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Roar by Cora Carmack

Roar is the first in the three book Stormhearts series by Cora Carmack. This is a young adult fantasy story with very PG romance, atmospheric & beautiful settings, and a cliffhanger ending. Roar is set in a world where storms can ruin whole cities, but Stormlings are able to harness the storms energies for good,… Continue reading Roar by Cora Carmack

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The Lost Boys of London by Mary Lawrence

The Lost Boys of London will be published April 28, 2020 from Red Puddle Print. About the Book In the twilight years of Henry VIII's reign, alchemist's daughter Bianca Goddard uses her skills to aid the living, and help seek justice for the dead... While her husband fights the Scots on behalf of King Henry… Continue reading The Lost Boys of London by Mary Lawrence

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The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

Originally published in Library Journal, January 2019. Jenoff seamlessly weaves together the stories of three remarkable women and the impact of WWII on their lives. In the New York train station, Grace Healy, a newly widowed legal secretary, stumbles upon a suitcase with the name Trigg, containing a dozen photos of women with only first… Continue reading The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

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Purple Hearts by Michael Grant

Purple Hearts is the final book in the Front Lines trilogy by Michael Grant. This young adult historical fiction story takes place in 1944. Though the Battle of D-Day at Omaha Beach, the Battle of the Bulge, and the depiction of German death camps is written with historical accuracy, the one twist in the story… Continue reading Purple Hearts by Michael Grant

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Wait for Me by Caroline Leech

Review first appeared in School Library Journal, November 2016. LEECH, Caroline. Wait for Me. 384p. Harper Teen. Jan. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062459886. Gr 8 Up- In 1945 Scotland during WWII, Lorna Anderson is tending to the family farm alongside her father while her older brothers are fighting at war. Her mother passed away when… Continue reading Wait for Me by Caroline Leech

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The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

After having seen the book-to-movie film preview for this novel, I purchased a copy, thinking it would be like so many of the historical fiction novels of WWII that I've read and enjoyed. Though it was very different, I still enjoyed it very much. It took me quite a bit longer to read it than others, but… Continue reading The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

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At the Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole

At the Edge of Summer will be published on May 17, 2016. It is the summer of 1911, and 15 year old, Clare, is sent from her home in Scotland to Mille Mots, a castle in the French countryside. Her father passed away, so she was send to live with the Crepets, artists and friends… Continue reading At the Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole

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Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

I'm back again with another WWII historical fiction novel, which seems to be one of my favorite genres of late. This is written for a YA audience, but like Salt to the Sea, adults will also enjoy reading it. Girl in the Blue Coat will be published April 5, 2016. The story takes place in… Continue reading Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys will be published on February 2, 2016 by Penguin. Below is a must-watch video of Ruta Sepetys describing her book. Many thanks to Penguin Teen for providing it.   The first thing I want to say is that I do not believe I can actually do this wonderful, beautifully haunting book justice… Continue reading Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

The Japanese Lover will be published November 3, 2015. This was such a beautiful story that I was fortunate to come across and read. It reminded me quite a bit of another historical fiction book which I absolutely loved called Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey. Like in Grey's book, The Japanese Lover alternates… Continue reading The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende