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Mister Boots

by Carol Emshwiller

Bobby Lassiter has some important secrets—but it’s not as if anyone’s paying attention. It’s the middle of the Depression, and while Bobby’s mother and older sister knit all day to make money, Bobby...


Listening for Lucca

by Suzanne Lafleur

"I'm obsessed with abandoned things." Siena's obsession began a year and a half ago, around the time her two-year-old brother Lucca stopped talking. Now Mom and Dad are moving the family from Brooklyn to Maine...


The Light in the Forest

by Conrad Richter

When John Cameron Butler was a child, he was captured in a raid on the Pennsylvania frontier and adopted by the great warrrior Cuyloga. Renamed True Son, he came to think of himself as fully Indian. But eleven...


Lara's Gift

by Annemarie O'Brien

Young Lara is being groomed in the family tradition to take over as Count Voronstov's next kennel steward, breeding borzoi dogs worthy of the Tsar. But then Lara's baby brother is born and she finds herself...


DEBUTANTES: IN LOVE

by Cora Harrison

It’s 1924. Leaving their beloved Beech Grove Manor to go to London for the season, Poppy and Daisy Derrington know that they must shine as debutantes.

Since a girl cannot inherit her father's estate, the sisters...


Full Steam to Canada

by Anne Patton

Based on a true story, Full Steam to Canada tells the tale of a British family's 1903 journey to the promise of a better, richer life on the Canadian prairies.


The Silver Cup

by Constance Leeds

It's the year 1095, and fifteen-year-old Anna longs for a different life in her small German village. But as the seasons turn, the year proves anything but ordinary. Her beloved youngest cousin disappears, and...


Rhiannon

by Vicki Grove

Fourteen-year-old Rhiannon lives high on the bluff of Clodaghcombe with her healer Mom and grandmother. She helps them tend to the sick and wounded from the town below—a town swirling with controversy ever...


The Last Girls of Pompeii

by Kathryn Lasky

In Pompeii, in the summer of A.D. 79, Julia and Sura appear to lead opposite lives. Julia is the daughter of a wealthy ship-builder; Sura is an orphan. Julia bears the Curse of Venus—a withered arm; Sura’s...


A Faraway Island

by Annika Thor & Linda Schenck

Two Jewish sisters leave Austria during WWII/Holocaust and find refuge in Sweden.

It's the summer of 1939. Two Jewish sisters from Vienna—12-year-old Stephie Steiner and 8-year-old Nellie—are sent to Sweden...


Hoofbeats: Margret and Flynn, 1875

by Kathleen Duey

The year is 1875, and twelve-year-old orphan Margret and her sister, Libby, are living with the kind Mrs. Fredriksen in her sod house in rural Littleton, Colorado. Margret would be happy to stay forever, but...


March Toward the Thunder

by Joseph Bruchac

From the multi-award-winning author of Code Talker comes a Native American perspective on the Civil War.

Louis Nolette, a fifteen-year-old Abenaki Indian from Canada, is recruited to fight in the northern Irish...


The Red Necklace

by Sally Gardner

A mysterious gypsy boy, Yann Margoza, and his guardian, a dwarf, work for the magician Topolain in 1789. On the night of Topolain's death, Yann's life truly begins. That's when he meets Sido, an heiress with...


Fire in the Hills

by Donna Napoli

It?s been two years since fifteen-year-old Roberto was kidnapped and forced to work in a German labor camp. After finally escaping, he?s made his way back to Italy. Roberto is desperate to return to the safety...


Joshua's Song

by Joan Hiatt Harlow

Boston, 1919. It’s been a terrible year for thirteen-year-old Joshua Harper. The influenza pandemic that’s sweeping the world has claimed his father’s life; his voice has changed, so he can’t sing in...


Beautiful Goodbye

by Nancy Runstedler

Maggie, Gillian, and Cole figure nothing could possibly go wrong when they test out the old Ouija board they find in the attic, but are shocked to discover themselves on a whirlwind journey they may never return...


Flygirl

by Sherri L. Smith

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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,...


The Smile

by Donna Napoli

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...


Amy and the Wilpena Flood

by Claudia Bouma & Jason Chatfield

Amy and her friends take another exciting adventure with the help of the rainbow necklace. After finding a map of South Australia marked with a mysterious location, the necklace takes them there. They find themselves...


The Dark Canoe

by Scott O'Dell

THERE IS A THIN LINE BETWEEN GENIUS AND MADNESS.

When young Nathan sails with his older brothers in search of a lost treasure ship, he is expected to do exactly as they tell him. But when one of his brothers...