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Hear the Wind Blow

by Mary Downing Hahn

On a cold, snowy night, Haswell Magruder makes a decision that will have a profound effect on his own life as well as the lives of all those he loves. A wounded Confederate soldier appears at the family’s...


Stepping on the Cracks

by Mary Downing Hahn

In 1944, when her brother is overseas fighting in World War II, eleven-year-old Margaret changes her mind about the school bully, Gordy, after she discovers he is hiding his own brother, a deserter.


When I Crossed No-Bob

by Margaret McMullan

Life as an O’Donnell is all twelve-year-old Addy knows, and life as an O’Donnell means trouble.

Tucked away in a gray patch of woods called No-Bob, the O’Donnell clan has nothing but a bad reputation. So...


Streams to the River, River to the Sea

by Scott O'Dell

A young Indian woman, accompanied by her infant and her cruel husband, experiences joy and heartbreak when she joins the Lewis and Clark expedition seeking a way to the Pacific.


The Last Full Measure

by Ann Rinaldi

As Confederate and Union soldiers take over their town, the local residents can do little more than hunker down in their homes while cannon and gunfire explode around them. But the battles are not only fought...


Bread and Roses, Too

by Katherine Paterson

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...


The Family Greene

by Ann Rinaldi

Cornelia Greene is fed up with gossip about her mother. Caty Littlefield Greene was once a beautiful young bride who lifted the troops’ spirits at Valley Forge, but Cornelia knows that rumors of Caty’s past...


Paper Daughter

by Jeanette Ingold

After her father's mysterious death, up-and-coming journalist Maggie Chen must sift through her family's secretive past.  What she finds may have been easier left uncovered, as she confronts her ethnicity and...


Juliet's Moon

by Ann Rinaldi

A scandalous, little-known event in our Civil War history


The Captain's Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe

by Roland Smith

Born the runt of his litter and gambled away to a rusty old riverman, the Newfoundland pup Seaman doesn’t imagine his life will be marked by any kind of glory--beyond chasing down rats. But when he meets Captain...


The Letter Writer

by Ann Rinaldi

Eleven-year-old Harriet Whitehead, who serves as the "letter writer" for her blind stepmother, is haunted by her unwitting role in Nat Turner's Rebellion, one of the bloodiest and most effective slave uprisings...


Leigh Ann's Civil War

by Ann Rinaldi

An intimate portrait of a young Confederate woman discovering her strength and courage as the Civil War rages around her. Leigh Ann of Roswell is a touching story of family and independence by the acclaimed...


My Vicksburg

by Ann Rinaldi

Claire Louise Corbett and her Confederate family flee their home as Union soldiers shell their town of Vicksburg, Mississippi. They venture out from the safety of a cave only three times a day, when the Union...


Come Juneteenth

by Ann Rinaldi

Sis Goose is a beloved member of Luli's family, despite the fact that she was born a slave. But the family is harboring a terrible secret. And when Union soldiers arrive on their Texas plantation to announce...


An Unlikely Friendship: A Novel of Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley

by Ann Rinaldi

A fictionalized dual biography by one of the premier writers of historical fiction for young readers.


The Staircase

by Ann Rinaldi

How could Lizzy Enders's father abandon her at a girls school run by nuns? She's surrounded by Catholics--but she's Methodist! Shunned by the other boarders, Lizzy befriends a wandering carpenter named José,...


A Summer of Kings

by Han Nolan

One summer, one person, can change your life forever.


An Acquaintance with Darkness

by Ann Rinaldi

Fourteen-year-old Emily Pigbush suspects that her uncle is involved in body snatching. Meanwhile, her best friend's family is accused of plotting to kill Abraham Lincoln, and Emily is left unsure of whom she...


Finishing Becca: A Story about Peggy Shippen and Benedict Arnold

by Ann Rinaldi

An independent-minded young maid tells the story of social-climber Peggy Shippen and how she influenced Benedict Arnold’s betrayal of the Patriot forces. Revolutionary Philadelphia is brought to life as Becca...


The Fifth of March: A Story of the Boston Massacre

by Ann Rinaldi

It's 1770, and fourteen-year-old Rachel Marsh is a servant in the Boston household of John Adams. But her loyalty to the Adams family is tested by her friendship with Matthew Kilroy, a British private with an...