Historical Fiction

Mr. Darcy's Daughter

By Rebecca Ann Collins

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Cassandra Gardiner, daughter of Pride & Prejudice's Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, struggles to balance the competing demands of duty and family during the political and social changes sweeping through England in the Victorian era.

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

By John Boyne

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Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.
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Tamar

By Mal Peet

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In England in 1995, fifteen-year-old Tamar, grief-stricken by the puzzling death of her beloved grandfather, slowly begins to uncover the secrets of his life in the Dutch resistance during the last year of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, and the climactic events that forever cast a shadow on his life and that of his family.
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Tamar

By Mal Peet

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In England in 1995, fifteen-year-old Tamar, grief-stricken by the puzzling death of her beloved grandfather, slowly begins to uncover the secrets of his life in the Dutch resistance during the last year of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, and the climactic events that forever cast a shadow on his life and that of his family.
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London Calling

By Edward Bloor

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Seventh-grader Martin Conway believes that his life is monotonous and dull until the night the antique radio he uses as a night-light transports him to the bombing of London in 1940.
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A Wreath for Emmett Till

By Marilyn Nelson (author) and Philippe Lardy (illustrator)

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A beautiful elegy of fifteen poems and illustrations, honoring Emmett Till, an African American teen from Chicago who was lynched in 1995 while visiting relatives in Mississippi.
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

By Christopher Paul Curtis

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When Kenny's 13-year-old brother, Byron, gets to be too much trouble, they head south from Flint, Michigan to Birmingham, Alabama to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up.
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Riding Freedom

By Pam Muñoz Ryan

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A fictionalized account of Charley (Charlotte) Parkhurst who ran away from an orphanage, posed as a boy, moved to California, and fooled everyone by her appearance. J Fic Rya

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Gib Rides Home

By Zilpha Keatley Snyder

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Despite the harsh treatment he has endured at the Lovell House orphanage, ten-year-old Gib Whittaker manages to maintain his hopeful outlook when he is "farmed out" to help with the horses of a wealthy banker in 1908. J Fic Sny
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The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom

By Margarita Engle

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The Surrender Tree utilizes compelling free verse in alternating voices to lyrically tell the story of Cuba's three wars for independence from Spain. Combining real-life characters (such as legendary healer Rosa La Bayamesa) with imagined individuals, Engle focuses on Rosa's struggle to save everyone--black, white, Cuban, Spanish, friend or enemy.

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