Big River's Daughter
by Bobbi Miller
When River Fillian's powerful father, a pirate on a Mississippi keeler, disappears after a horrific earthquake in 1811, she must challenge the infamous rivals who hope to claim his territory and find her own place in the new order. Includes historical notes.
Catla and the Vikings
by Mary Nelson
In the fall of 1066, a thirteen-year-old Anglo-Saxon girl named Catla watches from afar as Viking invaders burn her village and imprision her family and the other villagers. No one sees her as she flees toward Aigber, where she helps the villagers come up with a plan that will save both villages from the Nord-devils.
by Laurie Halse Anderson
Separated from his friend Isabel after their daring escape from slavery, fifteen-year-old Curzon serves as a free man in the Continental Army at Valley Forge until he and Isabel are thrown together again, as slaves once more.
Hero On a Bicycle
by Shirley Hughes
Florence, Italy, 1944: The city is under heavy Nazi occupation, but for thirteen-year-old Paolo--too young to fight for the resistance, yet desperate for action and adventure war--is a long and boring wait.
Inside Out & Back Again
by Thanhha Lai
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.
King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige
by Wes Tooke
Twelve-year-old Nick loves baseball so after a year in the hospital fighting polio and with a brace on one leg, Nick takes a job with the team for which his father is catcher and gets to see the great pitcher, Satchel Paige, play during the 1935 season. Includes historical notes.
Kizzy Ann Stamps
by Jeri Watts
Kizzy Ann Stamps is starting at a new school, the just-integrated public school, and she's worried.
by Judith Plaxton
Flower, her parents, and her baby brother have escaped their lives as slaves on a plantation in the United States South and are making their way north via the Underground Railroad, hoping to find freedom across the border in Canada.
Sophia's War: a Tale of the Revolution
In 1776, after witnessing the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, newly occupied by the British army, young Sophia Calderwood resolves to do all she can to help the American cause, including becoming a spy.
The Lions of Little Rock
by Kristin Levine
In 1958 Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy twelve-year-old Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration, but her friendship with Liz, a new student, helps her find her voice and fight against racism.
The Mighty Miss Malone
by Christopher Paul Curtis
With love and determination befitting the "world's greatest family," twelve-year-old Deza Malone, her older brother Jimmie, and their parents endure tough times in Gary, Indiana, and later Flint, Michigan during the Great Depression.
The Romeo and Juliet Code
by Phoebe Stone
During World War II, eleven-year-old Felicity is sent from London to Bottlebay, Maine, to live with her grandmother, aunt, uncle, and a reclusive boy who helps her decode mysterious letters that contain the truth about her missing parents.
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos
by R.L. La Fevers
Twelve-year-old Theo uses arcane knowledge and her own special talent when she encounters two secret societies, one sworn to protect the world from ancient Egyptian magic and one planning to harness it to bring chaos to the world, both of which want a valuable artifact stolen from the London museum for which her parents work.