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EUROPE 1500'S

KEY: jP = Picture Books; jZ = 1st and 2nd Grade Readers; jE = 3rd and 4th Grade Readers; JF = 5th Grade and Up

EUROPE 1500's

updated 04/06


Picture Books

Freeman, Don WILL'S QUILL
or, How a Goose Saved Shakespeare

A goose named Willoughby visits London, meets a friendly actor-playwright named Shakespeare, and helps make literary history.
1975 unpaged


Beginning to Read Books


3rd - 4th Grade Books

Lasky, Kathryn GRACE THE PIRATE
Grace O’Malley finds excitement and danger when she defies Irish tradition and goes off to sea with her father, a trader and pirate. 1530-1603.
1997 51 p.

Mayer, Marianna THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER

A simplified retelling of the Mark Twain classic in which young Edward VI of England and a poor boy who resembles him exchange places and each learns something about the other's very different station in life.
1999 unpaged

McCully, Emily THE PIRATE QUEEN
Born to a seafaring family, Grania O'Malley turned sea captain, pirate and marauder successfully defending her Irish lands to Queen Elizabeth I.
1995 unpaged

Shafer, Anders THE FANTASTIC JOURNEY OF PIETER BRUEGEL
For over two years in the mid-1500s, Pieter Bruegel keeps a journal of his trip from his home in Antwerp, The Netherlands, to Rome, where he studies art before returning home again.
2000 unpaged

Trottier, Maxine THE PAINT BOX
Marietta wants to paint like her father, butt Marietta is a girl, and to work and study with her father she must disguise herself in boy's clothing.
2003 unpaged


5th Grade and Up Books

Blackwood, Gary THE SHAKESPEARE STEALER

A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare’s acting troupe in order to steal the script of “Hamlet,” but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty. late 1500’s.
1998 216 p.

Blackwood, Gary SHAKESPEARE's SCRIBE
Book 2 in The Shakespeare Stealer series
Danger, action, and mystery surround our scrappy young hero, Widge, as he returns to center stage. The plague has shut down the Globe Theatre--forcing the troop to take to the road. Treachery within the troupe, puts Widge with Shakespeare.
2000 265 p.

Blackwood, Gary SHAKESPEARE's SPY
Book 3 in The Shakespeare Stealer series
Readers swept up in the first two adventures of Widge and Shakespeare's players will be enthralled by this third tale with its dramatic twists and turns and an ending worthy of the Bard himself.
2003 281 p.

Calhoun, Mary WHITE WITCH OF KYNANCE
1550. In 16th century Cornwall, a young girl is apprenticed to a white witch to learn the art of herbs and healing.
1970 208 p.

Casanova, Mary CURSE OF A WINTER MOON
1553. In sixteenth-century France, ruled by a Church that overtaxes peasants and burns heretics, Marius must postpone his apprenticeship to care for his six-year-old brother, whose birth took their mother's life, and who the villagers, backed by the Church, believe will become a "loup garou"--a werewolf.
2000 137 p.

Cheaney, J.B. THE PLAYMAKER
While working as an apprentice in a London theater company in 1597, fourteen year old Richard uncovers a mystery involving the disappearance of his father and a traitorous plot to overthrow Queen Elizabeth.
2002 307 p.

Dalton, Annie ISABEL
TAKING WING

Girls of Many Lands - England series
In 1592, twelve-year-old Isabel dreams of adventure and finds it, not only on her journey from her London home to her aunt's manor house in Northamptonshire, but also through the healing arts her aunt teaches her.
2002 170 p.

Finney, Patricia ASSASIN
THE LADY GRACE MYSTERIES

Book ONE
When Margaret Cavendish, one of Elizabeth I’s Gentlewomen of the Bedchamber, lost her life in a bungled attempt to kill the Queen, her daughter, Lady Grace, became a protégée to the monarch, who takes Grace under her wing. Now Grace, a spunky girl who romps through the gardens with the laundry maids and court tumblers and rolls her eyes at her fellow ladies, chronicles the court intrigues that swirl around her. . . . It’s the spring of 1569 and 13-year-old Lady Grace, the youngest lady-in-waiting to the Queen, finds herself at a glittering ball choosing amongst three suitors. But the Queen’s generosity turns deadly as threats, dark secrets, and even murder descend on the Tudor court. And it is up to Grace to use her intelligence, stealth, and curious nature to solve the mystery that threatens the very lifeblood of England.
2004 194 p.

