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Apr 29, 2012 05:51AM

43519 #1 sounds familiar.
Apr 22, 2012 07:03AM

43519 Both Jeanne Kalogridis and C.W. Gortner have books out about the Medici.

I should note that I haven't read them except for I, Mona Lisa, which I thought was okay. But many people I know like or love both authors.

If you don't mind vampires in your historical fiction, you might check out

The Palace
43519 Un Lun Dun - the ethinic background of the girl protagonist is never stated, she is refered to as dark. Has magic, and is about an alternate London.
Apr 16, 2012 02:30PM

43519 Possession: discovery of past secrets, literary detective work, just plain wonderful book. I actually read Forgotten garden and thought it drew on Possession a lot.
Nov 12, 2011 02:01PM

43519 Marguerite Henry, every girl loves her. Has several books about horses, some mostly pictures.

Mr Revere and I
Smoky the Cowhorse
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses andThe Gift of the Sacred Dog

If your library has them the Thelwell books are great. I'll second Black Stallion and Black Beauty. There is also Black Beauty's family which is good.
43519 You might try Kelley Armstrong's women of the Otherworld. Urban fantasy/romance. Female characters are strong in different ways. Each book features a pov from one of the female characters.

Michelle West has a few fantasy series with strong female characters - the best being the Sun Sword series.

Jim Hines' The Stepsister Scheme
Nov 01, 2011 11:02AM

43519 There is also The Witch's Trinity: A Novel. I am not sure of the reading level; I think of it as more of an adult book even though one of the main characters is a young girl.
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Oct 31, 2011 06:50AM

43519 Jasmine wrote: "Peter Pan

jk not the right kind of fairy most likely.

yay little big!

I will try to think of more I know I've read some.

The Good Fairies of New York
does this actua..."

Yes, it does. Not full sized though, violent drunken beasties.
Oct 31, 2011 06:49AM

43519 I'm not sure of the reading level, but it is pre-teen. It might be out of print. When I was a kid there was this romance series called Sunfire. Basic plots were usually the same - girl torn bewteen two boys, choses the boy who lets her be herself. There was one set during the witch trials - Elizabeth
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Oct 08, 2011 10:30AM

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Oct 04, 2011 11:38AM

43519 That is so cool.
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Aug 21, 2011 11:08AM

43519 Paul, just ask them how to get blood out of the carpet. A friend of a friend did that once. Telemarketer got off the phone fast.
Aug 03, 2011 01:08PM

43519 I'm not vouching for the following book. I haven't read the whole book, though it is part of a series. The first book, at least, is Christian - all good characters go to church etc. (I think it is a Christian publisher) What sells the book, and is rather an interesting twist, is the older protagonist who discovers her ablity to be invisible - she's older and everyone disregards older people. I really liked that idea, though from what I read I found the mystery a bit too easy to figure out. The tone was good however, so you might want to check it out. Title is Invisible.
Aug 02, 2011 12:56PM

43519 I'll second RP. You might also want to check out the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett, at least the ones with the witches. Two of the witches are older women.

The Witch's Trinity: A Novel features an older woman who is accused of witchcraft.
Jul 27, 2011 04:17AM

43519 I completly forget about Sarah Waters - actually most of her work fits the genre, except for the one set in WW II.
Jul 26, 2011 05:07PM

43519 You should try Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

For other works

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu - He's an Irish writer. Uncle Silas A Tale of Bartram-Haugh is pretty good.

Poe, Hawthorne (in particular his Scarlett Letter), perhaps Collins' Woman in White.
Jul 15, 2011 06:19AM

43519 Elizabeth Bear, some of her work meets your criteria.
Jul 14, 2011 11:13AM

Jun 06, 2011 09:09AM

43519 You might want to try Kushiel's Dart, the first book in Carey's first series. Carey's writer can be a bit, well wordy, but she writes good politics. The series is about a submissive (if that is the correct world) courtsen who finds herself emeshed in politics. Carey also seems to be a writer that takes justified criticism seriously.
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