Reviews and Blog Posts: Historical

The devil's paintbox

by Victoria McKernan

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This is the story of Aidan and Maddy, two orphans who are on the verge of starvation out on the Kansas prairie when a wagon train comes by and "rescues" them, in return for a year of work at a logging camp near Seattle. Off on the adventure of the...

Distant waves : a novel of the Titanic

by Suzanne Weyn

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Distant Waves is historical fantasy set mainly in the Victorian spiritualist colony of Spirit Vale, New York. Jane and her four sisters have been raised by their single mother who is a medium. Jane is interested in science and becoming a journalist and is skeptical about her mother's communication with...

Escape by sea

by L. S. Lawrence

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This is the story of Sara, her father, and the crew of his ship as they escape the Roman invasion of Carthage. With a ship full of goods, the group makes their way around the Mediterranean trading, battling pirates, and avoiding danger at all sides. An important Roman soldier they...

Sovay

by Celia Rees

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Sovay is an English gentleman's headstrong daughter in the late 18th century. To prove that her fiance has been untrue, Sovay dresses as a man and holds up his coach and steals proof. She also steals warrants for her father's arrest - apparently he is accused of treason against the...

The dust of 100 dogs

by A. S. (Amy Sarig) King

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A swashbuckling tale of pirates, treasure, and reincarnation! This book takes you from a seventeenth century war-torn Ireland to the glory days of the pirates of the Caribbean to modern day Pennsylvania and Jamaica. Emer Morrisey lost her whole family when Ireland was invaded. Sold to a Frenchman for a...

I'll pass for your comrade : women soldiers in the Civil War

by Anita Silvey

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Back during the Civil War, women could not join the military. But many women wanted to fight and joined the army disguised as men. This book talks about the reasons they joined up, the ways they had to disguise their identities, and how they got along once they were in...

The musician's daughter

by Susanne Emily Dunlap

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Fifteen-year-old Theresa is the daughter of a violinist playing in the glamorous royal court of 18th century Vienna. When her father turns up murdered, Theresa is determined to find out more about his death, if not solve the mystery. But the social constraints of both her sex and her social...

Ivy : a novel

by Julie Hearn

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Ivy is an orphan in nineteenth century London. She lives with her large family of destitute and dishonest cousins who ignore her unless she has something to give them. Beginning with the day she wanders down the wrong alley, her life becomes something out of the ordinary. Mixed up with...

The dragon's child : a story of Angel Island

by Laurence Yep

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What if you didn't know your dad and he came to take you away? That's what happened to Gim Lew. He lived in a small village in China with his mother and sisters. All the men and boys in his family lived in America and sent money back to their...

Trials of Kate Hope

by Warwick Downing

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Denver. 1973. Some of the old territorial laws are still on the books, and that means that Kate Hope, age 14, is a bona fide practicing lawyer, part of Hope & Hope, Attorneys, with her grandfather. What started out as her helping out in the office because of "Judge" Hope's...

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