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The Blue Door Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Potboiler plot, but some good history.
By Ann Rinaldi
(1996)
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Out of Time (1996) Book Poster Image
age 13+
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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age 13+
A compelling story about sisters in 1700s Salem.
By Ann Rinaldi
(1994)
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Prisoner of Time Book Poster Image
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age 13+
An interesting picture of 19th-century society.
By Caroline B. Cooney
(1998)
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Killing Mr. Griffin Book Poster Image
age 13+
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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The Book Thief Book Poster Image
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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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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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Born of Illusion, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Intriguing tale of magician's true powers in '20s New York.
By Teri Brown
(2013)
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Invasion Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Searing account of teen D-Day soldier is powerful, gory.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2013)
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Book Poster Image
age 13+
Zombies invade classic comedy of manners for laughs, groans.
By Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
(2009)
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Prisoner of Night and Fog Book Poster Image
age 13+
Compelling mystery offers intro, insight into Hitler's rise.
By Anne Blankman
(2014)
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Born of Deception: Born of Illusion, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Stylish mystery has black magic, romance in '20s London.
By Teri Brown
(2014)
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