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Historical Fiction

*THE CURE FOR DREAMING

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Winters
Author's First Name: 
Cat
Publisher: 
Amulet
Publication Date: 
2014
2015 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Oregon in 1900 is not a sympathetic place for a headstrong and independent girl who believes in the right for women to vote. Olivia is all of these, with a father who decides that hypnosis could be the cure for his headstrong daughter. The hypnotist instead gives her two gifts; the ability to see the true nature of people, but also the inability to speak out loud about her independent thoughts. Archival photos and art from this period help make this period of history come alive. Fourteen and Up. Kathie Weinberg

GOING OVER

Cover image of Going Over
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Kephart
Author's First Name: 
Beth
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Date: 
2014
2015 Nomination (not yet selected): 

It is 1983 Berlin, Germany where we find a wall of cement and concertina wire that separates the city and separates two lovers Ada and Stefan. Ada, a graffiti artist in the West, wants Stefan, in the East, to go over the wall, but with more failures than successes, odds are not in Stefan’s favor. Beth Kephart expertly weaves Going Over between the lives of Ada and Stefan. Each point of view transports us into the heart and soul of each character. Ms Kephart has created a hauntingly lyrical and powerful story about lives in a divided Berlin, about choices and consequences, about love and loss that draws you in and won’t let you go long after you’ve put the book down. Fourteen and Up. Ruth Compton

DODGER [AUDIO]

Dodger
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Pratchett
Author's First Name: 
Terry
Narrator's First Name: 
Stephen
Narrator's Last Name: 
Briggs
Publisher: 
Harper Audio
Publication Date: 
2012

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)

THE DIVINERS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bray
Author's First Name: 
Libba
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Date: 
2012

See annotation under "Audio." 

THE LIONS OF LITTLE ROCK [AUDIO]

Lions of Little Rock
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Levine
Author's First Name: 
Kristin
Narrator's First Name: 
Julia
Narrator's Last Name: 
Whelan
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2012

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)

THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Curtis
Author's First Name: 
Christopher Paul
Publisher: 
Wendy Lamb
Publication Date: 
2012

See annotation under "Audio."

MOON OVER MANIFEST [AUDIOBOOK]

Moon Over Manifest
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Vanderpool
Author's First Name: 
Clare
Narrator's First Name: 
Jenna
Narrator's Last Name: 
Lamia, et. al.
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2011
2015 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Note: Renominated for new narrator -- Twelve-year-old Abilene has just been sent to live in the town where her father grew up. A drifter since childhood, he doesn't have any living relatives, but for a time, he found a home in Manifest, Kansas. Though upset about being sent away, Abilene takes the opportunity to dig into her dad's (and the town's) storied past. Jenna Lamia's young voice suits Abilene and the story's other characters while the use of multiple narrators helps listeners keep track of the story as it jumps between 1936 and 1918. Audio. Colleen Beaupre

BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY

BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sepetys
Author's First Name: 
Ruta
Publisher: 
Philomel
Publication Date: 
2011

HEART OF A SAMURAI

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Preus
Author's First Name: 
Margi
Publisher: 
Amulet
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
8/1/10

This fictional account of Manjiro, the 14-year-old Japanese boy whom whalers rescued in 1841, is filled with hardship and adventure as well as an outsider's perspective on nineteen-century American culture. Gritty details and authentic illustrations evoke the period.

What I Saw and How I Lied

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Blundell
Author's First Name: 
Judy
Publisher: 
Frances Foster
Publication Date: 
2008
2015 Nomination (not yet selected): 

After World War II, Evie and her parents are vacationing in Palm Beach when ex-GI Peter arrives. New lies and old secrets complicate Evie’s blossoming crush in this taut historical thriller.

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After World War II, Evie and her parents are vacationing in Palm Beach when ex-GI Peter arrives. New lies and old secrets complicate Evie’s blossoming crush in this taut historical thriller.

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