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De la Cruz, Melissa
Alex & Eliza

When Alex and Eliza meet one fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk
Dance of the banished

"A teenager leaves his fiancé behind in their Anatolain village to make a new life in Canada for both of them. But when World War I breaks out, he is sent to an internment camp while his betrothed struggles to survive and find a way to join him"

Peyton, K. M.
Wild Lily

In 1921 Lily Gabriel is thirteen, motherless, and runs wild on Lockwood estate where her father is the gardener; Antony Sylvester is seventeen, motherless, and the spoiled son of the rich businessman who owns the estate; so when her friendship for Anthony suddenly turns into an impossible love there is bound to be heartbreak in the future--even before the airplane Antony got for his birthday leads to a disaster that will throw a shadow over both their lives.

Lee, Stacey
Under a painted sky

In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American girl, and Annamae, an African American slave girl, disguise themselves as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail to California from Missouri

Brown, Skila.
To stay alive

A young survivor of the tragic Donner Party of 1846 describes how her family and others became victims of freezing temperatures and starvation.

Hesse, Monica.
Girl in the blue coat

"In 1943 Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, teenage Hanneke--a 'finder' of black market goods--is tasked with finding a Jewish girl a customer had been hiding, who has seemingly vanished into thin air, and is pulled into a web of resistance activities and secrets as she attempts to solve the mystery and save the missing girl"

Pignat, Caroline.
The gospel truth

Phoebe is a 16 year old slave girl living on a Virginia plantation in the 1850s, when the plantation is visited by an abolitionist who poses as a birdwatcher. Phoebe comes to realize that she has a chance to risk escape along the route of the Underground Railroad. Based on the real life Alexander Milton Ross, a.k.a. the Birdman.

Hughes, Dean

Forced into an internment camp at the start of World War II, eighteen-year-old Yuki enlists in the Army to fight for the Allies as a member of the "Four-Four-Two," a segregated Japanese American regiment.

Worsley, Lucy.
Eliza Rose

Eliza Rose Camperdowne is young and headstrong, but she knows her duty well. As the only daughter of a noble family, she must one day marry a man who is very grand and very rich.But Fate has other plans. When Eliza becomes a maid of honour, she's drawn into the thrilling, treacherous court of Henry the Eighth ...Is her glamorous cousin Katherine Howard a friend or a rival?And can a girl choose her own destiny in a world ruled by men?

Savit, Gavriel.
Anna and the Swallow Man

When her university professor father is sent by the Gestapo to a concentration camp, seven-year-old Anna travels the Polish countryside with the mysterious Swallow Man during World War II.

Gratz, Alan
Projekt 1065

It is 1943, and thirteen-year-old Michael O'Shaunessey, son of the Irish ambassador to Nazi Germany in Berlin, is also a spy for the British Secret Service, so he has joined the Hitler Youth, and pretending that he agrees with their violence and book-burning is hard enough--but when he is asked to find out more about "Projekt 1065" both his and his parents' lives get a lot more dangerous.

Moss, Miriam.
Girl on a plane

This is a fictionalized story based on the real life experiences of Miriam Moss, a fifteen-year-old English schoolgirl who was held hostage on a plane hijacked by the Palestinian Liberation Front in 1970.

Leech, Caroline.
Wait for me

"On her father's farm in Scotland in 1945, Lorna Anderson's life consists of endless chores, rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Laura is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country? But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him--from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany--the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she's always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she's willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate"

Latham, Jennifer.
Dreamland burning

"When Rowan finds a skeleton on her family's property, investigating the brutal, century-old murder leads to painful discoveries about the past. Alternating chapters tell the story of William, another teen grappling with the racial firestorm leading up to the 1921 Tulsa race riot, providing some clues to the mystery"

Kaurin, Marianne
Almost autumn

As autumn approaches Ilse Stern is thinking about her infatuation with Hermann Rød, and whether his determination to be a painter will interfere with their romance--but the reality of being Jewish in occupied Oslo is about to turn her whole world upside down, as the deportation of the Norwegian Jews begins.

Cohen-Scali, Sarah

Nazi Germany. 1936: In the Lebensborn program, carefully selected German women are recruited by the Nazis to give birth to new members of the Aryan race. Inside one of these women is Max, literally counting the minutes until he is born and he can fulfill his destiny as the perfect Aryan specimen. Max is taken away from his birth mother soon after he enters the world. Raised under the ideology and direction of the Nazi Party, he grows up without any family, without any affection or tenderness, and he soon becomes the mascot of the program. That is until he meets Lukas, a young Jewish boy whom he knows he is meant to despise. Instead, the friendship that blossoms changes Max's world forever.

Powell, Patricia Hruby
Loving vs. Virginia

Written in blank verse, the story of Mildred Loving, an African American girl, and Richard Loving, a Caucasian boy, who challenge the Viriginia law forbidding interracial marriages in the 1950s.

Sepetys, Ruta.
Salt to the sea

As World War II draws to a close, refugees try to escape the war's final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull.

Smith, Dan
My friend the enemy

In 1941, having a German plane crash near your house is exciting, but when twelve-year-old Peter Dixon and his friend Kim find a wounded German airman, Peter is faced with a dilemma--should he help take care of the man as Kim wants to do, or report him to the soldiers searching for him?

Clark, Kathy
The choice

Describes how thirteen years old Hendrick and his family have hidden their true identity as Jews and are living as Catholics in Budapest during World War II.

MacColl, Michaela.
Always Emily

Young Emily and Charlotte Brontë solve a mystery.

Bass, Karen
Uncertain soldier

Seventeen-year-old Erich, a prisoner of war working at a northern Alberta logging camp, and twelve-year-old Max, who lives in the nearby town would be unlikely friends, except that neither has anyone else to turn to. During World War II, they are both easy targets for the locals' grief and anger against the Nazis. When a series of accidents shake the logging camp, they pressure Erich to find the saboteur.

