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I, Dred Scott: A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life and Legal Precedent of Dred Scott

by Shelia P. Moses & Bonnie Christensen Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 11, 2010)

Born into slavery in Virginia in the late 1700s, Dred Scott had little to look forward to in life. But he was fortunate in two ways: His first owner was fairly kind to him, and he grew up with his owner's children,...


The Time of the Clockmaker

by Anna Caltabiano Katherine Tegen Books (December 08, 2015)

The Time of the Clockmaker, the sequel to The Seventh Miss Hatfield, is set in the lush court of Henry VIII and continues Rebecca's romantic and action-packed time-traveling adventures. With an epic romance...


The Seventh Miss Hatfield

by Anna Caltabiano Katherine Tegen Books (August 11, 2015)

Romantic and action packed, The Seventh Miss Hatfield is a 300-page novel about a young girl with the ability to travel through time—and the secret she must protect. With an epic romance that cannot be stopped...


The Glorious Adventures of the Sunshine Queen

by Geraldine McCaughrean HarperCollins (May 17, 2011)

Ever since the magnificent Miss Loucien gave up teaching to join the Bright Lights Theater Company, school days have lacked a certain . . . drama . . . especially for Cissy, who longs for a life in show business,...


Rush Revere and the American Revolution: Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans

by Rush Limbaugh & Kathryn Adams Limbaugh Threshold Editions (October 28, 2014)

THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN—AND RUSH REVERE, LIBERTY THE HORSE, AND THE TIME-TRAVELING CREW ARE READY TO RIDE INTO THE ACTION!

Join us on this incredible time-travel adventure!

Liberty, my wisecracking...


Searching for Silverheels

by Jeannie Mobley Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 02, 2014)

A starry-eyed girl and a gruff suffragette decipher the myth of a dancer-turned-local-hero in this gorgeous novel from the author of Katerina’s Wish that Kirkus Reviews called “an engrossing, plausible story...


Anybody Shining

by Frances O'Roark Dowell Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 07, 2014)

Can one mistake destroy the chance of a lifetime? A girl discovers there are many ways of being true in this magnificent ode to handwritten letters and the shining power of friendship from the author of Dovey...


Soon Be Free

by Lois Ruby Aladdin (March 11, 2014)

I ask you, why do weird things always happen to me?

Thirteen-year-old Dana Shannon is no stranger to intrigue. Not long ago she discovered a skeleton behind a wall in her family's house -- a house in Lawrence,...


Betrayed!

by Patricia Calvert Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 15, 2011)

Some men aren't meant for safe pastures.

Home cooking, a warm bed, family -- all these things Tyler's father, Black Jack Bohannon, gave up for an unknown destiny. Now, at fourteen, Tyler is following in his father's...


Firestorm!

by Joan Hiatt Harlow Margaret K. McElderry Books (November 02, 2010)

Twelve-year-old Poppy is an orphan living in a bad neighborhood in Chicago, pick pocketing so that she has a place to sleep at night. Justin’s world couldn’t be more different—his father owns a jewelry...


Pioneer Summer

by Deborah Hopkinson & Patrick Faricy Aladdin (August 10, 2010)

Westward Ho!

Congress has ruled that settlers in Kansas Territory will decide whether Kansas will enter the Union as a free or a slave state. Charlie Keller's papa is an abolitionist, and he's moving the family...


The Secret of the Red Flame

by K.M. Kimball Aladdin (June 30, 2008)

JOZEF IS PLAYING A

DANGEROUS GAME

After Jozef loses the earnings from his family's butcher shop to a gang of street urchins, he vows to recover the money. Refusing to heed the warnings of his brother, an embittered,...


Fires of Jubilee

by Alison Hart Aladdin (September 08, 2008)

ABBY IS FREE FROM SLAVERY BUT NOT FROM THE SECRETS OF HER PAST...

It's 1865 in the conquered South and things are not as they were before the war. Thirteen-year-old Abby Joyner still lives on the plantation...


My Brother Abe

by Harry Mazer Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (December 29, 2009)

Virtually nothing is known about Sarah Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's older sister. This novel follows the few known facts of the Lincoln family's early life, starting with the Lincolns' move from Kentucky to Indiana...


A Voice of Her Own

by Barbara Dana HarperTeen (January 26, 2010)

When something is most important to me and I do not want to lose it, I gather it into a poem. It is said that women must employ the needle and not the pen. But I will be a Poet! That's who I am!

Before she was...


Sugar

by Jewell Parker Rhodes Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 07, 2013)

From Jewell Parker Rhodes, the author of Towers Falling and Ninth Ward (a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and a Today show Al's Book Club for Kids pick) comes a tale of a strong, spirited young girl who rises...


