Bamboo Sword, by Margi Preus

Summary: 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.

Amulet

Currents, by Jane Petrlik Smolik

Summary: In 1854 eleven-year-old Bones is a slave in Virginia who sends a bottle holding her real name and a trinket from her long-lost father down the James River–the currents carry it far away, ultimately uniting the lives of three young girls.

Charlesbridge

Diary of a Waitress: the not-so-glamorous life of a Harvey Girl, by Carolyn Meyer

Summary: In 1926, droves of Americans traveled by train across the United States to visit the West. They ate at Harvey Houses, where thousands of well-trained waitresses provided first-class service. This tells the first-person story of one spunky girl, Kitty Evans, as she faces the often funny and painful experiences she and fellow waitresses Cordelia and Emmy endure.

Calkins Creek

The Girl in the Torch, by Robert Sharenow

Summary: After her father is killed in a pogrom, twelve-year-old Sarah and her mother immigrate to America–but when her mother dies before they get through Ellis Island, and the authorities want to send her back to the old country, Sarah hides in the torch of the Statue of Liberty.

Balzer+Bray

Gone Crazy in Alabama, by Rita Williams-Garcia

Summary: Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles’s half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven’t spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that’s been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible.

Amistad

Find it at WCPL

The Great War: stories inspired by items from the First World War, illustrated by Jim Kay

Summary: Writers of this collection of short stories were inspired to write about the First World War by physical objects associated with the war.

Candlewick Press

Find it at WCPL

Yard War, by Taylor Kitchings

Summary: Twelve-year-old Trip Westbrook lives in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1964 and discovers the underlying racism in his family and neighborhood when he invites his maid’s son Dee to play football in the yard.

Wendy Lamb Books

 

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