|Global 9 Reading Selections
200.956 SUL Holy Lands: One Place, Three Faiths. New York: Life Books, 2002.
Chronicles the religious history of the Holy Lands, including Israel, the West Bank, the Sinai and Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Mecca, and Medina, discussing their significance in the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic faiths.
231.7 PAR Parker, Andrew. The Genesis Enigma: Why the Bible is Scientifically Accurate. New York: Dutton, 2009.
Andrew Parker explains the science he believes verifies the order and significance of events described in the biblical account of Creation found in Genesis.
297.8 HAZ Hazleton, Lesley. After the Prophet: the Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam. New York: Doubleday, 2009.
Examines the origins of the Shia-Sunni split in Islam, from its start in Arabia in 632 to its lasting influence on modern conflicts in the Middle East, explaining how the succession crisis following the death of Muhammad created a divide among the Muslim people that is still felt in the twenty-first century.
306.3 STC St. Clair, William. The Door of No Return: the History of Cape Coast Castle and the Atlantic Slave Trade. New York: BlueBridge, 2007.
Traces the history of Cape Coast Castle on the coast of Ghana in West Africa, recounting the castle's link to the region's bloody slave trade and exploring how the castle was used to sell, transport, and smuggle slaves throughout the eighteenth century.
345.44 DAV Davis, Natalie Zemon. The Return of Martin Guerre. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1983.
Relates the story of an imposture in France in the 1500's, when a peasant assumed the identity of Martin Guerre.
355.008 MIL Miles, Rosalind. Hell Hath No Fury: True Stories of Women at War from Antiquity to Iraq. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2008.
A collection of biographical essays of women who have led, fought in, and participated in wars throughout history, including Cleopatra, Tammy Duckworth, Belle Boyd, Martha Gellhorn, and others.
355.02 MAC Machiavelli, Niccolò. Art of War. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.
Presents a modern, idiomatic English translation of "The Art of War," in which fifteenth-century Italian nobleman Niccolo Machiavelli's shares his theories of war and politics, and includes commentary by Machiavelli scholar Christopher Lynch.
398.2 FLE Fleischman, Paul. Dateline : Troy. Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2006.
A retelling of the story of the Trojan War illustrated with collages featuring newspaper clippings of modern events from World War I through the War on Terrorism.
526 SOB Sobel, Dava. Longitude: the True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time. New York: Penguin Books, 1996.
Recounts John Harrison's forty-year quest to build the chronometer, the clock that enabled sailors to measure longitude, saving lives and fortunes.
614.5 ZAH Zahler, Diane. The Black Death. Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century Books, 2009.
An illustrated introduction that describes the history of the Black Death pandemic in the 1300s, and discusses the causes, spread, symptoms observed, treatment techniques, and the outcome of the devastation.
759.5 KIN King, Ross. Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling. New York: Penguin Books, 2003
Tells the story of the four years Michelangelo spent painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, explaining how he and his assistants worked, discussing his struggles with finances, ill health, and other difficulties, and examining the political and personal rivalries that shadowed the project.
921 ALEXANDER Burgan, Michael. Alexander the Great: World Conqueror. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2007.
A biography of Alexander the Great, one of the ancient world's most successful conquerors.
921 BEETHOVEN Morris, Edmund. Beethoven : the Universal Composer. New York: Atlas Books/HarperCollins, 2005.
Presents a biography of late eighteenth-century German composer Ludwig van Beethoven, and chronicles his childhood, his extraordinary achievements in his music, and his struggles with incurable deafness.
921 CERVANTES Nardo, Don. Miguel de Cervantes: Novelist, Poet, and Playwright. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books,
A biography of Miguel de Cervantes that discusses his family, experiences as a soldier, imprisonment, literary works, legacy, and more.
921 CLEOPATRA Blackaby, Susan. Cleopatra: Egypt's Last and Greatest Queen. New York: Sterling Pub, 2009.
Presents an illustrated history of Cleopatra, a smart and determined figure from Egyptian history, covering the Ptolemy Dynasty into which she was born, the role of women in ancient Egypt, her relationships with Caesar and Mark Antony, her political involvements, and more.
921 CLEOPATRA Morgan, Julian. Cleopatra: Ruling in the Shadow of Rome. New York: Rosen Central, 2003.
A biography of Cleopatra VII, famous for her relationships with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, the last pharaoh of Egypt.
921 CONFUCIUS Burgan, Michael. Confucius: Chinese Philosopher and Teacher. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books,
A biography of ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius that discusses his education, travels, teaching, philosophical thoughts, and other related topics.
921 COPERNICUS Somervill, Barbara A. Nicolaus Copernicus: Father of Modern Astronomy. Minneapolis: Compass
Point Books, 2005.
Presents a biography of Nicolaus Copernicus, the founder of modern astronomy, how he observed the movement of the stars and planets, and challenged the Roman Catholic Church and the notion that the Earth was the center of the Universe.
921 DE MEDICI Somervill, Barbara A. Catherine de Medici: the Power Behind the French Throne. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2006.
A brief biography of Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henry II, providing information on her childhood, her experiences in the court, and her influence on French history.
921 ELEANOR Brooks, Polly Schoyer. Queen Eleanor: Independent Spirit of the Medieval World. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1983.
A biography of the twelfth-century queen, first of France, then of England, who was the very lively wife of Henry II and mother of several notable sons, including Richard the Lionhearted.
921 ELIZABETH I Weatherly, Myra. Elizabeth I: Queen of Tudor England. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2006.
