Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, and we’d like to highlight some titles, nonfiction and fiction, that we’re super excited about.

Caravantes, Peggy. The Many Faces of Josephine Baker: Dancer, Singer, Activist, Spy. 2015. An in-depth portrait of the famous entertainer’s complex life discusses her impoverished childhood, rise to fame in Europe, espionage work for the French Resistance during World War II, and adoption of twelve children.

Casey, Susan. Women Heroes of the American Revolution: 20 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Defiance, and Rescue. 2015.
Susan Casey gives 20 remarkable girls and women the spotlight they deserve in this lively collection of biographical profiles. These women took action in many ways: as spies, soldiers, nurses, water carriers, fundraisers, writers, couriers, and more. Women Heroes of the American Revolution brings a fresh new perspective to their stories resulting from interviews with historians and with descendants of participants of the Revolution and features ample excerpts from primary source documents.

Conkling, Winifred. Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson’s Flight from Slavery. 2015.
Documents the events of the 1848 escape attempt by Emily Edmonson on board the Pearl, discussing the contributions made by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Emily’s subsequent education, and her history-changing teaching career.

Cooper, Ilene. A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country. 2014.
Tracing the period between the women’s suffrage movement through the results of the 2012 election, a chronicle of women’s contributions to politics in the United States features archival photographs and portraits of such luminaries as Hattie Caraway, Patsy Mink and Shirley Chisholm.

Crowder, Melanie. Audacity. 2015.
A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women’s labor rights in the early 20th century in New York.

Lepore, Jill. The Secret History of Wonder Woman. 2014.
A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of one of the world’s most iconic superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story – and a crucial history of twentieth century feminism.

Petrash, Antonia. Long Island and the Woman Suffrage Movement. 2013.
A history of the suffrage movement and its important activists on Long Island.

2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners

On April 14, the Pulitzer Prize committee announced the winners and finalists for the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes.

On April 14, the Pulitzer Prize committee announced the winners and finalists for the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes.

Winners and nominees include:

Winner: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (CD book, large print book)
Finalists: The Son by Philipp Meyer (audio download, eBook)
The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis

Winner: The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor
Finalists: A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America by Jacqueline Jones
Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser

Winner: Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall
Finalists: Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World by Leo Damrosch
Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life by Jonathan Sperber

Winner: Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin (eBook)
Finalists: The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide by Gary J. Bass
The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War by Fred Kaplan


Based in Truth: Historical Fiction We Love

Don’t let the recommended grades fool you – if you’re interested in a certain topic, you’re bound to love the book.

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Forge. 2010. 7th Grade
Separated from his friend Isabel after their daring escape from slavery, fifteen-year-old Curzon serves as a free man in the Continental Army at Valley Forge until he and Isabel are thrown together again, as slaves once more. Sequel to Chains.
Ties in with: 7th Grade Social Studies & English

Bray, Libba. The Diviners. 2012. 11th Grade.
Seventeen-year-old Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, the curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.
Ties in with: 11th Grade Social Studies & English
Of interest to anyone taking a class about New York City’s history

Chibbaro, Julie. Deadly. 2011. 7th-8th Grade.
Set during the Typhoid Fever epidemic of 1906, Prudence Galewski leaves school to take a job assisting the head epidemiologist at New York City’s Department of Health and Sanitation. During a time when medicine and science was open only to men, she’ll have to prove to herself and the city that she can help solve one of the great medical mysteries of the time.
Ties in with: 7th Grade English, Social Studies, and Science

Johnson, Alaya Dawn. Moonshine: a novel. 2010. 11th Grade.
Zephyr Hollis is an underfed, overzealous social activist who teaches night school to the underprivileged of the Lower East Side. Strapped for cash, Zephyr agrees to help a student, the mysterious Amir, who proposes she use her charity work cover to bring down a notorious vampire mob boss. What he doesn’t tell her is why. Soon enough she’s tutoring a child criminal with an angelic voice, dodging vampires high on a new blood-based street drug, and trying to determine the real reason behind Amir’s request.
Ties in with: 11th Grade English & Social Studies
Of interest to anyone taking a class about New York City’s history

Meloy, Maile. The Apothecary. 2011. 8th Grade.
It’s 1952 and the Scott family has just from L.A. to London. Here, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows – a fascinating boy who’s not afraid to stand up to authority and dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin’s father is kidnapped, the two must uncover the secrets of the apothecary’s sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia, in order to find him, all the while keeping it out of the hands of their enemies – Russian spies in possession of nuclear weapons. Discovering and testing potions they never believed could exist, Janie and Benjamin embark on a dangerous race to save the apothecary and prevent impending disaster.
Ties in with: 8th Grade English, Social Studies, and Science

Napoli, Donna Jo. The Wager. 2010. 10th Grade.
Having lost everything in a tidal wave in 1169 Sicily, nineteen-year-old Don Giovanni makes a simple-sounding wager with a stranger he recognizes as the devil but, while desperate enough to surrender his pride and good looks for three years, three months, and three days, he is not willing to give up his soul.
Ties in with: 10th Grade English and Social Studies, AP European History

Wein, Elizabeth. Code Name Verity. 2012. 10th Grade.
In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must do to survive while keeping secret all that she can.
Ties in with: 10th Grade English and Social Studies, AP European History

Alive & Well: Great Historical Non-Fiction

Here is a selection of quality non-fiction. Don’t let the recommended grades fool you – if you’re interested in a certain topic, you’re bound to love the book.

