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CHAINS: SEEDS OF AMERICA
DEADLY
A NORTHERN LIGHT
 

United States History:

BLESS ME ULTIMA
by Rudolfo A. Anaya
A young Chicano's journeys in rural New Mexico in the 1940's with a curandera who explores good and evil, magic and spirituality.

FEVER, 1793
by Laurie Halse Anderson
In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.

CHAINS: SEEDS OF AMERICA
by Laurie Halse Anderson
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED
by Judy Blundell
In 1947, with her jovial stepfather Joe back from the war and family life returning to normal, teenage Evie, smitten by the handsome young ex-GI who seems to have a secret hold on Joe, finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies whose devastating outcome change her life and that of her family forever.

JOURNEY INTO MOHAWK COUNTRY
by H.M. van den Bogaert
An illustrated version of the journal of a young Dutch trader, Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert, who journeyed into the land of the Iroquois Indians, a Mowhawk tribe that controlled the trade routes in the area, in 1634, seeking to bolster the Dutch trade in what is now New York State.

DEADLY
by Julie Chibbaro
In the early nineteen-hundreds, sixteen-year-old Prudence Galewski leaves school to take a job assisting the head epidemiologist at New York's Department of Health and Sanitation, investigating the intriguing case of "Typhoid Mary," a seemingly healthy woman who is infecting others with typhoid fever.

THE RANSOM OF MERCY CARTER
by Caroline B. Cooney
In 1704, in the English settlement of Deerfield, Massachusetts, eleven-year-old Mercy and her family and neighbors are captured by Mohawk Indians and their French allies, and forced to march through bitter cold to French Canada, where some adapt to new lives and some still hope to be ransomed.

THE YEAR WE WERE FAMOUS
by Carole Estby Dagg
A novel based on the true story of seventeen-year-old Clara Estby's walk across America with her mother Helga in 1896, to win a ten thousand dollar prize and save their home from foreclosure.

MARE'S WAR
by Tanita S. Davis
Octavia and Tali are dreading the road trip their parents are forcing them to take with their grandmother over the summer. But somewhere on the road, Octavia and Tali discover there’s more to Mare than what you see. She was once a willful teenager who escaped her less-than-perfect life in the deep South and lied about her age to join the African American battalion of the Women’s Army Corps during World War II.

A NORTHERN LIGHT
by Jennifer Donnelly
In 1906, sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and fiancé, takes a job at a summer inn where she discovers the truth about the death of a guest. Based on a true story.

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90 MILES TO HAVANA
THE RED UMBRELLA
PICTURE THE DEAD
 

THE TRIALS OF KATE HOPE
by Wick Downing
At the young age of fourteen, Kate Hope is licensed to practice law in the state of Colorado in 1973, and with the help of her lawyer grandfather, and memories of her dead father, also a lawyer, she tries the case of a dog that is slated to be destroyed for attacking a baby.

SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE, 1906
by Kathleen Duey
A young housekeeper realizes it's time to face reality and remember her place in society. But when she meets the handsome son of a wealthy cattle rancher, the electricity that flows between them is impossible to ignore. His father's attempts to keep them apart are interrupted by the earthquake of the century.

A YELLOW WATERMELON
by Ted M. Dunagan
Growing up in poverty-stricken, racially segregated, rural Alabama in the late 1940s, a white boy named Ted and a black boy named Poudlum become secret friends, join forces to integrate the cotton field laborers, and try to stop evil forces from depriving Poudlum's family of their property and livelihood.

TEN CENTS A DANCE
by Christine Fletcher
In 1940s Chicago, fifteen-year-old Ruby hopes to escape poverty by becoming a taxi dancer in a nightclub, but the work has unforeseen dangers and hiding the truth from her family and friends becomes increasingly difficult.

90 MILES TO HAVANA
by Enrique Flores-Galbis
When unrest hits the streets of Havana, Cuba, Julian's parents must make the heartbreaking decision to send him and his two brothers away to Miami via the Pedro Pan operation. But when the boys get to Miami, they are thrust into a world where bullies seem to run rampant and it's not always clear how best to protect themselves.

A WORLD AWAY
by Pauline Francis
Taken from her mother and shipped to England as an exhibit for Sir Walter Raleigh, Nadie, a Native American, is thrust into the boiling pot of brutish Tudor life. Her only protector is Tom, a young blacksmith who falls in love with her. Too soon, however, Nadie is forced back to her exotic lands to help the English colonize her people.

HEAR US OUT! LESBIAN AND GAY STORIES OF STRUGGLE, PROGRESS AND HOPE, 1950 TO THE PRESENT
by Nancy Garden
Going decade by decade, Nancy Garden discusses the social and political issues faced by GLBT youth from 1950 to the present, and adds two stories about gay young people from each decade.

THE RED UMBRELLA
by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
In 1961 after Castro has come to power in Cuba, fourteen-year-old Lucia and her seven-year-old brother are sent to the United States when her parents, who are not in favor of the new regime, fear that the children will be taken away from them as others have been.

MAP OF IRELAND
by Stephanie Grant
In 1974, the first year of busing in Boston, Massachusetts, seventeen-year-old Ann Ahern's lesbianism, which has isolated her from other white students, draws her to her African French teacher and leads her to insights into Blacks' struggles in the post-Civil Rights era.

PICTURE THE DEAD
by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown
After Jennie Lovell's fiancé, Will, is killed during the Civil War, she forms an alliance with a spirit photographer and uses her ability to talk to the dead to investigate the secrets Will was hiding and how he really died.

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BLACK WINGS: COURAGEOUS STORIES OF AFRICAN AMERICANS IN AVIATION AND SPACE HISTORY
THE ROCK AND THE RIVER
SUNRISE OVER FALLUJAH
 

BLACK WINGS: COURAGEOUS STORIES OF AFRICAN AMERICANS IN AVIATION AND SPACE HISTORY
by Von Hardesty
Featuring approximately 200 historic and contemporary photographs and a lively narrative that spans eight decades of U.S. history, "Black Wings" offers a compelling overview of African Americans in aviation.

OUT OF THE DUST
by Karen Hesse
In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.

NEWES FROM THE DEAD: BEING A TRUE STORY OF ANNE GREEN, HANGED FOR INFANTICIDE AT OXFORD ASSIZES IN 1650, RESTORED TO THE WORLD AND DIED AGAIN 1665
by Mary Hooper
In 1650, while Robert, a young medical student, steels himself to assist with her dissection, twenty-two-year-old housemaid Anne Green recalls her life as she lies in her coffin, presumed dead after being hanged for murdering her child.

SOLDIER'S SECRET: THE STORY OF DEBORAH SAMPSON
by Sheila Solomon Klass
During the Revolutionary War, a young woman named Deborah Sampson disguises herself as a man in order to serve in the Continental Army.

THE ROCK AND THE RIVER
by Kekla Magoon
In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father's nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.

MISS SPITFIRE: REACHING HELEN KELLER
by Sarah Miller
At age twenty-one, partially-blind, lonely but spirited Annie Sullivan travels from Massachusetts to Alabama to try and teach six-year-old Helen Keller, deaf and blind since age two, self-discipline and communication skills.

FALLEN ANGELS
by Walter Dean Myers
Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.

SUNRISE OVER FALLUJAH
by Walter Dean Myers
Robin Perry, from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly changes him.

WHEN THE EMPEROR WAS DIVINE
by Julie Otsuka
After a woman whose husband was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy sees notices posted around her neighborhood in Berkeley instructing Japanese residents to evacuate, she moves with her son and daughter to an internment camp. The next three years are spent in filthy, cramped and impersonal lodgings as the family is shuttled from one camp to another.

THE RIFLE
by Gary Paulsen
Chilling and thought provoking, this novel challenges the notion that "Guns don't kill people; people kill people." The history of a magnificent rifle is followed, from its creation by a revered gunsmith in 1768 to its final resting place in a fisherman's gun case in 1994.

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SOLDIER’S HEART
ESPERANZA RISING
FLYGIRL
 

SOLDIER’S HEART
by Gary Paulsen
Eager to enlist, fifteen-year-old Charley has a change of heart after experiencing both the physical horrors and mental anguish of Civil War combat.