Presents a biography of Elizabeth I, Queen of Tudor England, and provides information on the Renaissance, her forty-five year reign--called the Golden Age--her court, and her achievements.
921 ERASMUS Rees, Fran. Desiderius Erasmus: Writer and Christian Humanist. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2006.
A brief biography of fifteenth-century Humanist, Desiderius Erasmus, providing information on his life in France, England, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland and his complete dedication to the church even in the midst of the Protestant Reformation.
921 GALILEO Doak, Robin S. Galileo: Astronomer and Physicist. Minneapolis: Compass Point, 2005.
Presents a biography of sixteenth-century astronomer Galileo Galilei, discussing his early life, his work at the University of Padua, his inventions, and his development of his theory that the Earth revolved around the sun--a notion that led to his being convicted of heresy.
921 GUTENBERG Rees, Fran. Johannes Gutenberg: Inventor of the Printing Press. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books,
Presents a biography of Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press, and provides information on the Renaissance world, the Gutenberg Bible, and the impact his invention had on the world of books.
921 HATSHEPSUT Dell, Pamela. Hatshepsut: Egypt’s First Female Pharaoh. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2009.
Examines the life of Hatshepsut, the first female ruler of Egypt, and describes her childhood, how she rose to power following the death of her father, her actions while on the throne, and other related topics.
921 HOOKE Burgan, Michael. Robert Hooke: Natural Philosopher and Scientific Explorer. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2008.
A biography of the famous seventeenth-century English scientist, Robert Hooke, who investigated light, sound, and microscopic organisms.
921 HYPATIA Donovan, Sandra. Hypatia: Mathematician, Inventor, and Philosopher. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2008.
A biographical and historical study of Hypatia, a philosopher and mathematician in the 300s and 400s, who was killed in Alexandria by Christians because they thought she was pagan.
921 JOAN Yeatts, Tabatha. Joan of Arc: Heavenly Warrior. New York: Sterling, 2009.
A biography of Joan of Arc that describes her childhood in war-torn France, her experiences hearing sacred voices, and her canonization.
921 LEO X Doak, Robin S. Pope Leo X: Opponent of the Reformation. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2006.
A brief biography of Pope Leo X, the leader of the Catholic Church at the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, providing information on his reign of extravagance and culture, and explaining how he excommunicated Martin Luther, the German priest who led the reformation.
921 LUTHER Somervill, Barbara A. Martin Luther: Father of the Reformation. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2006.
A biography of sixteenth-century Protestant reformer Martin Luther, who challenged the practices of the Catholic Church by nailing his "Ninety-Five Theses" to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.
921 MANZANO Engle, Margarita. The Poet Slave of Cuba: a Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano. New York: Henry Holt, 2006.
A portrait in poems of Juan Francisco Manzano, the poet who was born a slave in Cuba in 1797.
921 MERCATOR Heinrichs, Ann. Gerardus Mercator: Father of Modern Mapmaking. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books,
A biography of the sixteenth-century cartographer Gerardus Mercator, who invented a method of projecting the curvature of the Earth's surface on to a flat sheet of paper.
921 MICHELANGELO Somervill, Barbara A. Michelangelo: Sculptor and Painter. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books,
Profiles the life of Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo, discussing his early years, his schooling, and his work habits, looking at some of his best-known paintings and sculptures, and providing information about the world in which he lived and worked.
921 NEWTON Rosinsky, Natalie M. Sir Isaac Newton: Brilliant Mathematician and Scientist. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2008.
A biography of the famous seventeenth-century English physicist, Sir Isaac Newton, who formulated the laws of gravity, force, and motion. Includes photographs, a time line, a list of resources, a glossary, and a selected bibliography.
921 RAMSES II Fitzgerald, Stephanie. Ramses II: Egyptian Pharaoh, Warrior, and Builder. Minneapolis: Compass Point
A comprehensive biography of Ramses II that details his sixty-seven-year reign, numerous building projects, his unique personality, and how he came to be known as Ramses the Great.
921 SHAKESPEARE Bryson, Bill. Shakespeare: the World as Stage. New York: Atlas Books/Harper, 2007.
Bill Bryson investigates the slim facts known about the life of William Shakespeare, looks at some of the more unusual speculations about the great playwright and poet, and surveys the theories of people who have sought to debunk Shakespeare's authorship.
921 SHAKESPEARE Nettleton, Pamela Hill. William Shakespeare: Playwright and Poet. Minneapolis: Compass Point
Presents a biography of English writer William Shakespeare, from his childhood in Stratford, to his writing of nearly 40 plays--comedies, tragedies, and histories--and places his body of work in the context of the Renaissance.
921 SOCRATES Dell, Pamela. Socrates: Ancient Greek in Search of Truth. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2007.
Chronicles the life of Athenian philosopher Socrates, describing the world in which he lived, his experiences as a soldier, the development of the Socratic method of questioning, his teachings, and his trial and death.
921 THUCYDIDES Doak, Robin S. Thucydides: Ancient Greek Historian. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2007.
A biography of the ancient Greek historian and general Thucydides, discussing his childhood, life in Sparta, and account of the Peloponnesian War.
921 TYNDALE Rees, Fran. William Tyndale: Bible Translator and Martyr. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2006.
A brief biography of William Tyndale, the sixteenth-century martyr who translated and distributed copies of the Bible to common people, providing information on his childhood, his dedication to reforming the Catholic Church, and his life in exile as a wanted man.
940.2 MAN Manchester, William. A World Lit Only by Fire: the Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age. New York: Little, Brown & Company, 1993.
