The 2018 British Books Challenge

I like to look at Book Challenges, because there are some fun ones out there. They’re pretty rampant this time of year. As we know I failed miserably getting my reading recorded in Goodreads last year and thus failed the 50 book challenge I set for myself. I’m going to be cannier this time around. The purpose of reading challenges as far as I’m concerned, is to have fun, and to find enjoyable new books and authors. I keep seeing the phrase “read harder”. No. It isn’t supposed to be hard. It is supposed to be illuminating, thrilling, enthralling.

Via Bookriot, you can try the 2018 British Books Challenge. You need only read 12 books for the year from a British author, new or old. How easy is that? If you read Mysteries, you’ll almost certainly find 12 good books to read.

The actual challenge is hosted by the very cool looking Tales of Yesterday Blog You can sign up for the challenge on her site and she’ll draw monthly winners for those submitting their reads.


Monthly Wrapup

I’m going to do a Monthly Wrapup here, and how easy it is to do when you don’t post anything! Looking at my post count for 2017, we were at FIVE POSTS. Yikes! I’m going to give myself a goal of one hundred posts for the year in 2018.

I learned a great deal about using memes and other types of blog post prompts this month on my DOA blog. There turn out to be many memes for book blogs. Some of the ones I liked and will try are:

Bookmark Monday (I’ve learned you can put PDF’s easily into a WordPress post, whilst Blogger makes you use the Paid for Feature Google Drive). Let’s see what I can come up with!

First paragraph Tuesday Either from a currently being read book, or perhaps a favorite that starts off really well.

Waiting On Wednesday or something like it. The Breaking the Spine blog started the idea of posting on Wednesdays a few titles you’re looking forward to. She inexplicably vanished from her own blog, with no updates since August of 2016 (see, I’m not so bad). She had links to other people’s blogs who did the Waiting on Wednesday meme, over 1600! Still a good idea to feature things you’ve heard about that week that look good.

Books to Film

Books to Television

Thursday Quotables A quote from your current book or a favorite.

Friday 56 Any sentence from page 56 of any book.

Shelf Candy Saturday Beautiful book covers, or could be the cover of a current or older fiction magazine. (I have some fun old science fiction magazines) I think this also could be a place for “Shelfies” a snapshot of books on your home shelves.

Bad Book Casting Movies or shows where you think the whole thing would have been better with other actors.

Booknotes Links to interesting articles on books or authors

Follow them Friday I haven’t done much with my Merlyn Twitter account, but I could work on my list of authors etc. I follow and recommend some I enjoy.

Authors on Facebook I can recommend from Facebook some authors I enjoy as well.

Let me look again at Online Book Groups, I’m not even sure how many are out there any more, but I shall find some, join them, and let you know what I think.

Literary Cryptograms I’ll move my first line Cryptogram posts to this blog.

Book Rebus My ever popular First Line From A Book Rebuses will come here too.

Crosswords Any Crossword Puzzles I conjure with book themes will be here.

Word Finds Word Finds I create with book themes will be here.

TBR Pile Pictures of my current stack

With all these great ideas, I’m sure to have a much more interesting Book Blog in for 2018.

Reading Challenges For 2017


While beginning my search for blogs and sites with Reading Challenges for 2017 I found a spectacular list from called The Master List of 2017 Reading Challenges.

I personally will be looking at the challenges for Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Children’s and Young Adult since those are where my reading interests lie. I may also start reading some Historical Fiction this year since I have become such a fan of Historical Mysteries, perhaps I can enjoy history in yet another fictional way.

girlxoxo linked to another site Reading Challenge Addict, so if you find yourself immersed in all of the possibilities of these challenges, you can get even more ideas.


Note: I signed up for the Goodreads Challenge to read 50 books, and I’ve placed the Goodreads Widget on my sidebar. Let the reading begin!

Merlyn’s “What I’m Reading”

Sometimes when you’re between books, you start a few and read them as the mood strikes. Usually, you reach a point in one or more where you have to read on to the end of the story or you won’t get any sleep. Here’s my current pile.

