King of the Wind: Story of the Godolphin Arabian

John Newberry MedalA wonderfully woven story of the first Arabian horse that was brought to Europe, thereby establishing a lineage of prized Arabian horses used in races to this day. This story is based on some true aspect of history pertaining to the gifting of an Arabian horse to a French king. Henry brings the reader from Morocco, through the desert all the way to France and eventually England. Sham, the Arabian horse that was gifted to the King Louis XIV was accompanied by his faithful caretaker and companion, Agba,…


Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Subjects: Equine, history
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A Faraway Island

Imagine yourself a child, and you are sent away to another country on your own, or with your younger sibling, who can get on your nerves sometimes, while your parents remain behind in the country where you were born and raised. You are told that it would only be 6 months before you are reunited with your parents, and you put all your hopes into a future together, in America, escaping growing persecution of the Nazis in annexed Austria. Thor really threw one event after another to her character, which…


Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Subjects: Europe, Jews, Nazi occupation, Sweden, World War II
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The Green Glass Sea

Judy Lopez Memorial AwardNew Mexico Book Award for Best Young Adult BookScott O’Dell AwardDewey Kerrigan is the daughter of a scientist who works with the government during the World War II years. From St. Louis, Dewey was put on a train to Lamy, New Mexico, to next be transported to the ‘Hill’ where her father was. Working for the government, her father is one of the scientists involved in the top secret project that should win the war. Having such a close relationship with her Papa, Dewey is happy in…


Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Subjects: atomic bomb, Los Alamos, New Mexico, World War II
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