
When she meets her dashing, scandalous older brother and discovers why he was banished from
the family, Susan unlocks a Pandora's box of secrets that forces her to rethink and challenge the
very system she was born into. Does she have the courage to do what is right even though it may
hurt the ones she loves?
YA FIC RIN Rinaldi, Ann Mine Eyes Have Seen
In the summer of 1859, fifteen-year-old Annie travels to the Maryland farm where her father, John
Brown, is secretly assembling his provisional army prior to their raid on the United States arsenal
at nearby Harpers Ferry.
YA FIC RIN Rinaldi, Ann An Acquaintance With Darkness
When her mother dies and her best friend's family is implicated in the assassination of President
Lincoln, fourteen-year-old Emily Pigbush must go live with an uncle she suspects of being
involved in stealing bodies for medical research.
YA FIC RIN Rinaldi, Ann The Education of Mary
In 1832, Prudence Crandall begins admitting black girls to her exclusive Connecticut school,
scandalizing white society and eventually causing her arrest and the closing of her school.
YA FIC ROB Robinet, Harriet Twelve Travelers, Twenty Horses
On the way to California with their kind new master, thirteen-year-old Jacob, his mother, and
other slaves are caught up in adventures that include trying to stop a plot to help the South
secede from the Union.
YA FIC SAY Sayres, Meghan Nuttall Anahita’s Woven Riddle
Anahita, a nomad, learns that her father has promised her hand in marriage to a man she
dislikes. Determined to have a say in her own fate, Anahita convinces her father to let her hold a
contest, in which potential suitors must correctly answer the riddle she has woven into her
wedding carpet. A diplomat, a schoolteacher, a shepherd, and a prince compete in Anahita's
battle of wits, for the heart of this extraordinary girl.
YA FIC SIE Siegelson, Kim L Trembling Earth
Hamp doesn't much care who wins the War Between the States. Out in the swamp they live by
their own rules, and no one he knows is rich enough to own slaves anyhow. He hates the Union
army for taking his Pap's leg though and not only his leg, but a big chunk of his soul. Pap used to
take Hamp hunting all the time, but now he just sits on the porch and cries. So when Hamp hears
about a no-good runaway slave boy named Duff who killed his own master and is now on the
loose in the swamp, he figures that bounty is his by rights, someone has to provide for the family
now that Pap can't. But when he finally does meet up with Duff, Hamp gradually begins to realize
that right and wrong might not be as black and white as he thought they were.
YA FIC TAY Taylor, Kim Bowery Girl
The Bowery, 1883: Gamblers and thieves, immigrants and Street Arabs, Do-Gooders and charity
houses, impossible dreams and impossible odds. This is the story of two "Bowery girls"—the
pickpocket Mollie Flynn and the prostitute Annabelle Lee, young women without family or
education who must fend for themselves. Two young women whose survival depends on each
other. After a chance encounter with Emmeline DuPre, a "Do-Gooder" who has recently opened a
settlement house, Mollie and Annabelle are given the opportunity to better themselves. But the
city offers many temptations, and on the streets of the Bowery, you do whatever it takes to
J & YA FIC TAY Taylor, Mildred The Land
After the Civil War Paul, the son of a white father and a black mother, finds himself caught
between the two worlds of colored folks and white folks as he pursues his dream of owning land
of his own.
YA MYS UPD Updale, Eleanor Montmorency
When a petty thief falls through a glass roof while fleeing from the police, it should have been the
death of him. Instead, it marks the beginning of a whole new life. Soon he has become the most
successful -- and elusive -- burglar in Victorian London, plotting daring raids and using London's
new sewer system to escape. He adopts a dual existence to fit his new lifestyle, taking on the
roles of a respectable, wealthy gentleman named Montmorency and his corrupt servant, Scarper.
YA MYS UPD Updale, Eleanor Montmorency on the Rocks
Five years after giving up his life of crime in the sewers, Montmorency is back in London. But his
evil alter ego, Scarper has returned too, pulling him back into a dark world of crime.
Montmorency's old friend and fellow government agent, Lord George Fox-Selwyn, fights to
rescue him from disaster and risks calling in Montmorency's prison doctor, Robert Farcett, to
help. However, when Montmorency turns up on a Scottish Island, he finds himself caught in
another web of mystery.
YA MYS UPD Updale, Eleanor Montmorency & the Assassins: Master
As the nineteenth century draws to a close, war is in the air, and influenza is sweeping the globe.
After twenty years as a gentleman, Montmorency is glad to be free of Scarper, his wretched alter-
ego. However, when Montmorency's young friend Frank finds himself caught in the middle of a
murderous political plot, Montmorency may have no choice but to call upon none other than
Scarper for help. Follow Montmorency, Fox-Selwyn, Dr. Farcett, and a whole new generation of
characters on their travels from London to Scotland, Italy and America.
YA MYS UPD Updale, Eleanor Montmorency’s Revenge
As Queen Victoria lays dying, Montmorency and his friends are already in mourning and
determined to track down the killers who have destroyed their lives. It's become a personal
obsession, but Montmorency has public duties, too, and when the two collide, he must decide
which comes first. Can he stop Doctor Farcett's slide into insanity? And how can Montmorency
teach a new generation to forgive when the lust for revenge is eating away at his own soul?
YA FIC WIL Wilson, Diane Lee Black Storm Comin
Twelve-year-old Colton, son of a black mother and a white father, takes a job with the Pony
Express in 1860 after his father abandons the family on their California-bound wagon train, and
risks his life to deliver an important letter that may affect the growing conflict between the North
YA FIC WIL Wilson, Diane Lee Firehorse
In 1872, 15-year-old Rachel leaves Illinois and her beloved pony for Boston, where her father has
taken a newspaper job. The city is beset with fires, and there are rumors that they are the work of
an arsonist. When Rachel accompanies her older brother to the local fire station, she meets The
Governor's Girl, a fire-station horse that has been severely burned. She hears the fire captain and
veterinarian discussing putting the horse down and saves her, finding new independence and
adventure along the way. The author conveys the tenor of the times, especially the severe
restrictions facing women, the hazards of living in cities, and the difficult and sometimes tragic
lives of city horses.
YA FIC WIL Wilson, John Death on the River
Jake Clay joins the Union Army to prove he is just as good, if not better, than his revered older
brother who died fighting at Antietam. His hopes of returning home a war hero with a chest full of
medals are quickly extinguished when he is captured and spends nearly ten months in the
Andersonville prison camp. Jake quickly aligns himself with The Raiders, a gang of prisoners,
convinced that aiding in thievery and murder is the small price he must pay to ensure his survival.
His emotionally agonizing journey home is plagued with haunting memories from Andersonville,
but Jake is offered a chance at redemption when he saves a young girl's life after The Sultana
explodes and its passengers go overboard into the freezing Mississippi river.
YA FIC YEP Yep, Laurence Mountain Light
Swept up in one of the local rebellions against the Manchus in China, nineteen-year-old Squeaky
travels to America to seek his fortune among the gold fields of California.
YA FIC YEP Yep, Laurence The Serpent’s Children
In nineteenth-century China, a young girl struggles to protect her family from the threat of bandits,
famine, and an ideological conflict between her father and brother.
YA FIC YEP Yep, Laurence The Traitor
In 1885, a lonely illegitimate American boy and a lonely Chinese American boy develop an
unlikely friendship in the midst of prejudices and racial tension in their coal mining town of Rock
J & YA FIC YEP Yep, Laurence Dragon’s Gate
The experiences of Chinese laborers working on the Transcontinental railroad seen through the
eyes of a young boy whose own impressions of the United States are drastically altered as a
YA FIC ARS Arslan, Antonia Skylark Farm
After forty years in Venice, Yerwant is planning a long-awaited reunion with his family at their
homestead in the Anatolian hills of Turkey. But as joyful preparations begin, Italy enters the Great
War and closes its borders. At the same time, in Turkey, the Young Turks, determined to rid their
nation of minorities, force his family on a brutal march of hunger and humiliation. We follow
Yerwant's relatives as they strain to stay alive and as four children set out on a daring course to
reach Yerwant—and safety—in Italy.
YA FIC BAG Bagdasirian, Adam Forgotten Fire
Based on the experiences of the author’s uncle, this novel portrays the 1915 purge of the
Armenian population in Ottoman Turkey. From an affluent and respected small-town family,
Vahan experiences a shattered world when his father is arrested and the Turkish rulers begin the
systematic extermination of the Armenians. Vahan’s harrowing journey to escape death
demands that he use his wits, rely on luck, and receive the occasional and unexpected aid of
YA FIC BAR Bartoletti, Susan Campbell The Boy Who Dared
When 16-year-old Helmuth Hubner listens to the BBC news on an illegal short-wave radio, he
quickly discovers Germany is lying to the people. But when he tries to expose the truth with
leaflets, he's tried for treason. Sentenced to death and waiting in a jail cell, Helmuth's story
emerges in a series of flashbacks that show his growth from a naive child caught up in the
patriotism of the times, to a sensitive and mature young man who thinks for himself.
YA FIC BAT Bat-Ami, Miriam Two Suns in the Sky
Chris Cook is an American Catholic girl living in upstate NY. Adam Bornstein is a Jewish refugee
from Yugoslavia who lives in the Emergency Refugee Camp at Oswego in 1944. They meet at
the camp’s fence, and a relationship forms, but barriers intrude; language, religion, family.
YA FIC BAU Bauer, Marion Dane Killing Miss Kitty & Other Sins
Between 1950 and 1955, Claire Davis, eleven years old in 1950, begins to grow up and question
many things in her life. Segregation, faith and sin, friendship, betrayal, love, and sexuality are all
topics touched on in five short stories, each detailing different points in Claire's life. In "Friend of
Liberty," Claire encounters the racism of the north during this era when she befriends a young
black girl and they go to the Fourth of July parade together. "New Girl" brings Claire to a new
school and a new friend. "Killing Miss Kitty" questions her own role in the death of a pet cat. In
"Sin," Claire goes through confirmation in her church and learns that sin is not something that will
be so easily wiped away. And finally, "Everything We Know" shows Claire at the cusp of
womanhood and the realization that not everything supposedly known about oneself is true.
YA FIC BLU Blundell, Judy What I Saw & How I Lied
When Evie's father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty
quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than just good war stories. When movie-
star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who served in Joe's company in postwar Austria,
shows up, Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes.
She finds herself falling for Peter, ignoring the secrets that surround him . . . until a tragedy
occurs that shatters her family and breaks her life in two. As she begins to realize that almost
everything she believed to be a truth was really a lie, Evie must get to the heart of the deceptions
and choose between her loyalty to her parents and her feelings for the man she loves. Someone
will have to be betrayed. The question is . . . who?
YA FIC BOY Boyne, John The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Berlin 1942--When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings
are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from
their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A
tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange
people he can see in the distance. But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must
be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he
meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting
results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.
YA FIC BRU Brushac, Joseph Code Talker
After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned
Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending
messages during World War II in their native tongue.
YA FIC BRU Bruchac, Joseph Geronimo
After years of standing against the U.S. government, Geronimo, the great warrior and spiritual
leader, is coming to the end of his life. His grandson visits him where he is imprisoned, in Fort Sill,
Oklahoma, in 1908, a visit which ignites a story brimming with little-known, thoroughly researched
details about the man who was said to "see into the future and walk without creating footprints."
In this gripping novel, Joseph Bruchac brings history alive with one of the most legendary and
fascinating figures of our time.
YA FIC CHO Choldenko, Gennifer Al Capone Does My Shirts
Jobs are hard to come by in 1935, so Moose's father doesn't hesitate to move his family to
Alcatraz when he gets work as a guard there. Moose, age 12, is far from pleased, though. His
friends and baseball team are back in San Francisco, his father works long hours, and when his
mother takes a job too he is put in charge of minding his sister Natalie. Natalie is older than he is,
but she is autistic, and she can be very difficult to deal with at times because of her obsessive
behavior and temper tantrums. Meanwhile, Moose meets the warden's attractive but trouble-
seeking daughter, Piper. He learns about the island and the prisoners, and reluctantly becomes
involved in Piper's schemes, such as charging classmates for the opportunity to have their
laundry done by the inmates—hence the title. Al Capone features briefly as a minor character,
and in desperation Moose writes to him to ask him to use his influence to gain Natalie a place at a
special school, a long-held dream of his mother's. Rather than a novel of gangsters, then, as
some might think from the title, this is a coming-of-age tale about a boy dealing with his autistic
sister, albeit in an unusual setting.
YA FIC CHO Choldenko, Gennifer Al Capone Shines My Shoes
When I first moved here, I thought all the bad guys were on one side of the bars and all the good
guys were on the other. But lately, I’ve begun to wonder . . .
Moose’s family moved to Alcatraz so his father could work as a guard and his sister could attend
a special school in San Francisco. Living on an island with a few hundred no-name hit men, con
men, and mad dog murderers (and a handful of bank robbers, too) has its challenges. Like Officer
Darby–who seems to have it in for Moose; Jimmy–who feels jealous of Moose’s baseball friend
Scout; Annie–who demands that Moose fess up to a secret that could get his family kicked off
Alcatraz; and Piper, the warden’s cute, danger-loving daughter–who is as mad at Moose as often
as she is sweet on him. By comparison, Willy One Arm and Buddy Boy, the cons who work at the
warden’s house, and Seven Fingers, the ax murderer who helps his family out when their toilet is
stopped up, don’t seem all that bad. But the line between good and bad is much clearer than
Moose realizes. And if he doesn’t figure it out soon, he could be in a world of trouble.
YA FIC CHO Chotjewitz, David Daniel Half Human and the Good Nazi
In June 1945, a U.S. soldier working as an interpreter for the Royal British Army visits the ruins of
his childhood neighborhood in Hamburg and reflects on the events that changed his life forever.
In 1933, 13-year-old Daniel, the well-to-do son of a prominent lawyer, and his working-class best
friend, Armin, are wildly enthusiastic about the Nazis' rise to power. Both boys are eager to join
the Hitler Youth, despite their parents' opposition. Daniel is horrified when his parents reveal that
his mother is Jewish. He is furious with her for being Jewish, with his father for marrying "that
Jewess," and with himself for being someone considered only half human according to the Aryan
doctrine. While Daniel's father insists his status as a decorated World War I hero will protect his
family, his mother urges her husband to emigrate. Armin, torn between loyalty to his best friend
and pressure from Nazi leadership to sever his ties with Daniel, does his best to warn him of
YA FIC COR Cormier, Robert Heroes
After joining the army at fifteen and having his face blown away by a grenade in a battle in
France, Francis returns home to Frenchtown hoping to find--and kill--the former childhood hero
he feels betrayed him.
YA FIC COR Cormier, Robert Frenchtown Summer
A series of vignettes in free verse in which the writer reminisces about his life as a twelve-year-
old boy living in a small town during the hot summer of 1938.
YA FIC COU Courtenay, Bryce The Power of One
Set in a world torn apart, where man enslaves his fellow man and freedom remains elusive, THE
POWER OF ONE is the moving story of one young man's search for the love that binds friends,
the passion that binds lovers, and the realization that it takes only one to change the world. A
weak and friendless boy growing up in South Africa during World War II, Peekay turns to two
older men, one black and one white, to show him how to find the courage to dream, to succeed,
to triumph over a world when all seems lost, and to inspire him to summon up the most
irrersistible force of all: the Power of One.
YA FIC CRE Crew, Linda Brides of Eden
When Joshua Creffield arrives in the sleepy town of Corvallis, Oregon, in the early part of 1903,
Eva Mae Hurt knows that nothing will ever be the same again. He's the most charismatic
preacher the town has ever heard, and soon Eva Mae and all the young women are going to his
fiery revival meetings. At Joshua's insistence, they even burn their worldly possessions and follow
him to a remote island to devote themselves to his teachings. But when Joshua starts talking
about which of his "brides of Eden" will be the Second Mother of Christ, events take a frightening
turn. Before it's all over, families will be torn apart, daughters will be locked up, and several
people will lose their lives. Based on a true story, this riveting and chilling novel depicts the
excitement and terror of belonging to a group in which individuality is subsumed. It convincingly
shows how the power of a single charismatic voice, heard at a vulnerable time, can turn the most
ordinary, rational person into a cult follower.
J & YA FIC CUR & SR Section Curtis, Christopher Paul Bud, Not
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.
YA FIC CUS Cushman, Karen The Loud Silence of Francine Green
Francine Green doesn't speak up much, and who can blame her? Her parents aren't interested in
her opinions, the nuns at school punish girls who ask too many questions, and the House
Committee on Un-American Activities is blacklisting people who express unpopular ideas. There's
safety in silence. Francine would rather lose herself in a book, or in daydreams about her favorite
Hollywood stars, than risk attracting attention or getting in trouble. But when outspoken,
passionate Sophie Bowman transfers into Francine's class at All Saints School for Girls, Francine
finds herself thinking about things that never concerned her before- free speech, the atom bomb,
the existence of God, the way people treat each other. Eventually, Francine discovers that she
not only has something to say, she is absolutely determined to say it.
YA FIC DAV Davis, Tanita Mare’s War
A summer road trip serves as frame for the story of Octavia and Tali's extraordinary grandmother.