Jim Butcher’s Storm Front I actually started this in November and haven’t gotten far. I want to like it but I’m not sure I care for Harry Dresden, the main character. He seems a bit amoral to me, and I like a solid hero. They can be flawed, but I need to see that they are going to end up doing the right thing.

storm front cover

The Shadow Thieves Anne Ursu I bought this quite awhile ago, based on reviews, I’m sure. I’m only a few chapters in, but it has potential. I take it from the jacket Charlotte Mielswetzski, an unlikely heroine, will be rising from her friendless misery to be something special. Very lightly told. Things are about to happen. This is my easy chair/napping book so it will take awhile unless things happen quickly in the plot, then it will be done in a few hours. It is #1 in the Cronus Chronicles with a front of the book quote “What if Greek Myths were real?”

Shadow Thieves

I found a couple of lists of best, “must read” science fiction and fantasy novels, and will post those separately. I knew and loved many of the books on the lists, but there were so many I disagreed with or had, but hadn’t read yet, that I started combing my own shelves for likely titles. I pulled out a pile to read.

At the top of the list was Dan Simmon’s Hyperion, which I own but haven’t read. I started it , and it is great sf so far, but I was struck by how similar the theme and plot (at least as I’m beginning) is to James Gunn’s recent book Transcendental. Both are framed as a set of pilgrims traveling to a particular shrine/holy location and both use the format of The Canterbury Tales to introduce the pilgrims.


I recently watched the Syfy series The Expanse. I hated the first episode, but decided to watch another to see if I liked it. Good thing, because the second episode and all the others were great stories, fascinating characters, and feature a really well imagined time when there is a colonized Mars, Luna and an entire civilization of “belters” working the fringes of the solar system for resources.

I particularly loved all of the sequences featuring the remains of the crew of The Canterbury.
Rocinante crew

This small tight knit group just had one incredible escape after another. I initially disliked the earth-centric and Ceres Station (in The Belt) sequences, not liking the gritty, hopeless life of the residents, and the detective who was trying to figure out how a series of disasters were connected bugged me to death. I hate to say, I think it was his hairdo that just set me on edge. So silly.

Expanse Miller

After seeing all the episodes, I wanted MORE. How fortuitous that the Expanse is based on Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey. I snared a copy and the book is great, and from the first sentence. So many extra details that give character and world background are in the book, that I actually found Miller to be likeable immediately. He didn’t have a creepy stalker vibe going regarding his search for missing heiress Julie Mao at all.

Leviathan Wakes

The story of the Canterbury and subsequent adventures of the tiny Rocinante crew were so satisfying. As I’m reading, I can see the faces of the tv series folks in my mind, and I can picture the ships and the grittiness of life in space.

While I wait the torturous whole year before the Expanse returns to Syfy, I can find out what happens to our merry crew and the world they inhabit in the sequels: Caliban’s War, Abbadon’s Gate, Cibola Burn, and Nemesis Games.

This Week in Books and Reading

I finished Two Graves by Lincoln and Child. I can’t say there was a happy ending, but events took one astonishing turn after another. Honestly, if you like plot twists galore, you should read this series. I wonder where I’ll get my adventure/suspense/mystery fix after I finish these books. I think I saw someone recommend James Rollin’s books as something to read if you love the Agent Pendergast novels. I follow James Rollins on Facebook, and he has a most likeable personality and intriguing looking action adventures.

two graves

Science Fiction author Gregory Benford has a thoughtful post up Journey to the Genre’s Core that seems to say that “Hard Science” science fiction is more palatable to the masses because it is more grounded in reality, rather like good non-fiction. I personally have always liked Hard Science best because it extrapolates what could be from what we know or dream now. For me, it could present a vast array of possible futures, which are exciting to think could happen given their pretty solid science foundations.

Benford: You can’t help noticing that the bestseller lists carry the names of hard SF stalwarts – Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke – and not the Sturgeons, Pohls and Bradburys of the same vintage. Question is, why?

Partly, I suspect it comes from the fact that the public likes fiction deeply grounded in the real world. It’s long been known that nonfiction top bestsellers (leaving out diet books etc.) outsell fiction top bestsellers by a typical ratio of 2:1. Similarly, the didactic fiction of Mitchener et al sells better than the best thrillers. Even in as fanciful an area as SF, these biases probably hold sway. Hard SF benefits from this basically American taste; as Charles Platt remarks in Science Fiction Review 51, “I open a nonfiction book, or a rigorously realistic novel, with the definite expectation of discovering new and interesting information,” and to his surprise, most of his friends do, too.

This takes away from the dreams and visions I’ve always enjoyed, and instead of science fiction being the “Literature of Ideas”, it makes it seem like a cheap overlay on some non-fiction speculation.

wonder stories

Boar Island

A new Anna Pigeon novel will be out on May 17th for Nevada Barr’s vast readership.

