Historical Fiction

Night Boat to Freedom

By Margot Theis Raven and E.B. Lewis (Illustrator)

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Granny Judith adds a square to her quilt for each runaway slave Christmas John rows across the river. Rich, dark watercolors punctuated with red capture both the fear and the hope in these daring flights to freedom.

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Al Capone Does My Shirts

By Gennifer Choldenko

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Who can blame 12-year-old Moose for feeling uneasy when his family moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 for his father’s job at the prison? Humor and pathos, memorable characters, and a strong sense of place highlight this unusual coming-of-age story.  

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The Righteous Revenge of Artemis Bonner

By Walter Dean Myers

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Fifteen-year-old Artemis journeys to Tombstone, Arizona, in 1882 to avenge the murder of his uncle, in a Western spoof complete with dastardly villains. 

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Newes from the Dead

By Mary Hooper

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Based on an actual account from 1650, a servant girl made pregnant by the master’s grandson is hanged after her baby is found dead. What happens after a shy young doctor sees her eyelids flicker on the dissecting table makes for edge-of-the-seat reading. 

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