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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

EUROPE 1700's


Picture Books

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.
2004 unpaged


1st - 2nd Grades


3rd - 4th Grades

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.
2005 unpaged

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.
2005 36 p.


5th Grade and Up

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.
2000 171 p.

Garfield, Leon SMITH
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.
2000 195 p.

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.
2001 327 p.

Gregory, Kristina CATHERINE
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.
2005 169 p.

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.
2006 305 p.

McCaughrean, Geraldine THE PIRATE'S SON
PLUNDERING PARADISE
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
1998 294 p.

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.
1994 232 p.

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.
2006 216 p.