From the author of Catherine, Called Birdy comes another spellbinding novel set in medieval England. The girl known only as Brat has no family, no home, and no future until she meets Jane the Midwife and becomes her apprentice. As she helps the sharp-tempered Jane deliver babies, Brat--who renames herself Alyce--gains knowledge, confidence, and the courage to want something from life: "A full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world." Medieval village life makes a lively backdrop for the funny, poignant story of how Alyce gets what she wants.
Set in 18th century Philadelphia, this is a captivating story of perseverance and survival. 16-year-old Matilda Cook is separated from her family and caught up in the horrors of the yellow fever epidemic, and must learn how to stand on her own in the face of terrible odds.
Myers delivers a gripping story based on the life of a real dancer known as Master Juba, who lived in the nineteenth century. This engaging historical novel is based on the true story of the meteoric rise of an immensely talented young black dancer, William Henry Lane, who influenced today's tap, jazz, and step dancing.
An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson's Sons and for fans of Number the Stars. Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn't waste a minute--she sneaks out to join him.
This exciting book takes a look at an important and little-known chapter in American history. In World War 2, the U.S. Army was looking for an unbreakable code to communicate military secrets, and they found it in the Navajo language. In this story, a young Native American man -- taught that his language and culture was useless -- finds himself playing a key role in the war effort.
Set right after World War 2, this award-winning adventure story is one you can't put down. When Jack Baker finds himself uprooted from his home in Kansas and sent off to boarding school in Maine, he befriends the school's most eccentric student, Early Auden. These two boys embark on an odyssey on the Appalachian Trail that has them facing off with pirates, bears, and all sorts of other challenges and discoveries.
Katie and Lynn Takeshima are the only Japanese-American kids in their new town in 1950s Georgia. They form a close bond, as Lynn helps her younger sister see the beauty in life, even through the hardships that they face. When Lynn becomes sick, Katie has to find her own "kira-kira" -- shining thing -- that will keep her family together.
11-year-old Delphine doesn't know what to expect when she and her two younger sisters are sent off to California to spend the summer with the mother who abandoned them to work as a printmaker and poet in San Francisco. Life with their mother isn't easy, but Delphine and her sisters find themselves caught up in the excitement of the Black Panther movement that their mother is a part of and in the tumult and change of the summer of 1968.