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A Family Apart
Series/Author: Joan

Paperback Joan Lowery Nixon #1 Orphan Train Adventures Historical Fiction FOR LOVERS OF HISTORICAL ADVENTURE, A FAMILY APART IS THE MIDDLE-GRADE ANSWER TO CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE'S NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING ORPHAN TRAIN. Imagine being taken from your home. Imagine your mother is the one who lets it happen. This is the fate that befalls the Kelly children. It’s 1856, and their widowed mother has sent them west from New York City because she’s convinced that she can’t give them the life they deserve. The Kellys board an “orphan train” and are taken to St. Joseph, Missouri, where their problems only grow worse. It was bad enough that they had to say goodbye to their mother, but now they’re forced to part ways with their fellow siblings as well. Thirteen-year-old Frances won’t stand for it. She’s going to protect her brothers and sisters, even if it means dressing up like a boy and putting herself in danger. Will Frances be able to save her siblings? And what about her mom—was splitting up their family really her greatest act of love? Ride the rails with Frances and her siblings to find out! “This is as close to a perfect book as you’ll buy this year.” –VOYA Learn More

Midnight Rider
Series/Author: Joan

Paperback Joan Harlow Historical Fiction Learn More

The Rebel Spy
Series/Author: Norma

Paperback Norma Jean Lutz #23 American Adventure When the Civil War begins and their father leaves home to serve as a doctor for the Union army, David and Daria Fisk must help their mother support the family by running a boarding house. One of their boarders is a wounded soldier who Daria suspects is a rebel spy. Learn More

The Journey Back
Series/Author: Johanna

Paperback The Journey Back (The Upstairs Room #2) by Johanna Reiss (Goodreads Author) Holland, 1945 - World War II has finally ended. For thirteen-year-old Annie de Leeuw and her sister Sini, almost three years of hiding from the Germans in the upstairs room of a remote farmhouse have also ended. Saying good-bye to the courageous family who hid them is very difficult. And Annie finds that being home again isn't easy either. Her mother is dead; her father, distant and distracted. Sini is out dancing with the soldiers every night, trying to make up for lost time, and Annie's oldest sister, Rachel, has become a Christian. Soon Annie has another problem - getting used to a new stepmother she cannot seem to please. Annie learns that though the fighting is over, some of the wounds of the war still remain. Her old home is gone. Now she must build a new life for herself. Learn More

The Upstairs Room
Series/Author: Johanna

Paperback The Upstairs Room (The Upstairs Room #1) by Johanna Reiss (Goodreads Author) In the part of the marketplace where flowers had been sold twice a week--tulips in the spring, roses in the summer--stood German tanks and German soldiers. Annie de Leeuw was eight-years-old in 1940 when the Germans attacked Holland and marched into the town of Winterswijk where she lived. Annie was ten when, because she was Jewish and in great danger of being captured by the invaders, she and her sister Sini had to leave their father, mother, and older sister Rachel to go into hiding in the upstairs room of a remote farmhouse. Learn More

1863 A House Divided
Series/Author: Elizabeth

Paperback 1863: A House Divided: A Novel of the Civil War by Elizabeth Massie (Goodreads Author) A brother and sister separated by war—a nation fighting for survival. By April 1863 the Civil War has been raging for two years. On their sleepy farm in Gettysburg, sixteen-year-old twins Susanne and Stephen are alarmed by news that Confederate forces under General Robert E. Lee are threatening to invade the North for a strike at Washington, D.C.! Rebel forces in the Union capital? Is it possible? Frustrated with farm life and itching for action, Stephen runs away to join the beleaguered Army of the Potomac to fight Johnny Reb. Susanne is left behind to care for her embittered great uncle and superstitious great aunt. Separated by war, death, and disease, the twins maintain correspondence. But little do they know that Union and Confederate forces are converging on a small town for a battle that may determine the outcome of the war—a town called Gettysburg. Learn More