Born on a farm just before the Great Depression, Marey Lee Boyen dreams of getting herself and
her younger sister Josephine as far away from Bay Slough, Ala., as possible-especially when
their mother's boyfriend turns a lustful eye toward them both. After Josephine is sent away to
Aunt Shirley in Philadelphia, Mare lies about her age and joins the Women's Army Corps at the
height of World War II. As Octavia and Tali travel with Mare back home to Bay Slough, readers
experience Pfc. Boyen's journey from basic training to extended field-service training, as she
bonds with a remarkable group of young African-American women. Once her company, the
6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, ships out to Europe, Mare and her fellow GIs process
mail for the front lines in England and France. The parallel travel narratives are masterfully
managed, with postcards from Octavia and Tali to the folks back home in San Francisco signaling
the shift between "then" and "now." Absolutely essential reading.
YA FIC DIJ Dijk, Lutz Van Damned Strong Love
Novel based on the true story of love between a Polish teenager and a young German soldier
during World War II.
YA MYS DON Donnelly, Jennifer A Northern Light
Mattie Gokey has a word for everything. She collects words, stores them up as a way of fending
off the hard truths of her life, the truths that she can't write down in stories. The fresh pain of her
mother's death. The burden of raising her sisters while her father struggles over his brokeback
farm. The mad welter of feelings Mattie has for handsome but dull Royal Loomis, who says he
wants to marry her. And the secret dreams that keep her going -- visions of finishing high school,
going to college in New York City, becoming a writer. Yet when the drowned body of a young
woman turns up at the hotel where Mattie works, all her words are useless. But in the dead
woman's letters, Mattie again finds her voice, and a determination to live her own life.
YA FIC DUR Durbin, William El Lector
Thirteen-year-old Bella wants to be a lector just like her grandfather. All day long he sits on a
special platform in the cigar factory in Ybor City, Florida, reading books, newspapers, and current
events to workers as they roll the cigars. Lectors have always been highly respected members of
their Cuban American community. But now times are changing. When the factory workers clash
with the owners, violence erupts and the lectors start losing their jobs. And then there's the radio.
Could this small device replace the lector? It's up to Bella to determine her future and help her
people preserve their history.
YA FIC DUR Durbin, William The Winter War
When the Soviet Union invades its tiny neighbor Finland in November 1939, Marko volunteers to
help the war effort. Even though his leg was weakened by polio, he can ski well, and he becomes
a messenger on the front line, skiing in white camouflage through the forests at night. The dark
forest is terrifying, and so are the odds against the Finns: the Russians have 4 times as many
soldiers and 30 times as many planes. They have 3000 tanks, while the Finns have 30. But a
tank is no help in the snowy forest–a boy on skis is. And the Russians don’t know winter the way
the Finns do, or what tough guerrilla warriors the Finns are. Marko teams up with another
messenger, Karl. Gradually Marko learns that Karl’s whole family was killed by the Russians. And
Karl has a secret–he’s really Kaari, a girl who joined up to get revenge for her family’s deaths.
YA FIC ELL Elliott, L.M. Under a War-Torn Sky
After his plane is shot down by Hitler's Luftwaffe, nineteen-year-old Henry Forester of Richmond,
Virginia, strives to walk across occupied France, with the help of the French Resistance, in hopes
of rejoining his unit.
YA FIC ELL Elliott, L.M. A Troubled Peace
March 1945. World War II may be ending, but for nineteen-year-old pilot Henry Forester the
conflict still rages. Shot down behind enemy lines in France, Henry endured a dangerous trek to
freedom, relying on the heroism of civilians and Resistance fighters to stay alive. But back home
in Virginia, Henry is still reliving air battles with Hitler's Luftwaffe and his torture by the Gestapo.
Mostly, Henry can't stop worrying about the safety of those who helped him escape—especially
one French boy, Pierre, who, because of Henry, may have lost everything. When Henry returns to
France to find Pierre, he is stunned by the brutal after-math of combat: starvation, cities shattered
by Allied bombing, and the shocking return of concentration camp survivors. Amid the rubble of
war, Henry must begin a daring search for a lost boy—plus a fight to regain his own internal
peace and the trust of the girl he loves.
YA FIC FLE Fletcher, Christine Ten Cents a Dance
With her mother ill, it’s up to fifteen-year-old Ruby Jacinski to support her family. But in the 1940s,
the only opportunities open to a Polish-American girl from Chicago’s poor Yards is a job in one of
the meat packing plants. Through a chance meeting with a local tough, Ruby lands a job as a taxi
dancer and soon becomes an expert in the art of ―fishing‖: working her patrons for meals, cash,
clothes, even jewelry. Drawn ever deeper into the world of dance halls, jazz, and the mob, Ruby
gradually realizes that the only one who can save her is herself.
YA FIC FLO Flood, Nancy Bo Warriors in the Crossfire
Flood’s first novel recounts a story of a forbidden friendship on the Japanese island of Saipan
during WWII. Thirteen-year-old cousins Kento and Joseph have been friends forever, but are
divided by class when the war intensifies. Kento is half Japanese, while Joseph is one of the
natives, who are suspected of being spies for the Americans. Restrictions and curfews multiply
for the islanders, but the boys figure out a way to remain friends in secret, as Joseph shares
survival skills with Kento, who teaches him kanji in return. ―The Japanese may have taken our
stores, our schools, even our lands, but they could not take this,‖ Joseph affirms. When the
Americans invade, Joseph’s father tasks him with keeping his mother, sister, and nephew safe,
and Joseph wonders if he has risked his family’s safety by trusting Kento.
YA FIC FRA Franklin, Kristine Grape Thief
In 1925, in a small Washington State community made up of families from different ethnic
backgrounds, twelve-year-old Cuss tries to stay in school as he watches those around him
struggle with various financial difficulties.
YA FIC FRI Friedman, D. Dina Escaping into the Night
Halina Rudowski is on the run. When the Polish ghetto where she lives is evacuated, she
narrowly escapes, but her mother is not as lucky. Along with her friend Batya, Halina makes her
way to a secret encampment in the woods where Jews survive by living underground. As the
group struggles for food, handles infighting, and attempts to protect themselves from the
advancing Germans, Halina must face the reality of life without her mother.
YA FIC FRO Frost, Helen Crossing Stones
Eighteen-year-old Muriel Jorgensen lives on one side of Crabapple Creek. Her family’s closest
friends, the Normans, live on the other. For as long as Muriel can remember, the families’ lives
have been intertwined, connected by the crossing stones that span the water. But now that Frank
Norman—who Muriel is just beginning to think might be more than a friend—has enlisted to fight
in World War I and her brother, Ollie, has lied about his age to join him, the future is uncertain. As
Muriel tends to things at home with the help of Frank’s sister, Emma, she becomes more and
more fascinated by the women’s suffrage movement, but she is surrounded by people who
advise her to keep her opinions to herself. How can she find a way to care for those she loves
while still remaining true to who she is?
YA FIC GRE Greene, Bette The Summer of My German Soldier
The summer that Patty Bergen turns twelve is a summer that will haunt her forever. When her
small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners during
World War II, Patty learns what it means to open her heart. Even though she's Jewish, she
begins to see a prison escapee, Anton, not as a Nazi, but as a lonely, frightened young man with
feelings not unlike her own. In Anton, Patty finds someone who softens the pain of her own
father's rejection and who appreciates her in a way her mother never will. While patriotic feelings
run high, Patty risks losing family, friends — even her freedom — for this dangerous friendship. It
is a risk she has to take and one she will have to pay a price to keep.
YA FIC GRE Gregory, Kristiana Earthquake at Dawn
A novelization of twenty-two-year-old photographer Edith Irvine's experiences in the aftermath of
the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, as seen through the eyes of fifteen-year-old Daisy, a
fictitious traveling companion.
YA FIC GRE Greif, Jean-Jacques Fighter
Fighting is a way of life for Moshe Wisniak. As a boy from a very poor neighborhood in Warsaw,
he can't run away when Polish kids attack the Jews, because his legs are weak. So he learns to
use his fists, his head and other weapons to defend himself and his brothers. When the family
moves to Paris in 1929, everyone finds work and life improves slowly. Moshe, now Maurice, is a
leather worker and a young husband. At a Jewish sports club, he takes up boxing, and becomes
an amateur flyweight. But the war comes to Paris, and by 1942, the French police round up
foreign Jews and the Germans deport them by the hundreds every day. They send Maurice to the
death camp at Auschwitz. In the camp, SS officers sense Maurice's strength. They command him
to box against a dying prisoner. Now Maurice is faced with an impossible moral dilemma: kill the
prisoner or be killed by the SS for refusing to obey them. Or will he find a way out?
YA FIC GWA Gwaltney, Doris Homefront
For as long as Margaret Ann Motley can remember, she has been waiting and hoping for one
thing -- a room to call her very own. And when Margaret's older sister leaves for college, it looks
like Margaret's days of waiting are over. But then disaster strikes. Its form: an English cousin
named Courtney who has been forced to flee 1941 London because of the blitz. Not at all
concerned with what's happening in Europe, Margaret Ann is soon fighting a war of her own as
she watches her cousin Courtney get not only her room, but also the attention of her very own
family and boyfriend. It's not until Margaret's only brother enlists in the navy that Margaret
discovers an ally and a friend where at first she saw only a rival.
YA FIC HAD Haddix, Margaret Peterson Uprising
Bella, newly arrived in New York from Italy, gets a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. There,
along with hundreds of other immigrants, she works long hours at a grueling job under terrible
conditions. Yetta, a coworker from Russia, has been crusading for a union, and when factory
conditions worsen, she helps workers rise up in a strike. Wealthy Jane learns of the plight of the
workers and becomes involved with their cause. Bella and Yetta are at work -- and Jane is visiting
the factory -- on March 25, 1911, when a spark ignites some cloth and the building is engulfed in
fire, leading to one of the worst workplace disasters ever.
YA FIC HAL Hale, Marian Dark Water Rising
It is summer of 1900 and seventeen-year-old Seth's carpenter father has decided to move the
family to Galveston, Texas, to take advantage of the building boom. He is also determined that
Seth attend the nearby medical school, when what Seth really wants is to be a carpenter like his
father. Upon reaching Galveston, Seth realizes it may not have been such a bad move when he
meets an attractive young lady named Ella Rose and is able to get a summer job building houses.
Seth's life seems to be settling in as he searches for a way to tell his father he has no intention of
becoming a doctor. But everything changes on a single day, when on September 8th, the island
city is struck by the worst hurricane in its recorded history. Seth and his coworkers struggle to
return to their families and ensure the safety of their loved ones. After a terrifying night spent in a
house that is knocked off its foundation by the storm, Seth and the other members of the
community must face the devastation left behind by the catastrophe. A mix of fact and fiction, this
is a stunning novel.
YA MYS HER Herrick, Steven Cold Skin
This novel in verse tells the story of teenage Eddie Holder, who lives in a small Australian coal-
mining town in the years after World War II. He longs to quit school, work in the mine, and spend
time with his friend turned girlfriend, Sally. His brother, Larry, wants nothing more than to finish
school and escape the town. Their father, Albert, has recently returned from the war a bitter,
broken man and is determined that neither he nor his sons will ever set foot in the mine. Then a
beautiful girl is murdered and suspicion falls on many of the men in the town, including the shady
schoolteacher, some miners, and Albert and Larry.
J & YA FIC HES Hesse, Karen Out of the Dust
In a series of poems, Billie Jo relates the hardships she and her family endure during the dust
bowl years in Oklahoma.
J & YA FIC HES Hesse, Karen Witness
In 1924, a small Vermont town faces the poisonous mission of the Ku Klux Klan. This novel in
verse unfolds through the witnessing words of characters from all walks of town life—a woman
farmer, her Jewish tenant and his small daughter, an African American girl, an older teen who
sees the opportunity for personal hope in the Klan’s rising power, the village doctor, a corrupt
clergyman, and a journalist. Each character has a clearly individualized voice as well as different
insights and opinions.
YA FIC HES Hesse, Karen Aleutian Sparrow
Vera, a young Aleut girl, lives with an elderly couple on a large Alaskan island where she earns
her keep by doing chores so she can attend school. In the summer of 1942 she returns hom to
her island of Kashega to visit her mother and friends. But when the Japanese launch an air attack
on the Aleutian Islands, her quiet, peaceful summer comes to an end. The U.S. government
"evacuates" most of the Aleut population. Vera and her village are forced to leave the only home
most of them have ever known and spend the rest of the war in internment camps, facing
sickness, suffering, and death.
YA FIC HEU Heuston, Kimberly The Shakeress
When Naomi’s parents and younger brother are killed in a fire, she and her remaining siblings
seek refuge in a Shaker village. The Shakers take the children in and begin to teach them their
way of life. Naomi is upset by some of the Shaker traditions — such as the way they separate
boys and girls — but she is also grateful for their help and for the opportunity to train with the
village herbalist. As Naomi’s healing skills increase, she soon surpasses the knowledge of her
teacher. She also comes to realize that, while she loves and respects the Shakers, she cannot
fully embrace their way of life. So she leaves her siblings and travels to another village, where
she builds a successful medical practice and gets engaged. When Naomi discovers the new
religion of Mormonism, she decides to leave her comfortable life once again and venture west
with the Mormons to Ohio.
YA FIC HIA Hiatt, Shelby Panama
He's waiting for me and we'll spend two erotic hours together. From the moment that Hiatt's quiet,
complicated narrator first speaks to readers, the stage is set for a compelling, passionate love
story. The scene is Panama, naturally, and the heroine is a bookish girl who grew up next door to
Orville and Wilbur Wright. She finds herself again on the cusp of history, as her father is one of
the chief engineers recruited by President Theodore Roosevelt to build a canal connecting the
Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. A curious girl eager to see the true lives of the indigenous
workers, she tags along with the enumerator and soon meets the beautiful Federico, a project
supervisor with a love of reading and an inscrutability people find irresistible. It is not long before
the lovers are joined in secret, as growing political unease surrounds them and complications
cause them to wonder whether nature will allow the construction to ever be completed.
YA FIC HIN Hinton, Nigel Time Bomb
Four years after World War II has ended, a group of 12-year-old Londoners come of age amid
personal and political turmoil. The story is narrated by Andrew, who, as an adult, looks back at
the summer he and his friends spent riding bikes around town and exploring the overgrown
property at a bombed-out manor. Each boy is faced with personal concerns: Eddie's angry
stepfather beats him; Manny is the target of anti-Semitic remarks; Bob tries to overcome a stutter
that his athletic dad sees as a weakness; and Andrew finds out that his father is cheating on his
mother. Add to these issues an unwarranted punishment that they received from a loved and
respected teacher as the school year was ending and the feelings of adult betrayal are
overwhelming. When the boys stumble upon a buried bomb at the abandoned site, they see it as
a source of power: a way to get even with those who treat them unfairly.
YA FIC HOP Hopkinson, Deborah Into the Firestorm
When Nicholas Dray's grandmother dies, he has no other family left to take care of him. Only
eleven years old, he leaves the hot fields of Texas where he has worked most of his young life as
a cotton picker. He decides to run away to the bright lights of San Francisco. Set in 1906, this is
the story of a young boy's adventures and fight for survival during the Great San Francisco
Earthquake and Fire. During his travels, a Chinese-American boy in Chinatown, a talkative little
girl named Annie, a literary shopkeeper by the name of Pat Patterson, and his dog Shakespeare,
befriend Nick. When Nick first arrives in San Francisco, he has no job, no money, and no food.
He finally finds some work looking after Mr. Patterson's shop while he is away on business for a
day. Soon after Mr. Patterson leaves, a huge earthquake hits the city and the destructive fires
start. Nick must find a way to keep the shop merchandise safe, help Annie and her injured,
pregnant mother reach safety, and rescue the dog "Shake."
YA FIC HUG Hughes, Dean Soldier Boys
Two boys, one German and one American, are eager to join their respective armies during World
War II, and their paths cross at the Battle of the Bulge.
YA FIC HUG Hughes, Dean Missing in Action
Dirty. Lazy. Good-for-nothing. Jay Thacker is used to hearing himself called names because his
dad is half-Navajo. But he's hoping, now that he and his mom have moved to stay with his
grandparents because of WWII, that things could be different. Delta is a tiny town in Utah, nothing
like Salt Lake, where they used to live. And Jay's grandfather is an elder in the church, a beloved
and well-respected man. Jay begins to make friends and even to make some money as he works
the fields for his grandfather. There's just one problem: he works alongside a young man named
Ken, who's from the camps in nearby Topaz. Which means Ken is a Jap. And Jay's dad, who's
been fighting for the navy out in the Pacific, was recently declared Missing in Action.
YA FIC IBB Ibbitson, John The Landing
Will Ben ever escape the Landing? The hardscrabble farm on the shores of Lake Muskoka can't
generate a living, so Ben's Uncle Henry sells goods and gas to cottagers from the dock known as
Cooks Landing. It had never been much of a living and since the Depression hit, it's even less.
Ben's thinking a lot these days, and it's making him miserable. He's thinking about how unfair it is
that his uncle only cares about work. He's thinking about what he really wants to do: play the
violin. These days, he's lucky to snatch the odd bit of practice between chores, playing to the
chickens in the henhouse. A new job fixing up the grand old cottage on nearby Pine Island seems
at first to be just one more thing to keep Ben away from his violin. After he meets the island's
owner, Ben changes his mind. Ruth Chapman is a cultured and wealthy woman from New York
who introduces Ben to an unfamiliar, liberating world. After Ben plays violin for Ruth and her
admiring friends, it only makes him more desperate to flee. Then, during a stormy night on Lake
Muskoka, everything changes.
YA FIC ING Ingold, Jeanette Hitch
Teenager Moss Trawnley is in desperate need of work, and so he decides to head out west as a
member of Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps to help protect Montana’s wildlife from
devastating erosion and wildfires. Despite the grueling work, Moss has time to play
baseball, make lifelong friends, and rediscover what he almost lost in the Great Depression:
YA FIC JAN Janeczko, Paul World’s Afire
The Hartford, Connecticut, circus fire of July 6, 1944, killed 167 people (mainly women and
children) in only a few minutes and left another 500 badly burned. In a gripping collection of free-
verse poems, acclaimed poet Janeczko gives voice to 29 different persons who eagerly
anticipated the excitement of the circus, experience the sudden horror of its inferno, tend to the
wounded and dying, and then identify and bury the dead.
YA FIC JOC Jocelyn, Marthe Mable Riley: A Reliable Record of
Humdrum, Peril and Romance
Viola Riley is a practical and sensible (if slightly dull) young woman who has recently completed
her teacher's training. Her earnings are desperately needed by her widowed mother and she
bravely sets off from her much-loved home to begin working at her first teacher's post some
distance away from where she grew up. With her, to be her helper in the classroom, is her lively,
highly imaginative sister Mable. Mable is very unlike her sister and the two often clash, Mable
wanting more freedom than her elder sister thinks is suitable or is willing to give her. Often Mable
vents her frustration and fury in the words in her diary, a volume which describes all the goings-
on in the area of Goodhand farm. Goodhand Farm is where the sisters are boarding and the
members of the Goodhand family are quiet, simple farming folk, people unused to young girls
with rebellious natures. It is 1901 and a time of great change in some ways and very little change
in others. Mable soon discovers this for herself when she makes friends with the highly irregular
but deliciously fascinating Mrs. Rattle. Mrs. Rattle refuses to accept the strict rules imposed on
women in those days. She shocks the community by wearing bloomers and riding a bicycle. The
community avoids her but Mable is drawn to her. She discovers how wrong the neighbors are in
their assessment of Mrs. Rattle and for the first time Mable truly sees that looks and reputation
can be very deceiving. As her story unfolds she finds that other people are not as they seem
either; her sister, the righteous Mrs. Forrest, the very stolid Mr. Goodman, and even her best
friend at home. They all are far more complicated that she thought they were.
YA FIC JUN Jung, Reinhardt Dreaming in Black and White
This haunting short novel explores the Holocaust from a rarely told perspective. Following a
school history assignment, Hannes, a German boy, is disturbed by dreams that transport him
back to the 1930s. There, he is persecuted by fellow students and teachers because Hannes is
disabled, and like the Jews and "social misfits," the Nazi regime has labeled him "not worth
living." Although his mother rushes to protect him, his father seems intimidated-even swayed-by
the Nazi propaganda. Meanwhile, the dreams themselves are becoming all too real and Hannes
begins to fear: Will he escape this nightmarish world in time to save himself?
YA FIC KAD Kadohata, Cynthia Weedflower
Sumiko is only 12 years old, but she can already divide her life into two distinct periods: the good
times before Pearl Harbor and the bad times after. At the internment camp, which is located on a
desert Indian reservation, she and her family cope with their new situation and the uncertainty of
their future. Only her abundant imagination and the friendship of a young Mohave carry her
through these hard times. A stirring novel about a "weedflower" caught in the hurricanes of war.
YA FIC KER Kerr, M.E. Your Eyes in Stars
Kerr's (Gentlehands) eminently readable novel set during the Depression almost feels like two
books in one. Narrated by 14-year-old Jessie Myrer, the daughter of a prison warden (she dubs
him a "benevolent dictator"), the first part chronicles her blossoming friendship with a new
neighbor, Elisa Stadler, whose family has moved from Germany to Cayuta, N.Y., for her father's
professorship at Cornell. While Jessie shares with Elisa her obsession with outlaws (she has a
poster of John Dillinger on her wall), Elisa tells her new American friend about "this new leader,
Hitler, [who] was gaining popularity in Germany." As she has in the past, Kerr leavens the dark
events of the era with humor. The teen protagonists become fixated on a new prisoner, Slater
Carr, whose talents on the trumpet may well win the prison band their first Black Baa (the Bands
Behind Bars Annual Award). But things go horribly awry one day, when Carr escapes and one
citizen winds up dead, prompting Elisa's family's return to Europe.
YA FIC KER Kerr, M.E. Slap Your Sides
Life in their Pennsylvania hometown changes for Jubal Shoemaker and his family when his older
brother witnesses to his Quaker beliefs by becoming a conscientious objector during World War
YA FIC KOG Kogawa, Joy Obasan
Based on the author's own experiences, this award-winning novel was the first to tell the story of
the evacuation, relocation, and dispersal of Canadian citizens of Japanese ancestry during the
Second World War.
YA FIC LAW Lawrence, Iain B is for Buster
In the spring of 1943, sixteen-year-old Kak, desperate to escape his abusive parents, lies about
his age to enlist in the Canadian Air Force and soon finds himself based in England as part of a
crew flying bombing raids over Germany.
YA FIC LER Lerangis, Peter Smiler’s Bones
Minik is one of six Eskimos coaxed from their primitive homes by explorer Robert Peary in 1897.
Qisuk ("Smiler") is Minik's father who sees the trip to America as an opportunity until they reach
their final destination-as part of a living exhibit inside New York's American Museum of Natural
History. In slightly more than ninety days' time, four of the six Eskimos, including Smiler, are
dead-unable to fight against exposure to American diseases. One returns to Greenland, leaving
Minik to survive alone in this completely foreign land. Minik does not speak English, does not
understand American ways, has never seen a city, has never used a fork, and has never seen his
own reflection in a mirror. Poor Minik is deceived and neglected but is eventually cared for by an
adoptive family. Throughout his life, however, he seems to lose, one by one, every person he
holds dear. Based on Minik's actual experiences, this wonderful historical fiction adventure tale
follows this Eskimo from his departure with Peary through his amazing and bizarre young life to
his ultimate return home.
YA FIC LES Lester, Julius Guardian
In the summer of 1946, in a small town in the deep South, the cruelty of racism abruptly changes
the life of a 14-year-old boy. Ansel, the white son of the town storekeeper, has always been best
friends with Willie, who is African American, despite the common prejudice against "niggers."
Ansel has a crush on alluring Mary Susan, the preacher's daughter who knows the power of her
ripening body, but so does Zeph, the nasty son of the man who owns much of the town. When
Willie's father, shell-shocked in the war, runs out of the church to say he's just found Mary Susan
stabbed to death, and that he saw Zeph do it, Ansel and his father rush to the scene. They find
Zeph covered in blood, holding a knife—and accusing Willie's father of the crime.
YA FIC LEV Levine, Kristin Best Bad Luck I Ever Had
The last thing Harry "Dit" Sims expects when Emma Walker comes to town is to become friends.
Proper -talking, brainy Emma doesn't play baseball or fish too well, but she sure makes Dit think,
especially about the differences between black and white. But soon Dit is thinking about a whole
lot more when the town barber, who is black, is put on trial for a terrible crime. Together Dit and
Emma come up with a daring plan to save him from the unthinkable.
YA FIC LEZ LeZotte, Ann Clare T4
It is 1939. Paula Becker, thirteen years old and deaf, lives with her family in a rural German town.
As rumors swirl of disabled children quietly disappearing,a priest comes to her family's door with
an offer to shield Paula from an uncertain fate. When the sanctuary he offers is fleeting, Paula
needs to call upon all her strength to stay one step ahead of the Nazis.
YA FIC LIS Lisle, Janet Taylor Black Duck
When Ruben and Jed find the dead body on the Rhode Island shore, they are certain it has
something to do with smuggling liquor. It is the l920’s, Prohibition is in full swing, and almost
everyone in the shore community is involved. Suddenly, the boys find themselves involved as
well: Didn’t the dead man have something on him, and didn’t they take it? It isn’t long before
Ruben is actually on the legendary Black Duck itself, caught in a war between two of the most
ferocious prohibition gangs.
YA FIC LOT Lottridge, Celia Barker Home is Beyond the Mountains
Samira is only nine years old when the Turkish army invades northwestern Persia in 1918, driving
her family from its tiny village. They flee into the mountains, but the journey is so difficult that only
Samira and her older brother survive. Beginning with a refugee camp run by the British Army, the
children are shunted from one temporary home to another, finally ending up in an orphanage
where it seems that they will live out their childhood. Then the new orphanage director, Susan
Shedd, decides that she will take the 300 refugee children back to their home villages — a
journey of 300 miles — through the mountains, on foot. Samira embarks on the journey with
wonder and fear. Even if they make it, will there be anyone in her old village to take her in?
YA FIC MAG Magorian, Michelle Good Night, Mr. Tom
A battered child learns to embrace life when he is adopted by an old man in the English
countryside during WWII.
YA FIC MAH Mah, Adeline Yen Chinese Cinderella & the Secret
After enduring abuse at the hands of her cruel stepmother, Chinese Cinderella (CC) seeks refuge
at a martial-arts school and joins a secret dragon society. Under the guidance of Grandma Wu,
CC is introduced to the exciting world of espionage as a part of the Chinese Resistance
movement. And when CC and her new comrades take on a daring mission to rescue a crew of
WWII American airmen, they prove that true bravery knows no age barrier.
YA FIC MAT Matas, Carol After the War
When Ruth returns to her home after being liberated from a concentration camp, she is met with
hatred and violence. She then joins other Jews who are trying to make their way to Palestine.
YA FIC MAT Matas, Carol The Whirlwind
Fourteen-year-old Ben Friedman longs for a place where he can be safe, where he can forget
and truly be free of the horrors he left behind when his family escaped Nazi Germany. Everyone
has told him that it will be different in America, that he will have rights and that these rights will
protect him. But when Pearl Harbor is attacked, fear reigns and living on American soil is no
longer a guarantee of safety. Japanese are rounded up and taken to camps. Ben fears it will only
be a matter of time before they come for him and his family. The weeks pass and school
becomes less bearable. He is hated for being Jewish, distrusted for being German. There is no
place to hide, nowhere to run, nowhere he can find that coveted sense of security. And yet, Ben
eventually finds peace.
YA FIC MAT Matthews, Kezi Scorpio's Child
When a strangely behaving uncle she has never heard of comes to live in her family's house in a
small Georgia town, fourteen-year-old Afton, grieving over her brother's death in World War II,
tries to unravel the secrets her mother refuses to share with her.
YA FIC MAZ Mazer, Harry The Last Mission
In 1944 a fifteen year old Jewish boy tells his family he will travel in the West, but instead, enlists
in the US Air Corps and is subsequently taken prisoner by the Germans.
J & YA FIC MAZ Mazer, Harry A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor
Sixteen year old Adam, whose father recently returned to duty aboard the Arizona, is fishing in
Pearl Harbor on a quiet Sunday morning with a newly met Japanese American classmate.
Suddenly, they see planes attack one of the greatest Navies in the world. Riveting scenes of
Japanese bombers picking off American warships are contrasted with Adam’s efforts to save his
friend while dealing with his own anger amid the chaos of the day.
J & YA FIC MAZ Mazer, Norma Fox Good Night, Maman
Karin and Marc Levi must leave their mother in Nazi-occupied France; they survive a harrowing
journey across the border to Italy and board the Henry Gibbons, bound for America.
YA FIC MAZ Mazer, Norma Fox What I Believe
Vicki's life had been perfect--now it's definitely not. When her father is laid off from his job, her
family's familiar comforts slip away. They move to a city apartment, and Vicki has to forge a new
path at her urban school. Worst of all, one night her depressed father simply disappears. Vicki
soon finds herself living a double life--fine on the outside, anything but fine on the inside--and that
leads to a moral dilemma she's ultimately forced to confront.
YA FIC MEA Means, Florence Crannell The Moved-Outers
After the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor in 1941, life changes drastically for eighteen-year-old
Sumiko Ohara and her family when they are sent from their home in California to a series of
YA FIC MOR Morpurgo, Michael Private Peaceful
It's the longest night of young Thomas's life, as he stands watch over the battlefields of France in
WW I, and he spends it thinking back on his life and trying not to think about the terrible event
scheduled to take place at dawn. Thomas is only 17; he lied about his age in order to follow his
beloved older brother Charlie to war. He reminisces about their childhood, the death of their
father, the despotic colonel who controls their family's fate, and his first love, Molly. He also
relates the misery of training to be a soldier, and the horror of shelling, gas attacks, life in the
trenches, and seeing friends killed.
YA FIC MOS Moses, Shelia P. The Legend of Buddy Bush
The day Uncle Goodwin "Buddy" Bush came from Harlem all the way back home to Rehobeth
Road in Rich Square, North Carolina, is the day Pattie Mae Sheals' life changes forever. Pattie
Mae adores and admires Uncle Buddy -- he's tall and handsome and he doesn't believe in the
country stuff most people believe in, like ghosts and stepping off the sidewalk to let white folks
pass. He unsettles the dust and brings fresh ideas to Rehobeth Road. But when Buddy's
deliberate inattention to the protocol of 1947 North Carolina lands him in jail for a crime against a
white woman that he didn't commit, Pattie Mae and her family are suddenly set to journeying on
the long, hard road that leads from loss and rage to forgiveness and pride.
YA MYS MOW Mowill, Joshua Operation Red Jericho
Shanghai, 1920. Fifteen-year-old Becca MacKenzie and her younger brother, Doug, are traveling
on their uncle's research ship, Expedient, when they stumble across leads that could solve the
mysterious disappearance of their parents in the deserts of China. Their pursuit of these clues
sends them into the perilous streets of Shanghai and into a forbidding island fortress. This
thoroughly compelling historical novel is organized as a simulated diary, complete with
documents, gatefolds, and vintage photos and illustrations.
YA MYS MOW Mowll, Joshua Operation Typhoon Shore
The indomitable Rebecca and Doug MacKenzie, of Operation Red Jericho (Candlewick Press,
2005/VOYA December 2005), have escaped the island hideaway of Chinese pirate Sheng-Fat,
which lies in rubble, and fled their remaining enemies. Their battle-damaged ride-their uncle's
ship, Expedient-barely survives a typhoon and limps into harbor on a seemingly deserted island.
There they discover further clues, left behind by previous members of the Honorable Guild of
Specialists, regarding the disappearance of their parents-along with a former adversary. The
MacKenzie's are determined to continue the search for their parents, but a ship in need of
repairs, the mysterious and possibly lethal experiments taking place on the island, and nearly five
hundred deadly Kalaxx warriors, stand in their way.
YA MYS MOW Mowll, Joshua Operation Storm City
Deep in the Sinkiang Desert in China, forces converge in the race to find Ur-Can — the fabled
Storm City. Becca and Doug are desperate to reach the lost city and discover their parents’ fate,
but enemies, old and new, threaten to arrive fi rst and take control of the ancient machine located
there. Can Doug and Becca solve the fi nal mystery and stop the power-hungry General
Pugachev from endangering the planet — or will they find their parents only to lose them forever?
J & YA FIC NAP Napoli, Donna Jo Stones In Water
Taken by Germans from a movie house in Vienna, Roberto finds himself a slave laborer in
German work camps until he escapes in the Ukraine and struggles to return to Italy.
YA FIC NAY Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Blizzard’s Wake
In March of 1941, when a severe blizzard suddenly hits Bismarck, North Dakota, a girl trying to
save her stranded father and brother inadvertently helps the man who killed her mother four
YA FIC NUZ Nuzum, KA Small White Scar
In 1940, on a ranch in Colorado, two boys come of age. The transition from adolescence into
young manhood for the 15-year-old twins, one of whom is mentally retarded, is told with poignant
honesty. Will yearns to separate himself from his more limited brother, Denny. Against his father's
wishes, he sets out to ride to La Junta to compete in a rodeo. He is sure that he will win, both
prizes and his freedom—freedom from a life spent looking after Denny. But Denny follows Will,
reminding him that they are blood brothers, symbolized by a small white scar each carries on a
finger. Will struggles with the pull of adventure, independence, and being on his own, which
requires that he abandon the responsibility of looking after his brother. Where does true
YA FIC ORL Orlev, Uri Run Boy Run
Based on a true story, this tale of one Jewish orphan's survival during the Holocaust boggles the
imagination. Srulik, separated from his parents in the Warsaw ghetto at the age of 9, begins an
odyssey that takes him into the Polish countryside, where he must literally remake himself to
survive. A brief, surreal reunion with his father in a potato field results in his father's death and his
transformation into Jurek, a Polish Catholic orphan. In this identity, he wanders from village to
village, finding temporary refuge with farmers, partisans, a lonely German soldier, and, incredibly,
a Gestapo officer-losing an arm along the way, but always surviving on a combination of quick
wits and determination.
YA FIC OTS Otsuka, Julie When the Emperor Was Divine
Otsuka researched historical sources and her own grandparents' experiences as background for
this spare yet poignant first novel about the ordeal of a Japanese family sent to an internment
camp during World War II. Its perspective shifts among different family members as the story
unfolds. We see the mother numbly pack up the family's middle-class belongings to leave behind
in their Berkeley home. The dehumanizing train trip to the camp, and the bleak internment in the
alkaline Nevada desert, as related by the young son and daughter, become mythic events. Their
father, picked up for questioning immediately after Pearl Harbor and imprisoned throughout the
war, returns a broken and bitter man. The family's humiliation continues beyond the war's end:
after returning to their vandalized home, they are shunned for months by former friends and
YA FIC PAR 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
YA FIC PAT Paterson, Katherine Bread & Roses Too
Rosa's mother is singing again, for the first time since Papa died in an accident in the mills. But
instead of filling their cramped tenement apartment with Italian lullabies, Mamma is out on the
streets singing union songs, and Rosa is terrified that her mother and older sister, Anna, are
endangering their lives by marching against the corrupt mill owners. After all, didn't Miss Finch tell
the class that the strikers are nothing but rabble-rousers -- an uneducated, violent mob? Suppose
Mamma and Anna are jailed or, worse, killed? What will happen to Rosa and little Ricci? When
Rosa is sent to Vermont with other children to live with strangers until the strike is over, she fears
she will never see her family again. Then, on the train, a boy begs her to pretend that he is her
brother. Alone and far from home, she agrees to protect him...even though she suspects that he
is hiding some terrible secret.
YA FIC PAT Patneaude, David Thin Wood Walls
Eleven-year-old Joe Hanada likes playing basketball with his best friend, Ray, writing plays and
stories, and thinking about the upcoming Christmas holiday. But his world falls apart when
Japanese planes bomb Pearl Harbor. His country goes to war. The FBI takes his father away.
And neighbors and friends in his hometown near Seattle begin to suspect Joe, his family, and all
Japanese Americans of spying for the enemy. When the government orders people of Japanese
heritage living on the West Coast to move to internment camps, Joe turns to the journal his father
gave him to record his thoughts and feelings. Writing journal entries and haiku poetry offers some
relief as Joe struggles to endure life in Tule Lake War Relocation Camp—days filled with
boredom, concern for his father, and worry for his brother, who joins the American army to prove
the bravery and loyalty of Japanese American citizens.
YA FIC PAU Pausewang, Gudrun Final Journey
During World War II, eleven-year-old Alice, whose life has been sheltered and comfortable,
discovers some important things about herself and the people she meets when she and her
grandfather board a train and begin an increasingly intolerable journey to an unknown
YA FIC PAU Pausewang, Gudrun Traitor
Pausewang presents an exciting and thought-provoking novel from the perspective of a teen who
secretly questions the validity of Nazi ideals. In the last year of World War II, 16-year-old Anna
discovers an escaped Russian POW in her village barn and makes a conscious choice to provide
shelter, food, and safety, risking certain death if discovered. With her older brother, Seff, at the
front and her younger brother, Felix, completely indoctrinated into the Hitler Youth Movement,
Anna represents a voice of reason and humanity as she struggles to make sense of her country's
political aspirations. Like Markus Zusak's The Book Thief (Knopf, 2006), this novel portrays good,
caring German citizens caught in the cruel domination of a mad dictator.
YA FIC PEC Peck, Richard Here Lies the Librarian
Education is not a high priority for Eleanor "Peewee" McGrath; she would much rather be
repairing cars at her brother's garage than reading books. In fact, she would prefer that no one
know she is female at all. Although her small Indiana town would like Peewee to dress and act
more like a young lady, they generally agree with her opinion of books. The town librarian was not
a popular woman, and when she died, the townspeople decided to close the library altogether.
Peewee is looking forward to graduating eighth grade and devoting herself fully to helping her
brother build the car that will win the upcoming race at the 1914 county fair. Things begin to
change when a group of overenthusiastic librarians come to town to reopen the library and take
Peewee under their wing. As they try to teach the town the importance of education, Peewee
begins to see that she might have more potential than she ever realized.
YA FIC PEC Peck, Richard The Teacher’s Funeral
"If your teacher has to die, August isn't a bad time of year for it," 15-year-old Russell Culver says,
hoping the miracle of his teacher's death will mean his one-room school will close. Unfortunately,
his great big, looming sister Tansy fills the teacher vacancy, and nothing-not a fire in the boys'
privy, an adder in her desk, an exploding stove, or a fat lady stuck in a ditch-will deter her from
bringing her charges to "the trough of education." It's 1904, and as Tansy sets about transforming
the students, modern technology is transforming America. Motorcars, telephones, all-steel
threshing machines, Edison Victrolas, and the Monkey Ward catalogue all figure in this story that
richly evokes a time and place.
J & YA FIC PEC Peck, Richard A Long Way from Chicago
Humor is the name of the game as city kids Joey and Mary Alice visit their Grandma Dowdel in
southern Illinois during rollicking summer vacations during the Great Depression.
J & YA FIC PEC Peck, Richard A Year Down Yonder
Mary Alice’s fifteenth year begins and ends with Grandma Dowdel. Mary Alice might be a city girl
but over the year, she learns a deep appreciation for the warm, witty heart of the clever old farm
woman. Grandma Dowdel tricks a bully out of a Depression-era dollar, preempts a Halloween
prankster, and demonstrates the high art of putting stuffed shirts in their places.
YA FIC PEC Peck, Robert Newton Horse Thief
In 1938, with the help of a doctor and her elderly, horse-thieving father, a seventeen-year-old
orphan steals thirteen horses from Chickalookee, Florida's doomed rodeo and finds a family in
YA FIC PEE Peet, Mal Tamar
With surgical precision, Peet explores universal themes of fear and suspicion, trust and
compassion in this multilayered and complex story of the twisted relationship between two
comrades in arms and their love for the same woman. As members of the resistance fighting in
Nazi-occupied Holland during World War II, Tamar and Dart share days and nights of gut-
wrenching fear and mind-numbing boredom, made endurable only by the seeming safety of
Sanctuary Farm and the simple creature comforts it offers. In an alternate story line years later, a
young girl named Tamar inherits a small box filled with clues and codes from her grandfather,
who has fallen to his death from a balcony window. As she struggles to decipher the messages it
contains, she unravels a dark tale of passion, evil, and tragedy that has the capacity to destroy or
to reunite her own family. Skillfully interweaving the secrecy of the past with the uncertainty of
modern day and moving fluidly across time, the author creates a lyrical tale of integrity and
betrayal that takes place in both the past and the present.
YA FIC PET Peterson, Tracie City of Angels
In 1903, twenty-three-year-old Kathleen "Kit" Shannon has one goal—to be a lawyer in Los
Angeles. Following the death of her parents, Kit lived in a cruel orphanage until a rich aunt found
her and offered her a home. Kit scandalizes Aunt Freddy, however, by her choice of profession.
Freddy is under the thumb of slimy lawyer Heath Sloate. As assistant to premiere defense lawyer
Earl Rogers, Kit proves her worth by winning the release of a prostitute charged with assault.
That same girl is later murdered, and the accused killer is the one man Kit has been attracted to.
The case against him appears airtight, but Kit and Earl fight to defend him against prosecutor
YA FIC PFE Pfeffer, Susan Beth Nobody’s Daughter
In 1913 when she is sent to the Austen Home for Orphaned Girls, eleven-year-old Emily copes
with her difficult circumstances with the help of the town librarian and the hope of finding her
YA FIC POL Polak, Monique What World is Left
1943. Anneke is 14 when she and her family are deported from Holland to Theresienstadt, which
is a "model" Nazi concentration camp located in Czechoslovakia. The Nazis display the camp to
foreign visitors and use slave labor to produce propagandist art. Some of these courageous
artists sneak realistic impressions of camp life out of the camp so that others can see what is
happening. Behind the murals, new trees and forced smiles is misery. Meager food. Bed bugs,
lice, fleas. Horrible smells. Disease. Unpredictable deportations to death camps and
YA FIC PRE Pressler, Mirjam Malka
In the winter of 1943, a Polish physician and her older daughter make a dangerous and arduous
trek to Hungary while seven-year-old Malka, who they were forced to leave behind when she
became ill, fends for herself in a ghetto.
YA FIC RAY Ray, Karen To Cross a Line
In 1938, as the Nazi party steps up its persecution of Jews, Egon Katz (17) must decide whom he
can trust when he finds that he must flee his native Germany after a traffic accident.
YA FIC RAZ Razzell, Mary Snow Apples
While the rest of the world celebrates the end of World War II, sixteen-year-old Sheila Brary finds
life in a remote British Columbia outport suffocating and isolating. A household full of brothers, a
philandering father, and, most of all, Sheila’s demanding, embittered mother all stand in the way
of a bright, beautiful teenager who dreams of continuing her schooling and becoming a nurse.
YA FIC REM Remarque, Erich-Maria All Quiet on the Western Front
Considered one of the greatest war stories ever written -- and one of the classics of antiwar
literature -- Remarque's 1929 masterpiece tells the story of young Paul Baumer, who enlists in
the German Army in World War I and takes place with his comrades in the trenches.
YA FIC RIN Rinaldi, Ann Brooklyn Rose
Rose's sister Heppi is marrying for love, an oddity in North Carolina in 1900. Rose resolves that if
she ever marries it, too, will be a marriage of love and not an arranged one. Then Mr. Demarest,
a rich silk merchant from New York comes to town. He is charming and handsome and seems to
take a special interest in Rose. But at 15 years old, Rose has no interest in marriage, particularly
to someone twice her age. However, because she feels it is what her family wants, and believing
it is the only way to save them from financial ruin, Rose agrees to marry him. What she never
bargains for is that as much as she tries to resist, Rose slowly falls in love with her husband. This
book, told in diary format and loosely-based on the lives of the author's grandparents, is a
fascinating turn-of-the-century story of family, love, coming of age, and finding one's place in the
YA FIC RIN Rinaldi, Ann Keep Smiling Through
Kay is ten. She believes that the ideals of loyalty to country, truth, and respect espoused by radio
program heroes will make everything go right, even in the midst of WWII. She keeps "smiling
through," yearning for bacon, sugar, and Mary Jane shoes - all rationed. America and its soldiers
come first. Hero's platitudes seem clear, but Kay struggles, puzzled, as she watches "Amazing
Grace" - her pregnant, pampered, and fit-pitching stepmother - nourish her unborn child and feed
her own selfishness while the family does without. Clear truth vanishes altogether when Kay's
German grandfather is dubbed a "Nazi traitor." Kay speaks out - after she realizes that loyalty to
family and country demands courage.
YA FIC RIO Riordan, James The Sniper
Stalingrad snipers were legends in their time. Their patience, keen eyes, and ruthlessness helped
win the Battle of Stalingrad and turn the tide of the Second World War. James Riordan visited
Stalingrad in 1959 and several times later. In 2006 he met Tania Chernova, whose story was so
fascinating that Riordan made her the heroine of this compelling novel. The year is 1942.
Legendary sniper Vasily Zaitsev, who killed a record 242 Nazis, recruits Tania to seek out and
shoot German officers. At first, she finds it almost impossible to kill. But when she discovers that
her beloved grandparents, along with many of her friends, have been brutally murdered by
invading Nazis, she vows to ―break them like sticks.‖ Following her capture and daredevil escape,
she leads a handpicked unit on what seems like a suicide mission — to seize Field Marshall
Paulus, the Commander-in-Chief of the invading army. But Tania is no ordinary marksman.
YA FIC ROY Roy, Jennifer Yellow Star
From 1939, when Syvia is four and a half years old, to 1945 when she has just turned ten, a
Jewish girl and her family struggle to survive in Poland's Lodz ghetto during the Nazi occupation.
YA FIC RUB Ruby, Lois Shanghai Shadows
In August 1939, Ilse Shpann and her family, Jewish refugees from Nazi-ruled Austria, make
landfall in Shanghai, China. In this unlikely place, they join thousands of Europeans who have
fled the threat of the Nazi's spread into their homelands. Although occupied by Japan, Shanghai
is one of the few places in the world where Jews can immigrate without a visa. Ruby has chosen
a fascinating setting for a novel about World War II, and she unsparingly depicts the increasingly
dire straits of the refugees. But this is not merely a historical catalog of wartime hardships; Ruby
weaves multiple plot lines into her story to keep readers interested. Ilse and her brother Erich,
both teenagers, get involved in a shadowy organization of resistance against the Japanese; the
family must move to the Jewish ghetto; Ilse meets a love interest, a Polish refugee. And then
there is the secret that Ilse's mother has been hiding for years, and that, when revealed, could
shatter the family to pieces.
J & YA FIC RYA Ryan, Pam Munoz Esperanza Rising
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go
work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh
circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
J & YA FIC SAL Salisbury, Graham Under the Blood-Red Sun
A Japanese-American teen is forced into becoming the man of the family when his father and
grandfather are forcibly interned following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
YA FIC SAL Salisbury, Graham House of the Red Fish
House of the Red Fish by Graham Salisbury continues the story of 13-year-old Tomi Nagaki, the
son of Japanese immigrants living in Hawaii, begun in Under the Blood-Red Sun. The narrative
picks up more than a year after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and the arrest of Tomi's father
and grandfather. Here the teen grapples with anti-Japanese-American attitudes as he attempts to
rescue his father's fishing boat, sunk in the canal by the army's attack
YA FIC SAL Salisbury, Graham Eyes of the Emperor
Eddy Okubo lies about his age and joins the army in his hometown of Honolulu only weeks before
the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. Suddenly Americans see him as the enemy—even the U.S.
Army doubts the loyalty of Japanese American soldiers.Then the army sends Eddy and a small
band of Japanese American soldiers on a secret mission to a small island off the coast of
Mississippi. Here they are given a special job, one that only they can do. Eddy's going to help
train attack dogs. He's going to be the bait.
YA FIC SCH Schlitz, Laura Amy A Drowned Maiden’s Hair
Maud Flynn is known at the orphanage for her impertinence. So when the charming Miss
Hyacinth chooses her to take home, the girl is pleased but baffled, until it becomes clear that
she’s needed to help stage elaborate séances for bereaved patrons. As Maud is drawn deeper
into the deception, playing her role as a "secret child," she is torn between her need to please
and her growing conscience —- until a shocking betrayal shows just how heartless her so-called
YA FIC SED Sedgwick, Marcus The Foreshadowing
It is 1915 and the First World War has only just begun. 17 year old Sasha is a well-to-do,
sheltered-English girl. Just as her brother Thomas longs to be a doctor, she wants to nurse, yet
girls of her class don't do that kind of work. But as the war begins and the hospitals fill with young
soldiers, she gets a chance to help. But working in the hospital confirms what Sasha has
suspected--she can see when someone is going to die. Her premonitions show her the brutal
horrors on the battlefields of the Somme, and the faces of the soldiers who will die. And one of
them is her brother Thomas. Pretending to be a real nurse, Sasha goes behind the front lines
searching for Thomas, risking her own life as she races to find him, and somehow prevent his
YA FIC SEL Selfors, Suzanne Saving Juliet
Mimi Wallingford, Great Granddaughter of Adelaide Wallingford, has the life that most girls dream
about, playing Juliet opposite teen heartthrob Troy Summer on Broadway in Shakespeare’s
famous play. Unfortunately, she has no desire to be an actress, a fact her mother can’t seem to
grasp. But when she and Troy are magically thrust into Shakespeare’s Verona, they experience
the feud between the Capulets and Montagues first hand. Mimi realizes that she and Juliet have
more in common than Shakespeare’s script—they are both fighting for futures of their own
choosing. Mimi feels compelled to help her and with Troy’s unexpected help, hopes to give
Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy a happily-ever-after-ending.
YA FIC SHE Sheth, Kashmira Keeping Corner
Pretty as a peacock, twelve-year-old Leela has been spoiled all her life by everyone in her
Gujarat village. She's never been interested in school and barely takes notice of the growing
unrest between the British colonists and her own countrymen. Why should she? Her future has
been planned since her engagement at two and marriage at nine. And now, as the day she
moves in with her husband's family draws near, she's too busy collecting bangles and ribbons to
care about much else. But when Leela's husband dies, her life changes forever. Instead of being
showered with gifts and affection, she is forced to shave her head and give away her be loved
saris and bangles. Leela is considered unlucky now, and will have to stay confined to her house
for a year" keep corner" in preparation for a life of mourning for a boy she barely knew. When her
schoolteacher hears of her fate, she offers to give Leela lessons at home. For the first time,
despite her confinement, Leela begins to open her eyes to the changing world around her. India
is suffering from a severe drought, and farmers are unable to pay taxes to the British. She learns
about a new leader of the people, a man named Gandhi, who starts a political movement and
practices satyagraha"non-violent protest against the colonists aswell as the caste system. The
quiet strength of satyagrahamay liberate her country. Could it be that she can use the same path
to liberate herself?
YA FIC SKR Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk Daughter of War
Teenagers Kevork and his betrothed Marta are the lucky ones. They have managed so far to
survive the Armenian genocide in Turkey, and both are disguised as Muslims. But Marta is still in
Turkey, pregnant with another man's child. And Kevork is living as an Arab in Syria. Kevork
yearns to get back into Turkey and search for Marta, but with the war raging and the genocide still
in progress, the journey will be impossibly dangerous. Meanwhile, Marta worries that even if
Kevork has survived and they are reunited, will he be able to accept what she has become? And
what has happened to her sister, Mariam, who was sold as a slave to the highest bidder?
YA FIC SLA Slade, Arthur Megiddo’s shadow
Fueled by anger at the death of his two brothers in World War I, 16-year-old Edward abandons
his ailing father on their farm and leaves Canada to enlist. After proving that he can tame any wild
horse, he's is sent to Jordan to fight with the Cavalry. Luckily, his horse is the extraordinary Buke;
in battle, a trooper's horse is the key to life and death, and his true companion. In the harsh
desert, Edward is grateful for the camaraderie of his tent mates, Cheevers and Blackburn,and
letters from Emily, a nurse he met at base camp. As they close in on the enemy Edward finds that
the glory and noble vengeance he seeks is replaced by the horror of war and the realization that
he must fight not only to survive, but also, to kill.
YA FIC SMI Smith, Roland Elephant Run
Fourteen-year-old Nick Freestone is sent from London in 1941 by his mother to protect him from
the German air raids. As he arrives in Burma to live with his father on the family teak plantation,
he is thrust from one theatre of war directly into another. Though Nick had been eagerly
anticipating the opportunity to reconnect with his father and learn about the management of the
family plantation, particularly the elephants used to harvest the teak, this is not to be. Now safe
from the German army, he and his father are taken prisoner by the Japanese army. Nick is kept
on as slave labor at the plantation while his father is sent to a POW camp nearby. Maya, the
beautiful sister of one the plantation elephant handlers, is imprisoned at the plantation as well.
Her beauty draws her unwanted attention and puts her in danger. As one of her captors escalates
his advances towards her; Nick’s father is becoming sicker and sicker in the POW camp. Nick
and Maya decide they must escape. With the help of a local monk and one of the plantation
elephants, Nick and Maya attempt to escape, taking Nicks father with them.
YA FIC SMI Smith, Sherri Flygirl
Ida Mae Jones dreams of flight. Her daddy was a pilot and being black didn't stop him from
fulfilling his dreams. But her daddy's gone now, and being a woman, and being black, are two
strikes against her. When America enters the war with Germany and Japan, the Army creates
the WASP, the Women's Airforce Service Pilots—and Ida suddenly sees a way to fl y as well as
do something signifi cant to help her brother stationed in the Pacific. But even the WASP won't
accept her as a black woman, forcing Ida Mae to make a difficult choice of "passing," of
pretending to be white to be accepted into the program. Hiding one's racial heritage, denying
one's family, denying one's self is a heavy burden. And while Ida Mae chases her dream, she
must also decide who it is she really wants to be.
YA FIC SPI Spillebeen, Geert Kipling’s Choice
The year is 1915, and Great Britain has entered the war against Germany. John Kipling, son of
the writer Rudyard Kipling, is wild to join the fray, but nearsightedness prevents him from passing
the physical. His father, however, has friends in high places, and a slot with the Irish Guards is
arranged for the 18-year-old. The novel shifts points of view from John's pampered upbringing to
the horrors of war. In spite of his wealth, inexperience, and youth, he rises to the occasion and
makes a decent and selfless officer. At Loos, however, he is seriously wounded and left for dead.
Graphic descriptions of chlorine gas, artillery fire, and injuries are plentiful; combat scenes shift
back and forth with scenes of John tearing around the countryside on his motorcycle or in "Car-
uso," the new automobile from his proud father. As his lifeblood drains into the chalky French soil,
the teen remembers friends, family, and events from his past. Unable to speak or to move, he is
aware of soldiers, both British and German, robbing him of his identity papers, map, and
valuables. This well-written novel combines facts with speculation about John Kipling's short life
and gruesome death.
YA FIC SPI Spinelli, Jerry Milkweed
He’s a boy called Jew. Gypsy. Stopthief. Runt. Happy. Fast. Filthy son of Abraham.
He’s a boy who lives in the streets of Warsaw. He’s a boy who steals food for himself and the
other orphans. He’s a boy who believes in bread, and mothers, and angels. He’s a boy who
wants to be a Nazi some day, with tall shiny jackboots and a gleaming Eagle hat of his own. Until
the day that suddenly makes him change his mind. And when the trains come to empty the Jews
from the ghetto of the damned, he’s a boy who realizes it’s safest of all to be nobody.
YA FIC TAL Tal, Eve Double Crossing
Life in Czarist Russia seethes with fear and hardship. But America beckons, offering freedom and
opportunity for all. To reach America, Raizel and Papa must undertake the dangerous odyssey
across Europe and the Atlantic crossing, a journey full of adventure and adversity. Although
Raizel desperately misses her family, her talent as a storyteller opens the door to new friends and
eases her fears. Hardest of all is the fear of the unknown: will they be accepted at Ellis Island?
And if they are rejected, what will be their future?
J & YA FIC TAY & SR Section Taylor, Mildred Roll of Thunder, Hear
Nine-year-old Cassie Logan, growing up protected by her loving family, has never had reason to
suspect that any white person could consider her inferior or wish her harm. But during the course
of one devastating year when her community begins to be ripped apart by angry night riders
threatening African Americans, she and her three brothers come to understand why the land they
own means so much to their Papa. "Look out there, Cassie girl. All that belongs to you. You ain't
never had to live on nobody's place but your own and long as I live and the family survives, you'll
never have to. That's important. You may not understand that now but one day you will. Then
YA FIC TAY & SR Section Taylor, Mildred Let the Circle Be Unbroken
The year is 1935. The young Logan family watches as their friend is charged with murder and
tried by an all-white jury.
J & YA FIC TAY Taylor, Mildred The Road to Memphis
In Taylor’s third novel about the Logan family, Cassie is finishing high school and dreaming of
college and law school. But no amount of schooling could prepare her for the violent racial drama
about to unfold, set against the US entering WWII.
YA FIC TAY Taylor, Theodore The Bomb
The few families living on Bikini were happy to see the Americans arrive and drive out the
Japanese invaders until they learned that the Americans wanted their island for testing nuclear
YA FIC TOC Tocher, Timothy Chief Sunrise, John McGraw and Me
Fifteen-year-old runaway Hank Cobb hops a freight and discovers Chief Sunrise, "the greatest
Indian to ever step on a baseball diamond." At least that's what he says. Chief is determined to
try out for John McGraw, famed manager of the 1919 New York Giants, and baseball-crazy Hank
decides to tag along. The pair's adventures take them from a dusty baseball lot in Gainesville,
Florida, to New York City's famed Polo Grounds, where they track down the great John McGraw,
and Chief gets his chance to play in the big leagues. Hank becomes team mascot and ball boy.
Most days Hank can't stop smiling, but he still has nightmares about his abusive old man, and
Chief seems to be hiding something. A startling climax during an exhibition game at Sing Sing
Prison changes everything for Hank and Chief.
YA FIC VEN Venkatraman, Padma Climbing the Stairs
During World War II and the last days of British occupation in India, fifteen-year-old Vidya dreams
of attending college. But when her forward-thinking father is beaten senseless by the British
police, she is forced to live with her grandfather's large traditional family, where the women live
apart from the men and are meant to be married off as soon as possible. Vidya's only refuge
becomes her grandfather's upstairs library, which is forbidden to women. There she meets
Raman, a young man also living in the house who relishes her intellectual curiosity. But when
Vidya's brother makes a choice the family cannot condone, and when Raman seems to want
more than friendship, Vidkya must question all she has believed in.
YA FIC WAT Watts, Irene Remember Me
Young Marianne is one of the lucky ones. She has escaped on one of the first kindertransporte
organized to take Jewish children out of Germany to safety in Britain. At first Marianne is
desperate. She does not speak English, she is not welcome in her sponsors’ home, and, most of
all, she misses her mother terribly. As the months pass, she realizes that she cannot control the
circumstances around her. She must rely on herself if she is to survive.
YA FIC WEA Weatherford, Carole Boston Becoming Billie Holiday
Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday looks back on her early years in this fictional memoir written in verse.
YA FIC WEL Welsh, T.K. The Unresolved
Mallory Meer has just turned fifteen years old, and within an hour, thanks to the only boy she's
ever loved, she'll be dead, a victim of the General Slocum steamship disaster. Bound by love to
her grieving family, and outraged by the multitude of senseless deaths, Mallory haunts those
responsible for the tragedy, determined to see that justice is served.
YA FIC WES Westall, Robert Blitzcat
WWII described by a cat looking for its master who disappeared fighting the Germans.
J & YA FIC WES Westall, Robert Kingdom By the Sea
During World War II twelve-year-old Harry and a stray dog travel through war-torn England in
search of safety.
YA FIC WEY Weyn, Suzanne Water Song
Set in Belgium during World War II, this magical story mirrors the traditional tale of The Frog
Prince. In this case, the prince is a young American who loves to swim. Jack's skin and lungs
have been injured by the poison gas used by the Germans so that when beautiful Emma
Pennington first meets him, she sees "his mottled skin, and bulging, slitted eyes," resembling
nothing more than a giant amphibian. Emma was stranded in Belgium by the events of the war,
and recently lost her mother, a casualty of the fighting. She is young, inexperienced and willful.
She instinctively knows that she must protect her froggy friend from the Germans so she poses
as his wife, allowing him to recover in the shelter of her room when the German soldiers take over
her family's estate. Weyn weaves magic into the context of the story, as Jack, a native of New
Orleans, slips in and out of the bedroom through secret passageways, converses with his mother
through dreams, and puts together healing poultices from local plants.
YA FIC WHE Whelan, Gloria Listening for Lions
Thirteen-year-old Rachel Sheridan is left an orphan after influenza takes the lives of her
missionary parents in British East Africa in 1919. When cruel neighbors take her in, Rachel
suspects their intentions may not be honest. Soon, Rachel becomes entangled in a shocking and
nefarious plot that takes her away from her beloved East Africa on a lonely and treacherous
journey across the ocean. Surrounded by greed and lies, Rachel must rely on her irrepressible
spirit and extraordinary wit to weather her incredible adventure. And somewhere along the way,
between deception and hope, the truth sets Rachel free and Africa calls her home.
YA FIC WHE Whelan, Gloria Summer of the War
In the summer of 1942, Belle excitedly awaits the arrival of her worldly older cousin, Caroline,
who will join the family at their grandparents' island cottage in Michigan. Belle dreams of being
introduced to French sophistication and style. But Carrie brings much more than that: She carries
the troubling reality of the world war that is ravaging Europe. On quiet Turtle Island, a place
where everything always stays the same, this one summer will bring about a world of change.
YA FIC WHE Whelan, Gloria Parade of Shadows
Sixteen-year-old Julia Hamilton is restless. Determined not to be left behind again—stuck in the
cold house where her mother died ten years earlier, with only her dreams to keep her company—
Julia begs her father to take her with him on his next expedition. When he unexpectedly agrees,
Julia is intrigued. Will this be her chance at adventure and romance?
Traveling across the sands of the ancient world known as the Levant, Julia meets a French
antiques collector, a British horticulturist, and a dashing young student—each harboring secrets
as elusive as a mirage. As she learns more about her companions and the dangerous world she's
in, Julia must decide whom she can trust . . . and what she is willing to fight for.
YA FIC WIL Wilson, John And In The Morning
Jim Hay, 16, is caught up in the patriotic fervor sweeping across Scotland as the British troops
prepare to enter World War I. After his father leaves for France, the teen avidly follows the war
news in the local papers and includes headlines and anecdotal clips throughout this diary. His
father is killed in action and 10 days later his mother dies from shock and grief. Within weeks, Jim
has signed up and is soon in the trenches. His diary entries and letters home to his girlfriend
reflect his growing awareness of the horrors of war.
YA FIC WIN Winthrop, Elizabeth Counting on Grace
1910. Pownal, Vermont. At 12, Grace and her best friend Arthur must leave school and go to
work as a "doffers" on their mothers' looms in the mill. Grace's mother is the best worker, fast and
powerful, and Grace desperately wants to help her. But she's left handed and doffing is a right-
handed job. Grace's every mistake costs her mother, and the family. She only feels capable on
Sundays, when she and Arthur receive special lessons from their teacher. Together they write a
secret letter to the Child Labor Board about underage children working in Pownal. A few weeks
later a man with a camera shows up. It is the famous reformer Lewis Hine, undercover, collecting
evidence for the Child Labor Board. Grace's brief acquaintance with Hine and the photos he
takes of her are a gift that changes her sense of herself, her future, and her family's future.
YA FIC YEE Yee, Paul Bone Collector’s Son
It's 1907 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and 14-year-old Bing-wing Chan resents and is
frightened by having to help his father in his work-digging up bones of the dead to be shipped
"home to China for reburial near their ancestors." Partly a mystery in which strange happenings
occur after they unearth a skeleton that's missing its skull, and when Bing takes a job as a
houseboy outside of Chinatown in a home that appears to be haunted, the story also offers young
readers a glimpse into the racism and tough conditions faced by Chinese immigrants at the turn
of the century.
YA FIC YEP Yep, Laurence Hiroshima
A haunting account of the events leading up to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, as told through
the eyes of two teenage girls.
YA FIC YEP Yep, Laurence Dragon Road
Best friends Cal and Barney are down and out in Chinatown. In the America of 1939, they are
trapped by invisible barriers created by racial prejudice. With no jobs and no real homes, it's only
their wizardry with a basketball that's let them survive this long. That same skill suddenly flings a
door open to fame and fortune when a professional basketball team, the Dragons, invites them to
join the team. Soon they're barnstorming across America and taking on all comers—from local
amateurs to other professional teams like the Harlem Globetrotters. On that long, difficult road,
they must battle rowdy teams and their even rougher fans on makeshift courts. Cal, aka Flash,
and the team must also overcome terrible weather, crumbling highways, and their own
disintegrating car. As the tour starts to fall apart, the tension between Cal and the team's jealous
captain comes to a head. Suddenly Cal must choose between loyalty to his teammates and the
pursuit of his own celebrity.
J & YA FIC YOL Yolen, Jane The Devil’s Arithmetic
Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until she travels back in time to a small
Jewish village in Nazi-occupied Poland.
YA FIC YOL Yolen, Jane Briar Rose
As a little girl, Rebecca Berlin found magic in listening to her grandmother, Gemma, tell the story
of Briar Rose. Years later, as a young woman, Becca learned the real story. "I am Briar Rose,"
whispers Gemma as she lies dying. Her words launch her granddaughter on a journey of
discovery to wartime Poland, Nazi death camps and Gemma's mysterious past.
YA FIC ZIN Zindel, Paul The Gadget
Thirteen-year-old Stephen Orr arrives at Los Alamos in 1945 to join his father, a leading physicist
at the Army's remote and top-secret military base in New Mexico. There Stephen makes a
startling discovery: The Allies are developing a secret weapon, code-named "The Gadget"—a
devastating device designed to end all wars.
YA FIC ALV Alvarez, Julia Before We Were Free
Anita de la Torre never questioned her freedom living in the Dominican Republic. But by her 12th
birthday in 1960, most of her relatives have emigrated to the United States, her Tío Toni has
disappeared without a trace, and the government’s secret police terrorize her remaining family
because of their suspected opposition of el Trujillo’s dictatorship. Using the strength and courage
of her family, Anita must overcome her fears and fly to freedom, leaving all that she once knew
YA FIC AMA Amateau, Gigi Claiming Georgia Tate
Twelve-year-old Georgia Tate wishes she could stay home forever with her no-nonsense nana,
her preacher granddaddy, and her sassy friend Ginger, celebrating church revivals and the
Fourth of July with icy cold watermelon and all the deep-fried fish she can eat. She wishes her
deadbeat daddy had never reappeared on the scene, and that Ginger hadn't blurted out the awful
truth about Mama. But most of all, when Georgia Tate loses her nana to a sudden heart attack,
she desperately wishes she could find a way to tell Granddaddy why she can't possibly leave
Mississippi to move in with Daddy — about the things he does that make her feel so ashamed her
mind takes her off to a faraway, made-up place.
YA FIC ARN Arnold, Tedd Rat Life
The dead body found in the Chemanga River has nothing to do with Todd. He’s been busy
making beds at the family motel and writing alien stories to entertain his friends. Sure, a murder is
big news, but what would really interest him? A paying job and a story line free of UFOs and poop
jokes. And then he meets Rat. Just a little older than Todd, Rat’s already been to Vietnam and
back. He’s got a tattoo and a messed-up family life. And when he offers Todd a gig at the drive-in
theater, Todd takes it. After all, it pays actual money. But hanging out with Rat leads to a host of
strange experiences and perplexing questions. More and more, that corpse from the river is on
Todd’s mind, and no matter how he shifts the pieces around, Rat is always part of the puzzle.
YA FIC BAN Banerjee, Aniali Maya Running
Maya Mukherjee doesn't fit in. She was born in India and her parents moved to Canada when she
was a baby. Now it's the 1970s, and she's a middle schooler in Manitoba, land of moose and
snow. She wants to run on the tundra beneath the Northern Lights, make igloos or snow-angels,
see John Travolta, and ride elephants through the Bengal jungle the way her great-grandfather
did. Then her gorgeous cousin Pinky comes from India for a visit, bringing a statue of the god
Ganesh, the Remover of Obstacles. Maya asks Ganesh to remove all obstacles to her dreams.
Like most wishes, it backfires in hilarious and painful ways. Maya must journey across continents
to restore the truth and find out who she is.
YA FIC BAN Banks, Steven King of the Creeps
How does a skinny, frizzy-haired nerd from New Jersey manage to win a few minutes of fame as
well as a pretty girl? The answer can be found in this hilarious account of improbable events.