Chickadee

The Birchbark House #4

by Louise Erdrich HarperCollins (August 21, 2012)

Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, Chickadee is the first novel of a new arc in the critically acclaimed Birchbark House series by New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich.

Twin...


The Laura Line

by Crystal Allen Balzer + Bray (April 23, 2013)

A touching and funny story of one girl’s journey to discover where she came from and the unlimited possibilities of who she can become, from Crystal Allen, the acclaimed author of How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won...


The Callender Papers

by Cynthia Voigt Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 26, 2013)

Think carefully. That’s the advice Jean Wainwright always gets from her beloved Aunt Constance, Jean’s guardian and headmistress at the boarding school where she lives. It’s advice that proves valuable...


The Map

by William Ritter Algonquin Books (June 15, 2015)

Perfect for fans of Jackaby who are desperately awaiting the release of its sequel, Beastly Bones, this novella-length story follows the rollicking events of Abigail Rook’s birthday celebration.

 

Abigail...


Anton and Cecil, Book 3

by Lisa Martin, Valerie Martin & Kelly Murphy Algonquin Young Readers (December 27, 2016)

Tuckered out from a journey across the Wild West, cat brothers Anton and Cecil are ready to head east for home--until a minor stop to change trains in Chicago turns into a major adventure. A bloodhound detective...


Katerina's Wish

by Jeannie Mobley Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 28, 2012)

An immigrant girl discovers that hard work and determination can make dreams come true in this “top-notch” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) debut that is “a rich story threaded with…a vibrant setting...


The War of the Mormon Cow

by Richard Jr. Jepperson & Ken Mudie eBookIt.com (February 21, 2013)

The War of the Mormon Cow is a powerful tale of how a small mistake by a naive Mormon unleashed a chain of events that lead to war. The story is based in an incident that occurred in 1854 referred to as "The...


Paintbrushes and Arrows

by M. C. Finotti Pineapple Press (October 01, 2016)

In 1875, Ahkah, a 9-year-old Comanche girl, is the only child in a group of 72 Plains Indians brought to the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine for "re-education." Callie Crump, a 14-year-old who has never...


Hunted Like a Wolf

by Milton Meltzer Pineapple Press (September 20, 2012)

A landmark work on one of the most important but least-written-about Indian wars, Hunted Like a Wolf chronicles the Second Seminole War. From 1835 to 1842, Washington, D.C., waged a violent war upon the Seminoles...


Professor Renoir's Collection of Oddities, Curiosities, and Delights

by Randall Platt HarperCollins (June 04, 2019)

A gripping historical fiction friendship story that will grab everyone by the heartstrings and never let go.

A giant, a dwarf, and three doomed circus animals . . .

By her fourteenth birthday, Babe Killingsworth...


The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball

by Dori Jones Yang SparkPress (August 15, 2017)

Despite his impulsive and curious nature, twelve-year-old Leon is determined to follow the Emperor’s rules—to live with an American family, study hard, and return home to modernize China. But he also must...


Epic Reads Book Club Sampler

by Charles Benoit, Kevin Emerson, Susan Dennard & Megan McCafferty et al. Balzer + Bray (April 24, 2012)

Looking for your book club's next discussion-worthy read? Want a fun, thought-provoking book just for yourself? Preview six of summer's teen book club picks with sneak peeks of Fall from Grace by Charles Benoit,...


Song of the Mockingbird: My Journey with Josefina

by Emma Carlson Berne & Juliana Kolesova American Girl (August 27, 2015)

What if you suddenly found yourself in Josefina's world in New Mexico in 1824? What activities might you do on the rancho, what dreams might you have, and what would you do for fun? In this story, you can join...


Uncle Tom’s Cabin

by Harriet Beecher Stowe Dancing Unicorn Books (June 05, 2017)

Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly is an anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Published in 1852, the novel helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War. The sentimental novel...


Ann Riley

by Lisa J Lickel & Brenda K Hendricks Lisa Lickel Publishing (April 25, 2017)

How can Ann find a grandfather who’s just right?

With so many aunts and uncles, why doesn’t Ann Riley have a grandfather? Her friend, Katie Murphy, has a special grandfather who tells stories and remembers...


Another Quest for Celeste

by Henry Cole Katherine Tegen Books (February 06, 2018)

Celebrated author and illustrator Henry Cole uses stunningly detailed black-and-white artwork to illuminate a tale of friendship between an adventurous mouse and a boy who would become one of America’s greatest...


Dark Enough to See the Stars

by Cynthia Lynn Noonan High Star Press (February 15, 2017)

Bloodhounds chase twelve-year-old slave Moses as he follows the North Star to Pennsylvania on the Underground Railroad. His mother taught him to find the star before she was sold to a plantation hundreds of...


