20th Century

Stitching a Life: An Immigration Story

By Mary Helen Fein - Published 2020


Children/Young Adult

Stitching a Life begins in Lithuania, in 1900, where Max, the oldest son of a Jewish family is about to turn 12. When the Russian ...Read Review

Rip to the Rescue

By Miriam Halahmy - Published 2020


Children/Young Adult

Set in 1940s London, this gripping novel about a 13-year-old holds the interest of adults and children alike. Jack serves as a bike ...Read Review

The Art of Deception (The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries 4)

By Leonard Goldberg - Published 2020



This is the fourth in Leonard Goldberg’s mystery series featuring Joanna Blalock Watson, the daughter of Sherlock Holmes; her husband, Dr. John ...Read Review

The Degenerates

By J. Albert Mann - Published 2020


Children/Young Adult

There is so much about this novel that shouldn’t work—multiple points of view, long episodes of the abuse of young women, ...Read Review

The Magic in Changing Your Stars

By Leah Henderson - Published 2020


Children/Young AdultTime-slip

This time-slip novel for middle-grade readers inhabits the modern small-town life of eleven-year-old Ailey, then sends him, by way of magic, to the 1939 ...Read Review

A Map of the Damage

By Sophia Tobin - Published 2020


Tobin has created a scintillating novel of smoke and mirrors set in the glass-loaded Mirrormakers Club in London. Two narratives weave around each ...Read Review

The Voyage of the Morning Light (US) / The Difference (CAN)

By Marina Endicott - Published 2020


In 1911, twelve-year-old Kay and her older half-sister, Thea, take a sea voyage from Nova Scotia to the South Pacific islands. The merchant ship, ...Read Review

The Postman (Penguin Specials)

By Jesse Field (trans.) - By Yu Bi - Published 2020


This is a small book but a large, impressive story, simply told and heartbreaking but concluding with hope. In Shanghai in 1936, when young ...Read Review

The Night Watchman

By Louise Erdrich - Published 2020


In 1953, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 108, designed to terminate federal recognition of several Native American tribes. Facing the loss of his ...Read Review

Florence Adler Swims Forever

By Rachel Beanland - Published 2020


Biographical Fiction

Atlantic City, 1934. On a fine June day, Florence Adler, training to swim the English Channel, dives into the ocean and disappears beneath the ...Read Review