The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Just as the Nazis are rising to power, Helmut Hubener, a German schoolboy, is caught up in all the swashbuckling bravado of his time. In the beginning, Helmuth's patriotism is unwavering.  But every day the rights of people all over Germany are diminishing. The world has turned upside down: Patriotism means denouncing others, love means to hate, and speaking out means treason.

The Boy Who Dared - In October, seventeen-year-old Helmuth Hübener, imprisoned for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets, recalls his past life and how he came to dedicate himself to bring the truth about Hitler and the war to the German people.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. When Marie Laure goes blind, aged six, her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, so she can memorize it with her fingers and then navigate the real streets. But when the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast. In Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, becomes a master at building and fixing radios - his talent makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance, ultimately taking him to…

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2015 A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II,

The Truth About Verity Sparks by Susan Green. Verity is a 13-year-old orphan working in Victorian London. She has an almost perfect memory and possesses the talent of Teleagtivism. She can easily find things that are lost! When Verity is wrongly accused of theft and dismissed from her job, she goes to live with the Plushes who run a Confidential Inquiry Agency. Verity helps them solve cases and slowly becomes one of the family. But patches of the truth about her past begin to surface, along…

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The Medici Seal by Theresa Breslin.  A young boy is saved from drowning by the companions of Leonardo Da Vinci. From this moment, Matteo is at the Maestro's side as he carries out his work, ranging from the painting of magnificent frescos to intricate dissection of the human body. But Leonardo is employed by the ruthless Cesare Borgia, head of one of Italy's leading families. As Da Vinci and Matteo travel across Italy on the Borgia's business, murder, deceit and revenge follow in their…

The Medici Seal by Theresa Breslin set in Renaissance Italy (historical)

Sovay by Celia Rees. It’s England, 1783. When the rich and beautiful Sovay isn’t sitting for portraits, she’s donning a man’s cloak and robbing travelers—in broad daylight. But in a time when political allegiances between France and England are strained, a rogue bandit is not the only thing travelers fear. When Sovay lifts the wallet of one of England’s most powerful and dangerous men, it’s not just her own identity she must hide, but that of her father.

In 1794 England, the rich and beautiful Sovay, disguised as a highwayman, acquires papers that could lead to her father's arrest for treason, and soon her newly-awakened political consciousness leads her and a compatriot to France during the Revolution.

PANAMA. Silver People: A Tale from the Panama Canal / Margrita Engle. 100 years ago, the world celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal. It was a miracle. Where a mountain once stood was now a path of water connecting the world's two largest oceans. But creating a miracle is no easy task. For only a few coins a day, teenagers Mateo and Henry endure homesickness, backbreaking labour, ferocious heat, landslides, and disease as they dig through the mountain with little more than a shovel.

Silver People, This verse novel tells the story of the building of The Panama Canal. Whilst some make a living during its construction, other must watch the destruction of their home.

Memoirs Of A Geisha by Arthur Golding. 1930s, Kyoto, where a young peasant girl is sold as servant and apprentice to a renowned geisha house. She tells her story many years later in New York where she conjures up the perfection and the ugliness of life behind rice-paper screens, where young girls learn the arts of geisha - dancing and singing, how to wind the kimono, how to walk and pour tea, and how to beguile the most powerful men.

Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden. i read it before the movie came out!

Oracle by Jackie French. After Nikko and Thetis are taken from their village, their amazing acrobatic skills save them from slavery and make them the focus of the Mycenaean court. The courtiers are in awe of them; the King is enchanted. But Thetis may destroy them both when she tells the King a truth about his future that he doesn't want to hear. Can one young girl change history?

is currently reading and enjoying Oracle by Jackie French of Diary of a Wombat fame". - Mimbles, The Kids Are All Right Forum member.

Thor's Tale by Janice Marriott. 11-year-old Thor is a whaler's boy. He should be looking forward to being a harpooner on the whaling boats - but he really wants to be soaring high and free with the albatrosses. Until the day a ghostly ship emerges from the mists. It is Endurance, carrying Shackleton and his intrepid explorers on their voyage of discovery to the Antarctic. Thor is caught up in the expedition's fight for survival and must decide where his future lies.

Thor's Tale by Janice Marriott. 11-year-old Thor is a whaler's boy. He should be looking forward to being a harpooner on the whaling boats - but he really wants to be soaring high and free with the albatrosses. Until the day a ghostly ship emerges from the mists. It is Endurance, carrying Shackleton and his intrepid explorers on their voyage of discovery to the Antarctic. Thor is caught up in the expedition's fight for survival and must decide where his future lies.

Heloise / Mandy hager. What happens when the 12th century’s most famous French lovers are caught in the crossfire of factions, religious reform and blind ambition?

What happens when the century’s most famous French lovers are caught in the crossfire of factions, religious reform and blind ambition?

The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. There's Aibileen, raising her 17th white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son's tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from College, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared. Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they'd be friends; fewer still would tolerate it.

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Banquo's Son by Tania Roxborogh. For Fleance, the only son of Banquo, Thane of Lochaber, the time has come to make a choice.  Since his father's brutal murder ten years ago, he has hidden in the woods of Northern England, keeping his identity a secret from all.  Now Fleance must unmask his enemies and discover why he is plagued by his father's ghost. The choices he makes will change his life forever while the secrets from his past threaten to bring down the throne of Scotland.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. 1946, London, and Juliet Ashton begins a letter correspondence to a man on Guernsey who is a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Soon, all the members are writing to Juliet. As letters fly back and forth, Juliet comes to know the extraordinary personalities of the Society and their lives under the German occupation of the island during WWII.

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Flight Path / David Hill. Eighteen-year-old Jack wanted to escape boring little New Zealand. But he soon finds that flying in a Lancaster bomber to attack Hitler’s forces brings terror as well as excitement. With every dangerous mission, he becomes more afraid that he’ll never get back alive. He wants to help win the war, but will he lose his own life?

Flight Path by David Hill. Excellent description of life for Kiwi Jack as a bomb aimer in a RAF Lancaster Bomber

Shadow Of The Boyd by Diana Menefy. In November 1809, the sailing ship Boyd is on her way to New Zealand. On board are George, a Maori youth on his way home to the Bay of Islands, and Thomas Davidson, an apprentice sailor on his first voyage. The two become friends. George is suddenly taken ill, can barely walk, and refuses to work. The Captain's punishment by brutal flogging shocks Thomas - yet George's revenge will be swift and terrible.

LIANZA Esther Glen Junior Fiction Winner By Diana Menefy. Historical novel based around the events of the Boyd massacre in which two young boys, a Maori and Pakeha, find their friendship stretched to breaking point .

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