KEY: jP = Picture Books; jZ = 1st and 2nd Grade Readers; jE = 3rd and 4th Grade Readers; JF = 5th Grade and Up
|Costanza, Stephen||MOZART FINDS A MELODY
Wolfgang Mozart must compose a new piano concerto by Saturday evening to perform. But Mozart can't think of a note to write. When he hears his pet starling sing out melodiously, his creativity begins to flow.
|Celenza, Anna||BACH'S GOLDBERG VARIATIONS
Seventeenth-century composer Johann Sebastian Bach helps young organist Johann Gottlieb Goldberg by giving him lessons and by presenting him with a composition which came to be called the Goldberg Variations. Includes historical notes. 1737.
|Priceman, Marjorie||HOT AIR
The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride
In Versailles, France, a crowd that includes farmers, Marie Antoinette, a pastry chef, even Ben Franklin, has assembled. Why, you may ask? To watch the first passengers of a hot-air balloon lift off, of course. And who might those passengers be? A duck, a sheep, and a rooster. Really. Told in comic book-like panels and very few words, this picture-book travelogue is also a visual comedy of errors that depicts history\'s first foray into the skies. With lavish endpapers that illuminate the invention of the hot-air balloon acclaimed author and illustrator Marjorie Priceman brings the uplifting tale of the most amazing team of barnyard animals in modern aeronautics to life.
|Garfield, Leon||BLACK JACK
A young apprentice in eighteenth-century London begins a strange adventure when he inadvertently becomes involved with a wanted criminal and a girl who is reputedly mad.
Moments after he steals a document from a man's pocket, an illiterate young pickpocket in eighteenth-century London witnesses the man's murder by two men who want the document.
|Gavin, Jamila||CORAM BOY
In the mid-eighteenth century, an unsavory character and his simpleton son become involved in the lives of a wealthy English family when that family's eldest son is disinherited because of his love of music.
THE GREAT JOURNEY
The Royal Diaries series
Fourteen-year-old Prussian princess Sophia finds herself entangled in her mother's efforts to arrange a marriage between Sophia and Charles-Peter, a young German duke and nephew of the Russian empress Elizabeth. As Sophia's mother moves to make the match, she and Sophia must travel from their humble home in Zerbst, Prussia, to Russia--the kingdom of Elizabeth. There, Sophia is renamed Catherine and married to Charles-Peter, but she watches helplessly as her family is torn from her, her own mother is involved in a spying ring against the empress, and all that is familiar to her disappears.
|Holmes, Victoria||RIDER IN THE DARK
In Dorset in 1740, after her father brings home a mysterious and defiant stallion, fifteen-year-old Helena is desperate to keep the horse for her own.
|McCaughrean, Geraldine||THE PIRATE'S SON
Left penniless in eighteenth century England, fourteen-year-old Nathan Gull and his mousy sister Maud accompany Tamo, the son of a notorious pirate, to his homeland of Madagascar where they are all changed by their encounter with Tamo's dangerous past
|Stevenson, Robert Louis||KIDNAPPED!
After being kidnapped by his villainous uncle, sixteen-year-old David Balfour escapes and becomes involved in the struggle of the Scottish highlanders against English rule.
|Warner, Sally||TWILIGHT CHILD
Taken from eighteenth-century Finland by her father, teenager Eleni eventually finds a home in Scotland, receiving help along the way from brounies, fairies, and other creatures.