Dutch teen Hanneke works as a black market delivery girl in Amsterdam, 1943. During one of her routine stops, she is asked by one of her customers to find a missing Jewish teenager who disappeared from her hiding place. Hanneke agrees to help locate the missing teen and enlists the help of a local resistance group. She balances her determination to find the missing teen, her grief over her deceased boyfriend, the lies she tells her family, doing what is right despite the dangers,Nazi brutality, and simply surviving in wartime. An excellent choice for those interested in World War II, European history and/or mysteries. K. Troch. 14 and up.
After the death of her beloved mother, lively Inge Marie moves from Copenhagen to the remote island of Bornholm to live with her stern grandmother. Among other zany experiences, Inge Marie’s antics lead to a turkey in her bed and to a parade of cats following her fish scented body around town after she napped in the fish smoke house. Her exuberance brings new life and joy to her grandmother and to the island residents. This fun book, set in Denmark in 1911, gently deals with loss, homelessness, and small community life in a child-friendly way. 7-10. Lisa Cosgrove-Davies
Rural Alaska in 1970 isn't the most uplifting place to spend your teenage years. Ruth hides a secret she can't keep for much longer, and even a cold stroke of luck may not be enough to save Dora. Alyce dreams of dancing somewhere other than on the familiar decks of her family's fishing boat, while Hank, headed for safety, stumbles into serious danger. These four teenagers, voiced quietly and alternatingly by an array of convincing narrators, find their lives interwoven as each abandons the familiar in search of secure passage into adulthood. ~ Kit Ballenger
Four strangers' lives intertwine as World World II draws to a close. Each young adult carries a secret but must trust the others in order to survive. Short chapters and alternating perspectives immerse you in their icy, perilous trek, and Sepetys captures the commonality of humanity in the context of a little-known naval tragedy during the evacuation of (then) East Prussia. Fourteen and Up. Kit Ballenger
This vivid depiction of Malcolm X's life as a child and young adult follows him from the Great Depression to post World War II Harlem, as he moved from Lansing, Michigan, to Boston, Harlem and then returned to Boston, and prison.
Dodger, 17, survives in nineteenth century London by scouring its sewers for jewels. When he sees a girl desperately flee from a horse-drawn carriage trying to escape captors, he takes action that leads him to encounters with Sweeney Todd, Charles Dickens, and Benjamin Disraeli. Stephen Briggs brilliantly conveys the sorrow, dry humor, and danger in this historical fantasy. (14 up)
In 1958, 12-year-old Marlee's forbidden friend, fearless Lizzie, helps her find her own voice in concert with the adults around her who have been quietly acquiescent to the battle against integration that closed high schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1958. The novel’s verbal power offers a viable alternative for Julia Whelan’s uniquely voiced and perfectly-timed audio narration. (10-14)