A Year Down Yonder
Series/Author: #2LongWa

Hardcover Richard Peck A Year Down Yonder (#2A Lond Way from Chicago) Young Reader Historical Fiction Mary Alice remembers childhood summers packed with drama. At fifteen, she faces a whole long year with Grandma Dowdel, well known for shaking up her neighbors-and everyone else. All Mary Alice can know for certain is this: when trying to predict how life with Grandma might turn out . . . better not. Move to Awards: New York Times Bestseller An ALA Notable Book An ALA Best Book for Young Adults A Booklist Best Book of the Year A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year Learn More

The Story Of Mary Jemison
Series/Author: Lois

Paperback Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski In this classic frontier adventure, Lois Lenski reconstructs the real life story of Mary Jemison, who was captured in a raid as young girl and raised amongst the Seneca Indians. Meticulously researched and illustrated with many detailed drawings, this novel offers an exceptionally vivid and personal portrait of Native American life and customs. Learn More

The Game Of Silence
Series/Author: #2Birchbar

Paperback Louise Erdrich The Game of Silence (#2Birchbark House) Young Reader Historical Fiction Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, The Game of Silence is the second novel in the critically acclaimed Birchbark House series by New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom. Her name is Omakayas, or Little Frog, because her first step was a hop, and she lives on an island in Lake Superior. One day in 1850, Omakayas’s island is visited by a group of mysterious people. From them, she learns that the chimookomanag, or white people, want Omakayas and her people to leave their island and move farther west. That day, Omakayas realizes that something so valuable, so important that she never knew she had it in the first place, could be in danger: Her way of life. Her home. The Birchbark House Series is the story of one Ojibwe family’s journey through one hundred years in America. The New York Times Book Review raved about The Game of Silence: “Erdrich has created a world, fictional but real: absorbing, funny, serious and convincingly human.” Learn More

The Righteous Revenge Of
Series/Author: Walter

Paperback The Righteous Revenge of Artemis Bonner by Walter Dean Myers Wanted: One low-lifed, sniveling scoundrel Artemis Bonner wants to set the record straight. He's just arrived in Tombstone, Arizona, to avenge the murder of his uncle Ugly Ned Bonner. And if he happens to stumble across the gold mine his uncle described on his deathbed, then would be just fine, too. The murderous scalawag Catfish Grimes and his equally odious campaignion Lucy Featherdip are on the loose. They're desperate to find the gold mine and claim it for themselves as Artemis and his sidekick, Frolic, chase the pair from Mexico to the Alaskan Territory and back again. Artemis and Catfish are headed for a showdown in front of the Bird Cage Saloon...the exact spot where Uncle Ugly met his Untimely Demise. Here's the whole story -- and the Truth as well. Learn More

Prairie Whispers
Series/Author: Frances

Hardcover - Great Prairie Whispers by Frances Arrington Colleen didn't mean for Ma and Pa to think that the wagon woman's baby was their own. It was almost an accident, the way Colleen's stillborn sister got switched with the dying woman's baby. Ma had been too ill to know what was happening; Pa had been away. How could Colleen refuse when the woman begged her to take the newborn girl? She had meant to tell Ma and Pa a hundred times, but the truth never seemed easy to say. Now that the baby's father has returned, Colleen must find a way to keep her secret, or the truth might destroy everything and everyone she loves. A new reading discussion guide is included in the book. Learn More

Black Radishes
Series/Author: Susan

Paperback - Like New Susan Meyer Black Radishes Young Reader Historical Fiction Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winner Black Radishes is a suspenseful WWII/Holocaust story, in which one boy learns what it means to be Jewish and French at a time when everything is changing. Gustave doesn't want to move from the exciting city to the boring countryside, far from his cousin Jean-Paul and his best friend, the mischievous Marcel. But he has no choice. It is March of 1940, and Paris is not a safe place for Jews. When Paris is captured by the Nazis, Gustave knows that Marcel, Jean-Paul, and their families must make it out of the occupied zone. And when he learns that his new friend Nicole works for the French Resistance, he comes up with a plan that just might work. But going into Occupied France is a risky thing to do when you are Jewish. And coming back alive? That is nearly impossible. Learn More