WITCH CHILD
by Celia Rees
Mary's grandmother is executed for witchcraft, and Mary is forced to leave her home to avoid the same fate. At first she flees to the English countryside, but when the atmosphere of superstition and suspicion becomes all consuming she leaves on a boat for America in the hope that she can start over and forget her past.

THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS
by Dana Reinhardt
Although they have never gotten along well, seventeen-year-old Levi follows his older brother Boaz, an ex-Marine, on a walking trip from Boston to Washington, D.C. in hopes of learning why Boaz is completely withdrawn.

THE EVER-AFTER BIRD
by Ann Rinaldi
In 1851, thirteen-year-old Cecilia has her eyes opened to the horrors of slavery when she accompanies her ornithologist uncle on an expedition in search of the rare "Scarlet Ibis," and watches as he shows slaves the way to the Underground Railroad.

HANG A THOUSAND TREES WITH RIBBONS: THE STORY OF PHILLIS WHEATLEY
by Ann Rinaldi
A fictionalized biography of the eighteenth-century African woman who, as a child, was brought to New England to be a slave, and after publishing her first poem when a teenager, gained renown throughout the colonies as an important black American poet.

WOLF BY THE EARS
by Ann Rinaldi
Harriet Hemings, rumored to be the daughter of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, one of his black slaves, struggles with the problems facing her-to escape from the velvet cage that is Monticello, or to stay, and thus remain a slave.

ESPERANZA RISING
by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Esperanza, growing up in 1930s Mexico, loses her life of luxury but discovers her ability to deal with change in a new country.

NEVERMORE
by Harold Schechter
A chilling piece of historical fiction, starring author Edgar Allan Poe. After Poe skewers the autobiography of Colonel David Crockett-and is unexpectedly confronted by the indignant congressman-the two men are led on a quest for a killer that will bring them face to face with the darkest impulses of the human heart.

FLYGIRL
by Sherri L. Smith
Ida Mae’s passion for flying leads her into the dangerous life of an African American trying to pass as white in the early days of World War II, in this vivid depiction of military life as well as the many challenges faced by a young black girl who wants to follow her dreams.

THE JEWEL AND THE KEY
by Louise Spiegler
After an earthquake, Seattle seventeen-year-old Addie McNeal finds herself jolted back to 1917 just as the United States is entering World War I, where she is drawn to the grand old Jewel Theater which is threatened both then and in the present time, as the United States again is about to enter a war.

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HURRICANE SONG
THE GADGET
LOGAN FAMILY SERIES
 

A SEA SO FAR
by Jean Thesman
After surviving the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fires, two teenage girls, a wealthy semi-invalid and her hired companion, travel together to Ireland and discover they share much in common.

BOXING FOR CUBA: AN IMMIGRANT'S STORY OF DESPAIR, ENDURANCE & REDEMPTION
by Guillermo Vincente Vidal
The whims of politics are at the fore of Guillermo Vincente Vidal's memoir, in which young boys become men in the shadow of revolution and personal turmoil. Vidal writes about his family's participation in events that forever altered U.S.-Cuban relations after an effort to free children from the threat of Communist rule sparked Operation Peter Pan. From chance encounters with Fidel Castro and Robert F. Kennedy to life in a dismal Catholic orphanage in Colorado, Vidal perseveres to embrace life as a proud and successful Cuban American.

HURRICANE SONG
by Paul Volponi
Twelve-year-old Miles Shaw goes to live with his father, a jazz musician, in New Orleans, and together they survive the horrors of Hurricane Katrina in the Superdome, learning about each other and growing closer through their painful experiences.

RED MOON AT SHARPSBURG
by Rosemary Wells
As the Civil War breaks out, India, a young Southern girl, summons her sharp intelligence and the courage she didn't know she had to survive the war that threatens to destroy her family, her Virginia home, and the only life she has ever known.

BEFORE GREEN GABLES
by Budge Wilson
An authorized prequel to L.M. Montgomery's classic series about the irrepressible red-haired orphan follows Anne's early years before her adoption by the Cuthberts.

THE GADGET
by Paul Zindel
In 1945, having joined his father at Los Alamos, where he and other scientists are working on a secret project to end World War II, thirteen-year-old Stephen becomes caught in a web of secrecy and intrigue.

