In her second novel, Valentine blends fairy tale with historical fiction by retelling Grimm’s “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” setting it in the Roaring Twenties. During the day, the Hamilton sisters are shut up in the top story of their father’s house. Ashamed of having twelve daughters and no sons, their father hides them while he waits to marry them off to advantageous matches. Some nights the girls sneak out to dance at various speakeasies around Manhattan.
It’s the summer of 1963 and the summer before high school for Tree Taylor. She has set two goals for herself: to experience her first kiss and to write an article important enough to earn her a reporter’s spot on the school newspaper. When a shooting takes place at the Kinney place right next door, Tree sees it as an opportunity to hone her writing skills. But to begin, Tree has to unearth the facts of the so-called “accidental shooting.” Everyone she interviews, including her dad, the local doctor, stonewalls her efforts to get to the truth.
After Astri’s mother dies, her father decides to leave Norway to seek his fortune in America. He sends Astri and her sister Greta to live with their aunt and uncle. Her aunt sells Astri to a mean goat herder who abuses hardworking Astri until she runs away. Astri returns to her aunt and uncle’s house to get Greta so they can follow their father. They travel to the coast and find a boat bound for America. Astri pays for her passage and Greta stows away. The voyage in steerage is treacherous with rough seas and disease.
Set in 1938 in San Francisco just prior to the opening of the World’s Fair on Treasure Island three young women meet while seeking employment at the Forbidden City night club. All three Chinese-American women come from different backgrounds, yet they find a common bond in the world of adult nightclubs. Grace Lee has fled an abusive home in the Midwest and has no idea what it means to be Chinese. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown who tries to protect her reputation and disapproves of her working in the nightclub. Ruby Tom has ambition that w
Nancy Turner’s latest is a gripping adventure novel following the tumultuous life of a young woman named Resolute Talbot. At the tender age of 11, Resolute and her sister are snatched from her family’s Jamaican plantation in 1729 by Saracen pirates, never to see their family again. She is forced into indentured servitude by hard-edged Puritans, and finally gains her freedom as a young woman.
Brothers Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable as children in their Calcutta neighborhood growing up in the 1960s. Even so, they are opposites and in their twenties their paths diverge. Charismatic Udayan is drawn to politics and a radical communist movement in India.
Call Number: Teen Fiction GAUGHEN, A.C.
(This review is based off an Advance Reader’s Copy)
Set on a plantation in Charleston, South Carolina in 1803, this novel explores the relationship between two young girls that progresses over thirty-five years. Sarah, the daughter of the plantation owner, is given for her eleventh birthday ownership of ten-year-old Handful who is to be her handmaid. The two form a unique bond, learning much from each other and the differences there are between being free and slave. Sarah is a brilliant and eager student, but she finds out that a young woman’s place is not in education, but in preparing
Known as the Killer Duke, Temple was accused of murdering Mara Lowe, his father's bride-to-be, on the night before the wedding. Isolating himself from the life he knew, he has spent the last 12 years as a boxer in an exclusive gaming club. When Mara appears and offers to clear his name, Temple feels relief because he has no memory of what happened that night. Also wanting to enact revenge on Mara, he strikes a deal that will reveal more about Mara's past and the decisions of that fateful night. Humor, passion, and great character development make this a Regency Romance not be missed.
On his 13th birthday, Clem is forced to quit school and start working in the local coal mines alongside his father. His younger sister has epilepsy and his income is needed to help with medical bills. His grandfather lives with them and suffers from minor’s consumption. He checks the mailbox every day, hoping for a compensation check. And then a deadly tornado tears through the town while Clem is in the mines.