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Archive for the ‘Historical Fiction’ Category

REFUGEE, by Alan Gratz

May 22, 2017

The story: Three kids, tied together by their refugee status across cultures and decades, never know each other and yet are tied together in unimaginable ways. Josef and his family are trying to flee to safety ahead of the Nazi blitzkrieg; Isabelle and her family are desperate to leave Cuba and make it to the […]

THE METROPOLITANS, by Carol Goodman

May 22, 2017

The story: Four very different teens are thrown together on Pearl Harbor Day, and discover that their mission is to pick up where King Arthur and his followers left off in medieval Britain in order to fight the evil that has survived since Arthur’s day–now manifesting itself as the Nazis. But in order to realize […]

THINGS TO HUGE TO FIX BY SAYING SORRY, by Susan Vaught

May 22, 2017

The story: Dani’s Grandma Ruth has Alzheimer’s, and it looks like the truth about her part in the history of the Civil Rights Movement may go to the grave with her, untold. But Dani’s been given a rambling manuscript, a key with no lock, and a story written by Grandma’s worst enemy and she intends […]

ARMSTRONG & CHARLIE, by Steven B. Frank

April 7, 2017

The story: Armstrong is getting bused to a different school in LA in the fall of 1973. Charlie’s always been there, and he doesn’t know what to think of the black kids who are volunteering to come all the way across town. He also doesn’t know what to think about Armstrong, who’s kind of a […]

FOUR-FOUR-TWO, by Dean Hughes

April 7, 2017

The story: Yuki and Shig decide to enlist in WWII to fight for their country–and to prove that America is their country. They become part of the 4-4-2, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which while fighting in Europe became the most decorated combat group in history. The boys always thought they’d come home heroes…now they […]

NIGHT ON FIRE, by Ronald Kidd

March 20, 2017

The story: Billie Sims doesn’t think her little town of Anniston, Alabama is segregated (or prejudiced)–until she sees the ugly reality of events in 1961, when a group calling themselves the Freedom Riders de-segregates a Greyhound bus and tries to go from Virginia to New Orleans. Right outside her hometown, the bus is stopped, set […]

DREIDELS ON THE BRAIN, by Joel ben Izzy

March 2, 2017

The story: It’s 1971, and Joel is looking for a Hanukkah miracle. Is that so much to ask? He just doesn’t want to end up the loser in his own story. Too bad it seems like God isn’t paying attention right this minute–cuz Joel isn’t picky. The miracle could be a snow day in California, […]

DREIDELS ON THE BRAIN, by Joel ben Izzy

February 9, 2017

The story: It’s 1971, and Joel is looking for a Hanukkah miracle. Is that so much to ask? He just doesn’t want to end up the loser in his own story. Too bad it seems like God isn’t paying attention right this minute–cuz Joel isn’t picky. The miracle could be a snow day in California, […]

MARK OF THE PLAGUE (Blackthorn Key #2) by Kevin Sands

December 9, 2016

The story: It’s 1665, and the black plague has hit London with a vengeance. A unexpected message from Christopher’s dead master, apothecary Blackthorn, reveals that there’s a treasure hidden somewhere in the house…but Christopher can’t seem to find it, and money is getting tight. Even worse, friends are falling victim to the plague, and a […]

THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID, by Sharon Biggs Waller

November 28, 2016

The story: Elodie’s father is a rare plant hunter, and she longs to be able to go adventuring with him. When Papa fails to fulfill his contract to bring home a rare orchid, his employer threatens debtors’ prison unless he makes good. But Papa refuses to take her with him, although he’s too sick to […]