Anderson, Laurie Halse

Seeds of America: Chains – 2009, Forge - 2010

American Revolution



Chains: If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl?  As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight… for freedom.  Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel.  When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion.  She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.


Forge: In this compelling sequel to Chains, the perspective shifts from Isabel to Curzon and we learn what it takes for runaway slaves to forge their own paths in the midst of the chaos of the American Revolution.

In the desperate circumstances of the Valley Forge winter, Curzon the boy becomes Curzon the young man. In addition to the hardships of soldiering, he lives with the fear of being discovered as an escaped slave passing for free. Isabel is also at Valley Forge—against her will. She and Curzon have to sort out the tangled threads of their friendship while figuring out what stands between the two of them and true freedom.


Holm, Jennifer L.

The Boston Jane Trilogy: Boston Jane, Boston Jane – Wilderness Days, Boston Jane – The Claim

19th Century

Sixteen-year-old Jane Peck has ventured to the unknown wilds of the Northwest to wed her childhood idol, William Baldt. But her impeccable training at Miss Hepplewhite's Young Ladies Academy in Philadelphia is hardly preparation for the colorful characters and crude life that await her in Washington Territory.

Thrown upon her wits in the wild, Jane must determine for herself whether she is truly proper Miss Jane Peck of Philadelphia, faultless young lady and fiancée, or Boston Jane, as the Chinook dub her, fearless and loyal woman of the frontier.


Jinks, Catherine

The Pagan Chronicles: Pagan’s Crusade, Pagan in Exile, Pagan’s Vows, Pagan’s Scribe

Middle Ages

Down on his luck and kicked in the pants one too many times, Pagan Kidrouk arrives on the doorstep of the Templar Knights in medieval Jerusalem, looking for work as a squire. Expecting only a respite from life on the street and a few square meals, the sarcastic sixteen-year-old finds himself hard at work for Lord Roland de Bram—a not-so-exciting life of polishing Lord Roland's armor, laundering his garments, and even training to fight by his side. But as the Infidel Saladin leads his army to Jerusalem, it becomes more and more difficult for Pagan and Lord Roland to decide what action to take or whom to trust. Is a bloody battle for control of the Holy City inevitable?


Malone, Patricia

The Legend of Lady Ilena; The Legend of Lady Ilena: The Way of the Warrior

Middle Ages


Upon the death of her father, 15-year-old Ilena realizes that if she is ever to know her true identity, she'll have to solve the mystery herself. Her father, on his deathbed, gives her a clue: "Go to Dun Alyn. Find Ryamen." Grimly determined, Ilena sets out on a dangerous journey through Britain, encountering a handsome liege to the legendary King Arthur, as well as fierce warriors from the north, a grieving king, a healer, a malevolent Druid, and a loyal, resourceful dwarf. She also meets her startling destiny--as heir to the throne of Dun Alyn.


Meyer, L.A.

Bloody Jack/Jacky Faber Series: Bloody Jack, Curse of the Blue Tattoo, In the Belly of the Bloodhound, Under the Jolly Roger, Mississippi Jack, My Bonny Light Horseman, Rapture of the Deep, The Wake of the Lorelai Lee

Europe, 18th-19th Century


ife as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of eighteenth-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she must use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.


Pullman, Philip

The Sally Lockhart Series (The Ruby in the Smoke, The Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well, The Tin Princess)


If you haven't met Sally Lockhart before, prepare to be bowled over. Sally is sixteen and uncommonly pretty. Her knowledge of English literature, French, history, art and music is non-existent, but she has a thorough grounding in military tactics, can run a business, ride like a Cossack and shoot straight with a pistol.


Salisbury, Graham

Under the Blood-Red Sun/House of the Red Fish



 Tomi was born in Hawaii. His grandfather and parents were born in Japan, and came to America to escape poverty.
World War II seems far away from Tomi and his friends, who are too busy playing ball on their eighth-grade team, the Rats.
But then Pearl Harbor is attacked by the Japanese, and the United States declares war on Japan. Japanese men are rounded up, and Tomi’s father and grandfather are arrested. It’s a terrifying time to be Japanese in America. But one thing doesn’t change: the loyalty of Tomi’s buddies, the Rats.


