The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette

By Carolyn Meyer - Published 2010


Biographical FictionChildren/Young Adult

Despite its gimmicky-sounding subtitle, The Bad Queen is a straightforward tale of Marie Antoinette from the time shortly before her marriage to the ...Read Review

My Vicksburg

By Ann Rinaldi - Published 2009


AdventureChildren/Young Adult

  When Vicksburg, Mississippi, comes under Union siege in 1863, Claire Louise Corbet’s family joins their neighbors in seeking shelter in nearby caves. ...Read Review

The True Adventures of Charley Darwin

By Carolyn Meyer - Published 2009


Biographical FictionChildren/Young Adult

The book is very much a record of Charles Darwin’s youth from the time he is a nine-year-old going off to boarding ...Read Review

The Only Son

By Stéphane Audeguy (trans. John Cullen) - Published 2008


Biographical Fiction

The passing mention of an older brother in Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Confessions sent author Stéphane Audeguy in search of the rest of ...Read Review

The Letter Writer

By Ann Rinaldi - Published 2008


Children/Young Adult

Popular YA historical novelist Rinaldi has a go at imagining what it was like to be in the middle of Nat Turner’s ...Read Review

The Captain’s Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe

By Roland Smith - Published 2008


Children/Young Adult

This is a tale of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803-06 as told by Captain Lewis’s Newfoundland dog, Seaman, who accompanied ...Read Review

Master of the Delta

By Thomas H. Cook - Published 2008


Jack Branch is the last member of an old Mississippi Delta family. He returns to his roots to teach high school, as his ...Read Review

A Manuscript of Ashes

By Antonio Muñoz Molina (trans. Edith Grossman) - Published 2008



Resolving to flee the tumult of the university in the late 1960s, Minaya, a young student, decides to leave Madrid and write his ...Read Review

The Toss of a Lemon

By Padma Viswanathan - Published 2008



This phenomenal novel, set in India, follows the life of Sivakami from early childhood through old age, spanning the years 1896 through the 1950s. ...Read Review

My Bonny Light Horseman: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, in Love and War

By L. A. Meyer - Published 2008


AdventureChildren/Young AdultThriller

In this sixth installment of the Bloody Jack Adventures, Jacky Faber, the infamous Napoleonic-era sixteen-year-old, finds herself in the thick of battle. Jacky, ...Read Review