Blair, Margaret Whitman. Liberty or death: the surprising story of runaway slaves who sided with the British during the American Revolution. 2010. 7th Grade.
Liberty or Death is the little-known story of the American Revolution told from the perspectives of the African-American slaves who fought on the side of the British Royal Army in exchange for the promise of freedom.

Hopkinson, Deborah. Titanic: voices from the disaster. 2012. 7th-8th Grade.
Tells the tale of the sinking of the Titanic using the narratives of the witnesses and survivors to the disaster.

Miller, Brandon Marie. Women of the frontier: 16 tales of trailblazing homesteaders, entrepreneurs, and rabble-rousers. 2013. 9th Grade.
Using journal entries, letters sent home, and song lyrics, the women of the West speak for themselves in these tales of courage, enduring spirit, and adventure. Miller recounts the impact pioneers had on those who were already living in the region as well as how they adapted to their new lives, and the rugged, often dangerous landscape, this exploration also offers resources for further study and reveals exactly how these influential women tamed the Wild West.

Povich, Lynn. The good girls revolt: how the women of Newsweek sued their bosses and changed the workplace. 2012. 11th Grade.
Chronicles the sexual discrimination class action lawsuit that women journalists brought against their employer, Newsweek, in 1970.

Sheinkin, Steve. The notorious Benedict Arnold: a true story of adventure, heroism, and treachery. 2010. 7th Grade.
An introduction to the life of Benedict Arnold that highlights not only the traitorous actions that made him legendary, but also his heroic involvement in the American Revolution.

Swanson, James L. Bloody times: the funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the manhunt for Jefferson Davis. 2011. 8th Grade.
On the morning of April 2, 1865, Jefferson Davis received a telegram from General Robert E. Lee. There is no more time – the Yankees are coming, it warned. That night Davis fled Richmond, setting off an intense manhunt for the Confederate president. Two weeks later, President Lincoln was assassinated, and the nation was convinced that Davis was involved in the conspiracy that led to the crime.

Historical Fiction for Teens

This month we’re celebrating Historical Fiction in Teen Services. The list below is not exhaustive – you can find even more historical fiction novels in our shelves! The eras represented here range from the age of Cleopatra, to 1980s India and Zimbabwe! Want a book about a time period not represented here? Ask our teen librarian for a recommendation!

Joe Rat by Mark Barratt. In the sewers of Victorian London, a boy known as Joe Rat scrounges for valuables, which he gives to a criminal mastermind called “Mother,” but a chance meeting with a runaway girl and “the Madman” transforms all of their lives.

Strings Attached by Judy Blundell. When she drops out of school and struggles to start a career on Broadway in the fall of 1950, seventeen-year-old Kit Corrigan accepts help from an old family friend, a lawyer said to have ties with the mob, who then asks her to do some favors for him.

Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury. Seventeen-year-old Agnes is about to make her debut into 1815 London society at a lavish party (though she’d rather be in Egypt examining ancient mummies) where she meets Lord Showalter, a wealthy and eligible man (who collects Egyptian antiquities), who happens to be hiding a dark and dangerous secret.

The haunting of Charles Dickens by Lewis Buzbee. Twelve-year-old Meg travels the rooftops and streets of 1862 London, England, in search of her missing brother, Orion, accompanied by a family friend, the famed author Charles Dickens, whose next quest is to find his next novel.

Deadly by Julie Chibbaro. Sixteen-year-old Prudence Galewski takes a job in the early twentieth-century as assistant to the head epidemiologist at New York City’s Department of Health and Sanitation who is trying to discover how a seemingly healthy woman can be spreading typhoid fever.

The FitzOsbornes in Exile by Michelle Cooper. In January 1937, as Sophia FitzOsborne continues to record in her journal, the members of Montmaray’s royal family are living in exile in England but, even as they participate in the social whirl of London parties and balls, they remain determined to free their island home from the occupying Germans despite growing rumors of a coming war that might doom their country forever.

The Ausländer by Paul Dowswell. German soldiers take Peter from a Warsaw orphanage, and soon he is adopted by Professor Kaltenbach, a prominent Nazi, but Peter forms his own ideas about what he sees and hears and decides to take a risk that is most dangerous in 1942 Berlin.

Phantoms in the Snow by Kathleen Brenner Duble. In 1944, fifteen-year-old Noah, recently orphaned, is sent to live with an uncle he has never met at Camp Hale, Colorado, where he finds his pacifist views challenged.

In the Shadow of the Lamp by Susanne Emily Dunlap. Sixteen-year-old Molly Fraser works as a nurse with Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War to earn a salary to help her family survive in nineteenth-century England.

