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World Wars / Holocaust / C20th
Letters from the Coffin Trenches (YA) by
WW I through the eyes of young soldier Harry and his girlfriend Jessica. Told in the form of letters between the two, revealing their gradual disenchantment with the war.
Orphan Train by
From 1854-1929, orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind, loving families, or would they face childhoods of hard labor and servitude?
Sarah's Key by
Paris, 1942: ten year-old Sarah is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup. She locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking she will return in a few hours. Paris, May 2002: Journalist Julia Jarmond stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah.
Novel set during the two World Wars. A family living on a small farm in rural Australia are visited by their cousin and his Armenian friend, who are taking the long way home after working on an archaeological dig in Iraq. The tale of ancient king Gilgamesh, who undertook a great journey of mourning and a search for the meaning of life, forms a central theme of the novel and informs the lives of all its characters. Author's previous titles are the short story collections 'Sister Ships', winner of the 1986 'Age' Book of the Year, and 'Letter to Constantine', winner of the 1994 Steele Rudd Award.
Post-Renaissance - 19th Century
Chains (YA) by
Slaves Isabel and Ruth are sold from one owner to the next while the Americans fight for independence, the English struggle to maintain control. Slaves have no voice at all, only hard work and beatings.
The Coffee Trader by
Amsterdam, 1659 : Portuguese Jew Miguel Lienzo executes a daring plot to corner the market of an astonishing new commodity called "coffee." To succeed, Miguel must risk everything he values.
The Freedom Merchants by
Ireland, 1600. White Christians were captured by pirates, and sold to Muslim masters in the Mediterranean. The pirates captured slaves from as far north as fishing villages in England and Ireland, and from Iceland. 13-year-old Liam’s life is changed because of these pirate raids.
Captain Cooks's Apprentice by
1768. When young Isaac Manley sailed from England, no one on board knew if a mysterious southern continent really existed. It would be a voyage full of uncertainties and terrors.
Medieval and Renaissance
The Other Boleyn Girl by
Mary Boleyn aged fourteen discovers that she is a pawn in the dynastic plots of her family, after she catches the eye of Henry VIII . When the king's interest wanes, Mary is ordered to pass on her knowledge of how to please him to her her sister Anne.
Rosemary for Remembrance by
Crime, mystery and romance set in the 12th century against the background of a bitter civil war.
The Eagle of the Ninth by
In CE125, a young Roman centurion must recover the infamous Ninth Legion's missing symbol of honor, the eagle standard.
Sicily 405 CE: Dionysius has just made himself Tyrant of Syracuse. His brutal military conquests will strike down both enemies and friends to make Syracuse the most powerful Greek city-state
Ancient Greece: two sons are born to a noble Spartan family. One is strong and healthy, the other lame and feeble. By cruel Spartan law, the crippled baby must be killed. His father reluctantly abandons him to the wolves, but by chance, the child is found and saved by a Helot - the once-proud people now enslaved by Sparta.