Audelia's Adventures: Book 2

by Rosemary Janney Crack of Dawn Publishing (April 12, 2017)

More Wild Adventures of Audelia Yates

It’s dangerous living on the edge of the Old Spanish settlement of Nacogdoches in East Texas. But danger doesn’t stop a determined teenage girl from going where she shouldn’t...


Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain Dover Publications (April 24, 2014)

Chafed by the "sivilized" restrictions of his foster home, and weary of his drunkard father's brutality, Huck Finn fakes his own death and sets off on a raft down the Mississippi River. He is soon joined by...


Walk Across the Sea

by Susan Fletcher Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 18, 2011)

The first time Eliza sees Wah Chung, he is squatting beside some rocks on the pathway to her island. Eliza's island is the one on which the lighthouse -- operated and maintained by her father -- stands, sending...


Tracks

by Diane Lee Wilson Margaret K. McElderry Books (April 03, 2012)

Can the railroad that is uniting America also bridge the gap between two boys from different backgrounds?

Shortly after the Civil War, Malachy laces on his father’s boots and travels to the American West to...


Can You Survive: Jack London's Call of the Wild: A Choose Your Path Book

by Ryan Jacobson Lake 7 Creative (October 17, 2011)

You're the main character. You make the choices. Can you survive life as a sled dog in this adapted classic?


The Traveler's Tricks: A Caroline Mystery

by Laurie Calkhoven & Sergio Giovine American Girl (March 01, 2014)

Caroline has an important package to deliver for her father in the big city of Albany. That means a three-day stagecoach trip with her friend Rhonda! The other travelers, including a charming magician and a...


Facing the Enemy: A Caroline Classic Volume 2

by Kathleen Ernst & Juliana Kolesova American Girl (August 28, 2014)

Everyone has been anxiously waiting for the supply boat, but just as it's finally coming into view, Caroline realizes the ship is at risk. What can she do make sure the supplies arrive safely? Then, while helping...


Captain of the Ship: A Caroline Classic Volume 1

by Kathleen Ernst & Juliana Kolesova American Girl (August 28, 2014)

Caroline Abbott loves sailing on Lake Ontario with her father, a master shipbuilder. But when the War of 1812 breaks out, Caroline's father is taken prisoner, and everything changes. When Sackets Harbor is under...


Second Chances: A Josefina Classic Volume 2

by Valerie Tripp & Juliana Kolesova American Girl (August 28, 2014)

Josefina's godmother, Tía Magdalena, has taught her many things. But when a friend is in danger, will Josefina be able to think fast enough to save the day? Then a unique birthday gift from Papá ensures that...


Catch the Wind: My Journey with Caroline

by Kathleen Ernst & Juliana Kolesova American Girl (August 28, 2014)

What if you suddenly found yourself in Caroline's world, right in the middle of the War of 1812? How would it feel to know your home is under attack and how would you stay strong during such a scary time? Join...


Sunlight and Shadows: A Josefina ClassicVolume 1

by Valerie Tripp & Juliana Kolesova American Girl (August 28, 2014)

A special surprise brings a lot of newness to the rancho, including learning how to read, play the piano, and weave. But how will these new skills help her family and keep memories of Mamá close? Then, Josefina...


Letters from the Corrugated Castle

by Joan W. Blos Atheneum Books for Young Readers (December 03, 2008)

Dear Cousin Sallie,

I begin with words I never thought to write:

I am not an orphan!

Thirteen-year-old Eldora has always believed that her mother died when she was very little, and for nine years she has...


A Tale of Gold

by Thelma Hatch Wyss Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 11, 2010)

GOLD! GOLD! GOLD! scream the headlines in July 1987, announcing the discovery of gold in the Yukon. Fourteen-year-old James Erickson, alone in the world after his father's death, is mesmerized when he sees the...


Eliza's Freedom Road

by Jerdine Nolen & Shadra Strickland Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (January 04, 2011)

It is 1852 in Alexandria, Virginia. An orphaned slave, twelve-year-old Eliza has only the quilt her mother left her and the memory of the stories she told. Stories become Eliza’s lifeline to freedom after...


The First Four Years

by Laura Ingalls Wilder & Garth Williams HarperCollins (March 08, 2016)

The ninth and final book in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s treasured Little House series—now available as an ebook! This digital version features Garth Williams’s classic illustrations, which appear in vibrant...


These Happy Golden Years

by Laura Ingalls Wilder & Garth Williams HarperCollins (March 08, 2016)

The eighth book in Laura Ingalls Wilder's treasured Little House series, and the recipient of a Newbery Honor—now available as an ebook! This digital version features Garth Williams's classic illustrations,...


Little Town on the Prairie

by Laura Ingalls Wilder & Garth Williams HarperCollins (March 08, 2016)

The seventh book in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s treasured Little House series, and the recipient of a Newbery Honor—now available as an ebook! This digital version features Garth Williams’s classic illustrations,...