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Historical Fiction - North America: The Roaring 20s
The tragic story of the wealthy Jay Gatsby and his attempt to win back the love of Daisy Buchanan.
Also available on CD.
The Jazz Kid by James Lincoln Collier
Call Number: FIC COL
Publication Date: 1996-02-01
Playing the coronet is the first thing that twelve-year-old Paulie Horvath has taken seriously, but his obsession with becoming a jazz musician leads him into conflict with his parents and into the tough underworld of Chicago in the 1920s.
Ringside 1925 by Jen Bryant
Call Number: FIC BRY
Publication Date: 2009-07-14
A novel in free verse poems, in which visitors, spectators, and residents of Dayton, Tennessee, in 1925 describe the Scopes "monkey trial" and its effects on that small town and its citizens.
Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
Call Number: FIC GOD
Publication Date: 2010-10-12
In the spring of 1929, eighteen-year-old Cordelia Grey and her stage-struck friend Letty Larkspur run away from their small Ohio town to seek their fortunes in New York City and soon find themselves drawn into situations and relationships, particularly with the dazzling Astrid Donal, that change their lives forever.
The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston
Call Number: FIC PRE
Publication Date: 2011-10-25
In her scrapbook full of typed notes and a variety of vintage ads, photos, postcards, fabric swatches, and much more, Frankie Pratt describes her life from her graduation in high school in 1920 through her education at Vassar College, her travels around the world, and her efforts to find love and to achieve her dream of becoming a novelist.
Frozen by Mary Casanova
Call Number: FIC CAS
Publication Date: 2012-08-24
Unable to speak or remember the events surrounding her mother's mysterious death eleven years earlier, sixteen-year-old Sadie Rose, the foster child of a corrupt senator in 1920s northern Minnesota, struggles to regain her voice, memory, and identity.
Witness by Karen Hesse
Call Number: FIC HES
Publication Date: 2003-03-01
A series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.
Dreamland Burning by Jennifer LathamA compelling dual-narrated tale from Jennifer Latham that questions how far we've come with race relations. Some bodies won't stay buried. Some stories need to be told. When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family's property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the present and the past. Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what's right the night Tulsa burns. Through intricately interwoven alternating perspectives, Jennifer Latham's lightning-paced page-turner brings the Tulsa race riot of 1921 to blazing life and raises important questions about the complex state of US race relations--both yesterday and today.
Call Number: FIC LAT
A Single Pebble by John Hersey
Call Number: FIC HER
Publication Date: 1989-02-11
While in China on business in the 1920's, a young American engineer becomes involved in the lives of people who live on a junk on the Yangtze River.