Alternate History

A sub-genre of science fiction, these are historical stories written about the past but where events differ. What if books - for example, what if Germany won World War II, Abraham Lincoln was not assassinated, the cold war was a nuclear war . . . all available in our school library
Ink and Bone / Rachel Caine. In 48AD the Great Library of Alexandria was destroyed by fire. But what if the fire had been stopped? What would the Library have become? Fast forward: the Great Library is now a separate country, protected by its own standing army. It has grown into a vast power, with unquestioned and unrivalled supremacy. Jess Brightwell, seventeen and very smart, with a gift for mechanical engineering, has been sent into the Great Library as a spy for his criminal family

Ink and Bone / Rachel Caine. In 48AD the Great Library of Alexandria was destroyed by fire. But what if the fire had been stopped? What would the Library have become? Fast forward: the Great Library is now a separate country, protected by its own standing army. It has grown into a vast power, with unquestioned and unrivalled supremacy. Jess Brightwell, seventeen and very smart, with a gift for mechanical engineering, has been sent into the Great Library as a spy for his criminal family

Front Lines / Michael Grant World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The unproven American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany. Three daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, they will discover the roles that define them on the front lines.

Front Lines / Michael Grant World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The unproven American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany. Three daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, they will discover the roles that define them on the front lines.

Wolf By Wolf / Ryan Graudin. The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The prize? An audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor's ball in Tokyo. Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler.

Wolf By Wolf / Ryan Graudin. The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The prize? An audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor's ball in Tokyo. Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell / Susanna Clarke. The year is 1806. England is beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon, and centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into the nation's past. But scholars discover that one remains: the reclusive Mr Norrell. Yet Norrell is challenged by the emergence of another magician: the brilliant novice Jonathan Strange. So begins a dangerous battle between these two great men which overwhelms the one between England and France

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell / Susanna Clarke. The year is 1806. England is beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon, and centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into the nation's past. But scholars discover that one remains: the reclusive Mr Norrell. Yet Norrell is challenged by the emergence of another magician: the brilliant novice Jonathan Strange. So begins a dangerous battle between these two great men which overwhelms the one between England and France

Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo / Brain Falkner. This riveting alt history reimagines the 1815 Battle of Waterloo as something other than a crushing defeat for the French emperor Napoléon Bonaparte, when he unleashes a terrible secret weapon--giant carnivorous survivors from pre-history--on his unsuspecting British and Prussian adversaries. in his quest for power, Napoléon has found a way to turn these giant dinosaurs into nineteenth-century weapons of mass destruction.

Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo / Brain Falkner. This riveting alt history reimagines the 1815 Battle of Waterloo as something other than a crushing defeat for the French emperor Napoléon Bonaparte, when he unleashes a terrible secret weapon--giant carnivorous survivors from pre-history--on his unsuspecting British and Prussian adversaries. in his quest for power, Napoléon has found a way to turn these giant dinosaurs into nineteenth-century weapons of mass destruction.

The Eyre Affair / Jasper Fforde. Great Britain, circa 1985, when time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Brontë’s novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

The Eyre Affair / Jasper Fforde. Great Britain, circa 1985, when time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Brontë’s novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career.

The New World Order by Ben Jeapes. Only the completely original and unalloyed Jeapesian imagination could think of launching a full-scale alien invasion right into the middle of the English Civil War. Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army, as well as a young King Charles II, face the full might of the powerful Holekhors as alien airships fly in the skies over seventeenth century London.

The New World Order by Ben Jeapes. Only the completely original and unalloyed Jeapesian imagination could think of launching a full-scale alien invasion right into the middle of the English Civil War. Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army, as well as a young King Charles II, face the full might of the powerful Holekhors as alien airships fly in the skies over seventeenth century London.

11.22.63 by Stephen King. Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, undertakes a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake's life - a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time. What if Jake could change the JFK…

11.22.63 by Stephen King. Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, undertakes a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake's life - a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time. What if Jake could change the JFK…

Time and Time Again by Ben Elton. It’s the 1st of June 1914 and Hugh Stanton, ex-soldier and celebrated adventurer is quite literally the loneliest man on earth. No one he has ever known or loved has been born yet. Stanton knows that a great and terrible war is coming. He knows this because, for him, that century is already history.  Somehow he must change that history. He must prevent the war. A war that will begin with a single bullet. But can a single bullet truly corrupt an entire…

Time and Time Again by Ben Elton. It’s the 1st of June 1914 and Hugh Stanton, ex-soldier and celebrated adventurer is quite literally the loneliest man on earth. No one he has ever known or loved has been born yet. Stanton knows that a great and terrible war is coming. He knows this because, for him, that century is already history. Somehow he must change that history. He must prevent the war. A war that will begin with a single bullet. But can a single bullet truly corrupt an entire…

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.16 years after the Boneshaker drill went terribly awry and destroyed downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead, a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history. His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.16 years after the Boneshaker drill went terribly awry and destroyed downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead, a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history. His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees.

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