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Before We Were Free Book Poster Image
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Moving historical fiction about life under a dictatorship.
By Julia Alvarez
(2004)
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The Battle of Jericho Book Poster Image
age 13+
Provocative story of high school hazing and peer pressure.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2004)
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A True and Faithful Narrative Book Poster Image
age 13+
Engrossing read with strong 17th-century heroine.
By Katherine Sturtevant
(2006)
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Beyond the Burning Time Book Poster Image
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Fascinating, graphic look at Salem witch trials.
By Kathryn Lasky
(1994)
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Broken Days Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Makes history exciting for teens.
By Ann Rinaldi
(1996)
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The Blue Door Book Poster Image
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Potboiler plot, but some good history.
By Ann Rinaldi
(1996)
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Out of Time (1996) Book Poster Image
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A preposterous but entertaining yarn.
By Caroline B. Cooney
(1996)
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A Stitch in Time Book Poster Image
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A compelling story about sisters in 1700s Salem.
By Ann Rinaldi
(1994)
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Killing Mr. Griffin Book Poster Image
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Engrossing, violent thriller about peer pressure.
By Lois Duncan
(1978)
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The Secret of Sarah Revere Book Poster Image
age 13+
Decent historical fiction for fans.
By Ann Rinaldi
(1995)
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Prisoner of Time Book Poster Image
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An interesting picture of 19th-century society.
By Caroline B. Cooney
(1998)
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The Book Thief Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Powerful testament to humanity in Nazi Germany.
By Markus Zusak
(2006)
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The Fifth of March Book Poster Image
age 13+
So-so historical fiction mixed with romance.
By Ann Rinaldi
(1993)
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Bog Child Book Poster Image
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Lyrical but realistic; teens may need Irish history lesson.
By Siobhan Dowd
(2008)
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The Day of the Pelican Book Poster Image
age 13+
Harrowing fictionalization of the war in Kosovo.
By Katherine Paterson
(2009)
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The Lost Crown Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Moving fictional diaries of Russia's last four tsarinas.
By Sarah Miller
(2011)
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Changeling: Order of Darkness, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Tantalizing mix of historical romance, supernatural epic.
By Philippa Gregory
(2012)
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Dodger Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Clever adventure depicts Victorian streets with sly humor.
By Terry Pratchett
(2012)
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Kiss & Make Up Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Story of girl's psychic kissing power puts focus on looks.
By Katie D. Anderson
(2012)
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Cinders & Sapphires: At Somerton, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 13+
First in fun series is like a Downton Abbey for teens.
By Leila Rasheed
(2013)
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