A portrait of the Middle Ages, studying the process of religious, intellectual, and geographic exploration that led medieval people into the rebirth of civilization known as the Renaissance.
944 DAR Darnton, Robert. The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History. New York: Basic Books, 1984.
Presents six essays that analyze and discuss eighteenth-century folklore, everyday life in Europe during the time, and stories including "Little Red Riding Hood," an account of a massacre of cats, and Mother Goose.
951.026 LEV Levathes, Louise. When China Ruled the Seas: the Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, 1405-1433. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Tells of a fleet of Chinese treasure ships and seven epic voyages between 1405 and 1433.
970.01 FRE Freedman, Russell. Who was First? : Discovering the Americas. New York: Clarion Books, 2007.
Examines the evidence that indicates others may have traveled to the Americas before Columbus in 1492 including Viking ruins, Mayan stonework, and other mysterious objects found in New England that date before Columbus.
970.01 MAN Mann, Charles C. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus. New York: Vintage Books, 2006.
Presents an examination of the geographic, cultural, and human landscape of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492, and includes information from historical and archaeological perspectives that offers a new view of pre-Columbian America.
972.01 SCH Schele, Linda. A Forest of Kings: the Untold Story of the Ancient Maya. New York: Morrow, 1990.
A history of the New World as it existed before the European invasion, based on the interpretation of Maya hieroglyphs.
FIC ACH Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. New York: Anchor Books, 1994, 1959.
Set in an Ibo village in Nigeria, the novel recreates pre-Christian tribal life and shows how the coming the white man led to the breaking up of the old ways.
FIC ALD Alder, Elizabeth. The King’s Shadow. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1995.
After he is orphaned and has his tongue cut out in a clash with the bullying sons of a Welsh noble, Evyn is sold as a slave and serves many masters, from the gracious Lady Swan Neck to the valiant Harold Godwinson, England's last Saxon king.
FIC AMI Amirrezvani, Anita. The Blood of Flowers. New York: Back Bay Books, 2007.
The death of her father leads a teenage girl in seventeenth-century Iran to go live with her mother as a servant in the home of her uncle, a wealthy rug designer in the court of the Shah, where she is able to develop her talent for rug design--a skill that becomes vital to her survival after her lack of a dowry forces her into a contract marriage, renewable every three months, with the son of a horse trader.
FIC AZU Azuela, Mariano. The Underdogs: a novel of the Mexican Revolution. New York: Signet Classic, 1996.
During the Mexican Revolution, Demetrio Macias is forced to side with the rebels so he can save his family, and while he is fighting in Pancho Villa's army, he realizes he is more violent than he thought possible.
FIC BAR Barnhouse, Rebecca. The Book of the Maidservant. New York: Random House, 2009.
In 1413, a young maidservant accompanies her deeply religious mistress, Dame Margery Kempe, on a pilgrimage to Rome.
FIC BAR Barrett, Tracy. King of Ithaka. New York: Holt, 2010.
When sixteen-year-old Telemachos and his two best friends, one a centaur, leave their life of privilege to undertake a quest to find Telemachos's father Odysseus, they learn much along the way about what it means to be a man and a king.
FIC BAS Bass, L. G. Sign of the Qin. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2004.
In long-ago China, Prince Zong, the mortal young Starlord chosen to save humankind from destruction, joins the twin outlaws, White Streak and Black Whirlwind, to fight the Lord of the Dead and his demon hordes.
FIC BEA Beaufrand, Mary Jane. Primavera. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2008.
Growing up in Renaissance Italy, Flora sees her family's fortunes ebb, but encounters with the artist Botticelli and the guidance of her nurse teach her to look past the material world to the beauty already in her life.
FIC BOS Bosse, Malcolm. The Examination. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994.
Fifteen-year-old Hong and his older brother Chen face famine, flood, pirates, and jealous rivals on their journey through fifteenth century China as Chen pursues his calling as a scholar and Hong becomes involved with a secret society known as the White Lotus.
FIC BUC Buck, Pearl S. Dragon Seed. Wakefield, R.I.: Moyer Bell, 1992, 1984.
A reprint of a 1941 novel that tells the story of Ling Tan and his family and their struggles during the time of war in China.
FIC BUC Buck, Pearl S. The Living Reed. New York: John Day Co., 1963.
The author presents a history of the four thousand-year-old culture of Korea discussing the country and its people from a fictional format.
FIC BUN Bunce, Elizabeth C. A Curse Dark as Gold. New York: Scholastic, 2009.
Upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte struggles to keep the family's woolen mill running in the face of an overwhelming mortgage and what the local villagers believe is a curse, but when a man capable of spinning straw into gold appears on the scene she must decide if his help is worth the price.
FIC CAD Cadnum, Michael. The King’s Arrow. New York: Viking, 2008.
In 1100, eighteen-year-old Simon struggles to find himself a place in divided England, and when he is offered the chance to accompany the king on a royal hunt, Simon hopes the journey will unlock doors for an exciting future, but when the hunt takes a fatal turn, Simon is forced to flee for his life.
FIC CAD Cadnum, Michael. Peril on the Sea. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
In the tense summer of 1588, eighteen-year-old Sherwin Morris, after nearly perishing in a shipwreck, finds himself aboard the privateer Vixen, captained by the notorious and enigmatic Brandon Fletcher who offers him adventure and riches if Sherwin would write and disseminate a flattering account of the captain's exploits.
FIC CHE Chevalier, Tracy. Girl with a Pearl Earring. New York: Plume, 2001.
