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Mieko and the Fifth Treasure
Author: Eleanor Coerr
Child fiction book, and e-book. Staying with her grandparents after the atomic bomb has been dropped on Nagasaki, ten-year-old Mieko feels that the happiness in her heart has departed forever and she will no longer be able to produce a beautiful drawing for the contest at school. Grade: 3+
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Somewhere Among
Author: Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu
Child fiction book. Eleven-year-old Emma's life in Tokyo changes for the worse when she and her American mother, who is pregnant, must move in with her Japanese grandmother the summer before 9/11 changes the world. Grade: 4+
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White Crane
Author: Sandy Fussell

Child fiction book, e-book, and audiobook on CD. Even though he has only one leg, Niya Moto is studying to be a samurai, and his five fellow-students are similarly burdened, but sensei Ki-Yaga, an ancient but legendary warrior, teaches them not only physical skills but mental and spiritual ones as well, so that they are well-equipped to face their most formidable opponents at the annual Samurai Games. Book 1 in the Samurai Kids series. Grade: 4+

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The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn
Author: Dorothy Hoobler
Child fiction book. While attempting to solve the mystery of a stolen jewel, Seikei, a merchant's son who longs to be a samurai, joins a group of kabuki actors in eighteenth-century Japan. Grade: 6+
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A Place to Belong
Author: Cynthia Kadohata

Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. Twelve-year-old Hanako and her family, reeling from their confinement in an internment camp, renounce their American citizenship to move to Hiroshima, a city devastated by the atomic bomb dropped by Americans. Grade: 5+

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Heart of a Samurai : Based on the True Story of Nakahama Manjiro
Author: Margi Preus

Child fiction book. In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States. Grade: 5+

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The Bamboo Sword
Author: Margi Preus

Child fiction book, and audiobook on CD. In Japan in 1853, at the time of U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry's visit to Japan, Yoshi, a young Japanese boy who dreams of becoming a samurai one day, learns about America from Majiro and has adventures with Jack, a young cabin boy aboard one of the U.S. ships. Grade: 5+

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Hiroshima
Author: Laurence Yep
Child fiction book. A fictionalized account of the bombing of Hiroshima as seen through the eyes of a young girl; a city destroyed by war--and healed by the courage to rebuild and survive. Based on actual accounts of Hiroshima survivors. Grade: 4+
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Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Author: Avi

Child fiction book, e-book, and audiobook on CD and Playaway. In the small, 14th-century English village where he has lived his entire life, the boy has grown up with no name of his own, known only as "Asta's son." But when his mother dies, the boy receives both his rightful name, Crispin, and a lead cross, inscribed with a secret that soon has him fleeing for his life. Best-selling, award-winning Avi delights children and adults with historically accurate tales of high adventure. Book 1 in the Crispin series. Grade 5+

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The Player King
Author: Avi

Child fiction book. In 1486 England, a penniless kitchen boy named Lambert Simnel is told by a mysterious friar that he, Lambert, is actually Prince Edward, the true King of England, setting him on a dangerous course to regain the throne. Based on a true story. Grade: 3+

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The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts
Author: Avi

Child fiction book, and audiobook on CD. In 1724 England, twelve-year-old Oliver Cromwell Pitts embarks on a journey from his seaside home in Melcombe Regis to London to find his father and his older sister, a journey filled with thieves, adventurers, and treachery. The sequel is "The End of the World and Beyond". Grade: 4+

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National Velvet
Author: Enid Bagnold

Child fiction book. This classic takes place in mid-twentieth-century England where fourteen-year-old Velvet Brown, determined to turn the unruly horse she won in a raffle into a champion, learns that she needs more than hard work and dedication to achieve her goal of riding her horse in the Grand National steeplechase. Grade: 4+

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The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
Author: Julie Berry

Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. Seven very proper Victorian young ladies conspire to hide a murder from the authorities at their boarding school. Grade: 5+

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The Shakespeare Stealer
Author: Gary L. Blackwood

Child fiction book, e-book, and audiobook on Playaway. A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare's acting troupe in order to steal the script of "Hamlet," but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty. Book 1 in the Shakespeare Stealer series. Grade 5+

