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Summer Reading 2018 - War and Spies and History and Stuff

Historical fiction can cover a lot - from 16th century kings to 1970's mayhem. It all counts. And there is a little bit of everything in this list!

Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All by Candace Fleming

Some of your favorite YA authors band together to tell the story behind the charismatic 16th Century English king. Henry is famous for his many wives, and how he got rid of them all. Each author takes on the perspective of a different wife to tell their story.

Love & War (Alex & Eliza, #2) by Melissa de la Cruz

This sequel to last year’s Alex and Eliza continues the story of the young Hamiltons as they settle into married life and learn to make a home and a difference in post-Revolutionary era New York City. For lovers of romance and of the musical Hamilton.

Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

Literally stayed up into the wee hours to finish this WWII-era thriller. Sarah’s mother has been killed by the Nazis. She finds herself taken in by a mysterious man who turns out to be a spy. Both realize that Sarah’s unconventional upbringing and training from her actress mother make her an ideal spy as well. Sent to an exclusive boarding school for children of Nazi elite, Sarah takes on risks that no one anticipated. She may not get out alive.

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

After WWII, India separates into two countries: India and Pakistan. Where once Hindus and Muslims lived peaceably side by side, this is no longer the case. This is the story of Nisha who has a Muslim mother and a Hindu father. Forced to leave what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family travel to India, but they may not get there alive.

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