Blankman, Anne.
Conspiracy of blood and smoke

In 1933, eighteen-year-old Gretchen, niece of Adolph Hitler, reunites with her Jewish boyfriend when she leaves the safety of England to return to Germany to investigate a murder and expose the evil of the Nazi regime..

Wein, Elizabeth.
Black dove, white raven

Rhoda who is white and Delia who is black are stunt pilots who perform daring aerobatics. Both women dream of living in a world free of racial discrimination. When Delia is killed in a tragic accident, Rhoda is determined to make that dream come true. She leaves the United States for Ethiopia with her daughter, Em, and Delia's son, Teo and all three fall in love with the beautiful, peaceful country. But peace is soon shattered with the threat of war with Italy, and Em and Teo are drawn into the conflict.

Schlitz, Laura Amy.
The hired girl

Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself--because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of--a woman with a future.

Lucier, Makiia.
A death-struck year

When the Spanish influenza epidemic reaches Portland, Oregon, in 1918, seventeen-year-old Cleo leaves behind the comfort of her boarding school to work for the Red Cross.

Kirkpatrick, Katherine.
Between two worlds

In the 1890s, sixteen-year-old Eqariusaq, from the village of Itta near Ellesmere, is caught between traditional Inuit life with her lazy husband Angulluk and the world of Lieutenant Peary and his family and crew, who call her Billy Bah.

Bayle, B. J.
Red River rising

In 1813, 15 year old Angus and his family from the Scottish Highlands settle in the Red River area.

Lewis, Amanda.
September 17

September 17 is a harrowing fictionalized account of the WWII sinking of the City of Bernares, a ship which was secretly transporting ninety British children to safety in Canada, after being torpedoed by a German U-boat.

Myers, Walter Dean

Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry are on their way to an uncertain future. Their whole lives are ahead of them, yet at the same time, death's whisper is everywhere. One white, one black, these young men have nothing in common and everything in common as they approach an experience that will change them forever. It's May 1944. World War II is ramping up, and so are these young recruits, ready and eager.

Wein, Elizabeth.
Rose under fire

A young woman pilot with Britain's Air Transport is captured and sent to Ravensbruck during World War II.

Ross, Elizabeth
Belle epoque

Sixteen-year-old Maude Pichon, a plain, impoverished girl in Belle Epoque Paris, is hired by Countess Dubern to make her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, look more beautiful by comparison but soon Maude is enmeshed in a tangle of love, friendship, and deception.

Sanders, Shelly
Rachel's secret

Rachel is a Jew living in Kishinev, Russia. When a young Christian man is murdered tensions mount as the Christians' distrust of the Jews is fueled by prejudice and rumour. Violence breaks out on Easter Sunday, 1903, and when it finally ends, Rachel finds that the person she loves most is dead and that her home has been destroyed.

Maruno, Jennifer
Kid soldier

Richard is fifteen years old and when war looms, he makes the most impulsive decision in his life and enlists.

Meyer, Carolyn
Victoria rebels

Through diary entries, reveals the life of Britain's strong-willed and short-tempered Queen Victoria from the age of eight through her twenty-fourth birthday, up to her third wedding anniversary with her beloved Albert in 1843.

Castor, H. M.

Hal, a young man of extraordinary talents, skill on the battlefield, sharp intelligence, and virtue, believes he is destined for greatness but, haunted by his family's violent past, he embarks on a journey that leads to absolute power and brings him face to face with his demons as he grows to become Henry VIII.

Meyer, Carolyn
The wild queen

Convicted of plotting against her cousin Queen Elizabeth I of England and awaiting execution in 1587, Mary Stuart, queen of Scotland, recounts her life story, including becoming a widow at age eighteen and her brutal campaign to regain her sovereignty after being stripped of her throne.

Rijckeghem, Jean-Claude van
A sword in her hand

As the murmur of prayers fills the icy room, mother and baby seem doomed. When the newborn finally struggles into the world, the Count of Flanders flees in a rage. The child is not the expected male heir -- but a girl. Growing up under the disapproving eye of her heartless father, the strong-willed Marguerite instinctively learns to survive in the fierce and violent male world of the Middle Ages, with its pagan rituals and bloody fights to the death.

Klein, Lisa M.
Cate of the Lost Colony

When her dalliance with Sir Walter Ralegh is discovered by Queen Elizabeth in 1587, lady-in-waiting Catherine Archer is banished to the struggling colony of Roanoke, where she and the other English settlers must rely on a Croatoan Indian for their survival.

Gleitzman, Morris.

After living in a Catholic orphanage for nearly four years, a naive Jewish boy runs away and embarks on a journey across Nazi-occupied Poland to find his parents.

Dogar, Sharon.

Everyone knows about Anne Frank and her life hidden in the secret annex - but what about the boy who was also trapped there with her? In this powerful and gripping novel, Sharon Dogar explores what this might have been like from Peter's point of view.

Harrison, Cora.
I was Jane Austen's best friend

The secret diary of Jenny Cooper, Jane Austen's teenage friend and confidante, tells of evenings which are a blur of beautiful dresses, balls, gossip and romance. When Jenny falls utterly in love with a handsome naval officer, obstacles stand in their way. Who better to help her than Jane herself, who already considers herself an expert in love and relationships?

Walters, Eric
Safe as houses

Based on true accounts of the night of Hurricane Hazel in 1954, the story tells three brave and resourceful children, against all odds, got themselves to the relative safety of a slippery rooftop just in time to escape drowning only to have to escape again into the water as the house is torn from its foundations by the furious, churning flood.