Children - Historical Fiction

White Sands, Red Menace

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ISBN: 9780142415184
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Published: Puffin Books - April 1st, 2010

World War II has ended, the bomb has been "successful" and Dewey and Suze are growing up in a very different world. While touching on some of the social issues of the time, mostly Klages explores the world of finding your place in your family. This makes this sequel to The Green Glass Sea a read for not just historical readers. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Pennies for Elephants

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By Lita Judge, Lita Judge (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781423113904
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 1st, 2009

When Dorothy, her brother Henry and the children of Boston learn that three local circus elephants will be retiring they are disappointed, but also excited! The city has given the children the option of buying the elephants for $6,000. But they only have two months! Can they do it? Based on actual events, done in easy but detailed text and the newspaper articles that show the progress  (and bumps: other zoos are offering the full amount right now!) of the children. This is a fantastic story that will be a must read for all ages. Lita Judge also illustrates. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood

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ISBN: 9780374357337
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - February 20th, 2007

A story of what it is like to be a child in a world shattered by war, is one that all ages can enjoy and take something away from. Beautiful language and heartfelt images make this an amazing and powerful story that is a must read for ages 10 to adult. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Peace Bell

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By Margi Preus, Hideko Takahashi (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780805078008
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - September 30th, 2008

Yuko's obah-chan (grandmother) tells the touching story about the bell in her Japanese village that was taken for scrap metal during the war, but somehow survived and was later found in Minnesota! Included is an afterword that continues the story with the true the inspiration for the story. Beautifully illustrated by Hideko Takahashi this is a must have story about friendship, peace and even a bit of history. The perfect gift or perfect book to grace your own library shelves. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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ISBN: 9780786851720
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - April 1st, 2008

Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her family in Nepal thinking that she is to work in the city as a maid. However she quickly learns that she has been sold into the sex slave trade in India. An amazing story about strength and coming of age in a dangerous world. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Green Glass Sea

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ISBN: 9780142411490
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Published: Puffin Books - May 1st, 2008

Dewey and Suze, two very different young girls (one is mechanically minded, the other more artistic, but both outcast in their community) are coming of age during WW2 on the Los Alamos base. Because their community does not exist, and everything about the "gadget" their parents are working on is top secret (even from the members of the scientists families) this makes coming-of-age a little different, but just as difficult. Klages touches lightly on some of the issues that the children face (one of the older students is trying to apply to college but can't since his high school isn't real) and some of morality issues of making the "gadget" (the nuclear bomb that later is dropped on Japan), but never goes into cumbersome details making this good for ages 10 to 12. However, adults can enjoy this book as much as children. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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