1943, one year after the end of Under the Blood-Red Sun, Tomi’s Papa and Grandpa are still under arrest, and the paradise of Hawaii now lives in fear—waiting for another attack, while trying to recover from Pearl Harbor. As a Japanese American, Tomi and his family have new enemies everywhere, vigilantes who suspect all Japanese. Tomi finds hope in his goal of raising Papa’s fishing boat, sunk in the canal by the Army on the day of the attack. To Tomi, raising Papa’s boat is a sign of faith that Papa and Grandpa will return. It’s an impossible task, but Tomi is determined. For just as he now has new enemies, his struggle to raise the boat brings unexpected allies and friends.


Tingle, Rebecca

The Edge on the Sword (The Edge on the Sword, Far Traveler)



 When fifteen-year-old Æthelflæd is suddenly and reluctantly betrothed to an ally of her father, the king, her world will never be the same. For as a noblewoman in the late 800s, she will be expected to be meek and unlearned-and Flæd is anything but meek and unlearned. Her marriage will bring peace to her land, but while her royal blood makes her a valuable asset, she is also a vulnerable target. And when enemies attack, Flæd must draw upon her skills and fight to lead her people to safety and prove her worth as a princess-and as a warrior.


Yep, Laurence

The Golden Mountain Chronicles (The Serpent's Children: 1849, Mountain Light: 1885, Dragon's Gate: 1876, The Traitor: 1885, Dragonwings: 1903, Child of the Owl: 1965, Sea Glass: 1970, Thief of Hearts: 1995)

















With the first books published in the 1970s and the most recent book published within the past 10 years, Laurence Yep's Golden Mountain Chronicles follows the Young family from China to America as they live throughout American history. Not all of the protagonists are immigrants, but they all touch upon immigration stories.

The Serpent's Children - In 1849, eight year-old Cassia Young's family fights the Manchus. Her little brother Foxfire leaves to find his fortune in Gold Mountain America.

Mountain Light - In 1855, Squeaky Lau's family is in the middle of a feud with Cassia Young's family, but when the two actually meet, they develop a romantic friendship. To prove himself, Squeaky leaves China and travels to America.

Dragon's Gate - In 1867, Cassia's adopted son Otter follows his uncle Firefox to California to help build the transcontinental railroad during the worst winter possible.


Dragonwings - In 1903, eight year-old Moon Shadow Lee immigrates to San Francisco's Chinatown to work for his father's laundry business, and he helps fulfill his father's dream of flight.

The Traitor - In 1885, Otter's Chinese American son Joseph meets and befriends white American Michael Purdy in a Wyoming mining town. Told from the perspectives of both boys.

Child of the Owl - In 1965, twelve year-old American-born Casey moves to San Francisco's Chinatown to live with her grandmother, who tells Casey about her Chinese immigrant heritage.

Sea Glass - In 1970, Craig Chin's family moves from San Francisco's Chinatown to the small town of Conception, California, where he faces intolerance.

Thief of Hearts - In 1995, half Chinese American, half white, all American Stacy, Casey's daughter, lives in a San Francisco suburb and is forced to confront her Chinese heritage when her parents ask her to befriend a newly immigrated Chinese schoolmate.


Yolen, Jane

The Stuart Quartet (Queen’s Own Fool, Girl in a Cage, Prince Across the Water, The Rogues)

Scotland – Middle Ages – 16th Century

Queen’s Own Fool: Called La Jardiniere, a resourceful and clever jester to the queen's court, Nicola was a most unlikely person to end up "fool" and friend to Mary, Queen of Scots. But Nicola isn't an ordinary comedian clowning before the court; her sharp tongue is rare amongst the fawning nobles.

Girl in a Cage: Marjorie Bruce is overjoyed when she learns that her father has proclaimed himself king of Scotland. What 11-year-old girl hasn't dreamed of being a princess? But her father's claim to the Scottish throne also means that she and all her family are now the targets of ruthless King Edward Longshanks of England.

Prince Across the Water: When Scotland calls on all its able-bodied clans to join PrinceCharlie in the march against England's tyranny, young Duncan McDonald is as ready as anyone to fight. He's grown up on Granda's stories of glory in battle, and his heart is stirred by what he knows of the young prince.

The Rogues: When everyone in his Scottish village is violently evicted from their land by the laird, Roddy Macallan knows he must find a way to fight back. As his family escapes, making their way through the Scottish Highlands bound for Glasgow, Roddy sneaks home in search of a treasure his mother once told him was hidden there.


Last Updated: 5/10/2012