Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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The Importance of This Story

This novel brings to life the plight of millions of citizens of Poland, Lithuania, and Prussia (a country that no longer exists), who were victims of both Nazi and Russian brutality during World War II.… Read the rest

Firebrand by Sarah MacTavish

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Firebrand by Sarah MacTavish is a historical fiction novel about slavery that is recommended for young adults and adults (8th grade and up).

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Saoirse buried her older brother the day after they arrived in Texas. She blames herself for his death and so does her family.

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The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper Book 2 of 5

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Will Stanton, seventh son of a seventh son is turning eleven and this birthday marks the beginning  of his awakening as the last of the Old Ones. The Dark is Rising tells how Will, met by Merriman Lyon, comes to power in the modern world and must accumulate the six “signs” to help fight the rising Dark.… Read the rest

A Stranger to Command by Sherwood Smith

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A Stranger to Command by Sherwood Smith is a Young Adult adventure fantasy suitable for ages 14 and up.

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Fifteen-year-old Vidanric Renselaeus, Marquis of Shevraeth is in danger. Too many of his peers have died in “accidents,” and his parents are desperate to keep him out of the king’s way.

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Painting the Rainbow by Amy Gordon

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Painting the Rainbow is a beautiful, multi-generational story of the Greenwood family’s summer reunion. The Greenwoods appear healthy, supportive of one another, ideal—except for the mystery of Jesse’s death more than twenty years earlier.
Thirteen-year-old Holly narrates, but a neat twist is added.… Read the rest