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.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Call Number: YA FIC WEI
Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun. When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare.
Post-World War II
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
Call Number: YA FIC VAN
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.
Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
Call Number: YA FIC KAD
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.
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Call Number: YA FIC WIL bk. 1
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.