Imagines the young woman in Johannes Vermeer's mysterious painting "The Girl With a Pearl Earring" as a sixteen-year-old Dutch girl named Griet who sparks the interest of the artist when she becomes a maid in his turbulent household.
FIC COL Collins, Pat Lowery. Hidden Voices: the Orphan Musicians of Venice. Cambridge: Candlewick, 2009.
Luisa, Rosalba, and Anetta, three girls living at the Ospedale della Pieta, an orphange known for its musical program in eighteenth-century Venice, study under the tutelage of Antonio Vivaldi, while contemplating their futures and their hopes for love.
FIC COO Cooney, Caroline B. Enter Three Witches: a Story of Macbeth. New York: Scholastic Press, 2007.
After her father is killed for being a traitor, fourteen-year-old Lady Mary, who is a ward of Lord and Lady Macbeth, is sent to the scullery, where she works as a maid and uncovers the couple's secret plans.
FIC COV Coventry, Susan. The Queen's Daughter. New York: Henry Holt, 2010.
A fictionalized biography of Joan of England, the youngest child of King Henry II of England and his queen consort, Eleanor of Aquitaine, chronicling her complicated relationships with her warring parents and many siblings, particularly with her favorite brother Richard the Lionheart, her years as Queen consort of Sicily, and her second marriage to Raymond VI, Count of Toulouse.
FIC CUL Cullen, Lynn. I Am Rembrandt's Daughter. New York: Bloomsbury, 2007.
In Amsterdam in the mid-1600s, Cornelia's life as the illegitimate child of renowned painter Rembrandt is marked by plague, poverty, and despair at ever earning her father's love, until she sees hope for a better future in the eyes of a wealthy suitor.
FIC CUS Cushman, Karen. Catherine, Called Birdy. New York: Clarion Books, 1994.
The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.
FIC DIA Diamant, Anita. The Red Tent. New York: Picador USA, 1998.
The story of Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, is told from her point of view, beginning with the story of her mothers, Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah. These wives of Jacob give her the gifts that are to sustain her through a damaged youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land.
FIC DIC Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. Naples: Trident Press International, 2000.
The classic tale of the young Englishman who gives up his life during the French Revolution to save the husband of the woman he loves.
FIC DOK Dokey, Cameron. The Storyteller's Daughter. New York: Simon Pulse, 2002.
A retelling of the "Arabian Nights" story which casts Shahrayar the king as a tortured man driven to violence by the pain of his queen's betrayal, and the storytelling maiden Shahrazad as his saving grace--and newfound love.
FIC DON Donnelly, Jennifer. Revolution. New York: Delacorte Press, 2010.
An angry, grieving seventeen-year-old musician facing expulsion from her prestigious Brooklyn private school travels to Paris to complete a school assignment and uncovers a diary written during the French revolution by a young actress attempting to help a tortured, imprisoned little boy--Louis Charles, the lost king of France.
FIC DUB Duble, Kathleen Benner. Quest. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2008.
Relates events of explorer Henry Hudson's final voyage in 1602 from four points of view, those of his seventeen-year-old son aboard ship, a younger son left in London, a crewmember, and a young English woman acting as a spy in Holland in hopes of restoring honor to her family's name.
FIC DUM Dumas, Alexandre. The Man in the Iron Mask. Naples: Trident, 2000.
When a terrible secret threatens to bring down the throne of France, the Musketeers rally to serve their king and save their country by unraveling the mystery behind the man in the iron mask.
FIC DUM Dumas, Alexandre. The Three Musketeers. New York: Knopf, 1999.
In seventeenth-century France, young D'Artagnan initially quarrels with, then befriends, three musketeers and joins them in trying to outwit the enemies of the king and queen. Arthos, Porthos, and Aramis have become a symbol of daring and loyalty the world over. Their adventures form a rich tapestry of Louis XIV's France.
FIC DUM Dumas, Alexandre. Twenty Years After. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1942.
Alexander Dumas's sequel to "The Three Musketeers," which takes place two decades after that adventure and brings the four heroes into conflict with the son of Milady, their old foe.
FIC DUN Dunlap, Susanne Emily. The Musician's Daughter. New York: Bloomsbury, 2009.
In eighteenth-century Vienna, Austria, fifteen-year-old Theresa seeks a way to help her mother and brother financially while investigating the murder of her father, a renowned violinist in Haydn's orchestra at the court of Prince Esterhazy, after his body is found near a gypsy camp.
FIC END Endo, Shusaku. The Samurai. New York: Harper and Row, 1982.
A seventeenth-century Japanese warrior is chosen to be an envoy to the Viceroy of Mexico and Pope Paul V. But when he returns home after a four-year journey,he finds that his country's political views have shifted and that Japanese leaders are trying to rid the country of all Western influences.
FIC FER Ferris, Jean. Into the Wind. New York: Avon Books, 1996.
Set in the Yucatan, Mexico, in 1814, sixteen-year-old Rosie is orphaned after a deadly fire. As American privateers and the British Navy battle one another on the high seas, Rosie finds herself swept up in a dangerous and merciless war at sea.
FIC FIN Finnin, Ann. The Sorcerer of Sainte Felice. Woodbury: Flux, 2010.
In fifteenth-century France, fifteen-year-old Michael de Lorraine is saved from execution by Abbot Francis and granted refuge at the Benedictine monastery of Sainte Felice, where he tries to use his powers to save his new friends and mentors from the Inquisition.
FIC FLE Fletcher, Susan. Alphabet of Dreams. New York: Atheneum, 2006.
