In the midst of World War Two, both Margo and Haruko are imprisoned in the Crystal City Family Internment Camp. Both girls’ fathers were convicted of crimes they swore they did not commit, and both families are being held against their will. Other than their shared circumstances, the two girls have nothing in common. As pressure builds up within the camp, they begin to realize that no one can be trusted, including each other. For fans of World War Two novels, The War Outside is the story of camaraderie, trust, and survival that will keep readers on their feet throughout the entire story.
The War Outside Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th Tags: Historical Fiction Reviewed by: Dylan D.
The Spanish Revolutionary War left Francisco Franco as dictator and millions of citizens starving. Anna is a maid at the brand new Castellana Hilton, filled with rich Americans looking to strike a business deal. By day, Rafa works two jobs to support his family, but at night he dreams of making his friend into a matador. Puri, their cousin, works at the orphanage and strives to be the perfect Spanish, Catholic citizen. Daniel’s family runs a successful oil company in Dallas, Texas, and he gets caught up in the lives of Anna, Puri, and Rafa while his family is in Spain on a business trip.
Ruta Sepetys is a master at finding hidden history and sharing it with the world. She includes actual historical documents that guide the story, helping the reader further understand the time period. For those who have read Sepetys’ other works, The Fountains of Silence does not disappoint.
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th Tags: Historical Fiction Reviewed by: Dylan D.
Mercy Wong is a teenage girl living in Chinatown in the year 1906. Her education in Chinatown was not enough for her smarts, so she sets off to get an education at the prestigious school for wealthy white girls, Saint Clare's. Being Chinese in San Francisco at that time was hard enough, but being Chinese in a school of girls unlike her is even harder. Teased, mocked, and bullied by room mates for being Chinese, Mercy struggles to find her place in this strange school. Disaster strikes when the infamous 1906 Earthquake hits, and Mercy has to work together with her classmates to help others and stay alive. This action packed story from the past will move you while keeping you on "the edge of your seat." It educates you about the shocking event from the historical point of view, but more importantly, the human point of view. Stacy Lee poignantly describes the lives of people affected by the earthquake. It is a story about how love, courage, bravery, and hope triumph.
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee Grades 6th, 7th, 8th Tags: Friendship, Historical Fiction Review by Skye S.
Penelope Tredwell is the feisty thirteen-year-old orphan heiress of Britain’s bestselling magazine, the Penny Dreadful. Her scary stories, concealed under the pen name Montgomery Finch, are gripping the people. One day she receives a letter from the governor of the Bedlam madhouse requesting Finch’s help to investigate the asylum’s strange goings-on. Every night at precisely twelve minutes to midnight, the inmates all begin feverishly writing-incoherent ramblings that Penelope quickly realizes are frightening visions of the century to come. In the first book, Penelope is drawn into a thrilling mystery more terrifying than anything she could ever imagine!
The war that saved my life is about a girl and her little brother. They run away from their evil evil mom who slaps them and beats them. She doesn’t let the girl named Ada out of the house because she has a clubfoot apparently it’s her fault. They run away and meet this very nice lady named Susan. Find Out More By Reading The Book!! -Nora L.