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THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF OCTAVIAN NOTHING, TRAITOR TO THE NATION SERIES
VOLUME 1: THE POX PARTY
by M. T. Anderson
Various diaries, letters and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.

AL CAPONE ON ALCATRAZ SERIES
BOOK ONE: AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS
by Genifer Choldenko
A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

SARNY SERIES
BOOK ONE: NIGHTJOHN
by Gary Paulsen
Twelve-year-old Sarny's brutal life as a slave becomes even more dangerous when a newly arrived slave offers to teach her how to read.

LOGAN FAMILY SERIES
BOOK ONE: SONG OF THE TREES
BOOK TWO: ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY
by Mildred D. Taylor
During the Depression, a rural black family deeply attached to the forest on their land tries to save it from being cut down by an unscrupulous white man. 

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THE STOLEN ONE
THE EXPLOSIONIST
BOG CHILD
 

World History:

ANYA'S WAR
by Andrea Alban
In 1937, the privileged and relatively carefree life of a fourteen-year-old Jewish girl, whose family emigrated from Odessa, Ukraine, to Shanghai, China, comes to an end when she finds an abandoned baby, her hero, Amelia Earhart, goes missing, and war breaks out with Japan. Based on the author's family history.

CRISPIN: THE CROSS OF LEAD
by Avi
Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.

THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE
by Avi
As the only passenger, and the only female, on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, thirteen-year-old Charlotte finds herself caught between a murderous captain and a mutinous crew.

PRIMAVERA
by Mary Jane Beaufrand
Growing up in Renaissance Italy, Flora sees her family's fortunes ebb, but encounters with the artist Botticelli and the guidance of her nurse teach her to look past the material world to the beauty already in her life.

SOS TITANIC
by Eve Bunting
Fifteen-year-old Barry O'Neill, traveling from Ireland to America on the maiden voyage of the Titanic, finds his life endangered when the ship hits an iceberg and begins to sink.

THE STOLEN ONE
by Suzanne Crowley
After the death of her foster mother, sixteen-year-old Kat goes to London to seek the answers to her parentage, and surprisingly finds herself invited into Queen Elizabeth's court.

CATHERINE, CALLED BIRDY
by Karen Cushman
The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.

THE MIDWIFE’S APPRENTICE
by Karen Cushman
In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world.

THE EXPLOSIONIST
by Jenny Davidson
In Scotland in the 1930s, fifteen-year-old Sophie, her friend Mikael, and her great-aunt Tabitha are caught up in a murder mystery involving terrorists and suicide-bombers whose plans have world-shaping consequences.

BOG CHILD
by Siobhan Dowd
In 1981, the height of Ireland's "Troubles," eighteen-year-old Fergus is distracted from his upcoming A-level exams by his imprisoned brother's hunger strike, the stress of being a courier for Sinn Fein, and dreams of a murdered girl whose body he discovered in a bog.

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AUSLANDER
THE WINTER WAR
PHARAOH’S DAUGHTER
 

AUSLANDER
by Paul Dowswell
German soldiers take Peter from a Warsaw orphanage, and soon he is adopted by Professor Kaltenbach, a prominent Nazi, but Peter forms his own ideas about what he sees and hears and decides to take a risk that is most dangerous in 1942 Berlin.

THE MUSICIAN'S DAUGHTER
by Susanne Dunlap
In eighteenth-century Vienna, Austria, fifteen-year-old Theresa seeks a way to help her mother and brother financially while investigating the murder of her father, a renowned violinist in Haydn's orchestra at the court of Prince Esterhazy, after his body is found near a gypsy camp.

THE WINTER WAR
by William Durbin
When Russian troops invade Finland during the winter of 1939-40, Marko, a young polio victim determined to keep his homeland free, joins the Finnish Army as a messenger boy.

WARRIORS IN THE CROSSFIRE
by Nancy Bo Flood
Twelve-year-old Joseph helps his family to survive when the natives of Saipan are caught in the crossfire between the Japanese soldiers and the American troops at the end of World War II.

