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Between Shades of Gray Book Poster Image
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Harrowing, moving account of life in Stalin's labor camps.
By Ruta Sepetys
(2011)
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The Dark Unwinding Book Poster Image
age 12+
Thrilling steampunk mystery, romance in Victorian England.
By Sharon Cameron
(2012)
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In the Shadow of Blackbirds Book Poster Image
age 12+
Spine-tingling ghost story haunts long after reading.
By Cat Winters
(2013)
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The Extra Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Harrowing tale of Gypsy film extra in World War II.
By Kathryn Lasky
(2013)
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Under a Painted Sky Book Poster Image
age 12+
Girls pose as boys in suspenseful, nontraditional Western.
By Stacey Lee
(2015)
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The Scarlet Pimpernel Book Poster Image
age 12+
Old-fashioned romantic swashbuckler a riveting classic.
By Baroness Orczy
(1905)
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My Name Is Not Friday Book Poster Image
age 12+
Powerful, intense tale of slave life near end of Civil War.
By Jon Walter
(2016)
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What the Night Sings Book Poster Image
age 12+
Powerful story of teen girl's life after the Holocaust.
By Vesper Stamper
(2018)
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Breaking Stalin's Nose Book Poster Image
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Newbery Honor-winning tale of growing up in Stalinist USSR.
By Eugene Yelchin
(2011)
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Maid of Secrets: Maids of Honor, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Engrossing Elizabethan tale of murder and intrigue.
By Jennifer McGowan
(2013)
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A Moment Comes Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Moving coming-of-age story set amid creation of Pakistan.
By Jennifer Bradbury
(2013)
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Sekret Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Fantasy merges with Cold War hstory in gripping spy mystery.
By Lindsay Smith
(2014)
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Girl in Reverse Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Moving story of adopted girl's hunt for clues to her past.
By Barbara Stuber
(2014)
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Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii Book Poster Image
age 12+
Riveting action, romance amid gladiators in Pompeii.
By Vicky Alvear Shecter
(2014)
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Outrun the Moon Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Chinese-American girl fights bias in compelling 1906 tale.
By Stacey Lee
(2016)
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The Valiant Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Female gladiator brings it in violent, exciting tale.
By Lesley Livingston
(2017)
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Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots Book Poster Image
age 12+
Vibrant novel in verse shows anti-Latino racism in '40s L.A.
By Margarita Engle
(2018)
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White Rose Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Intense, inspiring story of students who defied the Nazis.
By Kip Wilson
(2019)
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A Stone in My Hand Book Poster Image
age 12+
Intense story of Palestinian family in Gaza Strip in 1989.
By Cathryn Clinton
(2010)
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The True Adventures of Nicolo Zen Book Poster Image
age 12+
Solid historical fiction, great for classical music lovers.
By Nicholas Christopher
(2014)
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