Centuries Past

Great historical fiction for teens.

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Anthem
Artist/Author/Cast:
Wiles, Deborah
Call Number:
JF Wiles
Description:

The remarkable story of two cousins who must take a road trip across American in 1969 in order to let a teen know he's been drafted to fight in Vietnam. Full of photos, music, and figures of the time, this is the masterful story of what it's like to be young and American in troubled times.

A Beautiful Lie
Artist/Author/Cast:
Master, Irfan
Call Number:
YP F Master
Description:

In the days leading up to the partition of India in 1947, thirteen-year-old Bilal devises an elaborate scheme to keep his dying father from hearing the news about the country's division.

Black Dove White Raven
Artist/Author/Cast:
Wein, Elizabeth
Call Number:
HS F /F Wein
Description:

Rhoda who is white and Delia who is black are stunt pilots who perform daring aerobatics. Both women dream of living in a world free of racial discrimination. When Delia is killed in a tragic accident, Rhoda is determined to make that dream come true. She leaves the United States for Ethiopia with her daughter, Em, and Delia's son, Teo and all three fall in love with the beautiful, peaceful country. But peace is soon shattered with the threat of war with Italy, and Em and Teo are drawn into the conflict.

Blood and Sand : A Novel
Artist/Author/Cast:
Wyk, C. V.
Call Number:
HS F Wyk
Description:

A warrior princess and a gladiator take on the Roman Republic -- and give rise to the legend of Spartacus.

Butterfly Yellow
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lai, Thanhhà
Call Number:
YP F/HS F Lai
Description:

A Vietnam War refugee in Texas partners with a city boy with rodeo dreams to track down the younger brother she was separated from six years before when he was evacuated by American troops during the waning days of the Vietnam War.

The Downstairs Girl
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lee, Stacey
Call Number:
HS F Lee
Description:

1890, Atlanta. By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel Caroline Payne, the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for 'the genteel Southern lady'.

Fever, 1793
Artist/Author/Cast:
Anderson, Laurie Halse
Call Number:
YP F Anderson
Description:

In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.

Five 4ths of July
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hughes, Pat
Call Number:
YP F Hughes
Description:

On July 4th, 1777, fourteen-year-old Jake Mallory and his friends are celebrating their new nation's independence, but over the next four years Jake finds himself in increasingly adventurous circumstances as he battles British forces, barely survives captivity on a prison ship, and finally returns home to Connecticut, war-torn and weary, but hopeful for America's future.

The Fountains of Silence
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sepetys, Ruta
Call Number:
HS F Sepetys
Description:

Drawn back to his mother’s homeland by the utopian promises of the Franco regime in 1957 Madrid, the photographer son of an oil tycoon bonds with a girl who raises his awareness about the lingering shadows of the Spanish Civil War.

The Girl Is Murder
Artist/Author/Cast:
Haines, Kathryn Miller; Roaring Brook Press Staff
Call Number:
YP F Haines
Description:

In 1942 New York City, fifteen-year-old Iris grieves for her mother who committed suicide and for the loss of her life of privilege, and secretly helps her father with his detective business since he, having lost a leg at Pearl Harbor, struggles to make ends meet.

Hear the Wind Blow
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hahn, Mary Downing
Call Number:
YP F Hahn
Description:

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 Hired Girl
Artist/Author/Cast:
Schlitz, Laura Amy
Call Number:
YP F Schlitz
Description:

Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart and her hope out into her diary -- because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of: a woman with a future.

Like Water on Stone
Artist/Author/Cast:
Walrath, Dana
Call Number:
YP F Walrath
Description:

Inspired by a true story, this relates the tale of siblings Sosi, Shahen, and Mariam who survive the Armenian genocide of 1915 by escaping from Turkey alone over the mountains.

Lucky Strikes
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bayard, Louis
Call Number:
YP F Bayard
Description:

Set in Depression Era Virginia, this is the story of orphaned Amelia and her struggle to keep her siblings together.

Mary, Bloody Mary
Artist/Author/Cast:
Meyer, Carolyn
Call Number:
YP F Meyer
Description:

Mary Tudor, who would reign briefly as Queen of England during the mid sixteenth century, tells the story of her troubled childhood as daughter of King Henry VIII.

My Brother Sam Is Dead
Artist/Author/Cast:
Collier, James Lincoln; Collier, Christopher
Call Number:
YP F/HS F Collier
Description:

Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral.

My Name's Not Friday
Artist/Author/Cast:
Walter, Jon
Call Number:
YP F Walter
Description:

Samuel and his younger brother, Joshua, are free black boys living in an orphanage during the Civil War, but when Samuel takes the blame for his brother's prank, he is sent South, given a new name, and sold into slavery -- and somehow he must survive both captivity and the war, to find his way back to his brother.

Once
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gleitzman, Morris
Call Number:
YP F Gleitzman
Description:

After living in an Catholic orphanage for nearly four years, a naive Jewish boy runs away and embarks on a journey across Nazi-occupied Poland to find his parents.

The Passion of Dolssa
Artist/Author/Cast:
Berry, Julie
Call Number:
YP F Berry
Description:

In mid-thirteenth century Provence, Dolssa de Stigata is a fervently religious girl who feels the call to preach, condemned by the Inquisition as an "unnatural woman," and hunted by the Dominican Friar Lucien who fears a resurgence of the Albigensian heresy; Botille is a matchmaker trying to protect her sisters from being branded as gypsies or witches--but when she finds the hunted Dolssa dying on a hillside, she feels compelled to protect her, a decision that may cost her everything.

Pirates! : The True and Remarkable Adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, Female Pirates
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rees, Celia
Call Number:
YP F Rees
Description:

In 1722, after arriving with her brother at the family's Jamaican plantation where she is to be married off, sixteen-year-old Nancy Kington escapes with her slave friend, Minerva Sharpe, and together they become pirates traveling the world in search of treasure.

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