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Allies by Alan Gratz

Published 1 October 2019


From Alan Gratz, the highly acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of the blockbuster Refugee, comes a thrilling new multi-perspective novel, this time centered around D-Day. D-Day, June 6, 1944: the most expansive military endeavor in history. No less than world cooperation would bring down Hitler and the Axis powers. And so people -- and kids -- across the globe lent their part. From the young US soldiers in the boats to spies in the French c...

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Echoes of Friendship by Wendy Worley

Published 31 May 2017

Young Adult

Andy's investigations into his great-grandfather Matt's struggle for survival in the World War One trenches lead him to uncover a mystery - why and how did Matt become friends with a German soldier? A school trip is a chance to find out more...if he can find the money to go.But Andy has struggles of his own in the shape of the Squaddies, a gang of bullies determined to make his life a misery. Can learning about the past and making an unexpected friendship of his own give Andy the courage to face...

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A peasant changes places with a prince and both youths learn something about "pleasures and palaces."

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Victorian Quick Reads by Stephanie Baudet

Published 28 September 2017


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Johnnie's Blitz by Bernard Ashley

Published 31 August 1995


East Ender Johnnie Stubbs is on the run from the law. His dad's in the army and he has no mother. Innocent Johnnie finds himself protecting little Shirley, a 3-year-old traumatized girl whose house has been bombed and her mother left in a coma. With some dodgy stuff, they head away from the London blitz to the country, where Johnnie meets up with gypsy girl Biddy and her people. Johnnie finds that whatever he has to prove, it is most importantly to himself. And how can he get Shirley back where...

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Da Vinci's Tiger by L. M. Elliott

Published 10 November 2015

Young Adult

For fans of rich and complex historical novels like Girl with a Pearl Earring or Code Name Verity, New York Times bestselling author Laura Malone Elliott delivers the stunning tale of real-life Renaissance woman Ginevra de' Benci, captured forever in Leonardo's first portrait-a painting that broke convention and established the master as a force of artistic honesty. Though rich in beauty, wit, and talent, Ginevra is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to household d...

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From the bestselling author of Horrible Histories... Nevis Island, Caribbean, 1680 Red-legs Greaves has been a slave, a pirate, and a rich sugar planter. Now he's a prisoner. And next morning, he'll be dead - hanged by the neck for piracy! His only friend is a slave girl called Lou. Can Lou do anything to save Red-legs? It would take a miracle... A fantastic story blending pirate legend with historical fact and Terry Deary's vividly imagined characters. Book Band: Grey Ideal for ages 8+ Quizz...

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Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Published 28 February 2017


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Desiderata by Judy Ferro

Published 1 June 2009


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Compelling historical thriller, winner of the Carnegie Medal A compelling 15th century thriller, set against the background of the Cotswold wool trade. Rich with period detail, the story of Nicholas Fetterlock's apprenticeship in his father's business and his political betrothal to the daughter of a linen merchant is nonetheless immensley accessible to twenty-first century children.As his father embarks on a deal with Italian Lombards, Nicholas, Cecily and their friend Hal unearth a sa...

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Mama, Are We There Yet? by Rose Saposnek

Published 11 May 2006


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Otto by Tomi Ungerer

Published November 1999


A teddy bear tells his life story, beginning with his creation in Germany prior to World War II, and continuing through the war and on to America, where eventually he is miraculously reunited with his original owner.

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Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Published 1 August 2012


Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz brings her sorcery to a Victorian gothic thriller — an enthralling, darkly comic tale that would do Dickens proud. The master puppeteer, Gaspare Grisini, is so expert at manipulating his stringed puppets that they appear alive. Clara Wintermute, the only child of a wealthy doctor, is spellbound by Grisini’s act and invites him to entertain at her birthday party. Seeing his chance to make a fortune, Grisini accepts and makes a splendidly gaudy entrance with car...

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Classic Starts: Black Beauty by a Sewell

Published 1 March 2020


Age range 6 to 9 Black Beauty spends his youth in a loving home, surrounded by friends and cared for by his owners. But when circumstances change, he learns that not all humans are so kind. Passed from hand to hand, Black Beauty witnesses love and cruelty, wealth and poverty, friendship and hardship...Will the handsome horse ever find a happy and lasting home? Classic Starts is a gorgeously produced, thoughtfully written series of abridged editions of beloved classics. Rewritten to accommodat...

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From her childhood in Martinique, Josephine knew that she would someday be "more than a queen," and she eventually fulfills her destiny at the side of Napoleon Bonaparte as Empress of the French.