The Little Gentleman

Mole considers the idea of being kept in a vivarium to be vicious and ignoble. He has endured much for his freedom, and wishes to keep it. As their friendship grows, Bet learns more of Mole’s story.

The Little Gentleman by Philippa Pearce



The War Within

Hannah has grown up in Mississippi, never questioning the ownership of slaves. When General Grant expels all Jews from his district and Hannah experiences being treated as inferior, she begins to wonder.

The War Within by Carol Matas



Earth policies have become intolerable and the colonial worlds are beginning to rebel. One thing leads to another, and the rough-edged individualists of the frontier world Greenwood are drawn into the struggle for independence.

Patriots by David Drake


Lost in the Barrens

Awasin and Jamie become stranded in the Canadian arctic as winter arrives. Their skills and ingenuity, plus hard work and some good luck, help them survive in the Barrens.

Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat


Henry Climbs a Mountain

I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least.” Thus Henry David Thoreau begins “Resistance to Civil Government.” And from an incident in Thoreau’s life we have…

Henry’s imagination remains free even while he is in jail for not paying taxes to a government that supports slavery.

Henry Climbs a Mountain by D.B. Johnson


The Extra-Ordinary Princess

The people of the kingdom of Reede forgot what it felt like to be free. Is that what has happened in Gossling, or will the people fight for their freedom from Count Raven?

The Extra-Ordinary Princess by Carolyn Q. Ebbitt


Neela: Victory Song

It has been weeks since Neela’s father went to Calcutta to march for freedom from British rule. Determined to find out what has happened to her father, Neela goes to Calcutta disguised as a young storyteller.

Neela: Victory Song by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni


The Stars are Ours!

As Kimber explains to Dard, the first Pax dictator “wanted to force his pattern for living on everyone else, for their own good, of course.” What develops is a brutal dictatorship. Now, the last of the Free Scientists are in a race to leave Earth before they are hunted down.

The Stars are Ours! by Andre Norton


Kensuke’s Kingdom

Michael can’t remember how he reached the island after being lost at sea. Eventually, the island’s permanent resident, Kensuke, takes Michael under his wing and shows him how to live there.

Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo


The Wall

Artist Peter Sís remembers growing up under totalitarianism in Prague. There were bugged telephones, government lies and corruption, informers, fear and secret police.

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís


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