Gentle Reads Mysteries and Historical Fiction for a Fourteen Year Old Girl, Fig. A

Ha ha never let a book recommendation list go to waste I say. New Post City. My sister asked for what we call a “gentle reads” reading list for her 14 year old daughter who likes mysteries and history. Forgiving the formatting, here is the list:

Take a look at this website for ideas by age range. Not all “gentle reads” as we call them but worth looking at: http://firstclues.omnimystery.com/

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (not mysteries)
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
The Penderwicks on Point Mouette

Nancy Springer Enola Holmes Mysteries (Sherlock’s younger sister)
o 1.1 The Case of the Missing Marquess
o 1.2 The Case of the Left-Handed Lady
o 1.3 The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets
o 1.4 The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan
o 1.5 The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline
o 1.6 The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye

Sammy Keyes Mystery Series by Wendelin Van Draanen
• Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief (April 1998)
• Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man (August 1998)
• Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy (April 1999)
• Sammy Keyes and the Runaway Elf (October 1999)
• Sammy Keyes and the Curse of Mustache Mary (May 2000)
• Sammy Keyes and the Hollywood Mummy (February 2001)
• Sammy Keyes and the Search for Snake Eyes (May 2002)
• Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception (April 2003)
• Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen (October 2004)
• Sammy Keyes and the Dead Giveaway (September 2005)
• Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things (May 2007)
• Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash (October 2008)
• Sammy Keyes and the Wedding Crasher (October 2010)
• Sammy Keyes and the Night of Skulls (October 2011)
• Sammy Keyes and the Power of Justice Jack (July 2012)
• Sammy Keyes and the Showdown in Sin City (January 2013)
• Sammy Keyes and the Killer Cruise (September 2013, not yet published)
• Sammy Keyes and the Kiss Goodbye (TBA, not yet published)

Echo Falls Mysteries by Peter Abrahams
Down the rabbit hole
Behind the curtain
Into the dark

Gilda Joyce Psychic Detective by Jennifer Allison (Not what you think. I love these and highly recommend them)
Gilda Joyce Psychic Investigator
Gilda Joyce and the Ladies of the lake
Gilda Joyce and the Ghost Sonata
Gilda Joyce and the Dead Drop

The Hero and the Crown and the Blue Sword by Robin McKinley (Fantasy)

Mysteries by Blue Balliett:
Chasing Vermeer
The Wright 3
The Calder Game
Hold Fast
Danger Box

The Dear America series of historical novels, all by different authors:
• A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620 by Kathryn Lasky (1996)
• The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777 by Kristiana Gregory (1996)
• When Will This Cruel War Be Over?: The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson, Gordonsville, Virginia, 1864 by Barry Denenberg (1996)
• A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia, 1859 by Patricia McKissack (1997)
• Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell, 1847 by Kristiana Gregory (1997)
• So Far from Home: The Diary of Mary Driscoll, an Irish Mill Girl, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1847 by Barry Denenberg (1997)
• I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865 by Joyce Hansen (1997)
• West to a Land of Plenty: The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi, New York to Idaho Territory, 1883 by Jim Murphy (1998)
• Dreams in the Golden Country: The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl, New York City, 1903 by Kathryn Lasky (1998)
• Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 by Mary Pope Osborne (1998)
• Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, RMS Titanic, 1912 by Ellen Emerson White (1998)
• A Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence, Gonzales, Texas, 1836 by Sherry Garland (1998)
• My Heart Is on the Ground: The Diary of Nannie Little Rose, a Sioux Girl, Carlisle Indian School, Pennsylvania, 1880 by Ann Rinaldi (1999)
• The Great Railroad Race: The Diary of Libby West, Utah Territory, 1868 by Kristiana Gregory (1999)
• A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin, Fenwick Island, Delaware, 1861 by Karen Hesse (1999)
• The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow: The Diary of Sarah Nita, a Navajo Girl, New Mexico, 1864 by Ann Turner (1999)
• A Coal Miner’s Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminska, Lattimer, Pennsylvania, 1896 by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (2000)
• Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, the Great Migration North, Chicago, Illinois, 1919 by Patricia McKissack (2000)
• One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping: The Diary of Julie Weiss, Vienna, Austria to New York, 1938 by Barry Denenberg (2000)
• My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck, Long Island, New York, 1941 by Mary Pope Osborne (2000)
• Valley of the Moon: The Diary Of Maria Rosalia de Milagros, Sonoma Valley, Alta California, 1846 by Sherry Garland (2001)
• Seeds of Hope: The Gold Rush Diary of Susanna Fairchild, California Territory, 1849 by Kristiana Gregory (2001)
• Christmas After All: The Great Depression Diary of Minnie Swift, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1932 by Kathryn Lasky (2001)
• Early Sunday Morning: The Pearl Harbor Diary of Amber Billows, Hawaii, 1941 by Barry Denenberg (2001)
• My Face to the Wind: The Diary of Sarah Jane Price, a Prairie Teacher, Broken Bow, Nebraska, 1881 by Jim Murphy (2001)
• Where Have All the Flowers Gone? The Diary of Molly MacKenzie Flaherty, Boston, Massachusetts, 1968 by Ellen Emerson White (2002)
• A Time for Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington, D.C., 1917 by Kathryn Lasky (2002)
• Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Diary of Bess Brennan, Perkins School for the Blind, 1932 by Barry Denenberg (2002)
• Survival in the Storm: The Dust Bowl Diary of Grace Edwards, Dalhart, Texas, 1935 by Katelan Janke (2002)
• When Christmas Comes Again: The World War I Diary of Simone Spencer, New York City to the Western Front, 1917 by Beth Seidel Levine (2002)
• Land of the Buffalo Bones: The Diary of Mary Ann Elizabeth Rodgers, an English Girl in Minnesota, New Yeovil, Minnesota, 1873 by Marion Dane Bauer (2002)
• Love Thy Neighbor: The Tory Diary of Prudence Emerson, Green Marsh, Massachusetts, 1774 by Ann Turner (2003)
• All the Stars in the Sky: The Santa Fe Trail Diary of Florrie Mack Ryder, The Santa Fe Trail, 1848 by Megan McDonald (2003)
• Look to the Hills: The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave Girl, New York Colony, 1763 by Patricia McKissack (2004)
• I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691 by Lisa Rowe Fraustino (2004)
• Hear My Sorrow: The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker, New York City, 1909 by Deborah Hopkinson (2004)

