• Children's & YA
      August 2012


      by Seema Gupta

      The Ramayana is the tale of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya. The Ramayana is perhaps one of the best known epics in the world which transcends all barriers of time, caste, creed and space. The reason for Ramayana’s great popularity is that it is one story entwined in so many amazing stories woven so beautifully that not even for a moment you feel out of place. The exciting characters, their problems, their values and the crafty situations transform you into another world. You feel like one among them. Their joys make you laugh and their pains and sorrows make you cry. They take you on a journey beyond comprehension. Rama, the son of Dahsratha, goes to the forest for fourteen years to honour his father’s words. His wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana accompany him. Their sojourn with forest life is full of adventures as they make new friends and meet weird foes. Their happy life is disturbed when Ravana, the king of Lanka, abducts Sita. Rama takes help of Sugriva, Honuman and with the monkey army he manages to rescue her. In the battle that ensued Ravana is killed. But that is not the end of the story. The tale further describes Rama Rajya, Sita’s banishment and the birth of Rama’s sons Luva and Kusha. So here’s this vivid and vibrant ancient epic of Ramayana which is laced with adventures, excitement, love and war in the amazing stories intertwined with the main story line. This delightfully retold epic is sure to steal your heart. Jai Sri Rama

    • Historical fiction (Children's/YA)
      March 2017

      Army Brats

      by Daphne Benedis-Grab

      Think The Penderwicks on an army base! When the Bailey family moves to an army base, Tom, Charlotte, and Rosie have lots to do! They get to make new friends, visit the huge pool, and, unfortunately, need to deal with the base bully. As they explore their new home, they quickly realize there is a mystery on the base: an abandoned building long-rumored to be haunted. But when they go to investigate, they don't find a ghost, just lots of weird equipment--and a suspicious man sneaking around inside. They know it's up to them figure out the base's secrets--and prove to everyone that no bully can keep the Bailey kids down. Army Brats is a fun, antic-filled middle grade romp about friendships, bravery, and being true to yourself. It pairs an appealing setting with the talents of Daphne Benedis-Grab, who can skillfully handle multiple perspectives and the complex dynamics between friends and siblings.

    • Historical fiction (Children's/YA)
      January 2017

      The Harlem Charade

      by Natasha Tarpley

      Fans of Chasing Vermeerwill love this clever mystery about art, artifice, and the power of community. Harlem is home to all kinds of kids. Jin sees life passing her by from the window of her family's bodega. Alex wants to help the needy one shelter at a time, but can't tell anyone who she really is. Elvin's living on Harlem's cold, lonely streets, surviving on his own after his grandfather was mysteriously attacked. When these three strangers join forces to find out what happened to Elvin's grandfather, their digging leads them to an enigmatic artist whose missing masterpieces are worth a fortune-one that might save the neighborhood from development by an ambitious politician who wants to turn it into Harlem World, a ludicrous historic theme park. But if they don't find the paintings soon, nothing in their beloved neighborhood will ever be the same . . . In this remarkable tale of daring and danger, debut novelist Natasha Tarpley explores the way a community defines itself, the power of art to show truth, and what it really means to be home.

    • Historical fiction (Children's/YA)
      March 2017

      Night Witches: A Novel of World War Two

      A Novel of World War Two

      by Kathryn Lasky

      From bestselling and award-winning author Kathryn Lasky comes an explosive adventure following the teen girl fighter pilots who took on Hitler's army . . . and won. 16-year-old Valya knows what it feels like to fly. She's a pilot who's always felt more at home soaring through the sky than down on earth. But since the Germans surrounded Stalingrad, Valya's been forced to stay on the ground and watch her city crumble. When her mother is killed during the siege, Valya is left with one burning desire: to join up with her older sister, a member of the famous and feared Night Witches-a brigade of young female pilots. Using all her wits, Valya manages to get past the German blockage and find the Night Witches' base . . . and that's when the REAL danger starts. The women have been assigned a critical mission. If they succeed, they'll inflict serious damage on the Nazis. If they fail, they'll face death . . . or even worse horrors. Historical fiction master Lasky sheds light on the war's unsung heroes-daredevil girls who took to the skies to fight for their country-in an action-packed thrill ride that'll leave you electrified and breathless.

    • Historical fiction (Children's/YA)
      April 2017

      Rolling Thunder

      by Kate Messner

      Award-winning author Kate Messner and acclaimed artist Greg Ruth honor the sacrifices of American veterans and their families in this touching tribute of remembrance. Lines of bikes are miles long,shining, half a million strong. Rumbling, grumbling, engines roar. Peace signs. High fives. Spirits soar. Every Memorial Day in Washington, DC, more than a million veterans and their supporters gather for the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, a motorcycle parade that pays tribute to the men and women of the US armed forces. This lyrical story honors the bravery and sacrifice of American heroes those who have returned home, and those who haven't.