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The War that Saved My Life
Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Child fiction book, e-book, audiobook on CD, and e-audiobook. Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn't waste a minute; she sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan, and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother? The sequel is "The War I Finally Won". Grade: 4+
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Fire, Bed & Bone
Author: Henrietta Branford
Child fiction book. In 1381 in England, a hunting dog recounts what happens to his beloved master Rufus and his family when they are arrested on suspicion of being part of the peasants' rebellion led by Wat Tyler and the preacher John Ball. Grade: 5+
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The Runaway’s Gold
Author: Emilie Christie Burack
Child fiction book. In 1842 in the Shetland Islands of Scotland, Christopher Robertson's family lives a difficult life as "crofters," farmers and fishermen so in debt to the landowner that they have no hope of ever breaking free. To make matters worse, Christopher also lives under the thumb of his morally questionable father and devious brother. When his brother frames him for the theft of their father's secret bag of coins, Christopher must leave his home and embark on a journey across the island to return the coins and clear his name. Grade: 5+
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All the Walls of Belfast
Author: Sarah J Carlson

Child fiction book. Seventeen-year-old Fiona Kelly, who lives in Wisconsin, visits the father she never knew--and her half-brothers--in Belfast, Ireland, where she also connects with Danny, but their families' pasts may shatter what they have. Grade: 6+

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White Star: A Dog on the Titanic
Author: Marty Crisp
Child fiction book. Twelve-year-old Sam, a passenger on the Titanic's maiden sea voyage, volunteers to help care for the dogs in the ocean liner's kennel and becomes fast friends with the Irish setter of J. Bruce Ismay, the ship's owner. Grade: 4+
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Crossing to Paradise
Author: Kevin Crossley-Holland

Child fiction book, and e-book. When fifteen-year-old Gatty, an illiterate field-girl who sings beautifully, is selected for a pilgrimage, she travels from her home on an English estate to London, Venice, and eventually Jerusalem, and experiences great changes in her circumstances and in herself. Grade: 6+

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The Seeing Stone
Author: Kevin Crossley-Holland
Child fiction book, and e-book. In late twelfth-century England, a thirteen-year-old boy named Arthur recounts how Merlin gives him a magical seeing stone which shows him images of the legendary King Arthur, the events of whose life seem to have many parallels to his own. Grade: 5+
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Alchemy and Meggy Swann
Author: Karen Cushman

Child fiction book, e-book, audiobook on CD, and e-audiobook. In 1573, the crippled, scorned, and destitute Meggy Swann goes to London, where she meets her father, an impoverished alchemist, and eventually discovers that although her legs are bent and weak, she has many other strengths. Grade: 5+

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Catherine, Called Birdy
Author: Karen Cushman
Child fiction book, and audiobook on CD. The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off. Grade: 6+
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Matilda Bone
Author: Karen Cushman

Child fiction e-audiobook. Fourteen-year-old Matilda, an apprentice bonesetter and practitioner of medicine in a village in medieval England, tries to reconcile the various aspects of her life, both spiritual and practical. Grade: 5+

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The Midwife's Apprentice
Author: Karen Cushman

Child fiction book, e-book, and audiobook on CD. In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world. Grade: 6+

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Maggie's Door
Author: Patricia Reilly Giff

Child fiction large print book. In the mid-1800s, Nory and her neighbor and friend, Sean, set out separately on a dangerous journey from famine-plagued Ireland, hoping to reach a better life in America. Grade: 4+

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Victoria, May Blossom of Britannia
Author: Ann Kirwan
Child fiction book. In 1829, nine-year-old Victoria begins a journal chronicling her life as an English princess. Includes information on the reign, marriage, and family life of Queen Victoria and English civilization during that period. Part of The Royal Diaries series. Grade: 4+
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A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver
Author: E. L. Konigsburg
Child fiction book. While waiting in heaven for divine judgement to be passed on her second husband, Eleanor of Aquitaine and three of the people who knew her well recall the events of her life. Grade: 5+
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Elizabeth I, Red Rose of the House of Tudor
Author: Kathryn Lasky
Child fiction book, and audiobook on Playaway. In a series of diary entries, Princess Elizabeth, the eleven-year-old daughter of King Henry VIII, celebrates holidays and birthdays, relives her mother's execution, revels in her studies, and agonizes over her father's health. Grade: 4+
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The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas
Author: Tracy Mack

