The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Just as the Nazis are rising to power, Helmut Hubener, a German schoolboy, is caught up in all the swashbuckling bravado of his time. In the beginning, Helmuth's patriotism is unwavering. But every day the rights of people all over Germany are diminishing. The world has turned upside down: Patriotism means denouncing others, love means to hate, and speaking out means treason.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. When Marie Laure goes blind, aged six, her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, so she can memorize it with her fingers and then navigate the real streets. But when the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast. In Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, becomes a master at building and fixing radios - his talent makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance, ultimately taking him to…
The Medici Seal by Theresa Breslin. A young boy is saved from drowning by the companions of Leonardo Da Vinci. From this moment, Matteo is at the Maestro's side as he carries out his work, ranging from the painting of magnificent frescos to intricate dissection of the human body. But Leonardo is employed by the ruthless Cesare Borgia, head of one of Italy's leading families. As Da Vinci and Matteo travel across Italy on the Borgia's business, murder, deceit and revenge follow in their…
The Truth About Verity Sparks by Susan Green. Verity is a 13-year-old orphan working in Victorian London. She has an almost perfect memory and possesses the talent of Teleagtivism. She can easily find things that are lost! When Verity is wrongly accused of theft and dismissed from her job, she goes to live with the Plushes who run a Confidential Inquiry Agency. Verity helps them solve cases and slowly becomes one of the family. But patches of the truth about her past begin to surface, along…
Sovay by Celia Rees. It’s England, 1783. When the rich and beautiful Sovay isn’t sitting for portraits, she’s donning a man’s cloak and robbing travelers—in broad daylight. But in a time when political allegiances between France and England are strained, a rogue bandit is not the only thing travelers fear. When Sovay lifts the wallet of one of England’s most powerful and dangerous men, it’s not just her own identity she must hide, but that of her father.
Memoirs Of A Geisha by Arthur Golding. 1930s, Kyoto, where a young peasant girl is sold as servant and apprentice to a renowned geisha house. She tells her story many years later in New York where she conjures up the perfection and the ugliness of life behind rice-paper screens, where young girls learn the arts of geisha - dancing and singing, how to wind the kimono, how to walk and pour tea, and how to beguile the most powerful men.
Oracle by Jackie French. After Nikko and Thetis are taken from their village, their amazing acrobatic skills save them from slavery and make them the focus of the Mycenaean court. The courtiers are in awe of them; the King is enchanted. But Thetis may destroy them both when she tells the King a truth about his future that he doesn't want to hear. Can one young girl change history?
Thor's Tale by Janice Marriott. 11-year-old Thor is a whaler's boy. He should be looking forward to being a harpooner on the whaling boats - but he really wants to be soaring high and free with the albatrosses. Until the day a ghostly ship emerges from the mists. It is Endurance, carrying Shackleton and his intrepid explorers on their voyage of discovery to the Antarctic. Thor is caught up in the expedition's fight for survival and must decide where his future lies.
PANAMA. Silver People: A Tale from the Panama Canal / Margrita Engle. 100 years ago, the world celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal. It was a miracle. Where a mountain once stood was now a path of water connecting the world's two largest oceans. But creating a miracle is no easy task. For only a few coins a day, teenagers Mateo and Henry endure homesickness, backbreaking labour, ferocious heat, landslides, and disease as they dig through the mountain with little more than a shovel.
The Earth is Singing by Vanessa Curtis. My name is Hanna Michelson. I am fifteen. I am Latvian. I live with my mother and grandmother. My father is missing – taken by the Russians. I have a boyfriend. When he holds my hand, everything feels perfect. I’m training to be a dancer. But none of that matters now. Because the Nazis have arrived, and I am a Jew. And as far as they are concerned, that is all that matters.