Documentary fiction. Historical mysteries. Fictional biographies. Pirate stories. Family sagas. Alternate history. Historical fantasy. Regency romance.
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Front Lines by Michael Grant
Salt to the Sea by Rita Sepetys
Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
Fergus is a boy living in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, a time when people are fighting for and against British rule. One day Fergus finds the body of a young girl in a peat-marsh; she appears to have been sacrificed hundreds of years ago. This Bog Child is in his thoughts as Fergus deals with a brother who is in prison and on a hunger strike. Meanwhile, Fergus himself is being drawn into this cycle of sacrifice when he is pressured into carrying packages for the rebel army.
Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
The heartbreaking story of Amari, which follows her from the time she is kidnapped by slave traders from her African village and taken to the South Carolina plantation where she serve a white family. Ultimately she and a white servant girl attempt to escape to the Spanish colony in Florida that is a slave-free haven.
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The way Lily Owens remembers it, when she was four years old she accidently killed her mother while trying to shoot her father. It is now 1964 and Lily, ten years older, has run away from her abusive father with Rosaleen, a black servant who has earned the wrath of some of the more dangerous racists in town. The two find refuge and enlightenment with a trio of sisters who make their living selling Black Madonna Honey.The way Lily Owens remembers it, when she was four years old she accidently killed her mother while trying to shoot her father. It is now 1964 and Lily, ten years older, has run away from her abusive father with Rosaleen, a black servant who has earned the wrath of some of the more dangerous racists in town. The two find refuge and enlightenment with a trio of sisters who make their living selling Black Madonna Honey.
A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier
In 1918 the Spanish Influenza infected 500 million people and killed almost 5 percent of the world’s population. Cleo Berry is an average 17-year old trying to figure out what to do with her life when the deadly virus attack has her more concerned as to whether she has a future.
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Richie Perry wants to go to college, but when he doesn’t get in he decides to enlist in the army. The Vietnam War becomes his school where he learns he must fight racism as well as the Vietcong.
The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
Sally Lockhart says four words to a man and he dies of fright. The man used to work for her father, who also died mysteriously. Now 16-year-old Sally searches the Victorian London underworld looking for answers.
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
Ida Mae’s father was a pilot and so is she, albeit without a license. She is also African-American at a time when this prevented her from getting her license. But when the U.S. enters World War II, Ida Mae decides to try to pass as white, which her light colored skin may allow. The country needs women pilots to fly non-combat missions and Ida Mae wants to be one of them.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Scheherazade told stories to prolong her life, 1001 of them. Verity is the code name of a young woman who has been captured by the Gestapo in war-time Germany. She will be executed unless she divulges secrets about her mission, something she doesn’t want to do. So she begins telling her captors bits and pieces about herself and her friends, hoping like Scheherazade to stay alive without betraying her mission.
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