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Inside Out & Back Again
4.06
Historical fiction told in verse, this is the story of young Ha and her Vietnamese family during the fall of Saigon, and their flight to the U.S. Much...more
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Jun 19, 2012
 
Phantoms In The Snow
3.89
Maine Student Book Award nominee, 2012-2013. It was fascinating to learn about this little known band of soldiers from World War II, the Tenth Mountai...more
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Jun 19, 2012
 
The Winter Ghosts
3.35
I must have read a review that made this sound intriguing, but I found that the book was simply...atmospheric. A young man who still grieves his dead...more
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Jul 08, 2013
 
Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
3.55
The classic African novel. When Achebe died recently, I decided it was finally time to read it. This is the story of Okonkwo, a strong warrior and lea...more
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Jul 07, 2013
 
War Games
3.31
Maine Student Book Award Nominee, 2010-2011. Historical fiction book set in Greece during World War II, this book is based on the true story of the au...more
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Feb 07, 2011
 
The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Ranger's Apprentice, #10)
4.41
Ah, I dragged my feet before reading the final book in the series, because I didn't want to be done with Will, Horace, and Halt. The final story takes...more
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Mar 24, 2012
 
The Sons of Liberty #1
3.41
Historical fantasy told in graphic novel format, which is pretty unique. A student recommended this to me, and I can see why students would like it. T...more
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Jun 19, 2012
 
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)
3.91
Listened to this lovely, quiet mystery set during World War I and post-World War I England. Maisie is just setting up shop as a private investigator a...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
Once (Once, #1)
4.14
Holocaust stories told from a child's point of view are always heart-rending, and this is no exception. Felix's parents have hidden him in a rural orp...more
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Jul 08, 2013
 
The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #2)
3.79
Historical fiction with a fantasy element, this one reminded me of a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel in its scope and tone. David Martin is a poor, strug...more
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Jun 30, 2011
 
The Uninvited Guests
2.98
Saw this title in the Bas Bleu catalog, and it sounded like just the thing to ease the Downton Abbey ache. Unfortunately, it just didn't measure up. I...more
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Jul 06, 2013
 
Sarah's Key
4.10
Not a big fan of this one. I can see how the movie version could be good, because there's enough of a story for a two-hour film, but the writing is so...more
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Apr 01, 2012
 
Dead End in Norvelt
3.70
Newbery winner for 2012. I wanted to listen to this because Jack Gantos reads it himself, but I think it would actually have been better in print or w...more
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Mar 24, 2012
 
Northanger Abbey
3.76
Catherine Morland is a simple, unaffected girl who meets the man of her dreams while on holiday in Bath. There's very little in the way of her getting...more
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Jan 10, 2011
 
Year of Wonders
3.99
Really good historical fiction about a small town in England during the plague that decides to quarantine itself from the rest of the world so that it...more
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Apr 25, 2010
 
Woods Runner
3.82
Not for the queasy, find out what it was really like living on the frontier when the American Revolution broke out. Samuel is most comfortable in the...more
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May 14, 2012
 
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
4.05
What a powerful story in a small package. In the vein of Jerry Spinelli's "Milkweed", this is a Holocaust tale told through an innocent child's unders...more
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May 17, 2014
 
The Book Thief
4.36
A great, gripping story of living through the Holocaust told from the viewpoint of a young girl and narrated, appropriately, by Death. Life has taken...more
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Aug 12, 2010
 
A Murderous Procession (Mistress of the Art of Death, #4)
4.08
Book 4 in the "Mistress in the Art of Death" series. I like spending time with Adelia Aguilar and her friends, learning about medieval practices and w...more
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May 17, 2014
 
The Gates of Rome (Emperor, #1)
4.13
Ever wondered what Julius Caesar's childhood was like? How he met Brutus? This sweeping series fills in all the details and you'd never know you were...more
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Feb 25, 2013
 
World Without End (The Pillars of the Earth, #2)
4.19
Great historical fiction! It's lengthy and a commitment, but you will feel like you know what it was like to live through the plague and the middle ag...more
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Jul 08, 2013
 
Sharpe's Tiger (Sharpe, #1)
4.02
I love historical fiction, but that isn't a prerequisite for the Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell. Cornwell is a master at telling a fantastic story...more
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Apr 25, 2010
 
The Serpent's Tale (Mistress of the Art of Death, #2)
3.91
Crime-solving Adelia Aguilar is back, this time with a baby in tow after her dalliance with Rowley. Henry II needs her to solve the mystery of his mis...more
Jan 21, 2012
Jan 02, 2012
 
Halt's Peril (Ranger's Apprentice, #9)
4.37
Will, Horace and Halt are on the trail of Tennyson, when a poisoned arrow threatens to finish off Halt. Can Will bring help in time, or has Halt's luc...more
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Jan 21, 2012
 
Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs #2)
3.94
Loved this second book in the series. Maisie takes on the case of a missing person, while doing her best to "fix" the lives of those with whom she com...more
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Dec 16, 2011
 
Between Shades of Gray
4.34
Great historical fiction about a subject rarely covered -- Jews sent to Siberian work camps during the Holocaust. This is so bleak you need to be prep...more
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May 17, 2014
 
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
3.43
I know this was an Oprah pick, but for me it was Twelve Tribes of Misery. Hattie is poor, leads a miserable life, chooses a bad man and has too many c...more
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Jul 07, 2013
 
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
3.94
Maine Student Book Award Nominee 2010-2011. Period piece that takes place in Texas in 1899, at the turn of the 20th century. Almost 12-year-old Calpur...more
Jul 2010
Jun 29, 2010
 
The Historian
3.74
I love a good historical fiction, and this one pivots around the Dracula legend, giving it a mystical -- and eerie, twist. The search for Dracula's gr...more
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Apr 22, 2010
 
Genghis: Birth of an Empire (Conqueror, #1)
4.30
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Aug 01, 2012
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