The River Runs Deep, by Jennifer Bradbury

Summary: When a boy is sent to Mammoth cave to fight a case of consumption, little does he know he’ll also be fighting for the lives of a secret community of escaped slaves, who are hidden deep within the cave.

Atheneum

The Left Behinds and the iPhone that Saved George Washington, by David Potter

Summary:  Three students, Mel, Bev, and Brandon, left behind at their prestigious school during Christmas break, find themselves in 1776 New Jersey with General George Washington dead at their feet, and twelve-year-old Mel must find a way, using his iPhone, to set things right.

Crown Books

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My Near-Death Adventures (99% True), by Alison DeCamp

Summary: In 1895, twelve-year-old Stan decides to find his long-lost father in the logging camps of Michigan, documenting in his scrapbook his travels and encounters with troublesome relatives, his mother’s suitors, lumberjacks, and more.

Crown Books

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Into the Killing Seas, by Michael P. Spradlin

Summary: In 1945 twelve-year-old Patrick and his younger brother Teddy stowaway on the U.S.S. Indianapolis in a desperate attempt to get back to the Philippines where they last saw their parents just before the Japanese invasion–but when the ship is sunk they find themselves clinging to a piece of debris without food or water, and with hungry sharks circling below.

Scholastic

It’s Up to Charlie Hardin, by Dean Ing

Summary: In the summer of 1942, young teen Charlie Hardin is set loose in Austin, Texas, with one command, to stay out of trouble, but there are some situations he cannot ignore and he comes to understand that, no matter the cost, when danger arrives he must be brave, resolute, clever, and just a little bit crazy.

Baen Books

 

Mark of the Thief, by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Summary:  When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds himself in possession of an ancient amulet filled with magic once reserved for the Gods, and becomes the center of a conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and destroy Rome.

Scholastic

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Stella by Starlight, by Sharon Draper

Summary:  When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.

Atheneum

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