Historical Fiction

The Blackbird Girls

Written by Anne Blankman One morning, neighbors Valentina and Oksana wake up to an angry red sky. A reactor at the nuclear power plant where their fathers work–Chernobyl–has exploded. Before they know it, the two girls, who’ve always been enemies, find themselves on a train bound for Leningrad to stay with Valentina’s grandmother. In their …

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Goodbye, Mr. Spalding

Written by Jennifer Robin Barr Have you ever wanted something so bad, you would do anything to get it? Jimmy has. He lives in Philadelphia just across the street from Shibe Ballpark. From his roof, you can watch a baseball game of the Philadelphia A’s. His family supplements their income by charging for tickets to …

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The Day the World Stopped Turning

Written by Michael Morpurgo Set in World War II France, autistic Lorenzo lives among the salt flats and the flamingos. As the Germans invade France, Lorenzo and his Romani friend Kezia find themselves on the list of the hunted. When eighteen-year-old Vincent collapses in the marshes near their isolated farm, he has a near-death experience. …

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Orange for the Sunsets

Written by Tina Athaide Asha and Yesofu are best friends living in Uganda. There’s just one problem: Uganda’s new president has decided to expel all Indians from his country and Asha and her family are Indian. Native Ugandans want their country back. As a native Ugandan, Yesofu is confused about how he should feel. He …

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