Fourteen-year-old Mitra, of royal Persian lineage, and her five-year-old brother Babak, whose dreams foretell the future, flee for their lives in the company of the magus Melchoir and two other Zoroastrian priests, traveling through Persia as they follow star signs leading to a newly-born king in Bethlehem. Includes historical notes.
FIC FRI Friesner, Esther M. Nobody's Prize. New York: Random House, 2008.
Still longing for adventure, Princess Helen of Sparta maintains her disguise as a boy to join her unsuspecting brothers as part of the crew of the Argo, the ship commanded by Prince Jason in his quest for the Golden Fleece.
FIC FRI Friesner, Esther M. Nobody's Princess. New York: Random House, 2008.
Determined to fend for herself in a world where only men have real freedom, headstrong Helen, who will be called queen of Sparta and Helen of Troy one day, learns to fight, hunt, and ride horses while disguised as a boy, and goes on an adventure throughout the Mediterranean world.
FIC FRI Friesner, Esther. Sphinx’s Princess. New York: Random House, 2009.
Although she is a dutiful daughter, Nefertiti's dancing abilities, remarkable beauty, and intelligence garner attention near and far, so much so that her family is summoned to the Egyptian royal court, where Nefertiti becomes a pawn in the power play of her scheming aunt, Queen Tiye.
FIC GAR Gardner, Sally. The Red Necklace: a Story of the French Revolution. New York: Dial Books, 2007.
In the late eighteenth-century, Sido, the twelve-year-old daughter of a self-indulgent marquis, and Yann, a fourteen-year-old Gypsy orphan raised to perform in a magic show, face a common enemy at the start of the French Revolution.
FIC GOR Gormley, Beatrice. Poisoned Honey: a Story of Mary Magdalene. New York: Knopf, 2010.
Mariamne, a young girl from Magdala who knows little of the world, grows up to learn how to escape to the spirit world and control her fate before becoming the close follower of Jesus Christ known as Mary Magdalene.
FIC GOR Gormley, Beatrice. Salome. New York: A. A. Knopf, 2007.
Relates the life of a beautiful descendant of Herod the Great, and events leading up to her Dance of the Seven Veils, after which her cruel mother coerces her to ask for the head of John the Baptist, an innocent man, on a silver platter.
FIC GRA Graber, Janet. The White Witch. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2009.
Fourteen-year-old Gwendoline Riston, having been accused of being a witch, is hidden away by her father after the plague hits her English town and witnesses the townspeople die from the sickness while blaming her for it.
FIC GRA Grant, K. M. White Heat. New York: Walker & Co, 2009.
As the conflict in Languedoc, also called Occitan, intensifies, Raimon, having escaped the pyre, suppresses his longing to find his beloved Yolanda and, together with Parsifal, carries the Blue Flame to the mountains where it serves to rally loyal Occitanians to organize against the formidable French forces set to invade their beloved country.
FIC GRA Gratz, Alan. Samurai Shortstop. New York: Dial Books, 2006.
While obtaining a Western education at a prestigious Japanese boarding school in 1890, sixteen-year-old Toyo also receives traditional samurai training which has profound effects on both his baseball game and his relationship with his father.
FIC GRE Gregory, Philippa. The Other Boleyn Girl. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001.
Mary Boleyn comes to the court of King Henry VIII, where she falls for the dashing king, and begins to enjoy her growing role as unofficial queen, however, she soon realizes she is merely a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the king's interest begins to turn towards her best friend and rival, her sister, Anne.
FIC HAL Halam, Ann. Snakehead. New York : Laurel-Leaf Books, 2008.
Compelled by his father Zeus to accept the evil king Polydectes's challenge to bring the head of the monstrous Medusa to the Aegean island of Serifos, Perseus, although questioning the gods' interference in human lives, sets out, accompanied by his beloved Andromeda, a princess with her own harsh destiny to fulfill.
FIC HAU Haugaard, Erik Christian. The Samurai's Tale. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1984.
In turbulent sixteenth-century Japan, orphaned Taro is taken in by a general serving the great warlord Takeda Shingen and grows up to become a samurai fighting for the enemies of his dead family.
FIC HES Hesse, Hermann. Siddhartha. New York: Bantam Books, 1971.
A moral allegory, set in ancient India, about one soul's quest for the ultimate answer to the enigma of man's role in this world. The hero, Siddhartha, undergoes a series of experiences to emerge in a state of peace and wisdom.
FIC HOF Hoffman, Alice. Incantation. New York: Little, Brown, 2006.
During the Spanish Inquisition, sixteen-year-old Estrella, brought up a Catholic, discovers her family's true Jewish identity, and when their secret is betrayed by Estrella's best friend, the consequences are tragic.
FIC HOF Hoffman, Mary. The Falconer’s Knot: a Story of Friars, Flirtation and Foul Play. New York: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books, 2007.
Silvano and Chiara, teens sent to live in a friary and a nunnery in Renaissance Italy, are drawn to one another and dream of a future together, but when murders are committed in the friary, they must discover who is behind the crimes before they can realize their love.
FIC HOF Hoffman, Mary. Troubadour. New York: Bloomsbury, 2009.
In the winter of 1208 while the dispute between the Pope and the Cathars intensifies, thirteen-year-old Lady Elinor, secretely in love with the troubadour Bertran de Miramont and determined to avoid her imminent marriage to an older man, runs away from her family's castle disguised as an apprentice troubadour, unaware of the dangers ahead as the Albigensian Crusade begins its onslaught on her native Languedoc.
FIC HOO Hooper, Mary. Newes from the Dead. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2008.
