Tag Archives: Historical Fiction

A Christmas Carol: A Young Reader’s Edition of the Classic Holiday Tale

Author: Charles Dickens Publisher: Running Press Kids Product Description Remarkable, sumptuous artwork by top children’s book illustrator, artist Christian Birmingham, enhances the faithful abridgement of this Dickens classic. Our other Christmas classics illustrated by Christian Birmingham, A Christmas Treasury, and The Night Before Christmas. With 35 full-color and black-and-white illustrations.

Arousing Love

Author: M. H. Strom Publisher: Marstro Press Product Description Zach knows Joanna is too young for him, but he has never felt like this about anybody before. She’s so sweet and passionate and flirty and free, and the most beautiful girl Zach has ever known. Joanna is swept away by her feelings for Zach as […]

Fixing Delilah

Author: Sarah Ockler Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Product Description Things in Delilah Hannaford’s life have a tendency to fall apart. She used to be a good student, but she can’t seem to keep it together anymore. Her “boyfriend” isn’t much of a boyfriend. And her mother refuses to discuss the fight that […]

House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings Series, Book 1)

Author: Robert Liparulo Publisher: Thomas Nelson Product Description Dream house . . . or bad dream? When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films . . . but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a […]

Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Novel (Bk. 2)

Rating: (146 reviews) Author: Richelle Mead Publisher: Razorbill Product Description Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose… It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with […]

The Hunchback Assignments

Rating: (11 reviews) Author: Arthur Slade Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books Product Description A gripping new series combines Steampunk, spying, and a fantastic Victorian London. The mysterious Mr. Socrates rescues Modo, a child in a traveling freak show. Modo is a hunchback with an amazing ability to transform his appearance, and Mr. Socrates raises him in […]

Nick of Time

Rating: (56 reviews) Author: Ted Bell Publisher: Square Fish Product Description The setting is England, 1939, on the eve of war. Nick and his sister, Kate, begin gathering vital information for Winston Churchill as he tries to warn England of the imminent Nazi invasion. But the Nazis become the least of Nick’s problems after he […]

All-of-a-Kind Family

Rating: (94 reviews) Author: Sydney Taylor Publisher: Yearling Product Description A heartwarming story of five little girls living with their parents in New York City at the turn of the century. They have simple but happy times as they share adventures, holidays and surprises. When Mama tells them her big news, it’s the most wonderful […]

Voices in St. Augustine (Mom’s Choice Award Recipient)

Rating: (7 reviews) Author: Jane R. Wood Publisher: Florida Kids Press, Inc. Product Description Thirteen-year-old Joey Johnson hears voices. Only he can’t find the people who belong to them. His curiosity leads him on a quest where he learns more than just history about the Nation’s Oldest City. He discovers he has a special connection […]

The Bells of Christmas

Rating: (2 reviews) Author: Virginia Hamilton Publisher: Sandpiper Product Description Twelve-year-old Jason Bell waits impatiently for Christmas 1890. Set against the carefully researched background life of a middle-class black family in Ohio a century ago, “Hamilton’s story moves along at an elegant pace, giving readers time to savor the holiday preparations.”–School Library Journal

The Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1)

Author: Cassandra Clare Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Product Description Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.   When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and […]

Bud, Not Buddy

Rating: (481 reviews) Author: Christopher Paul Curtis Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Product Description 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. Amazon.com […]

Merry Christmas, Laura! (Little House)

Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder Publisher: HarperFestival Product Description Celebrating Christmas with a horde of visiting cousins, a delicious feast, and a brand-new doll, Laura and her family enjoy the spirit of the season, and young enthusiasts are invited to read while listening to the attached musical sound module. For children under three.

Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Rating: (112 reviews) Author: Lewis Carroll Publisher: MacMay Product Description Both of the original Lewis Carroll tales Alice in Wonderland written in 1865 and Alice Through the Looking-Glass written in 1872. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass are classic works of nonsense literature written by English author Charles Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis […]

The Luxe

Rating: (113 reviews) Author: Anna Godbersen Publisher: HarperCollins e-books Product Description 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. Download a LUXE screensaver! PC VersionMac Version Get this widget! Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule […]

Beautiful Creatures

Rating: (345 reviews) Author: Kami Garcia Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Product Description Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and […]

Woods Runner

Rating: (7 reviews) Author: Gary Paulsen Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books Product Description 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 […]

The Help

Rating: (1716 reviews) Author: Kathryn Stockett Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam Product Description Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring […]

The Bells of Christmas

Rating: (2 reviews) Author: Virginia Hamilton Publisher: Sandpiper Product Description Twelve-year-old Jason Bell waits impatiently for Christmas 1890. Set against the carefully researched background life of a middle-class black family in Ohio a century ago, “Hamilton’s story moves along at an elegant pace, giving readers time to savor the holiday preparations.”–School Library Journal

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

Rating: (10 reviews) Author: Phillip M Hoose Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Product Description “When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can’t sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ‘This is not right.’” – Claudette Colvin On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed […]

The Best Christmas Present in the World

Author: Michael Morpurgo Publisher: Egmont UK Product Description A classic Christmas story in an irresistible format, from the best-selling author/illustrator team, Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman.

