Historical fiction

Boston Jane: An Adventure (Unabridged)

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Fresh from Miss Hepplewhite's Young Ladies' Academy, 16-year-old Jane Peck has come to the unknown wilds of the Northwest to be wedded to her true love, William Baldt, her idol from childhood. But her socially correct upbringing in straitlaced Philadelphia is hardly preparation for the colorful characters and crude life that await her in Shoal Water Bay in the Washington Territory.

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690L
Length: 
06:16
Boston Jane: An Adventure (Unabridged)

Penny from Heaven (Unabridged)

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It's 1953 and 11-year-old Penny dreams of a summer of butter pecan ice cream, swimming, and baseball. But nothing's that easy in Penny's family. For starters, she can't go swimming because her mother's afraid she'll catch polio at the pool. To make matters worse, her favorite uncle is living in a car. Her Nonny cries every time her father's name is mentioned.

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730L
Length: 
05:35
Penny from Heaven (Unabridged)

Turtle in Paradise (Unabridged)

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Inspired by family stories, two-time Newbery Honor winner and New York Times best-selling author Jennifer L. Holm beautifully blends family lore with America's past in this charming gem of a novel, rich in historical detail, humor, and the unique flavors of Key West.

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Lexile: 
610L
Length: 
03:47
Turtle in Paradise (Unabridged)

Morning Girl

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Through the alternating voices of 12-year-old Morning Girl and her younger brother Star Boy, we step into the extraordinarily rich lives of an indigenous family on a Bahamian Island in 1492, just as their paradise is about to be discovered and a new world order begins to take shape.

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980L
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01:24
Morning Girl

Miranda the Great (Unabridged)

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When barbarians invade Rome, Miranda the cat and her daughter Punka must find a safe place to hide from the chaos. They make their way through the burning city, collecting motherless kittens as they go. At last they reach the Colosseum, but even there, danger lurks!

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870L
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01:43
Miranda the Great (Unabridged)

Out of the Dust (Unabridged)

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Billie Jo has a great deal to forgive: her father for causing the accident that killed her mother; her mother for leaving when Billie Jo needed her most; and herself for being the cause of her own sorrow. Daddy's too wrung out to help her, and there's no one else to care.

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NP
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02:09
Out of the Dust (Unabridged)

Matilda Bone (Unabridged)

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Orphaned Matilda is not at all pleased when she arrives at Blood and Bone Alley to become an assistant to Red Peg the Bonesetter. She is a religious, well-educated girl who can't picture herself doing dirty chores or helping sickly patients.

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850L
Length: 
04:02
Matilda Bone (Unabridged)

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (Unabridged)

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In the summer of 1849, Lucy Whipple's mother packs up her household and her two young children, and leaves their home in Massachusetts for the gold fields of California.

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1030L
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04:56
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (Unabridged)

Rodzina (Unabridged)

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In 1881, 12-year-old Rodzina Clara Jadwiga Anastazya Brodski wishes she didn't have to board the orphan train in Chicago. But she has no home, no family, and no choice. Rodzina doesn't believe the orphans are on their way out West to be adopted by good families. She's sure they will become slaves to strangers. Anyway, who would ever adopt a large, tough, stubborn girl of Polish origin?

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740L
Length: 
04:48
Rodzina (Unabridged)

The Serpent's Tooth (Unabridged)

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Belle Lawe makes the long journey to England in 1912. She is escaping from what she imagines to be a shameful secret, and by the time she has left school, and the Great War is raging in France, she attempts to immerse herself in a life of gaiety and fun.

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13:25
The Serpent's Tooth (Unabridged)

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