SummaryVarious 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.
AuthorArmstrong, William Howard, 1914-
SummaryA young boy's world is shattered when his father, a poor black sharecropper, is jailed for stealing food for his family.
SummarySixteen-year-old John Proud is tormented by the ghost of an evil ancestor, with his own name and his own face, who was hanged in 1854 for being a demon
The fighting ground
SummaryThirteen-year-old Jonathan goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and discovers the real war is being fought within himself.
Beyond the western sea, Book I : the escape from home
SummaryDriven from their impoverished Irish village, fifteen-year-old Maura and her younger brother meet their landlord's runaway son in Liverpool while all three wait for a ship to America; their fates continue to intertwine on board ship and in the New World.
Something upstairs : a tale of ghosts
SummaryKenny discovers that his new house is haunted by the spirit of a black slave boy who asks Kenny to return with him to the early nineteenth century and prevent his murder by slave traders.
Where I'm bound
AuthorBallard, Allen B.
Summary A former slave turned cavalry scout becomes a hero for an African-American cavalry regiment in the Civil War. But, as the war draws to an end, the soldier, Joe Duckett,
Who comes with cannons?
AuthorBeatty, Patricia, 1922
SummaryIn 1861, twelve-year-old Truth, a Quaker girl from Indiana, is staying with relatives who run a North Carolina station of the Underground Railroad, when her world is changed by the beginning of the Civil War
Ajeemah and his son
SummaryA father and his eighteen-year-old son are each affected differently by their experiences as slaves in Jamaica in the early nineteenth century.
AuthorBoyd, James, 1888-1944.
SummaryJohnny Fraser, the son of Scottish immigrants now living in North Carolina, goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and has adventures on both sides of the Atlantic
AuthorButler, Octavia E.
SummaryA young African-American woman is mysteriously transfered back in time leading to an irresistable curiosity about her family's past.
Death comes for the archbishop
AuthorCather, Willa, 1873-1947.
SummaryIn 1851 Father Jean Marie Latour becomes the Apostolic Vicar to New Mexico, and over the next forty years he faces the lawlessness and loneliness of the frontier as he tries to spread his faith
Postcards from no man's land
SummaryAlternates between two stories--comtemporarily, seventeen-year-old Jacob visits a daunting Amsterdam at the request of his English grandmother--and historically, nineteen-year-old Geertrui relates her experience of British soldiers's attempts to liberate Holland from its German occupation.
The Ox-Bow incident
AuthorClark, Walter Van Tilburg
SummaryWhen a group of citizens discovers that one of their members has been murdered by cattle rustlers, they form an illegal posse, pursue the murderers and lynch them.
Retold classic novel Huckleberry Finn
SummaryThe adventures of a boy and a runaway slave as they float down the Mississippi River on a raft.
The ransom of Mercy Carter
AuthorCooney, Caroline B.
SummaryIn 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 red badge of courage
Summarynovel about a youth whose dreams of glory on the battlefield clash with the realities of war
A tale of two cities
AuthorDickens, Charles, 1812-1870.
SummaryDuring the French Revolution a young Englishman gives up his life to save the husband of the woman he loves.
Citizen Tom Paine
AuthorFast, Howard, 1914-2003.
SummaryA fictionalized account of how Thomas Paine, a revolutionary and political scientist, came to live in the American colonies and assumed his own role in the creation of a new nation.
AuthorFrank, Pat, 1908
SummaryThe survivors of a nuclear holocaust are forced to rely on their own resources as they join together in the struggle for survival amidst the ruins of Fort Repose, a small town in Florida
The autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
AuthorGaines, Ernest J., 1933
SummaryAn old woman recalls her struggle against bigotry from her childhood during the Civil War to her participation in the twentieth-century civil rights demonstrations
Memoirs of a geisha
AuthorGolden, Arthur, 1957
SummaryThe "memoirs" of one of Japan's most celebrated geishas describes how, as a little girl in 1929, she is sold into slavery; her efforts to learn the arts of the geisha; the impact of World War II; and her struggle to reinvent herself to win the man she loves
AuthorGoodman, Joan E
SummaryDuring the Revolutionary War, thirteen-year-old Hope, seized by the band of Tories who attack her Connecticut home, finds herself enslaved in a Tory household on Long Island and uses all her resources to escape and make her way home.
A farewell to arms
AuthorHemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961.
SummaryA story of love and war on the Italian front during World War I.
A time of angels
SummarySick with influenza and separated from her sisters, a Jewish girl relies on an old German man, and her visions of angels, to recover and to be reunited with her family.
SummaryA series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.
Out of the dust
SummaryIn 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
Goodbye Mr. Chips
AuthorHilton, James, 1900-1954
SummaryA retired teacher reminisces about his years at Brookfield school, the thousands of boys he taught, his happy marriage, and about the comic and tragic events in his life.