The Shine Man: A Christmas Story

Rating: (4 reviews) Author: Mary Quattlebaum Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers Product Description During the hard times of 1932, a poor shoe shine man gives a child his cap, gloves, and an angel made from a spool, then receives a wonderful gift in return.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Rating: (29 reviews) Author: Jacqueline Kelly Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) Product Description Calpurnia Virginia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 when she wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones.With a little help from her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist, she figures […]

The 39 Clues Book 1:The Maze of Bones

Rating: (58 reviews) Author: Rick Riordan Publisher: Scholastic Press Product Description Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her will, leaving her decendants an impossible decision: “You have a choice – one million dollars or a clue.” Grace is the last matriarch of the Cahills, the world’s most powerful family. Everyone from Napoleon to Houdini […]

The 39 Clues Book 2: One False Note

Rating: (25 reviews) Author: Gordon Korman Publisher: Scholastic Inc. Product Description THIS JUST IN! Amy and Dan Cahill were spotted on a train, hot on the trail of one of 39 Clues hidden around the world. BUT WAIT! Police report a break-in at an elite hotel, and the suspects ALSO sound suspiciously like Amy and […]

Splendor: A Luxe Novel (The Luxe)

Rating: (28 reviews) Author: Anna Godbersen Publisher: HarperCollins Product Description New beginnings. Shocking revelations. Unexpected endings. A spring turns into summer, Elizabeth relishes her new role as a young wife, while her sister, Diana, searches for adventure abroad. But when a surprising clue about their father’s death comes to light, the Holland girls wonder at […]

Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters (Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner)

Rating: (5 reviews) Author: Pat McKissack Publisher: Frontline Books Product Description A lavishly illustrated historical book describes Christmas on a pre-Civil War plantation from the viewpoints of the big house family and the slave quarters.

Princess Ben

Rating: (27 reviews) Author: Catherine Murdock Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children Product Description Benevolence is not your typical princess and Princess Ben is certainly not your typical fairy tale. With her parents lost to unknown assassins, Princess Ben ends up under the thumb of the conniving Queen Sophia, who is intent on marrying her […]

The 39 Clues: The Sword Thief

Author: Peter Lerangis Publisher: Scholastic Product Description ATTENTION! Amy and Dan Cahill have been located once again, this time in the company of the notoriously unreliable Alistair Oh. Could they have been foolish enough to make an alliance? Spies report that Amy and Dan seem to be tracking the life of one of the most […]

Envy: A Luxe Novel (The Luxe)

Author: Anna Godbersen Publisher: HarperCollins Product Description Jealous whispers. Old rivalries. New betrayals. 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 […]

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out

Rating: (4 reviews) Author: Publisher: Candlewick Product Description More than one hundred leading authors and illustrators donate their talents in a creative tour de force that is making history. Conceived and co-created by the National Children’s Book and Literary Alliance, this incomparable collection of essays, personal accounts, historical fiction, and poetry melds with an equally […]

Yes We Can: A Biography of Barack Obama

Rating: (7 reviews) Author: Garen Thomas Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Product Description In third grade, Barack Obama wrote an essay titled, “I Want to Become President”—and he is, to this day, determined to show the world that, yes, he can. Born in the U.S.A., the son of an African father and an American mother, a […]

Boy In the Striped Pajamas (Movie Tie-in Edition)

Rating: (104 reviews) Author: John Boyne Publisher: David Fickling Books Product Description This work was set in 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 […]

A Smart Girls Guide to Boys: Surviving Crushes, Staying True to Yourself & Other Stuff (American Girl Library)

Rating: (19 reviews) Author: Nancy Holyoke Publisher: American Girl Publishing Inc

Devil’s Brood

Rating: (7 reviews) Author: Sharon Kay Penman Publisher: Putnam Adult Product Description The long-awaited and highly anticipated final volume in Penman’s trilogy of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine—a tumultuous conclusion to this timeless story of love, power, ambition, and betrayal. Where the second novel in the trilogy, Time And Chance, dealt with the extraordinary […]