2010 Re-launch

The Dear America series was relaunched in September 2010 with their first new book since 2004, The Fences Between Us by Kirby Larson, set during World War II, as well as re-releases of earlier books. New books for 2011 include Like the Willow Tree; Cannons at Dawn, which is the sequel to The Winter of Red Snow and the first sequel in the series; and With the Might of Angels. There have also been new editions of several earlier books released in 2011. The series is planned to continue releasing new editions of previous books, as well as new Dear America stories into 2012, kicking off the year with new story Behind the Masks by Susan Patron, due to hit shelves in January 2012.
Books in the relaunched Dear America series:

• A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620 by Kathryn Lasky (September 2010)
• The Winter of Red Snow: The Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777 by Kristiana Gregory (September 2010)
• The Fences Between Us: The Diary of Piper Davis, Seattle, Washington, 1941 by Kirby Larson (September 2010)
• Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, RMS Titanic, 1912 by Ellen Emerson White (November 2010)
• A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia, 1859 by Patricia McKissack (January 2011)
• Like the Willow Tree: The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce, Portland, Maine, 1918 by Lois Lowry (January 2011)
• A Light in the Storm: The Diary of Amelia Martin, Fenwick Island, Delaware, 1861 by Karen Hesse (March 2011)
• When Will This Cruel War Be Over?: The Diary of Emma Simpson, Gordonsville, Virginia, 1864 by Barry Denenberg (April 2011)
• Cannons at Dawn: The Second Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1779 by Kristiana Gregory (May 2011)
• Standing in the Light: The Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 by Mary Pope Osborne (May 2011)
• I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865 by Joyce Hansen (July 2011)
• With the Might of Angels: The Diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson, Hadley, Virginia, 1954 by Andrea Davis Pinkney (September 2011)
• I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691 by Lisa Rowe Fraustino (September 2011)
• Behind the Masks: The Diary of Angeline Reddy, Bodie, California, 1880 by Susan Patron (January 2012)
• Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Diary of Hattie Campbell, The Oregon Trail, 1847 by Kristiana Gregory (April 2012)
• Christmas After All: The Diary of Minnie Swift, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1932 by Kathryn Lasky (September 2012)
• A City Tossed and Broken: The Diary of Minnie Bonner, San Francisco, California, 1906 by Judy Blundell (March 2013)
• Down the Rabbit Hole: The Diary of Pringle Rose, Chicago, Illinois, 1871 by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (March 2013)[3]
• Hear My Sorrow: The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker, New York City, 1909 by Deborah Hopkinson (2013)

Others to consider:

Ella Enchanted Gail Carson Levine

Narnia Series

Books by Shannon Hale (fairy tale adaptations)

Ann Rindaldi Historical Fiction, she’s wonderful:
Books by Ann Rinaldi

The Family Greene
by Ann Rinaldi – Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 12+
Cornelia Greene’s mother, Caty, was once a beautiful bride who lifted the troops’ spirits at Valley Forge. Cornelia knows that rumors of Caty’s past hurt Cornelia’s father, but Caty claims she’s just a flirt. So Cornelia is shocked when she learns that Nathanael Greene may not be her real father.

The Last Full Measure
by Ann Rinaldi – Historical Fiction, Young Adult 13+
As Confederate and Union soldiers take over their town, cannon and gunfire explode around the local residents, but the battles are not only fought between soldiers. At home, fourteen-year-old Tacy and her disabled brother lock horns as David struggles with his desire to go to war. David gives his last full measure…and leaves Tacy struggling to make sense out of it all.

