Reviews and Blog Posts: Historical

The last girls of Pompeii

by Kathryn Lasky

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In the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Julia is a wealthy crippled girl and Sura is her beautiful slave. While they lead totally opposite lives, they are best friends. During a couple of eventful weeks, the girls' world completely changes as they are forced to grow up and see where...

Anahita's woven riddle

by Meghan Nuttall Sayres

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Anahita and her tribe are a nomadic people of northern Iran. Anahita enjoys their traditional way of life; however, Anahita chafes at the restrictions her culture places on women. Most of all, Anahita does not want an arranged marriage to the local khan, a powerful but frightening man. Anahita proposes...

The lacemaker and the princess

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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Isabelle is a lacemaker in a French village outside the palace of Versailles during the time of Marie Antoinette. One day when she is visiting her brother who works as a groom in the palace stables, Isabelle meets the princess Therese and they become friends. Soon Isabelle gets to play...

The ghost in the Tokaido Inn

by Dorothy Hoobler

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Seikei is the son of a merchant but he wishes he could be a samurai. In medieval Japan, one cannot change the social class he was born into, so all Seikei can do is dream. When Seikei witnesses suspicious events surrounding a robbery at an inn, he helps the high-ranked...

My last skirt : the story of Jennie Hodgers, Union soldier

by Lynda Durrant

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Jennie Hodgers lived in a time before women were allowed to work, or even wear pants, so when she insisted on doing both, she was an outcast. She pretended to be a man first as a shepherd in Ireland, then as an immigrant farmhand in American, and finally as a...

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