The Bronze Bow

Rating: (93 reviews) Author: Elizabeth George Speare Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Product Description In this Newbery Medal-winning novel, Daniel bar Jamin is fired by only one passion: to avenge his father’s death by crucifixion by driving the Roman legions from his land of Israel. He joins an outlaw band and leads a dangerous life of spying, […]

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (rpkg) (HarperClassics)

Rating: (406 reviews) Author: Avi Publisher: HarperTrophy Product Description A vicious captain, a mutinous crew — and a young girl caught in the middle Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty. But I was just such a girl, and my story is worth relating even if it did […]

Kit an American Girl (6 Book Set)

Rating: (5 reviews) Author: Valerie Tripp Publisher: American Girl

Milkweed (Readers Circle)

Rating: (86 reviews) Author: Jerry Spinelli Publisher: Laurel Leaf Amazon.com Newbery Medal-winning author Jerry Spinelli (Maniac McGee, Stargirl) paints a vivid picture of the streets of the Nazi-occupied Warsaw during World War II, as seen through the eyes of a curious, kind, heartbreakingly naïve orphan with many names. His name is Stopthief when people shout […]

Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two

Rating: (17 reviews) Author: Joseph Bruchac Publisher: Puffin Book Description The United States is at war, and sixteen-year-old Ned Begay wants to join the cause—especially when he hears that Navajos are being specifically recruited by the Marine Corps. So he claims he’s old enough to enlist, breezes his way through boot camp, and suddenly finds […]

Out Of The Dust (Apple Signature Edition)

Rating: (838 reviews) Author: Karen Hesse Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks Amazon.com Like the Oklahoma dust bowl from which she came, 14-year-old narrator Billie Jo writes in sparse, free-floating verse. In this compelling, immediate journal, Billie Jo reveals the grim domestic realities of living during the years of constant dust storms: That hopes–like the crops–blow away in […]

Jim & Me (Baseball Card Adventures)

Author: Dan Gutman Publisher: HarperCollins Book Description He was the world’s greatest athlete, and a hero—until his medals were taken away. Stosh is shocked when his enemy, Bobby Fuller, begs him for a favor. He wants Stosh to take him back in time to meet Native American Jim Thorpe—an Olympic champion who lost his medals […]

The Luxe

Rating: (23 reviews) Author: Anna Godbersen Publisher: HarperCollins Book Description 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 […]

The Spymaster’s Lady (Berkley Sensation)

Rating: (19 reviews) Author: Joanna Bourne Publisher: Berkley Book Description She’s never met a man she couldn’t deceive…until now. She’s braved battlefields. She’s stolen dispatches from under the noses of heads of state. She’s played the worldly courtesan, the naive virgin, the refined British lady, even a Gypsy boy. But Annique Villiers, the elusive spy […]

Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Rating: (67 reviews) Author: John Boyne Publisher: David Fickling Books Book Description 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 […]

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village

Rating: (6 reviews) Author: Laura Amy Schlitz Publisher: Candlewick Press Book Description Step back to an English village in 1255, where life plays out in dramatic vignettes illuminating twenty-two unforgettable characters. Maidens, monks, and millers’ sons — in these pages, readers will meet them all. There’s Hugo, the lord’s nephew, forced to prove his manhood […]

Hattie Big Sky

Rating: (30 reviews) Author: Kirby Larson Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Book Description Alone in the world, teen-aged Hattie is driven to prove up on her uncle’s homesteading claim. For years, sixteen-year-old Hattie’s been shuttled between relatives. Tired of being Hattie Here-and-There, she courageously leaves Iowa to prove up on her late uncle’s homestead […]

Follow the River

Rating: (112 reviews) Author: James Alexander Thom Publisher: Ballantine Books Book Description Mary Ingles was twenty-three, married, and pregnant, when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement, killed the men and women, then took her captive. For months, she lived with them, unbroken, until she escaped, and followed a thousand mile trail to freedom–an extraordinary […]

The Book Thief (Readers Circle)

Rating: (227 reviews) Author: Markus Zusak Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Book Description It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . . Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking […]

The Land of the Silver Apples

Rating: (2 reviews) Author: Nancy Farmer Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books Book Description THE CHILDREN FROM THE SEA OF TROLLS BRAVE THEIR WORST NIGHTMARES — UNDERGROUND. Jack is amazed to have caused an earthquake. He is thirteen, after all, and only a bard-in-training. But his sister, Lucy, has been stolen by the Lady of the Lake; […]