In 1650, while Robert, a young medical student, steels himself to assist with her dissection, twenty-two-year-old housemaid Anne Green recalls her life as she lies in her coffin, presumed dead after being hanged for murdering her child that was, in fact, stillborn.
FIC KLE Klein, Lisa. Lady MacBeth’s Daughter. New York: Bloomsbury, 2009.
In alternating chapters, ambitious Lady Macbeth tries to bear a son and win the throne of Scotland for her husband, and Albia, their daughter who was banished at birth and raised by three weird sisters, falls in love, learns of her parentage, and seeks to free Scotland from tyranny in this tale based on Shakespeare's Macbeth.
FIC KLE Klein, Lisa. Ophelia. New York: Bloomsbury, 2006.
In a story based on Shakespeare's Hamlet, Ophelia tells of her life in the court at Elsinore, her love for Prince Hamlet, and her escape from the violence in Denmark.
FIC LAS Lasky, Kathryn. Blood Secret. New York: HarperCollins, 2004.
Fourteen-year-old Jerry Luna, mute since her mother's disappearance, is sent to her great-great aunt Constanza's house, where she discovers a trunk that draws her into the world of her ancestors during the Spanish Inquisition.
FIC LAS Lasky, Kathryn. Hawksmaid : the Untold story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian. New York: Harper, 2011.
In twelfth-century England, Matty grows up to be a master falconer, able to communicate with the devoted birds who later help her and Fynn, also known as Robin Hood, to foil Prince John's plot to steal the crown.
FIC LAS Lasky, Kathryn. The Last Girls of Pompeii. New York: Viking, 2007.
Twelve-year-old Julia knows that her physical deformity will keep her from a normal life, but counts on the continuing friendship of her life-long slave, Mitka, until they learn that both of their futures in first-century Pompeii are about to change for the worse.
FIC LEN Lennox, Judith. The Italian Garden. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1993.
Joanna Zulian works in the studio of a respected artist but yearns for the power men have in Renaissance Italy.
FIC LEV Levitin, Sonia. Escape from Egypt: a novel. New York: Puffin Books, 1996, 1994.
When Moses comes to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land, Jesse, a Hebrew slave, finds his life changed by his growing faith in God and his attraction to the half-Egyptian, half-Syrian Jennat.
FIC LEV Levitin, Sonia. The Return. New York: Fawcett Juniper, 1987.
Desta and the other members of her Falasha family, Jews suffering from discrimination in Ethiopia, finally flee the country and attempt the dangerous journey to Israel.
FIC LIT Little, Melanie. The Apprentice’s Masterpiece: a Story of Medieval Spain. Toronto: Annick Press, 2008.
In fifteenth-century Spain, apprentice scribe Ramon witnesses his family become torn by the Inquisitions.
FIC LLO Lloyd, Alison. Year of the Tiger. New York: Holiday House, 2010.
In ancient China, two boys forge an unlikely alliance in an effort to become expert archers and, ultimately, to save their city from invading barbarians.
FIC MAH Mahfuz, Najib. Arabian Nights and Days. New York: Anchor Books, 1995.
In depicting a medieval Islamic city plagued by corruption and social unrest, the author presents a critique of contemporary moral and political issues.
FIC MAI Mailer, Norman. Ancient Evenings. Boston: Little, Brown, 1983.
Menenhetet leads four successive lives amid the politicking and intrigue of Egypt of the nineteenth and twentieth dynasties.
FIC MCC McCullough, Colleen. The First Man in Rome. New York: Avon Books, 1991.
Gripping historical novel about Gaius Marius and the social and political fabric of some of the last days of the Republic.
FIC MCC McCarthy, Cormac. Blood Meridian, or, The Evening Redness in the West. New York: Modern Library, 2001.
The tale of a disposed young man and the band of bloodthirsty mercenaries he joins up with in Mexico in the mid 1800s.
FIC MCL McLaren, Clemence. Inside the Walls of Troy: a novel of the Women Who Lived the Trojan War. New York: Simon Pulse, 2004.
The events surrounding the famous battle between the Greeks and the Trojans are told from the points of view of two women, the beautiful Helen and the prophetic Cassandra.
FIC MEC Mechner, Jordan. Solomon's Thieves. New York: First Second, 2010.
Martin, a Templar Knight, returns from the Crusades to find his love married to someone else, and soon discovers that others are out to destroy the Templar Order and steal their treasure. He bands together with other Templars to keep the Templar treasure safe from the corrupt officials of the Catholic Church.
FIC MEY Meyer, Carolyn. The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette. Boston: Harcourt, 2010.
In eighteenth-century France, Marie Antoinette rails against the rules of etiquette that govern her life even as she tries to fulfill her greatest obligation, giving birth to the next king, but she finds diversion in spending money on clothing, parties, and gambling despite her family's warnings and the whispers of courtiers.
FIC MEY Meyer, Carolyn. Cleopatra Confesses. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011.
Princess Cleopatra, the third (and favorite) daughter of King Ptolemy XII, comes of age in ancient Egypt, accumulating power and discovering love.
FIC MEY Meyer, Carolyn. Duchessina: a novel of Catherine de Medici. Orlando: Harcourt, 2007.
While her tyrannical family is out of favor in Italy, young Catherine de Medici is raised in convents, then in 1533, when she is fourteen, her uncle, Pope Clement VII, arranges for her marriage to prince Henri of France, who is destined to become king.
FIC MEY Meyer, Carolyn. In Mozart’s Shadow: His Sister’s Story. Orlando: Harcourt, 2008.