Sphinx’s Queen by Esther M. Friesner. Chased after by the prince and his soldiers for a crime she did not commit, Nefertiti finds temporary refuge in the wild hills along the Nile’s west bank before returning to the royal court to plead her case to the Pharaoh.

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen. Scarlet – a woman who disguises herself as a boy named Will – shadows Robin Hood, but when Gisbourne, a bounty hunter, is hired by the Sheriff of Nottingham, Robin must become Will’s protector.

Then by Morris Gleitzman. In early 1940s Poland, ten-year-old Felix and his friend Zelda escape from a cattle car headed to the Nazi death camps and struggle to survive, first on their own and then with Genia, a farmer with her own reasons for hating Germans.

Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber. While Jonathan’s soul is trapped in a painting by dark magic, his possessed body commits unspeakable crimes in the slums of 1882 New York City, and only by luring Natalie Stewart into the painting can they free his damaged soul.

Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper. In Victorian London, impoverished fifteen-year-old orphan Grace takes care of her older but mentally unfit sister Lily, and the two become victims of a fraud perpetrated by the wealthy owners of several funeral businesses.

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. Rory, of Bouexlieu, Lousiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.

The Betrayal of Maggie Blair by Elizabeth Laird. Sixteen-year-old Maggie, accused of being a witch in treacherous seventeenth-century Scotland, escapes imprisonment but brings disaster to her uncle’s door. After she is betrayed, she must try to save her family from the King’s men – at all costs.

Crusade by Elizabeth Laird. Young Adam eagerly joins the Crusade to reclaim the Holy Land in the service of a local knight, while a doctor’s apprentice in the camp of Sultan Saladin hopes to avoid engaging in conflict with the invading crusaders.

In Trouble by Ellen Levine. In 1950s New York, sixteen-year-old Jamie’s life is unsettled since her father returned from serving time in prison for refusing to name people as Communists, when her best friend turns to Jamie for help with an unplanned pregnancy.

Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColl. Recently orphaned and destitute, seventeen-year-old Liza earns a position as a lady’s maid to sixteen-year-old Princess Victoria at Kensington Palace in 1836, the year before Victoria becomes Queen of England.

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy. Meeting fearless Benjamin Burrows when she moves to London in 1852, fourteen-year-old Janie Scott helps Benjamin on a quest to rescue his kidnapped father while protecting a sacred apothecary tome from dangerous Russian spies.

Cleopatra Confesses by Carolyn Meyer. Princess Cleopatra, the third (and favorite) daughter of King Ptolemy XII, comes of age in ancient Egypt, accumulating power and discovering love.

The Lost Crown by Sarah Elizabeth Miller. In alternating chapters, Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia tell how their privileged lives as the daughters of the tsar in early twentieth-century Russia are transformed by world war and revolution.

The Wager by Donna Jo Napoli. Three years, three months, three days. In 1169 Sicily, when he loses everything in a tsunami, Don Giovanni makes a wager with a stranger he recognizes as the devil but, while desperate enough to surrender his pride and good looks for three years, three months, three days, he refuses to give up his soul.

Karma by Cathy Ostlere. India, 1984. After the Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination, Maya and her father are separated and she must rely on Sandeep to reunite them.

Life: an exploded diagram by Mal Peet. In 1960s Norfolk, England, seventeen-year-old Clem Ackroyd lives with his mum and grandmother in a tiny cottage, but his life is transformed when he falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy farmer. Takes place against the backdrop of the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The Last Full Measure by Ann Rinaldi. In 1863 Pennsylvania, fourteen-year-old Tacy faces the horrors of the Battle of Gettysburg while trying to stay out of the way of her brother David, who is in charge while their father serves as a doctor in the Union army, and to keep her friend Marvelous, a free black, safe from rebel soldiers.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their home in Lithuania by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like her by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil.

The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow. In 1936 Berlin, fourteen-year-old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust.

The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff. A young centurion ventures among the hostile tribes beyond the Roman Wall to recover the eagle standard of the Ninth, a legion which mysteriously disappeared under his father’s command.

Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace. In 1983, at an elite boys’ boarding school in Zimbabwe, thirteen-year-old English lad Robert Jacklin finds himself torn between his black roommate and the white bullies still bitter over losing power through the recent civil war.

Distant Waves: a novel of the Titanic by Suzanne Weyn. Provides a time-traveling adventure as four sisters take a journey aboard the Titanic and end up changing the entire course of history through a series of strange events.

The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf. Recreates the 1912 sinking of the Titanic as observed by different passengers on the ship … and the iceberg.

Daughter of Xanadu by Dori Jones Yang. Emmajin, the sixteen-year-old eldest granddaughter of Khublai Khan, becomes a warrior in thirteenth-century China.

Discover Long Island at the Long Island Museum

Have you heard about our museum pass program?

We have just added another museum to our collection: The Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages in scenic Stony Brook, one of a small select group of nationwide Smithsonian affiliates

Enjoy art exhibitions that “bring to life the history and art of Long Island and their relation to American culture,” and visit the nation’s finest collection of horse-drawn carriages.

Call the Information Services Desk to reserve this new pass and head east for a trip back in time!

*Available to Cold Spring Harbor Library cardholders only.