AuthorHolm, Jennifer L.
SummarySchooled in the lessons of etiquette for young ladies of 1854, Miss Jane Peck of Philadelphia finds little use for manners during her long sea voyage to the Pacific Northwest and while living among the American traders and Chinook Indians of Washington Territory.
Across five Aprils
Summary"Jam." Young Jethro Creighton grows from a boy to a man when he is left to take care of the family farm in Illinois during the difficult years of the Civil War.
AuthorKantor, MacKinlay, 1904-
SummaryIn 1864, thirty-three thousand Yankee prisoners of war suffer the horrors of imprisonment at the Confederate prison of Andersonville
SummaryThe true story of a man who took incredible risks and spent his considerable fortune to build a factory camp to protect Jews during World War II.
Lord of the Nutcracker men
AuthorLawrence, Iain, 1955-
SummaryAn English boy during World War I comes to believe that the battles he enacts with his toy soldiers control the war his father is fighting on the front.
Day of tears
SummaryPierce Butler sells his slave "assets" to pay off his gambling debts; he considers selling Emma, a slave who has cared for his daughters.
Letters from a slave boy
AuthorLyons, Mary E.
SummaryA fictionalized look at the life of Joseph Jacobs, son of a slave, told in the form of letters that he might have written during his life in pre-Civil War North Carolina, on a whaling expedition, in New York, New England, and finally in California during the Gold Rush.
The secret diary of Anne Boleyn
AuthorMaxwell, Robin, 1948
SummaryUpon her coronation as queen, Elizabeth I receives her mother Anne Boleyn's diary and learns of her love for her and her torment at the hands of Henry VIII
AuthorMcConnochie, Mardi, 1971-
SummarySisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Wolf have lived on Coldwater, a penal colony off the coast of Australia, all their lives, and their isolated existence leads them to dream of far-off cities and exciting events.
Gone with the wind
AuthorMitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949
SummaryAfter the Civil War sweeps away the genteel life to which she has been accustomed, Scarlett O'Hara sets about to salvage her plantation home.
House made of dawn
AuthorMomaday, N. Scott, 1934
SummaryAbel, a young American Indian home from a foreign war, finds himself torn between his father's world on the reservation and the lure of industrial America.
SummaryThe intense friendship shared by two African American women raised in an Ohio town changes when one of them leaves to roam the countryside and returns ten years later.
I, Dred Scott
AuthorMoses, Shelia P.
SummaryHaving served his master in northern states, under the provisions of the Missouri compromise the slave Dred Scott may be eligible for emancipation, but legal obstacles stand in the way of his freedom.
Fire in the hills
SummaryIn 1918 in the hills of eastern Oklahoma, sixteen-year-old Hallie faces many changes in her life after her mother dies and she takes over caring for the family.
AuthorMyers, Walter Dean, 1937-
SummaryIn 1920s Harlem, sixteen-year-old Mark Purvis, an aspiring jazz saxophonist, gets a summer job as an errand boy for the publishers of the groundbreaking African American magazine, "The Crisis," but soon finds himself on the enemy list of mobster Dutch Shultz.
The Glory Field
AuthorMyers, Walter Dean, 1937-
SummaryFollows a family's two-hundred-forty-one-year history, from the capture of an African boy in the 1750s through the lives of his descendants, as their dreams and circumstances lead them away from and back to the small plot of land in South Carolina that they call the Glory Field.
Land of hope
AuthorNixon, Joan Lowery
SummaryRebekah, a fifteen-year-old Jewish immigrant arriving in New York City in 1902, almost abandons her dream of getting an education when she is forced to work in a sweatshop.
The Bounty trilogy
AuthorNordhoff, Charles, 1887-1947
Summary"Back Bay books." Fictionalized account in three parts of the Mutiny on the Bounty and the lives of Captain Bligh and mutineer Fletcher Christian following the revolt.
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Author Orczy, Baroness
The rulers of the French Revolution cannot discover who the maddeningly elusive figure is that threatens their power with his disguises, endless ruses and infinite daring. Series:
SummaryImpoverished Vermont farm girl Lyddie Worthen is determined to gain her independence by becoming a factory worker in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1840s.
SummaryEager to enlist, fifteen-year-old Charley has a change of heart after experiencing both the physical horrors and mental anguish of Civil War combat.
SummaryWith his father away in the war and his mother off working in a factory, a boy lives with his grandmother and learns about war and himself
SummaryTwelve-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.
Sequel to: Nightjohn
Author Paulse, Gary
Continues the adventures of Sarny, the slave girl Nightjohn taught to read, through the aftermath of the Civil War during which time she taught other Blacks and lived a full life until age ninety-four.
