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Anderson, Laurie Halse. Chains. (The Seeds of America Trilogy #1) [AR BL 5.2, Pts. 11.0]
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever, 1793. [AR BL 4.4, Pts. 7.0]
During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. Mattie spends her days avoiding chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out.

Avi. The Player King. [AR BL 4.9, Pts. 4.0]
In 1486 England, a penniless kitchen boy named Lambert Simnel is told by a mysterious friar that Lambert is actually Prince Edward, the true King of England, setting him on a dangerous course to regain the throne.

Avi. The Fighting Ground. [AR BL 4.2, Pts. 4.0]
Thirteen-year-old Jonathan goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and discovers the real war is being fought within himself.

Avi. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. [AR BL 5.3, Pts. 8.0]
As the lone “young lady” on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.

 Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. The War that Saved My Life. [AR BL 4.1, Pts. 9.0]
A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

Choi, Sook Nyul. Year of Impossible Goodbyes. [AR BL 5.6, Pts. 7.0]
A young Korean girl survives the oppressive Japanese and Russian occupation of North Korea during the 1940s, to later escape to freedom in South Korea.

Collier, James. My Brother Sam is Dead. [AR BL 4.9, Pts. 7.0]
Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the American Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town.

Choldenko, Gennifer. Al Capone Does My Shirts. [AR BL 3.5, Pts. 7.0]
A 12-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935, when the guards’ families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

Curtis, Christopher Paul. Elijah of Buxton. [AR BL 5.4, Pts. 12.0]
In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah, the first freeborn child in Buxton, Canada, a haven for slaves fleeing the American South, uses his wits to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom.

Curtis, Christopher Paul. The Watsons go to Birmingham—1963. [AR BL 5.0, Pts. 8.0]
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in 1963.

Cushman, Karen. The Ballad of Lucy Whipple. [AR BL 5.8, Pts. 7.0]
In 1849, twelve-year-old California Morning, who renames herself Lucy, is distraught when her mother moves the family from Massachusetts to a rough California mining town.

De Angeli, Marguerite. The Door in the Wall. [AR BL 6.2, Pts. 4.0]
When Robin, a young knight, loses the use of his legs, he is abandoned to the care of monks at the hospice of St. Mark’s, in fourteenth-century England.

Erdich, Louise. The Birchbark House. [AR BL 6.1, 7.0]
Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.

Fleischman, Sid. Bandit’s Moon. [AR BL 4.2, Pts. 3.0]
Newly orphaned and searching for her older brother, Annyrose falls under the protection of a proud and fearless Mexican bandit, regarded as the Robin Hood of the California Gold Rush.

Fleischman, Sid. By the Great Horn Spoon! [AR BL 5.1, Pts. 6.0]
Jack and his aunt's faithful butler, Praiseworthy, set out to strike it rich in the Gold Rush. As they travel by sea and land, the pair meet a series of memorable characters such as the daring, crusty sea Captain Swain and the diabolical Cut-Eye Higgins.

Gidwitz, Adam. The Inquisitor’s Tale. [AR BL 4.5, Pts. 11.0]
Crossing paths at an Inn, thirteenth-century travelers impart the tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee, and a psychic peasant girl with a loyal greyhound, the three of whom join forces on a chase through France to escape persecution.

Gratz, Alan. Projekt 1065. [AR BL 5.3, Pts. 10.0]
At age thirteen, Michael O'Shaunessey lives in Nazi Germany with his parents. When he joins the Hitler Youth to spy for the British Secret Service, he finds himself fighting for what matters most.

Greene, Bette. Summer of My German Soldier. [AR BL 5.2, Pts. 9.0]
When German prisoners of war are brought to her Arkansas town during World War II, twelve-year-old Patty, a Jewish girl, befriends one of them and must deal with the consequences of that friendship.

Hiranandani, Veera. The Night Diary. [AR BL 4.5, Pts. 8.0]
Shy twelve-year-old Nisha, forced to flee her home with her Hindu family during the 1947 partition of India, tries to find her voice and make sense of the world falling apart around her by writing in the pages of her diary.

Hunt, Irene. Across Five Aprils. [AR BL 6.6, Pts. 10.0]
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.

McGraw, Eloise. Mara, Daughter of the Nile. [AR BL 6.7, Pts. 14.0]
This book tells the adventures of an ingenious Egyptian slave girl who undertakes a dangerous assignment as a spy in the royal palace of Thebes, in the days when Queen Hatshepsut rules.

Nielsen, Jennifer A. A Night Divided. [AR BL 5.4, Pts. 11.0]
When her family is abruptly divided by the rise of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerta harbors forbidden thoughts about freedom and reuniting with her loved ones, before a coded message from her father inspires a daring plan.

Park, Linda Sue. A Long Walk to Water. [AR BL 5.0, Pts. 3]
Eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family when the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, and he must walk with other Dinka tribe members in search of a safe haven.

Park, Linda Sue. When My Name Was Keoko. [AR BL 4.6, Pts. 8.0]
With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister face the increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War II, which threatens to suppress Korean culture entirely.

Philbrick, W. Rodman. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg. [AR BL 5.6, Pts 7]
12-year-old Homer, a poor but clever orphan, has extraordinary adventures after running away from his evil uncle to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War.

Preus, Margi. Heart of a Samurai. [AR BL 5.4, Pts. 8.0]
In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Echo. [AR BL 4.9, Pts.]
Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica—and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the 20th century, struggling to keep their families intact and tied together by the same harmonica.

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Esperanza Rising. [AR BL 5.3, Pts.]
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to work in the labor camps of Southern California on the eve of the Great Depression.

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Riding Freedom. [AR BL 4.5, Pts. 3.0]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.

Schlitz, Laura Amy. The Hired Girl. [AR BL 5.7, Pts. 18.0]
Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs chronicles her life in a journal when she leaves her family’s farm in Pennsylvania to work as a hired girl in Baltimore in the summer of 1911.

Speare, Elizabeth George. Sign of the Beaver. [AR BL 4.9, PL 5.0]
Matt is trying his best to survive on his own until his family returns to their pioneer homestead in the Maine wilderness. Matt becomes friends with a Native American boy, Attean, and when his family does not return as expected, Matt must decide if he should continue waiting or begin a new life with his friend.

Speare, Elizabeth George. The Witch of Blackbird Pond. [AR BL 5.7, Pts. 9.0]
A young woman brought up in Barbados comes to live with her uncle in Connecticut, and finds their Puritan way of life difficult after her unconventional upbringing.

Tarshsis, Lauren. I Survived:  the Bombing of Pearl Harbor. (I Survived #4) [AR BL 4.3, Pts. 2.0]
Visiting his favorite Hawaiian beach when Japanese forces suddenly attack Pearl Harbor, 11-year-old Danny Crane struggles through the smoke, destruction, and chaos to make his way back home.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House in the Big Woods. [AR BL 5.3, Pts. 5.0]
A year on the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father’s stories and singing, and share special occasions when they get together with relatives and neighbors.

Yelchin, Eugene. Breaking Stalin’s Nose. [AR BL 4.6, Pts. 2.0]
In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs.