How would you feel if a careless act on your part leads to the disappearance and possible murder of your brother?
This is what 7th grader Addie Anne Pickett must deal with in 1963 in Mississippi. Set in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement, this novel takes a look at the racism and violence endured by the African American community. An uncomfortable read at times due to the disregard white citizens had for the rights of the black citizens, but it is a part of our country’s history. You will root for Addie to stay brave and wish hard for the safety of her brother. Stop by to pick up this Historical Fiction read today!
This historical fiction is set in Berlin, Germany during the rise of Hitler. Follow a non practicing Jewish boy name Karl as he witnesses the horror building around him and his community. When boxing great Max Schmeling offers to give him lessons, Karl sees this as an opportunity to learn how to stand up to the bullies who torture him due to his family’s religious background. As the anti Jewish fervor increases, so does the danger. Can boxing save Karl and his family? Pick up a copy from the library to find out!
How Princess Victoria became Queen with the Help of Her Maid, a Reporter, and a Scoundrel …
With the tragic death of her parents, Liza Hastings’s life is upended in an instant. Gone is her money, her security, her hopes of coming out this season, and her station in life as a lady. With no other options before her, Liza lands a position as a maid–at Kensington Palace–to none other than Princess Victoria, the future queen of England. A fun peek into court life and the positives and negatives that come with. When Liz gets help from a interesting bunch of people to help save Princess Victoria, a great mystery and adventure tale begins. Enjoy!
This historical fiction read takes us to Canada during World War II where 15-year-old Marie-Claire and her younger brother and sister are diagnosed with tuberculosis (a contagious bacterial infection that involves the lungs ). They are admitted to Pembina Hills Sanatorium, where they separately struggle with the disease. While today there are medicines to treat TB, in the 1940′s there were very strange “cures” that were believed to work. How about sitting out all night in the freezing cold? Sitting naked in the sun?
The relationships are what really makes this story work. The heartbreak of people dying from the infection, others struggling for years in the sanatorium hoping to get better and then the lucky ones who are eventually allowed to leave. A peek into a huge epidemic that devestated families in a time where war was raging as well. Read this book and let me know what you think!
THIS IS THE NEWBERY AWARD WINNER FOR 2012
Middle schooler Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is “grounded for life” by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he get runs into some excitemnt. Once his mom loans him out to help a fiesty old neighbor with a most unusual chore—typewriting obituaries–he stumbles into strange adventures that include twisted promises, wax hands. Hells Angels, a homemade airplane and a string of possible murders.
Read to see if Jack can survive this summer full of kooky characters and strange happenings from his small town of Norvelt, PA
In Crispin: At the Edge of the World by Avi; a young boy named Crispin finds himself on a wild adventure all across England around the 1400′s with his friend Bear. Along the way they are forced to do some pain staking trials, like running from bloodthirsty bandits and city guards. This book is full of danger, action, and death. Highly recommended.
If a book’s ending makes me start crying at my son’s basketball practice, then you know it is a good read! In fact the entire book had my attention. It begins in 1914 when Joey, the horse and narrator of the story, is sold to the army for the war on the Western Front. Although we witness the horrors of war through his eyes, we also see the tender relationships between man and horse as well as horse and horse. Didn’t get to see the movie before it left Westminster, but it is on my list to see. Read this book!
If you like historical fiction as much as I do, you will enjoy reading this book. In it, we watch Abby face some of life’s most difficult events. Relationships are most important to her. This book will not disappoint.
“Does a child not recognize her mother?”
Thirteen-year-old Lucy’s life changes when the knock comes at the door. The woman looks exactly like her mother, Aliese, but is really her mother’s twin that no one knew existed. The gothic elements—the secret tunnel, the stranger who insinuates herself into the family, jealousy, murder, and the vague feeling that something is always wrong will keep you guessing until the end. Who is the villian and who is the sympathetic one? Will Lucy figure it out before it is too late?
OK readers, pick up this book now so you can see the movie when it comes out next year. This book has over 500 pages, but don’t be deterred. The majority of pages are sketches by the author. The cool thing is the sketches are critical pieces of the story.
The story is set in Paris during the 1930s. Hugo is an orphan who is gifted at fixing clocks and small toys. He learned much from his father before his death. His is very intrigued about an automaton, which is a a machine or control mechanism designed to follow automatically a predetermined sequence of operations or respond to encoded instructions. A mystery involving the automaton makes the goal of getting the machine to work even more important.
Follow this historical fiction mystery to see what exactly a certain automaton is trying to tell Hugo and his friend Isabell, whose godfather has a secret of his own.
Any Holocaust fiction book is bound to be a powerful read. This book is no exception!
We meet a Jewish boy name Felix in Poland during WWII. His book seller parents deliberately place him in a Catholic orphanage before they “leave”. Felix just thinks they are away trying to save books being burned by the Nazis, as he is completely innocent of the ugliness happening to Jewish citizens. When he runs away from the orphanage determined to find his parents, he runs right into the tradegies befalling the Jewish people. A true page turner.