TROY
by Adele Geras
For ten years, from the heights of Mount Olympus, the gods kept watch on the Siege of Troy. But Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, is bored with the endless, dreary war and, aided by Eros's arrow, sends two sisters down a bloody path to an awful truth: In the fury of war, love strikes the deadliest blows.

PANAMA
by Shelby Hiatt
After moving from a small town in Ohio to Panama while her father takes part in building the Panama Canal, a fifteen-year-old girl yearning for new experiences meets Frederico, a Spanish aristocrat who is working as a canal digger, and they begin a romance.

THE RAGING QUIET
by Sherryl Jordan
Suspicious of sixteen-year-old Marnie, a newcomer to their village, the residents accuse her of witchcraft when she discovers that the village madman is not crazy but deaf and she begins to communicate with him through hand gestures.

THE GOLDSMITH'S DAUGHTER
by Tanya Landman
A tale of clashing cultures, a rich and powerful depiction of Aztec life during the Spanish conquest of Mexico, and of one girl who defies her destiny.

PHARAOH’S DAUGHTER
by Julius Lester
A fictionalized account of a Biblical story in which an Egyptian princess rescues a Hebrew infant who becomes a prophet of his people while his sister finds her true self as a priestess to the Egyptian gods.

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TIES THAT BIND, TIES THAT BREAK
A GOLDEN WEB
AFTERSCHOOL CHARISMA SERIES
 

BEWARE, PRINCESS ELIZABETH
by Carolyn Meyer
After the death of her father, King Henry VIII, in 1547, thirteen-year-old Elizabeth must endure the political intrigues and dangers of the reigns of her half-brother Edward and her half-sister Mary before finally becoming Queen of England eleven years later.

TIES THAT BIND, TIES THAT BREAK
by Lensey Namioka
Set in the pivotal period in Chinese history when the empire fell and the Republic of China was created, this moving story tells of Ailin, a young girl who refuses to follow the tradition of having her feet bound-and pays the price.

HUSH: AN IRISH PRINCESS' TALE
by Donna Jo Napoli
Fifteen-year-old Melkorka, an Irish princess, is kidnapped by Russian slave traders and not only learns how to survive but to challenge some of the brutality of her captors, who are fascinated by her apparent muteness and the possibility that she is enchanted.

BREATH
by Donna Jo Napoli
Elaborates on the tale of "The Pied Piper," told from the point of view of a boy who is too ill to keep up when a piper spirits away the healthy children of a plague-ridden town after being cheated out of full payment for ridding Hameln of rats.

THE RUBY IN THE SMOKE
by Philip Pullman
In nineteenth-century London, sixteen-year-old Sally, a recent orphan, becomes involved in a deadly search for a mysterious ruby.

A GOLDEN WEB
by Barbara Quick
In fourteenth-century Bologna, Alessandra Giliani, a brilliant young girl, defies convention and risks death in order to attend medical school at the university so that she can study anatomy.

BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY
by Ruta Sepetys
In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family.

MILKWEED
by Jerry Spinelli
In Warsaw in 1939, a boy wanders the streets and survives by stealing what food he can. He eventually adopts a name, Misha, and a family, that of his friend Janina Milgrom. When the Milgroms are forced to move into the newly created ghetto, Misha cheerfully accompanies them. By the time trains come to take the ghetto's residents away, Misha realizes what many adults do not-that the passengers won't be going to the resettlement villages at the journey's end.

THE CAY
by Theodore Taylor
When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, a twelve-year-old white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old West Indian man are stranded on a small desert island in the Caribbean where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion.

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THE AGENCY SERIES
BOOK ONE: A SPY IN THE HOUSE
by Y.S. Lee
Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, seventeen-year-old orphan and thief Mary Quinn is offered a place at Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls, where she is trained to be part of an all-female investigative unit called the Agency in order to infiltrate a rich merchant's home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships.

AFTERSCHOOL CHARISMA SERIES
VOLUME 1
by Kumiko Suekane
St. Kleio Academy is a very exclusive school. To enroll, a student must be the clone of a famous historical figure. Wolfgang Mozart, Queen Elizabeth, Sigmund Freud, Marie Curie, Adolf Hitler – with such a combustible student body, it's only a matter of time before the campus explodes!

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