Here, Banks, former head writer for SpongeBob SquarePants, takes readers back to 1963 to
meet self-proclaimed "creep" Tom. As the story opens, the hero is considering jumping off the
George Washington Bridge: "I had a good reason. I was seventeen years old. At seventeen
everybody has at least one reason. I had about a hundred and forty." But instead of making a
splash in the Hudson River, Tom decides to try his hand at guitar-playing and folksinging after he
sees a picture of Bob Dylan and decides the two of them look alike. Most of the action takes
place in Greenwich Village, where Tom buys his first guitar, learns one chord and meets "a real
live Greenwich Village girl," who encourages Tom to put her poetry to music.
YA FIC BAR Barnes, John Tales of the Madman Underground
Wednesday, September 5, 1973: The first day of Karl Shoemaker's senior year in stifling
Lightsburg, Ohio. For years, Karl's been part of what he calls "the Madman Underground"—a
group of kids forced (for no apparent reason) to attend group therapy during school hours. Karl
has decided that senior year is going to be different. He is going to get out of the Madman
Underground for good. He is going to act—and be—Normal. But Normal, of course, is relative.
Karl has five after-school jobs, one dead father, one seriously unhinged drunk mother . . . and a
huge attitude. Welcome to a gritty, uncensored rollercoaster ride, narrated by the singular Karl
YA FIC BEA Beam, Matt Last December
This coming-of-age story is in the form of a diary written by fifteen-year-old Steven to his unborn
sister Sam. Plagued with the all-too-common situations of a teenager—being new to a school,
girls, trying out for a sports team, drinking, and family issues—Steven chooses to write to the one
person who cannot judge him, at least not yet.
YA FIC BRA Braff, Joshua The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob
Pity Jacob Green: He worships his rebellious artist older brother, Asher. He lusts in his heart (and
loins) for his shiksa goddess nanny, Megan. And he stews in a volatile marinade of fear,
adoration, and resentment of his alternately loving and tyrannical father, Abram, whose constant
demands for perfection in all matters-from personal appearance to the crafting of thank-you notes
for Bar Mitzvah presents-cause his family to implode. Each episode of Jacob's mortifyingly funny
struggles to find the correct responses to Abram's commands, while following his own internal
compass, explodes with hilarity even as it brings a lump to the throat.
YA FIC BRU Bruchac, Joseph Hidden Roots
As hard as 11-year-old sonny and his Mother try, they can't predict his Father's sudden rages,
which can turn physical in an instant. Jake's anger only gets worse after long days laboring at the
local paper mill, and when Uncle Louis Appears. Louis seems to show up when Sonny and his
Mother need help most, but there is something about him and his quiet, wise ways that only fuels
Jake's rage. The love of Sonny's fragile Mother, the support and protection of his Uncle Louis,
and an unexpected friendship with a librarian help Sonny gain the confidence to stand up to his
YA FIC BUR Burg, Ann E All the Broken Pieces
This is a beautifully written novel in verse from a first time author. Matt is a young Vietnamese
boy who was airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975. Two years later, living in the U.S. with his adoptive
parents and little brother Tommy, Matt is plagued by his guilt over leaving Vietnam and his
biological brother and mother, unsure how long he will be welcome in the home of his new family,
and worried about some of the boys at school who seem determined to blame him for what
happened to their brothers or fathers during the war. Added to that is Matt's fear of rejection; his
biological father was an American soldier who promised Matt's mother that he would return for
her and his sons but never did. Matt has wonderful support, though, in the form of his adoptive
parents—who are more than willing to help Matt find out what has happened to his Vietnamese
mother and brother—his baseball coach and his piano teacher, a Vietnam veteran.
YA FIC CHA Chambers, Aidan Postcards from No Man's Land
Jacob’s visit to the seductive city of Amsterdam reveals family secrets and new ideas about
sexuality and death, as he learns of a passionate love story from his family’s past and perhaps
begins to create one of his own.
YA FIC COF Cofer, Judith Ortiz The Meaning of Consuelo
In this novel, we follow a Puerto Rican girl's quest to negotiate her own terms of survival within
the confines of her culture. Coming of age in the 1950s, when American influence threatens to
dilute the island's traditional Spanish customs, as well as to harm, perhaps irreparably, its fragile
ecology, Consuelo watches her family being torn assunder - much like the island itself. Her father
believes the future lies in American technology, including the new autopista that will soon cut the
island in two. But Consuelo has heard her abuela say that once foreign noise drowns out the
song of the coqui, the island's emblematic tree frog, the voices of puertorriquenos themselves will
be silenced. Meanwhile, Consuelo confronts her own transformation. For something is not right in
this Puerto Rican family; a tragedia is developing like a tumor at its core. It is Consuelo who first
notices her younger sister Mili's vivaciousness turn into mysterious bouts of hysteria, her playful,
invented language shift into an incomprehensible and chilling "language of birds.
YA FIC COM Compestine, Ying Chang Revolution is Not a Dinner Party
Nine-year-old Ling is very comfortable in her life; her parents are both dedicated surgeons in the
best hospital in Wuhan. But when Comrade Li, one of Mao’s political officers, moves into a room
in their apartment, Ling begins to witness the gradual disintegration of her world. In an
atmosphere of increasing mistrust, Ling fears for the safety of her neighbors and, soon, for herself
and family. Over the course of four years, Ling manages to grow and blossom, even as she
suffers more horrors than many people face in a lifetime. Drawing from her childhood
experience, Ying Chang Compestine brings hope and humor to this compelling story for all ages
about a girl fighting to survive during the Cultural Revolution in China.
YA FIC COO Cooper, Patrick I Is Someone Else
It is 1966, and the times, they are a-changin'. Fifteen-year-old Stephen is on his way to a summer
program in France when he meets two glamorous new friends of his older brother, Rob, who has
been missing for 18 months. They persuade Stephen to travel to Istanbul with them, to find his
brother. And what a world opens up to him: a world of beautiful girls, drug busts, fascinating
cultures, fast-moving friendships, and betrayals. As he travels further into Asia, the nature of
Stephen's journey changes: The search for his brother is replaced by an inner exploration, in
which he must confront his own past, and his own dark secret.
YA FIC COR Cormier, Robert Tunes for Bears to Dance To
Cormier examines the evil in a bigoted man and how his hatred of a Holocaust survivor extends
into the life of an innocent boy.
YA FIC COU Couloumbis, Audrey Summer’s End
In the summer of 1965, teenaged cousins Grace, Dolly and Theo are on their grandparents' farm
dealing with the fact that their family has been broken apart by the Vietnam War. Dolly's brother
went to Vietnam a few months earlier, and Theo's brother deserted to Canada. Now Grace's
brother Collin's number is up, and he doesn't believe in the war. Their dad has thrown him out of
the house, and Grace doesn't know who to believe is right.
YA FIC CRA Craig, Colleen Afrika
For thirteen-year-old Kim, travel to South Africa with her journalist mother will mark the end of her
childhood and the beginning of a remarkable journey. Expecting nothing more than three months
in her mother’s homeland, Kim comes to terms with the country’s diverse and often shocking
history. The Truth and Reconciliation Hearings in post-apartheid South Africa open her eyes to
the tragedy and brutality of its segregationist policies. Kim’s first meeting with her relatives, her
contact with schoolmates and cousins, bring her face-to-face with the realization that she is not
as removed from this powerful story as she thought. As her mother struggles with her past, Kim
becomes more and more determined to unlock the secret that has always kept her from knowing
her father. Helped by the young son of a long-time family servant, whose own father was a
casualty of Apartheid history, Kim eventually unlocks her mystery and brings her mother and
herself to their own truth and reconciliation.
YA FIC CRI Crist-Evans, Craig Amaryllis
In 1965, Hurricane Betsy ran the banana freighter Amaryllis aground on Singer Island, Florida,
and now the monstrous hulk looms there, a symbol of Frank Staples's experience in Vietnam:
hurt, far from home, and "stuck with my nose in the sand." The war has blown him off course, and
now in a series of letters, he tells younger brother Jimmy what the war is like-friends killed, pot to
ease the boredom, heroin to kill the pain, and letters to keep alive some connection with "the
World." Jimmy's first-person narrative details memories of Frank: surfing, camping in the
Everglades, rescuing a boy attacked by a shark, and coping with the family dynamics that turned
YA FIC CRO Crocker, Nancy Billie Standish Was Here
Billie Standish has pretty much no one. Her parents are too caught up in their own lives, and the
only two girls in town her age want nothing to do with her. When it looks like a nearby levee might
break, and Billie's elderly neighbor, Miss Lydia, is the only other person besides her family to stick
around, a friendship is born out of circumstance. What happens during that time, in that empty
town, is a tragedy that Billie can't bear alone. Can the love of one woman nearing the end of her
life save the life of a young woman just at the beginning of living hers?
YA FIC CRO Crowe, Chris Mississippi Trial, 1955
A gripping novel based on the true story of fourteen–year–old Emmett Till, whose brutal lynching
for whistling at a white woman helped to launch the Civil Rights movement.
YA FIC DAH Dahlberg, Maurine Escape to West Berlin
East Berlin, 1961. Political and social strife run rampant. For 13-year-old Heidi Klenk and her
family, life is becoming increasingly difficult. Her dad's a "border crosser"-someone who lives in
the East but works in free West Berlin; as a result, the family's facing harsher government
crackdowns. Then comes the shocking news that her parents are making secret plans to flee to
the West. Heidi must fetch her grandmother by herself and, when they become separated, must
face her terror of swimming-her only means of access to the other side.
YA FIC DRA Draper, Sharon Fire From the Rock
Sylvia Patterson is shocked and confused when she is asked to be one of the first black students
to attend Central High School, which is scheduled to be integrated in September 1957, whether
the citizens or governor of Arkansas like it or not. Before Sylvia makes her final decision,
smoldering racial tension in the town ignites into flame. When the smoke clears, she sees clearly
that nothing is going to stop the change from coming. It is up to her generation to make it happen,
in as many different ways as there are colors in the world.
YA FIC FRE Freud, Diana Four Corners
"I was ten the summer we drove my mother crazy." And so starts this captivating debut novel,
narrated by ten-year-old Rainey Dougherty. It's August 1953 in Four Corners, New York, when
Rainey's mother is hospitalized for mental instability--or, as Rainey's father puts it, when the
doctors say she needs a good long rest. Rainey and her four siblings find themselves at the
mercy of Merle, their caustically funny and bitter aunt who comes up to the country from the
Bronx--with her troubled fourteen-year-old daughter, Joan--to take care of that "goddamn bunch
of nuts" she knows these children are.
YA FIC GLA Glass, Linzi The Year the Gypsies Came
A spring visit from a vagabond family ends in disaster for two white girls and their family in
apartheid South Africa in 1966. Twelve-year-old tomboy Emily lives in Johannesburg with her
older sister Sarah and their self-absorbed, sparring parents. Emily compares her family to
Johannesburg-an illusion held together with dust. Ignored by her selfish mother and detached
father, Emily turns to the old Zulu night watchman Buza, who comforts her with his stories of
courage and strength. Out of nowhere, the rootless Mallorys arrive in their bedraggled camping
trailer, bringing danger and discontent. Emily and Sarah are soon distracted with ragamuffin
Streak and retarded Otis Mallory. But Emily feels "cracked . . . in too many pieces" when she
discovers her mother is having an affair and suspects Mr. Mallory is abusing Otis.
YA FIC GOI Going, K.L. The Liberation of Gabriel King
Gabriel King is afraid of everything: spiders, the rope swing over the lake, and most of all, going
to fifth grade. Frita Wilson, his best friend, decides Gabriel needs some liberating from his fears,
so they make a list and plan to tackle each one. But one of the reasons Frita is so determined to
help Gabe is that she needs his help too. Hollowell, Georgia in 1976 isn't exactly the most
integrated place, and Frita's the only black student in school in a town with an active Ku Klux
YA FIC GRE Greene, Bette Morning Is a Long Time Coming
Graduating from Jenkinsville High School marks a new beginning for Patty Bergen. It's been a
long time since she's been called a "Jew Nazi lover," but before she can face her future, she must
come to terms with her past. For although Anton, the escaped German POW whom Patty
sheltered when she was a twelve-year-old girl, has been dead for six years, her feelings for him
will not die. Driven by a need to find the love her parents denied her, Patty decides to go to
Germany in search of Anton's mother, desperate for a connection to the man she loved and lost.
En route to her destination, she stops in Paris, where she meets Roger. The encounter makes
Patty think twice about her plan—not only because of what she might find, but because of what
she must leave behind....
YA MYS HAR Hartnett, Sonya What the Birds See
It is 1977, and a suburban Australian neighborhood is aghast. Veronica, Zoe, and Christopher
Metford have disappeared somewhere between home and the local ice cream shop. They did not
run away; rather, someone stole them. To nine-year-old Adrian, who lives nearby with his
resentful grandmother (Grandmonster) and disturbed Uncle Rory, it is inconceivable that anyone
would take children. In his experience, children are unimportant or inconvenient, never objects
worth having or taking. After all, his own mother and father abandoned him. Certainly, the adults
around him consider children's fears-such as Adrian's phobias about shopping centers,
quicksand, and inheriting insanity-trivial and foolish. Adrian lives in a world of fears,
misunderstandings, and disappointments. Even his few acquaintances are flawed. His best
friend, Clinton, hatefully rejects him in favor of clever, aggressive Paul. Mysterious and
manipulative new neighbor Nicole fatally entangles Adrian in her own troubled life.
YA FIC HAR Hartry, Nancy Watching Jimmy
With shocking candor, young Carolyn relates the truth about what really happened to her best
friend, Jimmy, when his Uncle Ted chose the perfect time to teach him a lesson he'd never forget.
The truth is, Jimmy didn't fall from a swing like Uncle Ted claims — Carolyn knows, because she
saw everything. According to her, "Uncle Ted just didn't count on me, Carolyn, [being] perched in
a tree where the park and the parking lot meet." With the dreadful secret locked away, Carolyn
walks an emotional tightrope. No matter what else is happening in this post-war era, she must
keep an eye on poor, brain-damaged Jimmy: making sure he behaves, keeping him clean, and
keeping him safe — especially from Uncle Ted. But when Uncle Ted threatens his beleaguered
family with even more abuse and the loss of their home, Carolyn must find the courage to match
wits with him and to speak out, using the truth as her only weapon. But perhaps her biggest
challenge will lie in finding a way to get Jimmy the expensive operation he needs to relieve the
pressure on his brain, because: "As I told you, our Jimmy is not a mental defective like people
say. Our Jimmy is in there. He's in there. This I know."
YA FIC HER Herrick, Steven By the River
Through rich, vivid poetry, Harry Hodby brings readers into his remote Australian town. He
documents the mundane and unique qualities of daily life and the quirkiness of the townspeople,
and gives a lively sense of locale. Three-dimensional characters come alive as Harry offers his
insightful take on their strengths and foibles. A likable, perceptive, sensitive teen, he is intuitive
beyond his years. His mother died when he was seven and now he shares his life with an
attentive father and a brother, Keith, one year his junior. His father has built a nurturing home for
the boys, though some wagging tongues are quick to criticize. Although there are adventures,
Harry finds the town boring and yearns to escape for a time some day, but he worries that too
many people have left and never returned. He also mourns for his friend Linda, who was swept
away when the river on which the town is situated swelled and overflowed its banks. He secretly
tends a shrine created in her honor, only to discover later that he is not alone in his admiration of
YA FIC HOB Hobbs, Valerie Sonny’s War
After her father dies, fourteen-year-old Corin needs her brother, Sonny, more than ever. Sonny is
quiet but he's a great listener, and Cory knows where she can always find him - in the garage,
working on his car. Life isn't so bad as long as Sonny is around. But thousands of miles from the
sleepy little town of Ojala, California, where all the kids can think about is partying and racing, a
war is going on, and Sonny is just the right age to be drafted. When Sonny tells Cory he's going
to Vietnam, she is devastated. What are she and her mom supposed to do while he's gone?
What if he doesn't come back at all? The new substitute history teacher is the only one who
seems to understand. Cory has never met anybody like Lawrence. He's young, he's handsome,
and he's passionately against the war that took her brother away. As Cory turns to Lawrence for
the comfort Sonny once gave, she finds herself wanting much more than Lawrence could ever
YA FIC HOU Houston, Julian New Boy
Fifteen-year-old Rob Garrett wants nothing more than to escape the segregated South and prove
himself. But in late 1950s Virginia, opportunity doesn't come easily to an African American. So
Rob's parents take the unusual step of enrolling their son in a Connecticut boarding school,
where he will have the best education available. He will also be the first student of color in the
school's history. No matter- Rob Garrett is on his way. But times are changing. While Rob is
experiencing the privilege and isolation of private school, a movement is rising back home. Men
and women are organizing, demanding an end to segregation, and in Rob's hometown, his
friends are on the verge of taking action. There is even talk about sitting in at a lunch counter that
refuses to serve black people. How can Rob hope to make a difference when he's a world away?.