    • Historical fiction (Children's/YA)
      July 2017

      A Promising Life: A Novel of Coming of Age with America

      Coming of Age with America, A Novel

      by Emily Arnold McCully

      Award-winning author Emily McCully's most adventurous book to date draws a dramatic portrait of life in 19th century America. For as long as he can remember, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau has been told that a promising future lies ahead of him. After all, his mother is the great Sacagawea, who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition of discovery. And thanks to his mother, Baptiste's life changes forever when Captain Clark offers him an education in the bustling new city of St. Louis. There, his mother charges him to "learn everything" - reading, writing, languages, mathematics. His life becomes a whirl of new experiences: lessons, duels, dances, elections. He makes friends and undertakes unexpected journeys to far-off places.But he also witnesses the injustices Clark, as a US agent for Indian Affairs, forces upon the Osage, the Arikara, the Mandan, and so many others. He sees the effect of what some call "progress" on the land and on the people who have lived there for generations. And he must choose what path he will take and what place he will have in a rapidly changing society.

    • Historical fiction (Children's/YA)
      June 2017

      Prisoner of War: A Novel of World War II

      by Michael P. Spradlin

      He lied about his age to enlist. Now he'll have to lie about everything else to survive! Survive the war. Outlast the enemy. Stay alive. That's what Henry Forrest has to do. When he lies about his age to join the Marines, Henry never imagines he'll face anything worse than his own father's cruelty. But his unit is shipped off to the Philippines, where the heat is unbearable, the conditions are brutal, and Henry's dreams of careless adventuring are completely dashed.Then the Japanese invade the islands, and US forces there surrender. As a prisoner of war, Henry faces one horror after another. Yet among his fellow captives, he finds kindness, respect, even brotherhood. A glimmer of light in the darkness. And he'll need to hold tight to the hope they offer if he wants to win the fight for his country, his freedom . . . and his life. Michael P. Spradlin's latest novel tenderly explores the harsh realities of the Bataan Death March and captivity on the Pacific front during World War II.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories

      Dirgelwch Yr Ogof

      Nofel Am Smyglwyr

      by T. Llew Jones

    • Family & home stories (Children's/YA)
      September 2009

      The Further Adventures Of Ociee Nash

      by Milam McGraw Propst

      In the tradition of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Anne of Green Gables, Pollyanna and Laura Ingalls, the Ociee Nash series is filled with the sweet, funny, poignant and mischievous adventures of ten-year-old Ociee Nash, a likable tomboy who turns her grief over her mother's death into a talent for recognizing lonely people who need a friend. Travel with Ociee as she, Papa, and brother Ben move to the bright lights of Memphis, Tennessee, where a "witch woman" captures Ociee's tender heart. In THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF OCIEE NASH, eleven-year-old Ociee's life is never plain, quiet or simple. After all, it's the fancy modern world of 1901, big brother Fred is now a married man, and brother Ben just coaxed her to jump off a moving train. Plus, as she's planning to go back to North Carolina for another visit with fun Aunt Mamie, Papa Nash announces that their family is leaving little Abbeville, Mississippi, for the bright city lights of Memphis, Tennessee. Atlanta author Milam McGraw Propst was awarded Georgia Author of the Year and a national Parent's Choice Award for the first book in the Ociee Nash series, 'A Flower Blooms on Charlotte Street, which then became an acclaimed film in 2003 as THE ADVENTURES OF OCIEE NASH, starring Skyler Day, Keith Carradine, and Mare Winningham. Milam's stories are inspired by the history of her own grandmother, Ociee Nash Whitman.

    • Historical fiction (Children's/YA)

      Cordelia's Pig Day

      by Elizabeth Byrne. Hill

    • Historical fiction (Children's/YA)

