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

EUROPE 1600's

updated 10/07


Picture Books


Beginning-to-Read Books


3rd - 4th Grades

Goodhart, Pippa and Philip Hurst FIRE CAT
While London burns in 1666, John's cat Sammy disappears, and while he searches for the cat, John follows his friend Mr. Pepys's advice and writes in a journal about what he observes.
2005 unpaged


5th Grade and Up

Burgess, Melvin BURNING ISSY
In 17th-century England, 12-year-old Issy is accused of being a witch and struggles with the belief that she actually does have strange powers.
1992 174 p.

Curry, Jane Louise THE BLACK CANARY
12-year-old James has no interest in music in spite of the fact that both his parents are musicians, but when he discovers a portal to 17th century London in his uncle's basement, he finds that his beautiful voice and the fact that he is biracial might serve him well.
2005 279 p.

Gavin, Jamila THE BLOOD STONE
In the early 17th century, young Venetian Filippo Veroneo travles from Venice to Afghanistan to rescue his imprisoned father, Geronimo, and stops in India to raise the ransom by selling his father's beautiful diamond to the ruler Shah Hehan, who later used the stone as the model for the Taj Mahal.
2005 336 p.

Gilson, Jamie STINK ALLEY
Living in Holland in 1614 with the harsh Puritan leader, William Brewster, and working for the family of a mischievous Dutch boy named Rembrandt, a spirited 12-year-old orphan girl struggles to do what is right.
2002 183 p.

Hawes, Charles THE DARK FRIGATE
In seventeenth-century England, Philip flees London and signs on with a frigate bound for Newfoundland. (Newbery Medal 1924)
1923 246 p.

Hooper, Mary AT THE SIGN OF THE SUGARED PLUM
It is 1665 and a young girl is going to London to help her older sister in her candy shop. But the Plague is taking hold of London and people are leaving in droves. This fast-paced, accessible read is a gripping recreation of those times.
2003 163 p.

Hooper, Mary PETALS IN THE ASHES
In 1666, Hannah and Sarah escape London, leaving behind plague and death as well as their sweets shop, and when it is safe, Hannah and her younger sister Anne return, only to face the city's Great Fire.
2004 187 p.

Meyer, Carolyn KRISTINE, THE GIRL KING
Sweden, 1638
The Royal Diaries series
Kristina was raised by the King and Queen of Sweden as a prince rather than a princess and assumed the throne as King at the age of eighteen.
2003 170 p.

Pietri, Annie ORANGE TREES OF VERSAILLES
In the 1670s, fourteen-year-old Marion, who has a talent for making perfumes, gets the chance to serve Louis Xiv's mistress at the palace of Versailles, where she gets caught up in palace intrigue.
2002 131 p.

Richardson, V.A. THE HOUSE OF WINDJAMMER
In the fall of 1636, Adam, 14-year-old heir to the House of Windjammer, must find a way to keep his family afloat after his father dies and tulip fever sweeps Amsterdam.
2003 348 p.

Sturtevant, Katherine AT THE SIGN OF THE STAR
London, 1677.When Meg's father remarries, Meg is on the brink of losing her inheritance to a new sibling. Meg seeks wisdom from almanacs and astrologers, plays and books of jest, but she finds it in herself.
2000 140 p.


Teen

Hearn, Julie THE MINISTER'S DAUGHTER
In 1645 in England, the daughters of the town minister successfully accuse a local healer and her granddaughter of witchcraft to conceal an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, but years later during the 1692 Salem trials their lie has unexpected repercussions.
2005 263 p.