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America by Mike Bond

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was an interesting historical fiction that follows four young people as they grow up during the 1960’s. Troy is an orphan that is taken in by Mick and Tara’s family. Daisy is the girl that Mick loves. As the foursome deal with growing up, the author weaves the turbulent times of the 60’s throughout their story. Often the characters bring up what is happening in the country at the time, from the presidential debates, Kennedy’s assassination, landing on the moon and the Vietnam war. Sometimes these “history lessons” made sense in the story, but more often than not, they felt forced and stilted.

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Churchill’s Secret Messenger: A WWII Novel of Spies & the French Resistance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a very good historical fiction book about one of Churchill’s female SOE agents who works to sabotage the German military in Nazi-occupied France.

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The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a very good historical fiction set in Paris during WWII and is based on a true story. Odile is a young French girl who dreams of working at the American Library in Paris. She obtains her dream job, forming deep friendships with the other workers. She also starts to date a handsome police officer introduced to her by her father. When war breaks out and the Nazis occupy Paris, she and her fellow librarians are determined to keep the library open. They send valuable books out of town to safety, and they smuggle books to Jewish patrons that are forbidden from going to the library.

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A Time for Swords by Matthew Harffy

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a rousing historical fiction set in northern England in AD793. On June 8, AD793 Vikings pillage the monastery on Lindisfarne, and the Viking Age has begun. While Vikings kill and rape monks and villagers as they try to run from danger, a young monk named Hunlaf runs toward danger. Despite never swinging a sword before, he takes up a weapon and kills his first man. And so begins Hunlaf’s journey from monk to warrior, and his quest for vengeance.

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