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Fever, 1793. Laurie Halse Anderson. (MS)
A deadly epidemic sweeps through Philadelphia where sixteen-year-old Mattie Cook watches her bustling city steadily descend into a devastating nightmare.

The Shakespeare stealer. Gary L. Blackwood. (MS)
An orphan named Widge is sent to the Globe Theater by his master to steal the script of Shakespeare’s newest play but once there, he finds it difficult to betray his new friends in the acting troupe.

Out of the dust. Karen Hesse. (MS/HS)
An unforgettable account of life during the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma, told through the poetic voice of Billy Jo, a fourteen-year-old girl.

Jason's gold. Will Hobbs. (MS)
Upon hearing of the discovery of gold in the Yukon Territory, fifteen-year-old Jason sets off by himself to join the Gold Rush.

Our only May Amelia. Jennifer L. Holm. (MS)
Twelve-year-old May Amelia Jackson would rather explore the frontier of Washington state with her seven brothers than to behave in the ladylike manner expected by her parents.

The ghost in the Tokaido Inn. Dorothy Hoobler & Thomas Hoobler. (MS)
After witnessing a robbery, fourteen-year-old Seikei is taken under the wing of Judge Ooka, and together, they work to discover the culprit.

Dave at Night. Gail Carson Levine (MS)
Dave secretly escapes the dreary world of his New York City orphanage each night to explore the art, music and culture of the Harlem Renaissance.

Mary, Bloody Mary. Carolyn Meyer. (MS)
This book chronicles the young life of Mary Tudor, once cherished by her father, Henry VIII, but cast aside after the birth of her half sister, Elizabeth I.

Ties that Bind, Ties that Break. Lensey Namioka. (MS/HS)
Ailin’s rebellious nature leads her to defy the oppressive Chinese tradition of foot binding and alters the course of her young life.

Soldier’s Heart. Gary Paulsen. (MS)
The horrors of war are seen through the eyes of Charlie Goddard, a fifteen-year-old farm boy from Minnesota who volunteers for the Union Army.

(MS) = Recommended for Middle School Readers
(HS) = Recommended for High School Readers


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