AuthorPeck, Robert Newton
SummaryAfter an airplane crash that claims the lives of most of his family, sixteen-year-old Tate finds unexpected solace in the stories of his great-aunt Vidalia's childhood travels with a Depression-era Negro League baseball team.
All quiet on the Western Front
AuthorRemarque, Erich Maria, 1898-1970.
SummaryThe testament of Paul Baumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I, illuminates the savagery and futility of war
An acquaintance with darkness
SummaryWhen her mother dies and her best friend's family is implicated in the assassination of President Lincoln, fourteen-year-old Emily Pigbush must go live with an uncle she suspects of being involved in stealing bodies for medical research.
The last silk dress
SummaryLiving in Richmond at the height of the Civil War, Susan Chilmark grows up as she discovers a dark family secret, is reunited with her banished brother, falls in love with a Yankee, and faces the death of her father
Hang a thousand trees with ribbons
SummaryA 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.
A ride into morning
SummaryWhen unrest spreads at the Revolutionary War camp in Morristown, New Jersey, under the command of General Anthony Wayne, a young woman cleverly hides her horse from the mutinous soldiers who have need of it.
Mine eyes have seen
SummaryIn the summer of 1859, fifteen-year-old Annie travels to the Maryland farm where her father, John Brown, is secretly assembling his provisional army prior to their raid on the United States arsenal at nearby Harpers Ferry
Secret of Sarah Revere
Paul Revere's daughter describes her father's "rides" and the intelligence network of the patriot community prior to the American Revolution.
Cast two shadows
SummaryIn South Carolina in 1780, fourteen-year-old Caroline sees the Revolutionary War take a terrible toll among her family and friends and, along with a startling revelation about her own background, comes to understand the true nature of war.
The fifth of March : a story of the Boston Massacre
Author Rinaldi, Ann
Fourteen-year-old Rachel Marsh, an indentured servant in the Boston household of John and Abigail Adams, is caught up in the colonists' unrest that eventually escalates into the massacre of March 5, 1770.
In my father's house
AuthorGaines, Ernest J., 1933
SummaryThe arrival in a southern town of a young, unkempt man results in a sudden confrontation with past sin and error on the part of the town's most respected Black man, Reverend Phillip Martin
I had seen castles
SummaryNow an old man, John is haunted by memories of enlisting to fight in World War II, a decision which forced him to face the horrors of war and changed his life forever.
Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
The killer angels
SummaryA fictional account of four days in July, 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg discussing tactics, plans, and preparations for battle from both the Northern and Southern points of view.
SummaryTwenty-year-old Honora Beecher, married to Sexton in 1929 after a three-month courtship, comes to realize that her husband is not trustworthy and finds herself increasingly drawn to McDermott, a principled loom fixer at a nearby mill where Sexton has been forced to take employment after losing his job due to the stock market crash.
Gardens in the dunes
AuthorSilko, Leslie, 1948
SummaryAn Indian girl left orphaned after soldiers raid and destroy her village is adopted by a well-meaning American family, but she cannot forget her past and accept the white traditions and education they expect her to embrace
The grapes of wrath
AuthorSteinbeck, John, 1902-1968
SummaryDepicts the hardships and suffering enduring by the Joads as they journey from Oklahoma to California during the Depression
The confessions of Nat Turner
AuthorStyron, William, 1925
SummaryGives an account, based on the true story of a slave rebellion in 1831, of a noble man's moral decline
Roll of thunder, hear my cry
AuthorTaylor, Mildred D
SummarySequel: Let the circle be unbroken.;Newbery Medal, 1977. An African-American family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.
AuthorTaylor, Mildred D.
SummaryTen-year-old David Logan's family generously shares their well water with both white and Black neighbors in an atmosphere of potential racial violence.
AuthorTaylor, Mildred D
Summary Four children witness a confrontation between an elderly black man and a white storekeeper in rural Mississippi in the 1930s.
Song of the trees
AuthorTaylor, Mildred D.
SummaryDuring the Depression, a rural black family deeply attached to the forest on their land tries to save it from being cut down by an unscruplous white man.
AuthorTaylor, Mildred D.
SummaryPaul-Edward, the son of a part-Indian, part-African slave mother and a White plantation owner father, finds himself caught between the two worlds of his parents as he pursues his dream of owning land in the aftermath of the Civil War.
The storyteller's daughter
SummaryA retelling of the classic tale "The Arabian Nights" in which Shahrazad agrees to marry the king and surrender her life, but uses her story telling skills to keep the king from killing her, until a treacherous plot threatens her plan.