YA FIC HUG Hughes, Dean Search and Destroy
Rick, just graduated from high school in 1969, doesn't know what to do with his life, and he longs
to escape from his bullying father. Despite misgivings about whether the US belongs in Vietnam,
he's curious about the experience of war--maybe he could be a writer and use it as material, he
thinks--and he decides to enlist. Once in the army, he opts to join the Charlie Company Rangers,
a six-man unit that hunts down and kills the enemy in stealthy, dangerous and terrifying "search
and destroy" missions. At first concerned about whether he can prove himself to be a man under
fire, and still conflicted about whether it is a just war, Rick soon learns that simply staying alive
overrides all other considerations. He befriends an older man nicknamed Preacher, and from him
learns compassion for the Vietnamese people. Wounded, Rick returns home, experienced in
ways he wishes he weren't and haunted by terrible dreams, and he tries to forge a new path for
YA FIC JEN Jenkins, Lyll Becerra de The Honorable Prison
Because of the moral stand taken by her father, a newspaper editor who has persistently
attacked the military dictator ruling their Latin American country, Marta and her family find
themselves prisoners of the government.
YA FIC JEN Jennings, Patrick Barb and Dingbat’s Crybaby Hotline
B: Hello, is this Jeff?
J: Yeah. Who's this?
B: It's not important. I'm just a messenger. I've been asked to inform you that Viv doesn't want to
go with you anymore. At all.
Welcome to Barb and Dingbat's Crybaby Hotline. Jeff can hardly believe it when he gets the
second-hand news that his girlfriend is dropping him. And what's with Barb anyway—why does
she keep calling him, and why does he get the feeling she's not telling him the whole truth?
YA FIC JOH Johnson, Harriet McBryde Accidents of Nature
It's the summer of 1970. Seventeen-year-old Jean has cerebral palsy, but she's always believed
she's just the same as everyone else. She's never really known another disabled person before
she arrives at Camp Courage. As Jean joins a community unlike any she has ever imagined, she
comes to question her old beliefs and look at the world in a new light. The camp session is only
ten days long, but that may be all it takes to change a life forever.
YA FIC JOH Johnson, Lee World’s Apart
Winnie is an eighth grader whose parents surprise her with the announcement that the family is
moving from Chicago to rural Minnesota. Leaving her friends and urban life behind is very difficult
for Winnie to accept. To make matters worse, Winnie's father has accepted a job as a physician
at a state mental institution and the family will be living on the institution's grounds. Winnie does
not think her life could be any worse. But once she and her family arrive, she discovers that it can
be. Family secrets, difficulties at school, and living in a place that everyone in town describes as
the "crazy house" all combine to challenge Winnie's beliefs and spirit. In the end, Winnie
discovers that you can not judge people by their wealth, their skin color, or their disability.
YA FIC JOH Johnston, Tony Bone by Bone by Bone
Johnston, who grew up in the South, shares a personal and thoroughly fictionalized poetic and
painful story of life in a 1950s racist home. The author introduces prepubescent narrator David,
his racist doctor father, and Malcolm, David's African American friend. Malcolm is banned from
David's home: "Rule's real simple: you ever let that nigger in, by God, I'll shoot him," proclaims
the doctor, portraying the unsettling, troubling hatred spewed by David's father, one grandmother,
and many other characters, several of whom are active Klan members. David is innocent but not
nanve, coming of age in an environment that he innately senses as inhumane. David's intellect
and reasoning are evident in his attempts to use advanced vocabulary, his memorizing skeletal
bones of the human body (demanded by his father), and his efforts to unravel mysteries of the
frightening Klan. He ponders: How can a child love and respect a volatile, hate-filled parent?
YA FIC KAD Kadohata, Cynthia A Million Shades of Gray
Y'Tin is brave. No one in his village denies that. And while his mother may wish that he'd spend
more time on schoolwork than on training his elephant, she knows that it takes a great deal of
courage and calm to handle elephants the way that Y'Tin does. He is the best handler in the
village -- and at thirteen years old, the youngest. Maybe he'll even open up his own school
someday to teach other Dega how to train wild elephants! That was the plan, anyway -- back
before the American troops pulled out of the Vietnam War, back before Y'Tin's village was
attacked by North Vietnamese forces, back before they had to start digging a massive, menacing
pit, back before Y'Tin watched his life change in a million terrible ways. Now, his bravery is truly
put to the test: He can stay in his village, held captive by the North Vietnamese, or he can risk his
life (and save his elephant's) by fleeing into the jungle.
SR Section & YA FIC KID Kidd, Sue Monk The Secret Life of Bees
In the summer of 1964, just after Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law, fourteen-year-old
motherless Lily Owens breaks her black caretaker, Rosaleen, out of jail after a failed attempt to
register to vote and they run off, finding a home with the beekeeping Calendar Sisters of Tiburon,
YA FIC KIM Kim, Helen Long Season of Rain
Growing up in Korea during the '60s, four sisters are all devoted to their dutiful mother and
resentful of their often absent father, but it is 11-year-old Junehee, the second oldest daughter,
who is most affected by the friction between her parents and her mother's deep despair. Like her
mother, Junehee feels sympathy for the boy who is brought to their house after being orphaned in
a flood. Others, including Junehee's strict paternal grandmother, scorn Pyungsoo because he is
from a lower class. Junehee's mother silently endures demeaning treatment and tries to ignore
ridicule aimed at the child, until the day she is forbidden to adopt him. Shortly thereafter, both she
and Junehee rebel against restrictions of their household and their society as their long-
suppressed anger rises to the surface.
YA FIC KOG Kogawa, Joy Itsuka
Already a Canadian bestseller, Itsuka, the sequel to Joy Kogawa's award-winning novel Obasan,
follows the character Naomi Nakane into adulthood, where she becomes involved in the
movement for governmental redress. Much more overtly political than Kogawa's first novel, the
story focuses on reaching that itsuka - someday - when the mistreatment of those of Japanese
heritage during World War II would be recognized. Although during the war both the United
States and Canada interned Japanese-Americans and confiscated their property, when the war
ended the property of those in Canada was never returned to them. Itsuka is the story of the fight
to get government compensation for the thousands of victims of the wartime internment, which
was, unbelievably, only just accomplished in 1988.
YA FIC KRI Krisher, Trudy Kinship
Maggie has moved away from Kinship, Georgia, and 15-year-old Pert is aching for something
more than the tiny community she's always known. Her circle of trailer park neighbors and her
supportive mother and older brother aren't enough for Pert; she is lonesome for the father she
has never met. But when Pert's Daddy suddenly returns to Kinship and sets her neighborhood
spinning, Pert is forced to reassess her concepts of home, loyalty, family, and kin.
YA MYS LES Les Becquets, Diane The Stones of Mourning Creek
When fourteen-year-old Francie befriends Ruthie, a black girl, amidst the rampant prejudice of
their small town in 1960s Alabama, she suffers greatly from the gruesome harassment of her
white peers. But Ruthie demonstrates the humanity and love that helps Francie uncover the truth
behind her mother's death and deal with her father's neglect and alcoholism.
YA FIC LEV Levin, Ellen Catch a Tiger by the Toe
Jamie is like most girls in the 1950s—she loves Hollywood movie stars andpracticing her yoyo
moves. But unlike those other girls, she has something to hide, a secret that is hurting her family.
Jamie's father is a member of the Communist Party, and in 1953, that's the worst thing you can
be. Senator Joseph McCarthy and his committee are throwing Americans in jail if they refuse to
reveal the names of other Communists, and Jamie's dad won't. He's not a rat. When the truth
comes out, and her dad loses his job, Jamie is ashamed to show her face in school. She's thrown
off the school paper with no explanation, and all of a sudden Jamie knows how her father feels. Is
there anything she can do to help her father? And what about herself?
YA FIC LEW Lewis, Catherine Postcards to Father Abraham
When sixteen-year-old Meghan loses her leg to cancer and her brother to Vietnam, she
expresses intense anger in postcards which she writes to her idol, Abraham Lincoln.
YA FIC MAG Magoon, Kekla The Rock and the River
For thirteen-year-old Sam it's not easy being the son of known civil rights activist Roland Childs.
Especially when his older (and best friend), Stick, begins to drift away from him for no apparent
reason. And then it happens: Sam finds something that changes everything forever.
Sam has always had faith in his father, but when he finds literature about the Black Panthers
under Stick's bed, he's not sure who to believe: his father or his best friend. Suddenly, nothing
feels certain anymore. Sam wants to believe that his father is right: You can effect chnage without
using violence. But as time goes on, Sam grows weary of standing by and watching as his friends
and family suffer at the hands of racism in their own community. Sam beings to explore the
Panthers with Stick, but soon he's involved in something far more serious — and more dangerous
— than he could have ever predicted. Sam is faced with a difficult decision. Will he follow his
father or his brother? His mind or his heart? The rock or the river?
YA FIC MAN Manivong, Laura Escaping the Tiger
Twelve-year-old Vonlai knows that soldiers who guard the Mekong River shoot at anything that
moves, but in oppressive Communist Laos, there's nothing left for him, his spirited sister, Dalah,
and his desperate parents. Their only hope is a refugee camp in Thailand on the other side of the
river. When they reach the camp, their struggles are far from over. Na Pho is a forgotten place
where life consists of squalid huts, stifling heat, and rationed food. Still, Vonlai tries to carry on as
if everything is normal. He pays attention in school, a dusty barrack overcrowded with kids too
hungry to learn. And, to forget his empty stomach, he plays soccer in a field full of rocks. But
when someone inside the camp threatens his family, Vonlai calls on a forbidden skill to protect
their future a future he's sure is full of promise, if only they can make it out of Na Pho alive.
YA FIC MAY Maynard, Joyce The Cloud Chamber
In 1966, when his father's attempted suicide causes the ostracism of the family in their small
Montana community, fourteen-year-old Nate copes with his sadness and anger by trying to win
the school science fair.
YA FIC MCC McCord, Patricia Pictures in the Dark
A compelling novel set in 1950s Seattle. Twelve-year-old Sarah and her older sister, Carlie, know
that their lives are different from those of their peers. When at home, unless summoned by their
mother, they are supposed to stay in their attic bedroom. Common activities such as eating or
using the bathroom are forbidden without her approval. Noise of any kind is frowned upon
because that might disturb their mother and one never knows what will happen when she is
unhappy. Everything comes to a head when Carlie is caught and beaten for trying on one of her
mother's dresses. Running away from home is her solution, but Sarah becomes bold enough to
tell their workaholic father the dark secret about their mother. McCord has written a taut, powerful
story about family dynamics when one parent is suffering from a mental illness and the other fails
to recognize the problem.
YA FIC MCD McDaniel, Lurlene Garden of Angels
It is 1974 and the country is still struggling to come to terms with the Vietnam War. In the small
town of Conners, Georgia, Darcy has just started high school, her older sister Adel goes to
weekend dances at the local Army base, and their mother tends her beautiful garden–the biggest
and best in town. But Darcy’s world is soon changed forever when her mother goes to Atlanta for
tests. The diagnosis is not good–breast cancer. There is so much Darcy wants to talk to her
mother about: the war and what happened to the soldiers who were there; the feelings she is
having for the new (and troubled) boy in school. But she can’t. So she finds solace in her
mother’s garden. There she can help the flowers her mother planted bloom.
YA FIC MCD McDonald, Joyce Devil on My Heels
In 1957 fifteen-year-old Dove, the daughter of a prosperous orange grower in Benevolence,
Florida, feels increasingly uneasy after learning of acts of racism against the African American
orange pickers by those close to her.
YA FIC MCK McKissack, Patricia A Friendship For Today
The year is 1954, the place is Missouri, and twelve-year-old Rosemary Patterson is about to
make history. She is one of the first African American students to enter the white school in her
town. Headstrong, smart Rosemary welcomes the challenge, but starting this new school gets
more daunting when her best friend is hospitalized for polio. Suddenly, Rosemary must face all
the stares and whispers alone. But when the girl who has shown her the most cruelty becomes
an unlikely confidante, Rosemary learns important truths about the power of friendship to
YA FIC MIL Miller-Lachmann, Lyn Gringolandia
Two adolescents, Daniel Aguilar, a high-school student and rock singer, and his girlfriend,
Courtney Larkin, a young, passionate writer, recount through separate narration the painful
recovery of Chilean Marcelo Aguilar, Daniel's father, tortured under Pinochet's dictatorship in the
1980s. Both of them will travel with Marcelo through the horrifying memories of his five years of
imprisonment as he struggles, physically and mentally and with very limited success, to adjust to
his new home, a small apartment in Madison, Wis., and to his now-unknown bilingual and
bicultural family. His wife Vicky, a graduate student, sells empanadas to make extra money, while
Tina, his brilliant 12-year-old daughter, has her own troubles. How, through Marcelo, Daniel
discovers the Chilean that still lives inside him, and how Courtney, "la gringa," teaches Marcelo
that the land of gringos is not only the home of those who supported the military coup in his
country in 1973 but also a land of human-rights lovers make for riveting reading.
YA FIC MOC Mochizuki, Ken Beacon Hill Boys
In 1972 in Seattle, a teenager in a Japanese American family struggles for his own identity, along
with a group of three friends who share his anger and confusion.
YA FIC MUR Murphy, Pat The Wild Girls
It's 1972. Twelve-year-old Joan is sure that she is going to be miserable when her family moves.
Then she meets a most unusual girl. Sarah prefers to be called "Fox," and lives with her author
dad in a rundown house in the middle of the woods. The two girls start writing their own stories
together, and when one wins first place in a student contest, they find themselves recruited for a
summer writing class taught by the equally unusual Verla Volante. The Wild Girls brilliantly
explores friendship, the power of story, and how coming of age means finding your own answers.
YA FIC MYE & SR Section Myers, Walter Dean Fallen Angels
Seventeen year old Richie Perry discovers that life in Harlem is no preparation for the harsh
realities of Vietnam.
YA FIC NAI Naidoo, Beverly Burn My Heart
Mathew and Mugo, two boys—one white, one black—share an uneasy friendship in Kenya in the
1950s. They're friends even though Mathew's dad owns the land and everything on it. They're
friends despite the difference in their skin color. And they're friends in the face of the growing Mau
Mau rebellion, which threatens British settlers with violence as black Kenyans struggle to win
back their land and freedom. But suspicions and accusations are escalating, and an act of
betrayal could change everything.
YA FIC NAN Nanji, Shenaaz Child of Dandelions
Fifteen-year-old Sabine lives a life of luxury with her wealthy Indian family in Kampala, Uganda.
Then Idi Amin comes to power and things change quickly. All British Indians are expelled from the
country. Sabine's father thinks they will be safe because they are Ugandan citizens, but they
soon discover that they are in serious danger. Sabine's beloved uncle disappears, and her friend
Zena, who is African, turns against her because Zena's military uncle has convinced her that the
Ugandan Indians have exploited the African populace. The book effectively portrays the rising
terror and violence in 1972 as Sabine struggles to deal with a world falling apart. Prejudices are
clearly delineated, and the thin veneer of civilization crumbles as the chilling background beat of
the radio relentlessly counts down the days left before all British Indians must leave the country.
YA FIC NOE Noel, Michel Good For Nothing
The year is 1959, and fifteen-year-old Nipishish returns to his reserve in northern Quebec after
being kicked out of residential school, where the principal tells him he can look forward, like all
Native Americans, to a life of drunkenness, prison, and despair. But despite his new freedom, the
reserve offers little to a young Métis man. Both his parents are dead, his father Shipu, a
respected leader, dying mysteriously at a young age. When Nipishish is sent to a strange town to
live with a white family and attend high school, he hopes for the new life the change promises.
But despite some bright spots — a simpatico teacher, a part-time job, a possible girlfriend — the
adjustments prove overwhelming. Forced to return to his people, he must try to rediscover the old
ways, face the officials who find him a threat, and learn the truth about his father’s death.
YA FIC NOL Nolan, Han A Summer of Kings
It's 1963 and fourteen-year-old Esther Young is looking for excitement. Cursed with a lack of
talent in a family filled with artistic types, Esther vows to get some attention by initiating a summer
romance with a black teen accused of murdering a white man in Alabama. King-Roy Johnson
shows up on Esther's doorstep that summer, an angry young man who feels betrayed by the
nonviolent teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. Sent north by his mother to escape a lynch mob, he
meets a follower of Malcolm X's who uses radical teachings about black revolution to fuel King-
Roy's anger and frustration. But with each other's help, both Esther and King-Roy learn the true
nature of integrity and find the power to stand up for what is right and true.
YA FIC ODE O’Dell, Kathleen Bad Tickets
She's left her good Catholic girl ways behind . . . mostly. It is 1967, the Summer of Love, and
Mary Margaret Hallinan has that itchy, squirmy feeling that there must be something more out
there for her. Her new best friend, the glamorous Jane, says that boys are the ticket to a
spectacular future. Her ex-best friend Elizabeth is sure she's going to hell. "Say yes!" commands
Jane, and Mary Margaret has tried to follow her c'mon-it'll-be-fabulous friend into the psychedelic
swirl. But can she fit any of her old self to this new life she's trying on?
YA MYS ORE Orenstein, Denise Gosliner Unseen Companion
In rural Alaska in 1969, the lives of several teenagers come together while trying to find out what
happened to a sixteen-year-old boy who is missing.
YA FIC OUG Oughton, Jerrie Perfect Family
When Welcome, a fifteen-year-old girl living in a small town in North Carolina during the 1950s,
finds out that she is pregnant, she faces some important decisions
YA FIC PEC Peck, Robert Newton A Day No Pigs Would Die
To a thirteen-year-old Vermont farm boy whose father slaughters pigs for a living, maturity comes
early as he learns "doing what's got to be done," especially regarding his pet pig who cannot
produce a litter.
