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In the century since the Titanic sank, a plethora of books have been published about the ship, its passengers and crew, and its legacy. It's worthwhile to examine the original first-hand accounts of the sinking to gain a 1912 perspective on the event and to experience the disaster through the experiences of those who watched it unfold. | Vancouver Public Library | BiblioCommons

My first introduction to Historical Fiction Novels, and a wonderful one!! Great children's novel about misunderstanding different customs/religions and the Puritan way in America in the 1680's. Edges on the witch hunts and also has a lovely love story for young girls! Loved it then, and still do!!

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Every night President Obama responds to ten letters from Americans who have taken the time to write to their president about the issues facing their lives. These letters along with the president's response provide a glimpse into the issues facing Americans today. Adopted by three schools including University of North Carolina – Wilmington.

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn... An island founded by the man who made up the phrase "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" has erected a sign with that famous phrase in honor of their founder. When letters start falling off the famous monument, those letters are outlawed. This novel is composed of letters between inhabitants of the island as they struggle with increasing difficult choices. At once whimsical, playful and touching in its dealings with fear and censorship.

Titanic Crossing by Barbara Williams - my 9 year old had already seen the movie so she especially loved this book!