Leona, a love story
AuthorTreviño, Elizabeth Borton de, 1904
SummaryIn early nineteenth-century Mexico, sixteen-year-old Leona Vicario, loyal to Spain and engaged to a wealthy widower, struggles to come to terms with her growing revolt against Spain's harsh treatment of Mexicans and her love for a young revolutionary lawyer
The adventures of Huckleberry Finn
AuthorTwain, Mark, 1835-1910.
SummaryA mischievous youth encounters a runaway slave and together they travel down the Mississippi in search of adventure
The adventures of Tom Sawyer
AuthorTwain, Mark, 1835-1910
SummaryDescribes the adventures of a boy growing up in a nineteenth-century Mississippi River town, as he plays hookey on an island, witnesses a crime, hunts for pirate treasure, and becomes lost in a cave
The color purple
AuthorWalker, Alice, 1944-
SummaryTells the story of two African-American sisters: Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a child-wife living in the south, in the medium of their letters to each other and in Celie's case, the desperate letters she begins, "Dear God."
AuthorWalter, Mildred Pitts
SummaryBased on the true story of Elizabeth Freeman, a historical tale is told from the perspective of her fictional sister, Aissa, and follows the young slave's victorious lawsuit for freedom from her owner
With every drop of blood
SummaryWhile trying to transport food to Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War, fourteen-year-old Johnny is captured by a black Union soldier.
The bridge of San Luis Rey
Author Wilder, Thorton
In Peru in 1714, Franciscan Brother Juniper inquires into the lives of five travelers who died when a bridge collapsed, in an attempt to prove that this was not an accident but part of God's plan.
War and remembrance
AuthorWouk, Herman, 1915
SummaryHistorical novel about the experiences of an American military family during World War II.
Black spider over Tiegenhof
AuthorYoder, James D., 1929-
SummaryGerman Mennonites Esther and Gerhard Claassen and their sons Chris and Hermann, are hopeful about Hitler's promises for a "New Germany," but they are faced with a crisis of faith when they are asked to shelter a young Jewish girl in their farm community.
SummaryEkundayo, a Dogon spirit brought to America from Africa, inhabits the body of a young African American slave on a Virginia plantation, where he experiences loss, sorrow, and reconciliation in the months preceding the Civil War.
The great turkey walk
SummaryIn 1860, a somewhat simple-minded fifteen-year-old boy attempts to herd one thousand turkeys from Missouri to Denver, Colorado, in hopes of selling them at a profit.
SummaryIn a 1905 mill town, eleven-year-old twin sisters, Pauline, who goes to work with the rest of the family, and Arlene, whose crippled foot keeps her home doing the cooking, cleaning, and washing, are convinced that the other sister has an easier life until a series of incidents helps them see each other in a new light.
Year of impossible goodbyes
AuthorChoi, Sook Nyul
SummaryA young Korean girl survives the oppressive Japanese and Russian occupation of North Korea during the 1940s, to later escape to freedom in South Korea
The tamarack tree
SummaryOrphaned and transplanted from England to Mississippi, seventeen-year-old Rosemary Leigh becomes trapped in the Union's siege of Vicksburg
Runs With Horses
SummarySixteen years old in 1886, Runs With Horses trains to become a warrior with Geronimo's band of Apaches in the American Southwest.
AuthorBlackwood, Gary L.
SummaryIn Washington, D.C., during the last days of the Civil War, a teenaged boy who performs in a mind reading act befriends a clairvoyant girl whose frightening visions foreshadow an assassination plot.
The year of the hangman
AuthorBlackwood, Gary L
SummaryIn 1777, having been kidnapped and taken forcibly from England to the American colonies, fifteen-year-old Creighton becomes part of developments in the political unrest there that may spell defeat for the patriots and change the course of history.
The heart calls home
Author Hansen, Joyce
After fighting as a Union officer in the Civil War, former slave Obi Booker returns to South Carolina to make a new life for himself and his beloved Easter.
Beyond the burning time
Author Lasky, Kathryn
When, in the winter of 1691, accusations of witchcraft surface in her small New England village, twelve-year-old Mary Chase fights to save her mother from execution.
Letters from a slave girl : the story of Harriet Jacobs
Author Lyons, Mary
A fictionalized version of the life of Harriet Jacobs, told in the form of letters that she might have written during her slavery in North Carolina and as she prepared for escape to the North in 1842.
Author Platt, Randall Beth
While visiting her grandmother during the summer of 1944, a fourteen-year-old girl helps to heal the wounds that have been inflicted upon three generations of women.
Prudence Crandall : woman of courage /
Author Yates, Elizabeth
In Canterbury, Connecticut, in 1833, a Quaker teacher opens a school for African American women and girls, and faces considerable resistance from townspeople as a result.
The book thief
Author Zusak, Markus
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.