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Historical Fiction: 2012 High School Summer Suggested Reading List

Hughes, Dean. Soldier Boys. Two boys, one German and one American, are eager to join their respective armies during World War II, and their paths cross at the Battle of the Bulge. This story is told through each boy’s different point of view.

Peet, Mal. Life: An Exploded Diagram. In 1960s Norfolk, England, seventeen-year-old Clem Ackroyd lives with his mother and grandmother in a tiny cottage, but his life is transformed when he falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy farmer in this tale that flashes back through the stories of three generations

HISTORICAL FICTION *for more mature readers
*Dallas, Sandra. Tallgrass. Her life turned upside-down when a Japanese internment camp is opened in their small Colorado town, Rennie witnesses the way her community places suspicion on the newcomers when a young girl is murdered. Author of the Persian Pickle Club.

*Enger, Leif. Peace Like a River. The quiet 1960s midwestern life of the Land family is upended when Davy kills two teenage boys who have come to harm the family. On the morning of his sentencing, Davy escapes from his cell and the Lands set out in search for him. This debut is at once a heroic quest and a haunting meditation on the possibility of magic in the everyday world. Those who enjoyed Watson’s Montana 1948 may like this.

*Godbersen, Anna. The Luxe. In Manhattan in 1899, five teens of different social classes lead dangerously scandalous lives, despite the strict rules of society and the best-laid plans of parents and others. First in The Luxe series, followed by Rumors. For fans of the The Gossip Girls.

*Hubbard, Jenny. Paper Covers Rock. In 1982 Buncombe County, North Carolina, sixteen-year-old Alex Stromm writes of the aftermath of the accidental drowning of a friend, as his English teacher reaches out to him while he and a fellow boarding school student try to cover things up.

*Larkin, Jillian. Vixen. In this first book in the Flappers series, it is 1923 in Chicago and seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody rebels against her upcoming society wedding by visiting a speakeasy, while her Pennsylvania cousin, Clara, hides her wild past, and Gloria’s best friend, Lorraine, makes plans of her own. Followed by Ingenue.

*Rees, Celia. Witch Child. In 1659, fourteen-year-old Mary Newbury keeps a journal of her voyage from England to the New World and her experiences living as a witch in a community of Puritans near Salem, Massachusetts.

*Smith, Sherri. Flygirl. During World War II, a light-skinned African- American girl “passes” for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

*Watson, Larry. Montana 1948. The events of a small-town summer forever alter David Hayden’s view of his family in this tale of love and courage, of power abused, and of the terrible choice between family loyalty and justice.

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