      Roberto's War

      by Alan. Lambert

    • Educational: Languages other than English

      Ofnadwy Nos

      by T. Llew Jones

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories

      Mordaith Ar Y Titanic

      Dyddiadur Margaret Anne Brady, 1912

      by Ellen Emerson White

    • Children's & YA
      August 2011

      Secret Lake

      by Karen Inglis

      A lost dog, a hidden time tunnel and secret lake take Stella and Tom to their home and the children living there 100 years in the past. A time travel mystery adventure for children age 8-11 years. Now enjoyed by 20,000 young readers. When Stella and her younger brother, Tom, move to their new London home, they become mystified by the disappearances of Harry, their elderly neighbour’s small dog. Where does he go? And why does he keep reappearing wet-through? Their quest to solve the riddle over the summer holidays leads to a boat buried under a grassy mound – and a tunnel that takes them to a secret lake. Who is the boy rowing towards them who looks so terrified? And whose are those children’s voices carried on the wind from beyond the woods? Stella and Tom soon discover that they have travelled back in time to their home and its gardens almost 100 years earlier. Here they make both friends and enemies, and uncover startling connections between the past and present. A modern children's classic The Secret Lake has been described by readers as a 'modern Tom's Midnight Garden' and compared in atmosphere with The Secret Garden. Karen Inglis describes it as '"a time travel mystery adventure with modern twists - the kind of adventure that I loved to read as a child, but brought right up to date!"

    • Historical fiction (Children's/YA)

      A Wind from the Sea

      by Jennifer. Morgan

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories

      Un Noson Dywyll

      by T. Llew Jones

    • Graphic novels

      Clive of India

      by Richard Kelly

      Clive of India is based on the true story of Robert Clive of India. It details his exploits while leading British forces, including his daring escape from a French-occupied fort, his eventual rise to Major and Captain, and several sieges he won with varying degrees of casualty. Robert Clive was more than just a soldier; Clive of India also tells the story of his courtship and eventual marriage to Margaret Maskelyne, sister to astronomer Nevil Maskelyne. With great character support in a group of soldiers with whom Clive escapes the besieged city of Madras, Clive of India gives insight into the first Baron of Clive and his forays onto the Indian battlefield and the troubles and politics of the British forces during the 18th century.

    • Historical fiction

      Three Kings - One Throne

      by Michael Wills

      A panoramic novel against a backdrop of violence and political turbulence in the eleventh century, Ivar, a Danish orphan is enslaved to the most successful and experienced soldier of the age. He eventually becomes one of the elite bodyguard of the Emperor of Turkey. Meanwhile his distant relative, Torkil, the grandson of an Anglo Norse thayne, advances his military career in the service of Harold Godwinson. History dictates that one day the two warriors, caught up in the maelstrom of treachery, carnage, greed, lust and loyalty, will meet. When they do, there are devastating results for one of them, his king and his country. The crown of England was the most contested in all Europe – on the death of Edward the Confessor, Harold Godwinsson took possession of it. In 1066 two other claimants to the throne, a Norwegian and a Norman tried to wrest it from him. This is the story of Ivar and Torkil and the three kings they served.

    • Children's & YA
      September 2014

      The Boy who Spat in Sargrenti's Eye

      by Manu Herbstein

      On 13 June 1873 British forces bombarded Elmina town in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) and destroyed it. To this day it has not been rebuilt. Later that same year, using seaborne artillery, the British flattened ten coastal towns and villages – including Axim, Takoradi and Sekondi. On 6th February, 1874, after looting the Asantehene’s palace in Kumase, British troops blew up the stone building and set the city on fire, razing it to the ground. 15-year old Kofi Gyan witnesses these events and records them in his diary. This novel, first published soon after the 140th anniversary of the sack of Kumase, tells his story. Several historical characters feature in the novel: the Asantehene Kofi Karikari, the war correspondents Henry Morton Stanley and G. A. Henty and the war artist of the Illustrated London News, Melton Prior, who employs Kofi as his assistant. The novel is illustrated with 70 black and white images, mainly from the Illustrated London News of 1873 and 1874 The image on the front cover is of a solid gold mask looted from the Asantehene’s palace. It now resides in the vaults of the Wallace Collection in London. The Boy who Spat in Sargrenti’s Eye is one of three winners of the 2013 Burt Award for African Literature in Ghana. The Burt Award for African Literature recognises excellence in young adult fiction from African countries. It supports the writing and publication of high quality, culturally relevant books and ensures their distribution to schools and libraries to help develop young people’s literacy skills and foster their love of reading. The Burt Award is generously sponsored by the Canadian philanthropist, Bill Burt, and is part of the ongoing literacy programmes of the Ghana Book Trust and of CODE, a Canadian NGO which has been supporting development through education for over 50 years. The Burt Award includes the guaranteed purchase of 3000 copies of the winning books for free distribution to secondary school libraries.

    • Historical fiction (Children's/YA)
      December 2012

      Shadow of Time

      by Jen MInkman

      All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship. But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the history of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams? Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you. 'Shadow of Time' blends the best of the paranormal romance, young adult and new adult genre to give readers a unique story!

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