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On the eve of the San Fransisco Earthquake of 1906, Mercy Wong--daughter of Chinese immigrants--is struggling to hold her own among the spoiled heiresses at prestigious St. Clare's School. When tragedy strikes, everyone must band together to survive.
Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire
Call Number: FIC Mag
Impoverished Russian country girl Elena Rudina and the aristocratic Ekatrina meet and set in motion an escapade that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and the witch Baba Yaga.
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Call Number: FIC And
In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.
Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne;
Call Number: FIC Boy
Four years after Alfie Summerfield's father left London to become a soldier in World War I he has not returned but Alfie, now nine, is shining shoes at King's Cross Station when he happens to learn that his father is at a nearby hospital being treated for shell shock.
The Traitors' Gate by Avi
Call Number: FIC Avi
When his father is arrested as a debtor in 1849 London, fourteen-year-old John Huffman must take on unexpected responsibilities, from asking a distant relative for help to determining why people are spying on him and his family.
Touched by Fire by Irene N. Watts
Call Number: FIC Wat
Fourteen-year-old Miriam flees to America with her family in 1910, where her family settles in a tenement building on the Lower East Side of New York and Miriam gets a job as a cuff setter at the Triangle Waist Company, but just as she is finishing work on March 25, 1911, a fire begins in the factory and she struggles to escape.
Castaways of the Flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques
Call Number: FIC Jac
In 1620, a boy and his dog are rescued from the doomed ship, Flying Dutchman, by an angel who guides them in travelling the world, eternally helping those in great need.
When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe
Call Number: FIC Hol
Thirteen-year-old Alejandro Karangalan, his spirited older sister Isabelle, and Domingo, a guerilla commander, find their strength and friendship tested in the waning days of World War II as the Japanese and Americans engage in a fierce battle for possession of the Philippine Islands.
The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats
Call Number: FIC Coa
In medieval Wales, follows Cecily whose family is lured by cheap land and the duty of all Englishman to help keep down the "vicious" Welshmen, and Gwenhwyfar, a Welsh girl who must wait hand and foot on her new English mistress.
The year is 1853, and the Habsburgs are Europe’s most powerful ruling family. With his empire stretching from Austria to Russia, from Germany to Italy, Emperor Franz Joseph is young, rich, and ready to marry. Fifteen-year-old Elisabeth, “Sisi,” Duchess of Bavaria, travels to the Habsburg Court with her older sister, who is betrothed to the young emperor. Thrust onto the throne of Europe’s most treacherous imperial court, Sisi upsets political and familial loyalties in her quest to win, and keep, the love of her emperor, her people, and of the world.
Circe by Madeline Miller
Call Number: FIC Mil
Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Publication Date: FIC Lee
A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Call Number: FIC Sep
As World War II draws to a close, refugees try to escape the war's final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Call Number: FIC Sau
February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery ... Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance.
Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra
Call Number: FIC Hen
London, 1872. Seventeen-year-old heiress Leonora Somerville is preparing to be presented to upper-class society--again. She's strikingly beautiful and going to be very rich, but Leo has a problem money can't solve. A curious speech disorder causes her to stutter but also allows her to imitate other people's voices flawlessly. Only the impossibly handsome Mr. Thornfax seems interested in Leo...but why? And does he have a connection to the mysterious Black Glove group that has London in its terrifying grasp? Leo must search for truth in increasingly dangerous situations - but to do so, she must first find her voice.
The Binding Chair by Kathryn Harrison
Call Number: FIC Har
May, living in a Shanghai brothel in nineteenth-century China, meets Arthur, a member of the Foot Emancipation Society, who becomes so seduced by the sight of May's bound feet that he marries her and takes her home to live with his family in Australia, where May finds a kindred spirit in Arthur's niece, Alice.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Call Number: FIC Bur
Engaging the services of a miniaturist to furnish a cabinet-sized replica of her new home, 18-year-old Nella Oortman, the wife of an illustrious merchant trader, soon discovers that the artist's tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways.
A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia
Call Number: FIC Wil
In 1860 Louisiana, eighty-year-old Madame Sylvie decides to sit for a portrait, as horrific stories that span generations from the big house and the fields are revealed.
A portrait of post-Civil War America focusing on land speculation and the corruption of politicians, ruthless bombers, and a corrupt Washington.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Call Number: FIC Ste
The saga of a family in 1939 that struggles through the Great Depression by laboring as Dust Bowl migrants.
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Call Number: FIC Ach
Set in an Ibo village in Nigeria, the novel recreates pre-Christian tribal life and shows how the coming the white man led to the breaking up of the old ways.
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Call Number: FIC Hem
An American ambulance driver serving on the Austro-Italian front in World War I becomes entangled with an English nurse and deserts to join her after the retreat of Caparetto.
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Call Number: FIC Mit
After the Civil War sweeps away the genteel life to which she has been accustomed, Scarlett O'Hara sets about to salvage her plantation home.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Call Number: FIC Lee
Eight-year-old "Scout" Finch tells of life in a small Alabama town where her father is a lawyer.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Call Number: FIC Dum
After escaping from the island where he has been in prison, Dantes plots his revenge on the people responsible for his imprisonment.
Hard Times by Charles Dickens
Call Number: FIC Dic
First published in 1854, Hard Times is a profoundly moving, articulate and searing indictment of the life-reducing effects of the industrial revolution, and certain aspects of enlightenment thinking. Set in the fictional midlands mill-town of Coketown, the narrative centers on the industrialist, Mr Thomas Gradgrind, whose belief in scientific utilitarianism skews his world view and is a motive force, carrying the narrative towards farce and tragedy.
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Call Number: FIC Wha
Lily Bart, an orphaned child of a New York merchant, calmly prepares a campaign to marry for the power and luxury that money brings.
Historical fiction is a broad genre of books set in the past and written about the past. Containing a high degree of historical accuracy and detail, these novels require a significant amount of research and appeal to readers who want to learn more about a certain period in history through a novelized story.