Finney, Patricia BETRAYAL
THE LADY GRACE MYSTERIES

Book Two. Lady Grace Cavendish, Elizabeth I's youngest maid of honor, finds herself in the midst of a battle at sea while posing as a boy aboard the ship of Francis Drake, where she and Masou stowed away in hopes of finding the kidnapped Lady Sarah.
2004 186 p.

Finney, Patricia CONSPIRACY
THE LADY GRACE MYSTERIES

Book Three
1569. When Margaret Cavendish, one of Elizabeth I’s Gentlewomen of the Bedchamber, lost her life in a bungled attempt to kill the Queen, her daughter, Lady Grace, became a protégée to the monarch, who takes her under her wing. Now Grace, a spunky girl who romps through the gardens with the laundry maids and court tumblers and rolls her eyes at her fellow ladies, chronicles the court intrigues that swirl around her. . . . The Royal Court is on its summer travels and Lady Grace is sure something strange is going on. As Queen Elizabeth narrowly escapes a series of mysterious accidents, Grace must investigate just who might be behind the conspiracy. Could it really be one of the Queen’s faithful friends—or even her latest suitor? Delve into the daybooke of Lady Grace, Queen Elizabeth’s favorite Maid of Honor, to discover a deadly dangerous plot. From the Hardcover edition.
2005 197 p.

Finney, Patricia DECEPTION
THE LADY GRACE MYSTERIES

Book Four
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I, has given Lady Grace Cavendish a brand-new daybooke, fresh quills, and a bottle of ink --- just in time for her to record the events of her fourth exciting adventure. Not only is Lady Grace a Maid of Honour in the Queen's service, she's also the monarch's personal pursuivant (otherwise known as a detective). Through entries in her daybooke Lady Grace recounts her latest investigation, which takes place during an icy London winter in 1569. The festivities at the annual Frost Fair, held on the frozen River Thames, are cut short when the body of a murdered waterman is discovered. A blindfold has been tied around his head, holding in place a coin over each eye. But these aren't just any coins --- they're almost identical to a newly minted coin not yet in circulation. Lady Grace has only five days to solve the mystery in secret or the Queen will take her off the case and authorize an official investigation. Along with assistance from her friends Ellie and Masou, Lady Grace once again finds her courage and her sleuthing skills put to the test. She delves into a dangerous and corrupt world to identify not only a ruthless killer but also a dangerous counterfeiter...someone who just might be close to the Queen.
2005 224 p.

Graham, Harriet A BOY AND HIS BEAR
Dickon rescues a bear cub friend from certain death at the hands of bear baiters in Elizabethan England.
1994 196 p.

Hawes, Louise THE VANISHING POINT
aPresents the story of a young girl of Bologna who worked in her father's all-male painting studio and came to enjoy more fame than any female artist before her.
2004 226 p.

Hilgartner, Beth A MURDER FOR HER MAJESTY
1573. Horrified at having witnessed her father's murder and fearing that the killers are agents of Queen Elizabeth I, eleven year old Alice Tuckfield hides in the Yorkshire cathedral by disguising herself as one of the choirboys.
1986 241 p.

Hunter, Mollie YOU NEVER KNEW HER AS I DID
1567. Will Douglas, a seventeen year old page, attempts to free Mary, Queen of Scots, from her island prison.
1986 241 p.

Horowitz, Anthony THE DEVIL AND HIS BOY

In 1593, 13-year-old Tom travels through the English countryside to London, where he falls in with a troupe of actors and finds himself in great danger from several sources.
1998 178 p.

