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Historical Fiction - North America: The New Millenium (2000 - Today)
Ok, technically these do not fit the definition of historical fiction but we have included them here because they are just too good to ignore!
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
Publication Date: 2008-12-23
Novel in Verse
Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth-grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.
Sunrise over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers
Call Number: FIC MYE
Publication Date: 2008-05-01
Robin Perry, from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly changes him.
Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples
Call Number: FIC STA
Publication Date: 2005-08-08
A young Afghan girl, Najmah, befriends an American woman, Nusrat in Peshawar, Pakistan, after Najmah flees her native Afghanistan during the 2001 war; and together they begin a long journey to located their missing loved ones after the war ends.
The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner"[A] gripping, emotional story set in the part of history we'll never forget." - New York Daily News On the morning of September 11, 2001, sixteen-year-old Kyle Donohue watches the first twin tower come down from the window of Stuyvesant High School. Moments later, terrified and fleeing home to safety across the Brooklyn Bridge, he stumbles across a girl perched in the shadows, covered in ash, and wearing a pair of costume wings. With his mother and sister in California and unable to reach his father, a NYC detective likely on his way to the disaster, Kyle makes the split-second decision to bring the girl home. What follows is their story, told in alternating points of view, as Kyle tries to unravel the mystery of the girl so he can return her to her family. But what if the girl has forgotten everything, even her own name? And what if the more Kyle gets to know her, the less he wants her to go home? The Memory of Things tells a stunning story of friendship and first love and of carrying on with our day-to-day living in the midst of world-changing tragedy and unforgettable pain--it tells a story of hope.
Call Number: FIC POL
Love Is the Higher Law by David Levithan
Call Number: FIC LEV
Publication Date: 2010-08-10
Three New York City teens express their reactions to the bombing of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and its impact on their lives and the world.
Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods
Call Number: FIC WOO
Publication Date: 2012-09-13
A budding musician named Saint, who earns money playing clarinet for the New Orleans tourists, refuses to leave the city after the hurricane until he can find his best friend Shadow. *
Refugees by Catherine Stine
Call Number: FIC STI
Publication Date: 2005-02-08
Dawn, a California teen who has run away to New York, tries to contact her foster mother Louise, a Red Cross doctor in Pakistan, following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and instead reaches Louise's assistant, Johar, a refugee from Afghanistan, and the two form a bond that gives them both hope and courage to face the future.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Call Number: FIC FOE
Publication Date: 2006-04-04
Follows nine-year-old Oskar Schell as he encounters a number of interesting characters in his search for information about his father who died in the World Trade Tower and tries to find the lock that fits the mysterious key his father had.
Native American Issues
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie; Ellen Forney (Illustrator)
Call Number: FIC ALE
Publication Date: 2007-09-12
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Native American is the school mascot.
Downloadable Audio Book
The Outside of a Horse by Ginny Rorby
Call Number: FIC ROR
Publication Date: 2010-05-13
When her father returns from the Iraq War as an amputee with post-traumatic stress disorder, Hannah escapes by volunteering to work with rescued horses, never thinking that the abused horses could also help her father recover.