From the wonderful Strand Magazine, a recommended list of Mystery Books to Read in January.

Strand Magazine

The Edgar Award nominees for best mysteries published last year are out. Awards are given out in late April this year so you have plenty of time to read the nominees and discover some new favorite authors.

Edgar Award

15 Authors Who Have Influenced Me

There’s a meme going around Facebook for you to list 10 authors who influenced you and why. This is a moldy oldie meme and I have this saved from at least a year ago on my page when the list was 15 long. I did not say anything about the why of them at the time, but I shall pencil in my thoughts.

Ray Bradbury Something Wicked This Way Comes is my ever favorite. It was written about some boys who were my age and I could identify with them in some ways. I also really loved his writing, and thought I’d like to become a writer myself. Over on DOA is an old post about the letter I wrote to him at age 13 or so. Oddly I haven’t any desire to write a novel anymore, but I do love writing on my three blogs about many things, especially other people’s writing 🙂

Harlan Ellison What an angry young man, but brilliant so I admired him for a very long time. His Dangerous Visions anthologies were just great.

Vonda N. McIntyre Dreamsnake, one of the first books by a female science fiction author I probably read. Great story.

Joe Haldeman The Forever War I read in college and it was all still a very Vietnam world. My college days changed my thinking about the world forever, and this book drove home the utter futility of war.

Robert H. Heinlein I love all of his books, especially the juveniles such as Citizen of the Galaxy and Tunnel in the Sky. I liked his philosophy of the world, his practical tough stance, his heroes off to save the world. They always did the right thing.

Isaac Asimov His Robot books are my favorites. The laws of Robotics, made to broken. The dawning humanity of the robots. The questions of what makes a creature/construct alive. Asimov also wrote many essays and had an encyclopedic knowledge of many topics. His Before the Golden Age anthology introduced me to a whole era and stable of writers such as Stanley G. Weinbaum whom I would never have known about.

Stanley G. Weinbaum I have everything I could find with this author. I can think of no one who could write about planetary exploration and incredible aliens like Weinbaum. His work is just richly imaginative. Wondrous.

Carolyn Hart I read the Death On Demand series in the late 90s just when I was beginning to read mysteries seriously. In fact, after reading Patricia Cornwell’s novels, I wanted to find more like her. Carolyn Hart is nothing like Cornwell of course, but her mystery bookshop owner recommends dozens of authors in every book and you can just sit there with pencil in hand getting ideas for new authors.

Patricia Cornwell I read the Body farm because I sometimes would pick the latest book by a popular author and try it to see what it was like so I could talk about it with customers. I found this to be just gripping. I liked Kay Scarpetta very much and her sidekick Pete Marino was sweet and crumpled all in a big bear type guy. I went back and read them all from the beginning.

Laurie King She has several series, but the one I like best is the Mary Russell mysteries. This character was a very brilliant teen in the Beekeeper’s Apprentice and an excellent match and foil for Sherlock Holmes. Reading her take on Sherlock is really what made me a Sherlock fan, and has led me to read other Sherlockian tales and be a big fan of Elementary and Sherlock on tv.

J.K. Rowling My son was 11 when we started reading the books about the boy wizard together. He grew up right along with Harry and the gang. Brilliantly plotted, drenched in decency and the power of friendship, I cannot recall anyone ever telling me after reading them that they did not love the stories.

Anne Perry Her Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novels are the perfect historical mysteries to me. I love the intricate details of life in Victorian times, the complex mysteries, the love and devotion of Thomas and Charlotte for each other.

Stephen King I think I was still in college when I began these or soon thereafter. I was a big fan of vampire stories at the time and Salem’s Lot was a revelation. I’ve always admired king’s capturing of the plain speech of common folk. I used to picture him sitting in bars jotting down the colorful things people said. Nobody is scarier, nobody tries harder to thrill you. He is the Master.

J.R.R. Tolkien Also in college, I fell in with the local science fiction society and began broadening my science fiction/fantasy reading. I started with the Hobbit and just loved it and all of the characters. When I began the Fellowship of the Ring, I was terribly disappointed that the same characters did not have center stage, but I was soon deeply involved by the adventures of Frodo and company. My imagination of the story was enhanced greatly by the Tolkien calendars of The Brothers Hildebrandt.

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:

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