Compiled by Heidi Jung

Traitors’ Gate

When his father is arrested as a debtor in 1849 London, fourteen-year-old John Huffman must take on unexpected responsibilities, from asking a distant relative for help to determining why people are spying on him and his family.

Al Capone Does My Shirts
Choldenko, Gennifer

A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards’ families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

Cormier, Robert

After serving in the United States Army during World War II and having his face blown off by a grenade, Francis, a young soldier, returns home hoping to find–and kill–the former childhood hero he feels betrayed him.

Catherine, Called Birdy
Cushman, Karen

The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.

Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker
DeFelice, Cynthia

After his family dies of consumption in 1849, twelve-year-old Lucas becomes a doctor’s apprentice.

Hear the Wind Blow
Downing Mary Hahn

With their mother dead and their home burned, a thirteen-year-old boy and his little sister set out across Virginia in search of relatives during the final days of the Civil War.

The Sacrifice
Duble, Kathleen

Two sisters, aged ten and twelve, are accused of witchcraft in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1692 and await trial in a miserable prison while their mother desperately searches for some way to obtain their freedom.

In Darkness, Death
Hoobler, Dorothy

In eighteenth-century Japan, young Seikei becomes involved with a ninja as he helps Judge Ooka, his foster father, investigate the murder of a samurai.

Kadohata, Cynthia

A young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing dog.

The Green Glass Sea
Klages, Ellen

It is 1943, and 11-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is traveling west on a train to live with her scientist father–but no one will tell her exactly where he is. When she reaches Los Alamos, New Mexico, she learns why: he’s working on a top secret government program.

Hattie Big Sky
Larson, Kirby

After inheriting her uncle’s homesteading claim in Montana, sixteen-year-old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in 1917 to make a home for herself and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war being fought in Europe.

Lawrence, Iain

Shipwrecked after a vicious storm, fourteen-year-old John Spencer attempts to save his father and himself while also dealing with an evil secret about the English coastal town where they are stranded.

Last Mission
Mazer, Henry

In 1944 a 15-year-old Jewish boy tells his family he will travel in the West but instead, enlists in the United States Air Corps and is subsequently taken prisoner by the Germans.

Good Night Maman
Mazer Norma Fox

After spending years fleeing from the Nazis in war-torn Europe, twelve-year-old Karin Levi and her older brother Marc find a new home in a refugee camp in Oswego, New York.

Private Peaceful
Morpugo, Michael

When Thomas Peaceful’s older brother is forced to join the British Army, Thomas decides to sign up as well, although he is only fourteen years old, to prove himself to his country, his family, his childhood love, Molly, and himself.

Fallen Angels
Myers, Walter Dean

Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.

Napoli, Donna Jo

Elaborates on the tale of “The Pied Piper,” told from the point of view of a boy who is too ill to keep up when a piper spirits away the healthy children of a plague-ridden town after being cheated out of full payment for ridding Hameln of rats.

Thunder Rolling in the Mountains
O’Dell, Scott

In the late nineteenth century, a young Nez Percé girl relates how her people were driven off their land by the U.S. Army and forced to retreat north until their eventual surrender.

A Stitch in Time
Rinaldi, Ann

Shortly after the War of Independence, Hannah sees her family being torn apart by old secrets and new developments, as her sister resolves to marry a sea captain and other siblings prepare to help start a new town in the Northwestern Territory.

A Break with Charity
Rinaldi, Ann

While waiting for a church meeting in 1706, Susanna English, daughter of a wealthy Salem merchant, recalls the malice, fear, and accusations of witchcraft that tore her village apart in 1692.

Mutiny’s Daughter
Rinaldi, Ann

Gives voice, as a teenager returned to the Christian family in England, to the half-Tahitian daughter of the British ship Bounty’s second-in-command and mutineer, Fletcher Christian.

Grace Walsh
Jill Paton

After helping her father rescue the survivors of a shipwreck on the coast of England in 1838, Grace Darling finds her quiet life crumbling around her as she is unwillingly fashioned into a national hero.

Resurrection Men
Welsh, T.K.

In 1830 London human corpses are a commodity. Who is the murderer at the heart of London’s furtive trade in human corpses.

Book Thief
Zusak, Markus

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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My Name is America
Dear America