In eighteenth-century Europe, Anna "Nannerl" Mozart, a musician whose talent and dedication is overshadowed by that of her gifted younger brother, Wolfgang, struggles to win the notice of her father and patrons who might further her career, despite her gender.
FIC MEY Meyer, Carolyn. Loving Will Shakespeare. Orlando: Harcourt, 2006.
Anne Hathaway has always dreamed of leaving the small cottage where she and her siblings live with their critical stepmother, and when Will Shakespeare returns home and begins showing a serious interest in her, Anne must decide whether to follow her heart or play by the rules.
FIC MEY Meyer, Carolyn. Mary, Bloody, Mary. San Diego: Harcourt, 2001.
MaryTudor, who would reign briefly as Queen of England during the mid-sixteenth century, tells the story of her troubled childhood as daughter of King Henry VIII.
FIC MOR Moran, Katy. Bloodline. Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2009.
While traveling through early seventh-century Britain trying to stop an impending war, Essa, who bears the blood of native British tribes and of the invading Anglish, discovers that his mother is alive and he, himself, is a prince of the northern kingdom, but he has loyalties and loved ones in the south to whom he is compelled to return.
FIC NAM Namioka, Lensey. Island of Ogres. New York: Harper & Row, 1989.
An unemployed samurai reluctantly helps solve a mystery and prevent the overthrow of a young ruler on an island in medieval Japan.
FIC NAP Napoli, Donna Jo. The Smile. New York: Dutton Children's Books, 2008.
A fictionalized biography that describes the life of Elisabetta, the woman who posed for Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, the Mona Lisa.
FIC NGU Ngugi, James. A Grain of Wheat. London: Heinemann Educational Books, Ltd., 1970.
A Grain of Wheat is about Kenya on the verge of Independence. Africans and Europeans alike pause, in the lull between the fighting and the new world, to see what they have gained and lost. They examine their motives, and find them dubious, and their achievements, which often amount to very little.
FIC ORC Orczy, Emmuska Orczy. The Scarlet Pimpernel. New York: Pocket Books, 2004.
Presents the classic adventure novel in which Sir Percy Blakeney defies French revolutionaries in order to save innocent men and women from being put to death in the guillotine, and includes background information, a chronology of the author's life and work, explanatory notes, critical analyses, and other study aids.
FIC PAR Park, Linda Sue. The Kite Fighters. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000.
In Korea in 1473, eleven-year-old Young-sup overcomes his rivalry with his older brother Kee-sup, who as the first-born son receives special treatment from their father, and combines his kite-flying skill with Kee-sup's kite-making skill in an attempt to win the New Year kite-fighting competition.
FIC PAT Paterson, Katherine. The Master Puppeteer. New York: Crowell, 1975.
A thirteen-year-old boy describes the poverty and discontent of eighteenth century Osaka and the world of puppeteers in which he lives.
FIC PAT Paterson, Katherine. Of Nightingales that Weep. New York: Crowell, 1974.
The vain young daughter of a samurai finds her comfortable life ripped apart when opposing warrior clans begin a struggle for imperial control of Japan.
FIC REE Rees, Celia. The Fool's Girl. New York: Bloomsbury, 2010.
Violetta travels to London with her comic companion, Feste, to recover the holy relic that was stolen from their kingdom by evil Malvolio only to encounter the playwright, William Shakespeare.
FIC REE Reeve, Philip. Here Lies Arthur. New York: Scholastic Press, 2007.
Gwyna is forced to flee her village, but when she is discovered hiding in the woods by Myrddin, a bard, he swears to protect her as long as she agrees to bind herself to his service while he transforms young Arthur into a heroic king.
FIC REN Renault, Mary. The Bull from the Sea. New York: Vintage Books, 2001.
A fictionalized rendition of the heroic exploits of Theseus, King of Athens, beginning with his triumphant return from Crete after slaying the Minotaur.
FIC RIC Rice, Anne. Pandora: New Tales of the Vampires. New York: Ballantine, 1999.
Pandora, a two thousand-year-old vampire, shares the story of her existence from her days as one of the living in Rome at the time of Christ, to her love affair with Marius, the vampire who brought her over to the Dark, and her experiences down through the ages.
FIC SAB Sabatini, Rafael. Scaramouche: a Romance of the French Revolution. New York: Signet Classic, 2001.
Lawyer Andre-Louis Moreau, appalled by the death of his best friend at the hands of a member of the aristocracy, assumes the role of the clown Scaramouche with an acting troupe in pre-Revolutionary France and proceeds to speak out against the unjust French government.
FIC SAB Sabatini, Rafael. The Sea-Hawk. Mattituck: American Reprint Co., 2001.
Oliver Tressilian is betrayed by his half-brother and becomes a galley slave after the ship he is on is captured by the Spanish, but when he is finally released from slavery, he vows to get revenge on his brother and the woman who doubted him.
FIC SAY Sayres, Meghan Nuttall. Anahita’s Woven Riddle. New York: Amulet Books, 2006.
In Iran, a young girl with three suitors gets permission from her father and a holy man to weave into her wedding rug a riddle to be solved by her future husband, which will ensure that he has wit to match hers.
FIC SCO Scott, Walter. The Talisman. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1943.
A tale of Sir Kenneth, Prince Royal of Scotland, as a knight in disguise in the Holy Land during the Third Crusade.
FIC SEE See, Lisa. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: a novel. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2006.
Friends Snow Flower and Lily find solace in their bond as they face isolation, arranged marriages, loss, and motherhood in nineteenth-century China.
