Historical Fiction

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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