Romeo & Juliet Code

“Not belonging is a terrible feeling. It feels awkward and it hurts, as if you were wearing someone else’s shoes. ” Felicity, or Flissy Bathburn expresses this when Britain engaged with Germany in World War II, in the year of 1940. Felicity and her parents couldn’t stay in England anymore in fear of being bombed. Her parents, out of desperation,

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The Escape

Rosie and Paul have lived a carefree and joyous life in Paris, France, until their ideal world comes to an end with the turmoil of World War II when they are forced to take refuge. Their only hope being two words spoken  by their dad: “Find Henderson.”  At the same time in another part of France, Marc is an orphan,

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Escape from Warsaw

  Escape from Warsaw is set in Poland in 1942 where “on a cold, dark night…the Balicki children watch in horror as Nazi Storm Troopers arrest their mother.  Now they are alone.” Without perseverance, initiative, leadership and problem solving skills, the Balicki children depicted in Serrailliers’s true World War II story wouldn’t have survived to escape from Warsaw.  Like many

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City Of Orphans

The streets of 1893 New York City are bursting with life, while ominous threats lurk around every corner. For 13 year old Maks Geless, danger seems to follow him around. A thuggish gang, The Plug Uglies, constantly threaten the newsies, kids who sold newspapers, on their paper route. Saved by a strange girl with a stick, Maks barely manages to

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Water Street

  “Right here at our doorstep we’ll have the most beautiful bridge in the world.” says Patricia Reilly Giff who is the author of Water Street. “Brooklyn, 1875. Bird Mallon lives on Water Street, where you can see the Brooklyn Bridge being built.” The main character, Bird, wants nothing more than to become a healer, like her mother Nory, of

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The Haunting of Charles Dickens

In Lewis Buzbee’s thrill inducing novel, The Haunting of Charles Dickens, readers are brought to 19th century London where Meg Pickle’s older brother, Orion, has mysteriously disappeared and has been missing for six months.  One sleepless night, Meg stumbles upon a  séance she believes Orion is involed in, and the famous writer himself, Charles Dickens.  Upon further investigation, Meg and

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The Boy Who Dared

“It’s morning.  Soft gray light slips over the tall redbrick wall.  It stretches across the exercise yard and reaches through the high, barred windows. In a cell on the ground floor, the light shifts dark shapes into a small stool, a scrawny table, and a bed made of wooden boards with no mattress or blanket. 

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The Book Thief

With barely enough food to go around and the children stealing anything that they can eat or keep for themselves, The Book Thief takes place in Nazi Germany, and starts in 1939 in the dreadful era of World War 2.  It’s no secret that Liesel Meminger is completely and utterly the one and only book thief.  The book thief’s partner

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Once

Morris Gleitzman’s “Once” is a historical fiction book of friendship and adventure, and I was ensnared by this book’s remarkable traits. While it is somewhat short, it is packed to the brim with funny innuendoes and gloomy woes. The story is about a nine year-old Jewish boy, Felix, who lived in an orphanage in Poland during the holocaust. Determined to

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Then

Living in a free and peaceful world where we can choose our own religion and be ourselves regardless of the color of our skin, is one of the key factors in our daily life, an assumption we take for granted. In the not so distant past in Europe, during World War II, this was not the case. Then by Morris

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