To the Past

The War that Saved My Life


by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley


A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother. 
J FIC Bradley

Bronze and Sunflower


by Wenxuan Cao


Taken in by a poor family in a rural village after the death of her father, Sunflower bonds with the family's only child, Bronze, who has not spoken since being traumatized by a terrible fire.
J FIC Cao

Elijah of Buxton


by Christopher Paul Curtis


In 1859, eleven year old Elijah Freeman, the first free born child in Buxton, Canada, which is haven for slaves fleeing the American South, uses his wits and skills to try and bring justice to the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom. 
J FIC Curtis

Catherine, Called Birdy


by Karen Cushman


The thirteen year old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.
J FIC Cushman

The Birchbark House


by Louise Erdrich


Omakayas, a seven year old Ojibwe girl lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847 and learns about her past. 
J FIC Erdrich

A Single Shard


by Linda Sue Park


Tree-ear, a twelve year old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.
J FIC Park

Esperanza Rising


by Pam Mu├▒oz Ryan


Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the even of the Great Depression.
J FIC Ryan

The Invention of Hugo Cabret


by Brian Selznick


When twelve year old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toy seller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.
J FIC Selznick

The Witch of Blackbird Pond


by Elizabeth George Speare


A young woman brought up in Barbados comes to live with her uncle in Connecticut, and finds their Puritan way of life difficult after her unconventional upbringing.
J FIC Speare

One Crazy Summer


by Rita Williams-Garcia


In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven year old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp. 
J FIC Williams-Garcia