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The Sacrifice

Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Dragon: Hound of Honor

Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Myths and Legends
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

The murder of a young knight, a white wolfhound, and a faithful page in medieval France all come together to create a fast-paced, gripping mystery.

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

When Moose's family moves to Alcatraz so his father can work as a guard and his sister Natalie (who has autism) can attend a special school in San Francisco, Moose has to leave his friends and his winning baseball team behind. Moose just wants to protect Natalie, live up to his parent's expectations, and stay out of trouble, but on Alcatraz, trouble is never very far away.

Al Capone Shines My Shoes

Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Nothing is the way it's supposed to be when you live on an island with a billion birds, a ton of bird crap, a few dozen rifles, machine guns and automatics and 278 of America's worst criminals. And then there's Moose Flanagan. Moose's father works as a prison guard and his family lives on the east side of Alcatraz — not far from the mobster Al Capone.

A Long Walk to Water

Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

When rebel soldiers attack his village in Sudan, 11-year-old Salva flees the violence, beginning a dangerous walk toward a crowded refugee camp in Ethiopia, then on to new life in Rochester, New York. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Nya spends her days in Sudan looking for scarce supplies of fresh water for her family. Based on the true story of Sudanese "Lost Boys" who came to the U.S. in the mid-1990s.

So Far from the Sea

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

All the more moving in its restraint, this picture-book account of a fictional family reveals, with gentle dignity, a sad chapter in American history. Laura Iwasaki and her Japanese-American family will soon move from California to Boston, so they are making one last visit to Laura's grandfather's grave, which lies near the Sierra Nevada Mountains, so far from the sea he loved. Before World War II, he was a fisherman. Then, along with Laura's father, her grandmother, and 10,000 other Japanese Americans, he was sent to the Manzanar War Relocation Center. There he died, and his grave is marked with only a ring of stones. The family leaves silk flowers, but Laura leaves her own special memento. — School Library Journal

A Jar of Dreams

Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

"I never thought one small lady from Japan could make such a big difference in my life, but she did." So begins Rinko's story about the time that Aunt Waka came to visit. From Mama's new business to Papa's new courage in standing up to Depression-era discrimination against the Japanese, Rinko can barely keep up with the way that everyone in the house (herself included) is changing. Rinko and her relatives are unforgettable characters whose stories are told with an easy familiarity, warmth, and gentle humor.

Children of the Longhouse

Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

In this coming-of-age story, the children of the longhouse are 11-year-old Ohkwa'ri and Itsi:tsia. Twin brother and sister, they live in a Mohawk town in the traditional homelands of what is now eastern New York State in 1491. Reflecting the balance between male and female roles in Iroquois society, the book's chapters alternate between the events and perspectives of Ohkwa'ri and Itsi:tsia, who very definitely see things differently. Bruchac seamlessly incorporates an impressive amount of information about pre-contact Mohawk culture, society, and beliefs, and tells a good story as well. — Oyate

Dead End in Norvelt

Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

This humorous and heartwarming novel takes place during the summer of 1962, when narrator Jack Gantos turns 12 and has been "grounded for life" by his parents. He takes on a summer job writing obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his Utopian town, Norvelt. Gantos expertly mixes truth and fiction in this book. For mature readers 9-12 and teens. (2012 Newbery Medal Winner)

Dawn of Fear

Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Until it strikes uncomfortably close to home, three English boys are fascinated by the war and the bombing of their city, London. Derek and his friends come to understand true fear and the meaning of war in this realistic novel that explores themes of friendship, fear, and retaliation.

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