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Loving Vs. Virginia

Loving Vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Shadra Strickland is a large, beautifully made historical novel-in-verse. Well-researched (there are lists of the author’s interviews and sources in the back) … Continue reading

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Hidden

A historical graphic novel, Hidden, explores how one French Jewish girl was hidden during World War II. Dounia’s story encompasses the discrimination at school once she started wearing the Star of David, and the capture of her parents by the Nazis. Luckily, Dounia’s neighbours … Continue reading

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Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba

Beginning with June of 1939, Daniel, a German Jew, flees Germany by boat. He is alone because his parents only had enough money to pay for one person’s passage. The boat’s passengers are refused entry to the United States and Canada, … Continue reading

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The Lightning Dreamer

Margarita Engle‘s biographical and historical novel-in-verse (it is a fictionalized account of the young Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda) dives into the heart and soul of a young poet who is not allowed to read books because “girls who read too much are unladylike”. Tula … Continue reading

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Bread and Roses, Too

A historical novel about both the mill strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts and how the people of Barre, Vermont provided help for children of the strike, Bread and Roses, Too, written by Katherine Paterson, follows Rosa and Jake and their vastly different experiences. … Continue reading

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Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse

It takes a mouse to inspire history. Ever resourceful, imaginative and persistent, a little mouse decides to escape mouse traps and cat predators by flying like bats. He just has to figure out how to build a set of wings. … Continue reading

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Bound

Xing Xing is trapped in a hard subservient life with her step-mother and step-sister during Ming China. Xing Xing’s strength never wavers; she works hard and saves her step-sister from a horrible infection by finding an ancient doctor several towns … Continue reading

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Crossing Stones

Helen Frost‘s Crossing Stones consists of poems from three perspectives, each a stepping stone through the lives of teens who live in Michigan in 1917, go to war, picket for women’s rights in Washington DC and take on adult-sized responsibilities. Family and … Continue reading

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Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is the best book I’ve read in a very long time. The problem is, I don’t want to say much about it because it’s best read without any hint of how clever, how loyal, … Continue reading

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Between Shades of Gray

When fifteen-year-old Lina’s family is exiled from Lithuania by the Soviets, they are forced to travel to remote regions, including Siberia, to work and endure under extreme hunger, cold and inadequate shelter.  Maintaining hope is difficult when Lina doesn’t understand … Continue reading

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