Child fiction book. The ragamuffin boys known as the Baker Street Irregulars help Sherlock Holmes solve the mysterious deaths of a family of circus tightrope walkers. Grade: 5+

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The Mad Wolf's Daughter
Author: Diane Magras
Child fiction book. In 1210 Scotland, when invading knights capture 12-year-old Drest's father, the Mad Wolf of the North, and her beloved brothers who make up his fearsome war-band, she sets off to rescue them from the castle prison, taking along a wounded knight as her captive to trade for her family's freedom. The sequel is "The Hunt for the Mad Wolf"s Daughter". Grade: 4+
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Courageous : A Novel of Dunkirk
Author: Yona Zeldis McDonough
Child fiction book. It is the end of May 1940, the British government has put out a call for fishing boats to help rescue the British soldiers trapped at Dunkerque and Aiden is the son of a fisherman with access to his father's dory--his parents forbid him to go, but Aiden has already lost one brother to the war, and his other brother is somewhere over there with the British Expeditionary Force; so despite his fear of the ocean, he and his best friend Sally set out to rescue George and his fellow soldiers. Grade: 4+
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A Medal for Leroy
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Child fiction book. In World War II-era England, Michael learns about his black British Army soldier grandfather, a World War I officer who risked his life to save wounded men but who did not receive special commendations because of his race. Grade: 4+
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The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Child fiction book, and e-book. When Boowie reads the diary that his grandmother sends him, he learns of her childhood in World War II England when American and British soldiers practiced for D-Day's invasion in the area of her home, and about her beloved cat, Adolphus Tip, and the cat's namesake. Grade: 4+
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The Squire's Tale
Author: Gerald Morris

Child fiction book, and e-book. In medieval England, fourteen-year-old Terence finds his tranquil existence suddenly changed when he becomes the squire of the young Gawain of Orkney and accompanies him on a long quest, proving Gawain's worth as a knight and revealing an important secret about his own true identity. First Book in The Squire's Tale series. Grade 5+

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The Railway Children
Author: E. Nesbit

Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. When their father is sent away to prison, three London children move to the country where they keep busy preventing accidents on the nearby railway, making many new friends, and generally learning a good deal about themselves. Grade: 5+

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Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code
Author: Corinne Purtill

Child fiction book. “When Ada comes out in London's high society, she is invited to the most popular soiree in town, hosted by the renowned inventor Charles Babbage. It is there that she encounters a mysterious machine which unlocks a future full of possibilities. She aches to study math again, to stand on the same ground as the eccentric inventor she met so many years ago. She hires tutors to teach her absolutely everything about math and numbers, before joining Babbage in his mechanical world. Includes consumable pages in the back of the book. Part of the Bedtime Stories for Rebel Girls series. Grade: 4+

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The Redheaded Princess
Author: Ann Rinaldi
Child fiction book. In 1542, nine-year-old Lady Elizabeth lives on an estate near London, striving to get back into the good graces of her father, King Henry VIII, and as the years pass she faces his death and those of other close relatives until she finds herself next in line to ascend the throne of England in 1558. Grade: 5+
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Escape from War
Author: James Riordan

Child fiction book. This book has two stories in it. First read Frank's story about living in London's East End. When his father is drafted and his neighborhood is bombed, Frank is evacuated to the countryside where he meets Hannah. Now flip the book over and read Hannah's story about what it was like living in Nazi Germany for a very different viewpoint of World War II. Grade: 4+

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The Blackthorn Key
Author: Kevin Sands

Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. In 1665 London, fourteen-year-old Christopher Rowe, apprentice to an apothecary, and his best friend, Tom, try to uncover the truth behind a mysterious cult, following a trail of puzzles, codes, pranks, and danger toward an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart. Book 1 in the Blackthorn series. Grade: 4+

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