Lasky, Kathryn ELIZABETH I, RED ROSE OF THE HOUSE OF TUDOR
Royal Diaries series
In a series of diary entries, Princess Elizabeth, the eleven-year-old daughter of King Henry VIII, celebrates holidays and birthdays, relives her mother's execution, revels in her studies, and agonizes over her father's health. 1533.
1999 237 p.

Lasky, Kathryn MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS
QUEEN WITHOUT A COUNTRY

1553-55. Mary, the young Scottish queen, is sent a diary from her mother in which she records her experiences living at the court of France's King Henry II as she awaits her marriage to Henry's son, Francis.
2002 178 p.

Lawlor, Laurie DEAD RECKONING
A Pirate Voyage with Captain Drake

1578. Emmet, a fifteen-year-old orphan, learns hard lessons about survival when he sails from England in 1577 as a servant aboard the Golden Hind--the ship of his cousin, the explorer and pirate Francis Drake--on its three-year circumnavigation of the world.
2005 254 p.

Meyer, Carolyn BEWARE, PRINCESS ELIZABETH
After the death of her father, King Henry VIII, in 1547, thirteen-year-old Elizabeth must endure the political intrigues and dangers of the reigns of her half-brother Edward and her half-sister Mary before finally becoming Queen of England eleven years later.
2001 214 p.

Meyer, Carolyn MARY, BLOODY MARY
Mary Tudor, who would reign briefly as Queen of England during the mid sixteenth century, tells the story of her troubled childhood as daughter of King Henry VIII.
1999 227 p.

Napoli, Donna Jo DAUGHTER OF VENICE

Frustrated with the restrictions her gender imposes on her life, 14-year-old Donata, disguised as a boy, sneaks out of her noble family's house to roam the streets of late 16th century Venice and then must confront the repercussions of her actions.
2002 271 p.

O'Dell, Scott THE HAWK THAT DARE NOT HUNT BY DAY
Amid political turmoil and threats of plague, young Tom Barton accepts the risks of helping William Tyndale publish and smuggle into England the Bible he has translated into English. 1524.
1986 182 p.

Ortiz, Michael SWAN TOWN
THE SECRET JOURNAL OF SUSANNA SHAKESPEARE

Restricted by the authorities from practicing Catholicism and forbidden by her parents from seeing a Puritan boy, Susanna, the daughter of William Shakespeare, vents her anger by writing in a journal and composing a play.
2006 197 p.

Pope, Elizabeth PERILOUS GARD
1558. While imprisoned in a remote castle, a young girl becomes involved in a series of events that leads to an underground labyrinth peopled by the last practitioners of druidic magic.
1974 280 p.

Pressler, Mirjam SHYLOCK'S DAUGHTER
Sixteen-year-old Jessica, who longs to be free of the restrictions of her father and life in the Jewish ghetto of sixteen-century Venice, falls in love with a Christian aristocrat and must make choices which will affect her whole family. Inspired by Shakespeare's play The merchant of Venice.
2001 266 p.

Stoltz, Mary BARTHOLOMEW FAIR
On an August day in 1598 six people, including Queen Elizabeth, a wealthy cloth merchant, a scullery maid, two schoolboys, and an overworked apprentice, attend London's Bartholomew's Fair and come away with unforgettable experiences.
1990 152 p.

Thomas, Jane Resh THE COUNTERFEIT PRINCESS
Vowing revenge when her parents are executed in 1553 by the duke of Norhtumberland, teenaged Iris becomes a messenger, spy, and stand-in for Princess Elizabeth during the volatile political times surrounding Edward VI's death.
2005 197 p.

Torrey, Michele TO THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
In 1519, after the death of his parents, fourteen-year-old Mateo Macias becomes cabin boy to Ferdinand Magellan on a dangerous journey in search of a route to the fabled Spice Islands.
2003 219 p.

Yolen, Jane and Robert Harris QUEEN'S OWN FOOL
When 12-year-old Nicola leaves Troupe Brufort and serves as the fool for Mary, Queen of Scots, she experiences the political and religious upheavals in both France and Scotland.
1998 178 p.