Leigh Ann’s Civil War
by Ann Rinaldi – Historical Fiction
When the Yankees arrive in Roswell, Georgia, spunky and determined Leigh Ann places a French flag upon the family’s mill. She hopes the Yankees will then spare the mill from destruction, but her actions have disastrous results. Sent north with the women and children who worked in the mill—all branded traitors for making fabric for Confederate uniforms—Leigh Ann embarks on a journey that requires her to find her own inner strength. Only then will she be able to rise above the war raging around her.

My Vicksburg
by Ann Rinaldi – Historical Fiction
When Claire Louise discovers her brother tending to a Confederate soldier who is responsible for Robert E. Lee’s “lost order” (causing the South to lose the Battle of Antietam), she is forced to make a difficult choice between family and friends. Award-winning historical novelist Ann Rinaldi paints a story of family, courage, and secrets during the forty-seven-day siege of Vicksburg, a battle that has sometimes been ignored in history because it ended the same day as the Battle of Gettysburg.

The Letter Writer
by Ann Rinaldi – Historical Fiction
Eleven-year-old Harriet Whitehead feels like an oustider until she befriends Nat Turner, a slave preacher with gentle manner and eloquent sermons about an all-forgiving God. Upon his request, Harriet draws a map that turns out to be the missing piece that sets Nat’s secret plan in motion and makes Harriet an unwitting accomplice to the bloodiest slave uprising in U.S. history.

The Redheaded Princess
by Ann Rinaldi – Historical Fiction
Growing up, Elizabeth fears she can never be Queen. Although she is the King’s daughter, no woman can ever hope to rule over men in England, especially when her mother has been executed for treason. With her position constantly changing, the Princess must navigate a sea of shifting loyalties and dangerous affections.

The Ever-After Bird
by Ann Rinaldi – Historical Fiction
Now that her father is dead, CeCe McGill is left to wonder why he risked his life for the ragged slaves who came to their door in the dead of night. Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous pre-Civil War South, The Ever-After Bird is the story of a young woman’s education about the horrors of slavery and the realization about the kind of person she wants to become.

Come Juneteenth
by Ann Rinaldi – Historical Fiction
Sis Goose is a beloved member of Luli’s family, despite the fact that she was born a slave. But the family is harboring a terrible secret. And when Union soldiers arrive on their Texas plantation to announce that slaves have been declared free for nearly two years, Sis Goose is horrified to learn that the people she called family have lied to her for so long. She runs away–but her newly found freedom has tragic consequences.

An Unlikely Friendship: A Novel of Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley
by Ann Rinaldi – Historical Fiction
On the night of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, his frantic wife, Mary, calls for her best friend and confidante, Elizabeth Keckley. But the woman is mistakenly kept from her side by guards who were unaware of Mary Todd Lincoln’s close friendship with the black seamstress. With vivid detail and emotional power, Ann Rinaldi delves into the childhoods of two fascinating women who became devoted friends amid the turbulent times of the Lincoln administration.

Sarah’s Ground
by Ann Rinaldi – Historical Fiction
Sarah Tracy has spent her entire life under constant supervision; now, at eighteen it’s time for her to get married. Then she sees an advertisement looking for a young woman to oversee Mount Vernon, the beloved family home of George Washington. With consummate skills, feminine wiles, and a true sense of diplomacy, Sarah single-handedly manages to keep Mount Vernon out of the Civil War. But while she is able to influence generals, soldiers, and even the president, she learns she doesn’t hold such sway over her own heart — as she also discovers true love.

The Color of Fire
by Ann Rinaldi – Historical Fiction
Someone is setting fires in New York City. It is 1741 and, as a colony of Britain, America is at war with Spain. The people in New York City are on a heightened state of alert, living in fear of Catholics acting as Spanish secret agents. Phoebe, an enslaved girl, watches as the town erupts into mass hysteria. The mob won’t rest until they find a mastermind behind the plan–someone Catholic–and there’s suspicion that Phoebe’s teacher Mr. Ury is a priest.

Nine Days a Queen: The Short Life and Reign of Lady Jane Grey
by Ann Rinaldi – Historical Fiction
Jane would become Queen of England for only nine days before being beheaded at the age of sixteen. Here is a breathtaking story of English royalty with its pageantry, privilege, and surprising cruelty. As she did in her previous novel Mutiny’s Daughter, Ms. Rinaldi uses powerful, evocative writing to bring to life a teenage girl caught in the grip of stirring times.

Brooklyn Rose
by Ann Rinaldi – Historical Fiction
It’s 1900 — the dawn of a new century — and never in her wildest dreams did fifteen-year-old Rose Frampton ever think she’d leave her family and home in South Carolina to live with a new husband in the land of the Yankees. But that is exactly what has happened.

Girl in Blue
by Ann Rinaldi

The Staircase
by Ann Rinaldi

The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce: A Pilgrim Boy
by Ann Rinaldi

My Heart is on the Ground: The Diary of Nannie Little Rose, a Sioux Girl
by Ann Rinaldi

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