Susanna desperately wants to join the circle of girls who meet every week at the parsonage. What she doesn't realize is that the girls are about to set off a torrent of false accusations leading to the imprisonment and execution of countless innocent people.
When Frederick and Jette must flee her disapproving mother in 1904, where better to go than America, the land of the new? By chance, they find themselves in Beatrice, Missouri. Not speaking a word of English, they embark on their new life together.
Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist --- a nearly impossible dream for a girl.
Set in 1906 against the backdrop of the murder that inspired Theodore Dreiser's AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY, Jennifer Donnelly's astonishing debut novel effortlessly weaves romance, history, and a murder mystery into something moving, and real, and wholly original.
At Queen Elizabeth's court, 16-year-old Miranda soon learns that a large part of her survival will depend on her knowing who to trust. When she distinguishes herself from the rest of the maidens at Court with her exquisite sewing and embroidery skills, Miranda is given the ultimate test to win Queen Elizabeth's favor --- to recreate Ann Boleyn's coronation gown. This could be Miranda's opportunity to escape marriage to the insufferable Lord Seagrave and establish an independent life at Court. But will she be able to reunite with Henry Raleigh, the man she has always loved?
Helen’s parents are brutally murdered. On top of that, she finds out she’s an angel charged with protecting the world’s past, present, and future. Now, torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation is hard to resist, even for an angel.
When a drought hits in Sierra Leone, nine-year-old Magulu is sold by her father. But an unthinkable chain of events unfolds: a capture by slave traders; weeks in an airless hold; a landing where she is sold and taken aboard the Amistad; a mutiny; a trial that is argued by John Quincy Adams. Narrated in first-person, this fictionalized book of a real-life figure retells history through the eyes of a child.
Few works of literature are as universally beloved as ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole --- and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.
The Depression strikes a fatal blow to Jack’s life when his mother dies of sickness and his father commits suicide. Left with nothing, Jack, his classmate, Jane, and her brother, Tony, take their neighbor’s car and strike out for something, anything, better. But what they get is a dangerous and heart-pounding adventure that will change their lives forever.
Talullah, Louisiana. 1899. To 14-year-old Calogero, newly arrived from Sicily, Tallulah is a lush world full of contradictions, hidden rules, and tension between the Negro and white communities. Calogero’s family is caught in the middle: the whites don’t see them as equal, but befriending Negroes is dangerous. Every day brings Calogero and his family closer to a a terrifying, violent confrontation.
On the night of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, his frantic wife, Mary, calls for her best friend and confidante, Elizabeth Keckley. But the woman is mistakenly kept from her side by guards who were unaware of Mary Todd Lincoln’s close friendship with the black seamstress. With vivid detail and emotional power, Ann Rinaldi delves into the childhoods of two fascinating women who became devoted friends amid the turbulent times of the Lincoln administration.
Early 13th-century Languedoc is a place of valor, violence, and persecution. At age 16, Babylonne is tough, resourceful, and desperate to escape her arranged marriage to a senile old man devised by her strict aunt and abusive grandmother. Babylonne escapes disguised as a boy and embarks on an action-packed adventure that amounts to one choice: trust the mysterious Catholic priest who says he's a friend of her dead father, Pagan, or pursue her fairy-tale version of her future, one in which she will likely fight and die in a vicious war with the French.
Who invented the first balloons for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Who first invented these “upside-down puppets”? Melissa Sweet tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg and his long-lasting gift to America --- the inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macy’s Parade.
Part historical novel, part fable, part love story, BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS is a moving testament to the transformative power of literature. In 1971, as Mao's Cultural Revolution sweeps across China, two teenage boys are branded "ractionary intellectuals" and sent to live on a remote mountain. When they bargain their way into obtaining a forbidden Balzac novel from a friend, it opens up a new and dizzyingly vast world --- and leads to unexpected consequences that propel the novel to its stunning conclusion.
The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker Powers. Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. When disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.
When Thomas Rose meets a mysterious French girl known as 'Ling,' he is pulled into a story of adventure and young romance. Thomas decides to help Ling recover the horse she used to dance upon in the circus, a steed named 'Belladonna,' and along the way they are aided by renowned English painter George Stubbs.
At the center of Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning fifth novel is an almost unspeakable act of horror and heroism: a woman brutally kills her infant daughter rather than allow her to be enslaved. The woman is Sethe, and the novel --- part ghost story, part history lesson, part folk tale --- traces her journey from slavery to freedom during and immediately following the Civil War.
It's 1941, and Lina is just like any other 15-year-old Lithuanian girl. That is, until Soviet officers barge into her home. Separated from her father, Lina, her mother and her brother travel north on a crowded train to a camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here, under Stalin's orders, they are forced to dig for beets --- and fight for their lives --- under the cruelest conditions.
It's another big month for fans of movie adaptations of YA! Are any of you going to see Ender's Game, The Book Thief, How I Live Now or The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this month? How could you even choose between a mind-rocking sci-fi, a historical fiction taking place during WWII, a story about a British countryside summer turning into a militaristic coup or the next Hunger Games movie?!?
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