FIC SEN Sensel, Joni. The Humming of Numbers. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2008.
Aiden, a novice about to take monastic vows in tenth century Ireland, meets Lana, a girl who understands his ability to hear the sounds of numbers humming from all living things, and just as he is beginning to question his religious calling, the two of them are thrown together in a mission to save their village from invading Vikings.
FIC SHE Shecter, Vicky. Cleopatra's Moon. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2011.
Cleopatra Selene, the only surviving daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, recalls her life of pomp and splendor in Egypt and, after her parents' deaths, captivity and treachery in Rome.
FIC SHO Shors, John. Beneath a Marble Sky: a novel of the Taj Mahal. Kingston: McPherson & Co., 2004.
Princess Jahanara faces difficult choices as a member of Hindustan's royal family, a daughter, sister, and mother, as she tries to help her father, Shah Jahan, in his quest to have the Taj Mahal built, while also working to save the empire from civil war, and hide a forbidden love affair.
FIC SLA Slatton, Traci L. Immortal. New York: Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2008.
In Renaissance Florence, Luca Bastardo tries to understand the source of his immortality while coming in contact with artists, philosophers, wealthy men, beautiful women, and alchemists.
FIC SNO Snow, Maya. Sisters of the Sword. New York: HarperTrophy, 2009.
Two aristocratic sisters in ancient Japan disguise themselves as samurai warriors to take revenge on the uncle who betrayed their family.
FIC SPE Speare, Elizabeth George. The Bronze Bow. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1961.
After his parents are killed by the Romans, Daniel loses all ability for compassion and forgiveness until he gains a new understanding through the teachings of Jesus.
FIC STO Stone, Irving. The Agony and the Ecstasy: a Biographical Novel of Michelangelo. New York: New American Library, 1961.
Biography of Michelangelo, who lived and loved during the turbulent years of the Renaissance.
FIC STU Sturtevant, Katherine. The Brothers Story. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
In the late seventeenth century, fifteen-year-old Kit, driven to desperation by the starvation of one brother and the mistreatment of his simple-minded twin, realizes his dream of becoming an apprentice in London but feels drawn by duty to return home to Essex.
FIC TAL Talbert, Marc. Heart of a Jaguar. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1997.
Balam, a Mayan boy struggling to achieve manhood, participates in fasts, prayers, and rituals to appease the gods and bring rain to his village.
FIC THO Thomas, Jane Resh. The Counterfeit Princess. New York: Clarion Books, 2005.
Vowing revenge when her parents are executed in 1553 by the Duke of Northumberland, teenaged Iris becomes a messenger, spy, and stand-in for Princess Elizabeth during the volatile political times surrounding Edward VI's death.
FIC THO Thompson, Ricki. City of Cannibals. Honesdale: Front Street, 2010.
Dell, against her father's wishes, escapes to the City of Cannibals in search of Ronaldo, a boy who would leave supplies for her family and with whom she fell in love, and, while in the dangerous and surprising place, is faced with the decision to sign a mandated oath to the king or follow her heart and beliefs.
FIC TOL Tolstoy, Leo. War and Peace. New York: Signet Classics, 2007.
Leo Tolstoy's epic novel about the lives of five aristocratic families in Moscow and St. Petersburg against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars of the early nineteenth century.
FIC TUR Turnbull, Ann. No Shame, No Fear. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2004.
In England in 1662, a time of religious persecution, fifteen-year-old Susanna, a poor country girl and a Quaker, and seventeen-year-old William, a wealthy Anglican, meet and fall in love against all odds.
FIC TUR Turnbull, Ann. Forged in the Fire. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2007.
After spending three years apart, eighteen-year-old Susanna is eager to be reunited with her fiancé Will who is due to arrive from London so that they can be married, but it is the summer of 1665 and, unbeknownst to Susanna, the plague is beginning to spread throughout the city.
FIC TWA Twain, Mark. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Pleasantville: Reader’s Digest, 1984.
A laughter-filled tale of a Connecticut factory superintendent who was mysteriously transported back to the England of King Arthurs' time. Once there, he uses his Yankee ingenuity to recreate Medieval England in the image of industrial America. In the process, he upsets the entire political structure of England with his attacks on bigotry, ignorance and social injustice.
FIC VAN Vande Velde, Vivian. The Book of Mordred. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
As the peaceful King Arthur reigns, the five-year-old daughter of Lady Alayna, newly widowed of the village-wizard Toland, is abducted by knights who leave their barn burning and their only servant dead.
FIC VOL Voltaire. Candide. New York: Bantam Books, 1981.
The story of a simple, optimistic man whose travels take him from one disaster to another.
FIC WOO Wood, Barbara. Woman of a Thousand Secrets. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2008.
At nineteen Tonina, an orphaned outsider among her people on a remote Caribbean island, is sent back to the sea on a mission to procure a medicinal plant from the mainland, but though her quest terrifies her it also leads her to possibly discover her real origins.
FIC YOL Yolen, Jane. Girl in a Cage. New York: Speak, 2004.
As English armies invade Scotland in 1306, eleven-year-old Princess Marjorie, daughter of the newly crowned Scottish king, Robert the Bruce, is captured by England's King Edward Longshanks and held in a cage on public display.
FIC YOL Yolen, Jane. Queen's Own Fool: a Novel of Mary Queen of Scots. New York: Speak, 2003.
When twelve-year-old Nicola leaves Troupe Brufort and serves as the fool for Mary, Queen of Scots, she experiences the political and religious upheavals in both France and Scotland.