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The Luxe by Anna Godbersen Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan's social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City's elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone—from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud—threatens Elizabeth's and Diana's golden future.

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Listen to Professor Kitteh explain Historical Fiction!

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys It's Luthiania 1941 and our heroine, Lina, is 15. One night Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia.

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Cowards - based on the true story of conscientious objectors during World War 1 and how they faced the firing squad

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Three Hands in the Fountain (The Falco series) this mystery series is set in Rome starring the likeable detective Falco. Although written for adults it is accessible to older teens

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Blitzcat - told from the viewpoint of a cat, it is nevertheless the harrowing story of living through the Coventry blitz in World War 2

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A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly When mattie Gokey is given a bundle of letters to burn she fully intends to execute the wishes of the giver, Grace Brown. When Grace Brown is found drowned the next day in Big Moose Lake, Mattie finds that it is not as easy to burn those letters as she had thought. And, as she reads, a riveting story emerges - not only Grace Brown's story but also Mattie's hopes and ambitions for the future and her relationships with her friends and family.

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Once (Once/Now/Then/After) this moving series follows a Jewish boy seeking to escape from the Holocaust and the Nazis. Very moving

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The Eagle of The Ninth - excellent book set in Roman Britain

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