YA FIC PEC Peck, Robert Newton Part of the Sky
The long-awaited sequel to the classic A Day No Pigs Would Die, this poignant and earthily
poetic book reintroduces readers to Rob, the Shaker boy living on the hardscrabble farm in
Vermont during the early year of the Depression, who is now in sole charge of his motley
household, following the death of his father.
YA FIC PEN Pennebaker, Ruth Don’t Think Twice
Set in 1967, before the legalization of abortion, this insightful story presents an engrossing, grimly
realistic depiction of pregnant teens who have been ostracized by their families and rejected by
their lovers. Upon her arrival at a Texas home for unwed mothers, 17-year-old Anne is sure that
the next few months will be as dismal as the shabby interior of her new living quarters. Among
strangers with backgrounds vastly different from her own middle-class experiences, however,
Anne gradually begins to feel more accepted and acceptable than at home with her judgmental
parents. She finds the freedom to analyze her mistakes as she plans for the future.
YA FIC PER Perkins, Mitali Secret Keeper
Asha would rather be burning bras, studying psychology and playing tennis like Chris Evert (she's
that good). Instead, the 16-year-old, her older sister and her mother are leaving Delhi and
heading to her uncle's house in Calcutta, where they will stay while her engineer father searches
for work in New York. Only Asha's diary, S.K. (Secret Keeper) 1974, and Jay, a young painter
next door, know her true feelings when an unexpected tragedy strikes, leaving her at the mercy of
a strapped uncle, her mother's depression and rigid gender expectations. Perkins weaves
descriptions of Indian food, clothing, government and customs into Asha's quest for freedom.
YA FIC POL Pollet, Alison Nobody Was Here
It's 1981, and Penelope Schwartzbaum is starting seventh grade at an elite New York prep
school. She finds herself thinking "bad thoughts"-thoughts that include a sense that she no longer
fits together with her best friend, and suspicions that her mother's involvement with her latest
client might be the kind of involvement that leads to divorce. School is a nightmare of never
knowing what to do or how to think; the in-crowd has too many rules, from what to wear to who to
talk to, and Penelope feels so lost that she is rapidly becoming a nobody. However, a new
friendship with oddball but entirely genuine Cass provides a welcome distraction and allows
Penelope to regain her sense of self and start becoming somebody.
YA FIC QUA Qualey, Marsha Too Big a Storm
Coming of age in 1969 in America had to be "too big a storm" for most young people. 18-year-old
Brady's older brother has gone off to Vietnam to fight, reluctantly and angrily. Now he is missing
in action, and the FBI is prowling around family and friends, believing he is a deserter publishing
anti-war material in Saigon. Brady has two new friends: a brother and sister, Paul and Sally, who
are turning to drugs and anti-war politics. They have wealthy parents who are nice people but tied
to huge corporations connected to the war. Sally, in particular, feels their money is dirty and
wants to give it away to the anti-war causes she believes in: one of the causes turns into a crime
at the local university, and Sally goes underground with the FBI looking for her. Brady has the
support of her exceptional mother and the love of her little brothers. She is working at a
neighborhood community center run by a priest who is involved in underground antiwar activities.
Brady falls in love (and has an affair) with a young man, Mark, just returned from fighting in
Vietnam, now intent on getting an education. Everyone hates the war, including Mark, but the
extent to which one should protest the war divides them—especially Paul and Sally and their
YA FIC REE Rees, Celia The Wish House
Richard and his family have spent many summers at the English countryside. He and his best
friend Dylan treasured many of those idyllic days exploring the nearby woods and a deserted
cottage that they imagined held all sorts of dark and thrilling secrets. During the summer that
Richard turns fifteen he discovers that the Dalton family has moved into the cottage, and he
spends the remainder of that transformative summer as a pawn in the family's cruel and twisted
YA FIC ROS Rostkowski, Margaret Best of Friends
Three very different teenagers, once close friends, struggle to understand the changes in their
relationships and the turmoil around them as the Vietnam War encroaches on their lives.
YA FIC SAL Salisbury, Graham Night of the Howling Dogs
Dylan’s scout troup goes camping in Halape, a remote spot below the volcano on the Big Island
of Hawaii. The only thing wrong with the weekend on a beautiful, peaceful beach is Louie, a tough
older boy. Louie and Dylan just can't get along. That night an earthquake rocks the camp, and
then a wave rushes in, sweeping everyone and everything before it. Dylan and Louie must team
up on a dangerous rescue mission. The next hours are an amazing story of survival and the true
meaning of leadership.
YA FIC SAN Santana, Patricia Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of
A Mexican American version of Born on the Fourth of July, Santana's first novel is a charming
coming-of-age story set in San Diego in 1969. The Sahagun family throws a party for their son
Chuy, who has just returned home from Vietnam, and Yolanda, anxious to see her favorite
brother again, is saddened and frightened when it becomes clear that the war has had a lasting
effect on him. Chuy soon disappears on a motorcycle for several months only to return with long
hair, a beard, and an empty look in his eyes that worries both family and neighbors. He is seen
howling late at night and hanging around the local high school, and soon he becomes the center
of gossip in the community. After a run-in with the police, Chuy goes into hiding, and Yolanda,
who experiences emotional changes of her own as she becomes a young woman, hopes to find
him before he or anyone else gets hurt.
YA FIC SCH Schmidt, Gary The Wednesday Wars
Seventh grader Holling Hoodhood has a tough year ahead of him. First of all, his teacher, Mrs.
Baker, keeps giving him the evil eye. Second of all, the class bully keeps threatening to do
Number 167 (and you don’t even want to know what Number 167 is). Third of all, his father keeps
calling him "the Son Who is Going to Inherit Hoodhood and Associates. " But things are changing
in 1967, and while reciting his favorite curses from Shakespeare’s plays, Holling might just find
the true meaning of his own story.
YA FIC SHA Sharenow, Robert My Mother The Cheerleader
Acts of courage come in all shapes and sizes.
In the tumultuous New Orleans of 1960, thirteen-year-old Louise Collins finds her world turned
upside down when a stranger from the North arrives at her mother's boarding-house. Louise's
mother spends her mornings at the local elementary school with a group of women known as the
Cheerleaders, who harass the school's first black student, six-year-old Ruby Bridges, as she
enters the building. One day a Chevy Bel Air with a New York license plate pulls up, and out
steps Morgan Miller, a man whose mysterious past is eclipsed by his intellect and open-manner—
qualities that enchant mother and daughter alike. For the first time, Louise feels as if someone
cares what she thinks, even if she doesn't know what she believes. But when the reason for
Morgan's visit is called into question, everything Louise thinks she knows about her mother, her
world, and herself will change.
YA FIC SHE Sherlock, Patti Letters From Wolfie
Thirteen-year-old Mark Cantrell's decision to enlist his dog, Wolfie, as a scout for the Army is
encouraged by a letter from his brother, Danny, serving in Vietnam, and his father, a former
trumpet player with the First Calvary obsessed with duty and responsibility. Mark hopes Wolfie's
service to his country will quicken Danny's return and get his family's life back to normal, so he
can deal with his girlfriend Claire, his best friend Rick's turbulent home life, and the strained
relationship of his parents. Further complications arise when Mark learns of the Army's policy of
treating dogs as their equipment. Realizing the horrible fate awaiting Wolfie, Mark campaigns to
bring Wolfie home along with the other service animals. Mark comes to understand that his
father's views on war and duty differ from his own and finds his brother comes home a complete
YA FIC SMI Smith, Andrew In the Path of Falling Objects
Jonah and his younger brother, Simon, have it pretty tough, and it’s about to get tougher. Their
junkie dad’s in prison, their mom’s abandoned them, and their older brother is off fighting in
Vietnam. The brothers hit the road and hitch a ride with Mitch, a sociopath, and his pregnant
YA FIC STE Stephenson, Lynda Dancing With Elvis
In Clover, Texas, in the late 1950s, high-schooler Frankilee deals with a devious and
manipulative, not to mention prettier and more talented, foster sister, a boyfriend she does not
want, and a community divided over school integration.
YA FIC SUN Sunga, Paul Red Dust, Red Sky
This novel is set in Lesotho during the 1980s, when it was surrounded by a hostile South Africa.
Kokoanyana is of Asian-Indian ethnic origin, and has lived her life in an isolated community,
surrounded by secrets, especially regarding her father. Neglected by her mother, she is closest to
a local woman employed by the family, and has grown up imbued with a traditional Basotho
sense of the ancestors and the powerful spirits that inhabit the landscape. It is this sensibility,
shot through with Hindu religious imagery and the threatening violence of apartheid, that infuses
the heart of the narrative. Koko's half brother Sohrab is arrested by the police as the story opens,
an event as mysterious to readers as it is to Koko. As she tries to unravel the mystery of her
father's identity, it becomes clear that her family's history and fate are intimately connected to
South Africa, and the situation becomes increasingly dangerous. The ghost of her stepfather
comes back to help the family escape the soldiers. The story unfolds in magical realist fashion,
with imagery alternately luscious and terse.
YA FIC TOW Townley, Roderick Sky
Set in New York City in 1959, this lively novel introduces jazz pianist Alec (Sky) Schuyler, a
misunderstood 15-year-old. While Sky remains "invisible" and "inaudible" to most of his private-
school classmates on New York's Upper West Side, he is one cool cat among his avant-garde
circle of friends-fellow band members Max the drummer, bass player Larry and cheerleader
Suze, who doubles as the boys' band manager. But Sky's widower father, a conservative,
hardworking man, does not appreciate his son's passion. When he catches Sky sneaking back
from hearing Count Basie in the middle of the night, his father takes away his prized possession:
the piano that once belonged to his mother. Sky eventually runs away and roams the streets of
Manhattan, practicing piano whenever he can at a local church. Circumstance brings him
together with Art Olmedo, a renowned blind jazz pianist, whose health is rapidly declining and
who takes Sky under his wing. From Olmedo, Sky learns some important lessons about both
music and life.
YA FIC TRO Trottier, Maxine Three Songs for Courage
It's the summer of 1956 in a small town on the shores of Lake Erie in Ontario, a pivotal time for
16-year-old Gordon Westley. His ride is polished, his girl is gorgeous, and his buddies are on
hand for support against the town bully, Lancer Caldwell, and his two sidekicks. Jaunts to the
movies and the beach, delivering groceries, hot dates, and doing chores at home are vividly
portrayed with a mixture of witty dialogue and surprising metaphors. The adults around are
distracted and drinking martinis, but lay down the rules, too, as the events teeter between humor
and gut-wrenching tragedy. Injun Joely, who lives and works at the pool hall, develops as
Gordon's mentor as the intensity of events increases. Some readers will appreciate the wit and
enjoy the laughs, even as it is clearly telegraphed that pain and heartache are ahead.
YA FIC VAR Varela, Barry Palmer’s Gate
TIME: Today after school
PLACE: The woods near Bakers Pond
WHO: Everyone is invited
WHAT: I will strip
These were the contents of the note Colleen Lardner passed around to her classmates. But
WHY? That was the question that haunted Bobby Caleff, her next-door neighbor. Set in a small
working class town near the South Jersey shore, Palmers Gate is the story of 11-year-old
Robby's attempts to understand, and perhaps befriend, Colleen, a childlike, virtually silent girl
who may, or may not, be hiding a dark secret.
YA FIC VEC Veciana-Suarez, Ana Flight to Freedom
It is 1967, and Yara Garcia, 13, receives a blank diary from her father with the inscription, "For my
studious daughter." He is leaving Havana for the countryside, where he is forced to work in the
fields harvesting coffee since he has applied to emigrate to the U.S. The story unfolds via her
entries. As the family waits for permission to leave, readers are told about the rationing of food,
neighbors spying on neighbors to report disloyalties to Castro, and the humiliation of being
labeled a "gusana"-a worm-a Cuban exile. Arrival in Miami is fraught with a new set of difficulties
as language and cultural differences make adjustment painful. Yara's father is convinced that
their stay in Florida will be temporary and short, to be endured until such time that they can return
to their beloved homeland. In an afterword, Veciana-Suarez describes her firsthand experiences
living in exile.
YA FIC VOI Voigt, Cynthia David and Jonathan
A complex novel, set in the 1950s, that explores what it was like to be Jewish in the years
following World War II--the sorrow of losing one's family, the guilt of having survived when so
many did not, and the religious doubt such tragedy evokes. Sixteen-year-old Henry, a New
England WASP, finds that his close friendship with Jonathan is threatened when Jonathan's older
cousin David, an emotionally disturbed Holocaust survivor, moves in with the Nafiche family.
Having lived through the war, David is now intent on suicide. He seems to despise both boys, yet
constantly demands their attention. The troubled young man's presence takes a terrible toll on all
the Nafiches and changes Henry's life.
YA FIC WEA Weaver, Will Full Service
The times they are a-changin' . . . The summer that Paul turns sixteen his mother pushes him to
take a job in town instead of just working on the family farm. "You need to meet the public," she
says, which is saying a lot for a woman deeply committed to the tightly knit religious community to
which they belong. And meet the public Paul does: He meets Kirk, the angry gas station
manager; Harry, a reclusive and kindly gangster; and a family of hippies passing in a yellow
peace van to San Francisco. He also meets beautiful Peggy, a high school sensation, and dark-
haired Dale, her on the side boyfriend who is headed to Vietnam. All of them come to the station -
as well as girls on summer vacation, tanned and smelling of coconut oil, and ministers from
Paul's fundamentalist church, who are worried about his soul. As the summer progresses, Paul
learns the secrets of his small Minnesota town and discovers that he's ready to have a few
secrets of his own.
YA FIC WHI Whittenberg, Allison Sweet Thang
Growing up in Philadelphia in 1975, 14-year-old Charmaine Upshaw is obsessed with justice.
Unfortunately, she gets none of it in her life: not from her parents, who make her share a room
with her tap-dancing brother Leo; not at school, where light-skinned, Barbie-doll-haired Dinah
Coverdale steals all the boys' attention and makes sure dark-skinned Charmaine knows it; and
certainly not from Tracy John, her six-year-old cousin who's taken over the family. When
Charmaine is charged with babysitting her spoiled cousin after school, that's the last straw-
something's gotta give. And when Charmaine cracks, she starts to see the world in a whole new
light. Can Charmaine learn to love herself, her mahogany skin, and her attention-starved little
cousin? Sometimes when everything falls apart, putting it back together can help you see the
YA FIC WHI Whittenberg, Allison Hollywood & Maine
With a new boyfriend, her own room (finally!), and a modeling agency trying to convince her to
sign with them, Charmaine Upshaw’s life is just about perfect. But a surprising face appears at
the dinner table: ex-con Uncle E. Uncle E skipped town a few months ago after Charmaine’s
parents put up $1000 bail, leaving them in a bind that forced her mom to go back to work. Mom
and Dad seem happy to see Uncle E, and her little live-in cousin Tracy John thinks he’s the
greatest thing since sliced bread. But Charmaine is not fooled. Meanwhile, Charmaine struggles
in her first romance and ponders the idea of taking Hollywood by storm. Does she have what it
takes to see her name in lights? Only if she can survive the 10th grade. . . .
YA FIC WIL Williams-Garcia, Rita One Crazy Summer
It is 1968, and three black sisters from Brooklyn have been put on a California-bound plane by
their father to spend a month with their mother, a poet who ran off years before and is living in
Oakland. It's the summer after Black Panther founder Huey Newton was jailed and member
Bobby Hutton was gunned down trying to surrender to the Oakland police, and there are men in
berets shouting "Black Power" on the news. Delphine, 11, remembers her mother, but after years
of separation she's more apt to believe what her grandmother has said about her, that Cecile is a
selfish, crazy woman who sleeps on the street. At least Cecile lives in a real house, but she
reacts to her daughters' arrival without warmth or even curiosity. Instead, she sends the girls to
eat breakfast at a center run by the Black Panther Party and tells them to stay out as long as they
can so that she can work on her poetry. Over the course of the next four weeks, Delphine and her
younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern, spend a lot of time learning about revolution and staying out of
their mother's way.
YA FIC WRI Wright, Bil Sunday You Learn How to Box
This deeply felt coming-of-age novel reads like the best of memoirs. It's 1968 in the projects, and
14-year-old Louis Bowman has committed the unforgivable social crime of sissyhood, preferring
mental activities to physical ones. The beatings he takes on the streets prompt his mother to
force him into Sunday boxing lessons from his disgusted stepfather, Ben. To Louis and to
readers, these feel more like sanctified opportunities for Ben to take out his violent frustrations on
the boy. Louis's hardworking mother, though motivated by concern for his safety, is desperate to
please Ben, hoping he'll be the family's ticket out of the projects. Meanwhile, Louis's grades drop
and his school counselor diagnoses him with depression. Keeping the boy afloat is his budding
crush on Ray Anthony Robinson, an eccentric "hoodlum" as isolated as Louis. The crush (more
romantic than sexual at this point in his life) helps Louis to hold on, offering him moments of
beauty and awe to counterbalance the darker circumstances of his life. His homosexuality, rather
than being a cause for self-torment, recalls him to the wonder and warmth one can find even in
the midst of the bleakest conditions.
YA FIC YEP Yep, Laurence Sea Glass
When Craig Chin's family moves from San Francisco to small-town Concepcion, California, he
thinks he'll never fit in. And his father won't stop pushing him to succeed in sports -- a hopeless
goal. But his life begins to change when odd old Uncle Quail shows him a secret sea garden.