Books set in the past
Did you ever wish you could travel back in time? Here's how to do it, from the safety of your own armchair!
A tale of highway robbery, but not necessarily the obvious kind.
Year 1220, Tom Fletcher, reluctant chief novice at Saint Wilfred's monastery, turns detective and solves horrifying murder mystery.
Lady Violet, good at being in the right place at the right time. Edwardian sleuth with modern day attitude.
Noah's Ark - what it was really like on board.
Seventeenth century Dutch trading family face ruin - unless Adam can take up the burden of leadership.
Another beautiful hymn to humanity from David Almond.
The pretty little Dragon harbours many secrets . . .
Surviving the shipwreck but still at the mercy of the wreckers in the village, John Spencer must rescue his father who is being held captive somewhere.
Edinburgh 1822. To overcome the loss of his mother Robbie must face up to some hard truths about medical research.
Loyalty and treachery among warring Japanese clans.
America in the Depression. Bud on the road, searching for his father.
Gruesome murder in eighteenth century London needs investigation.
There's no point settling a township in the middle of the desert if the train won't stop at your station . . .
Boy and wolf, befriended, escape the murderous English redcoats after the Jacobite Rebellion.
Exotic adventure deep in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest.
Growing up pains in Ireland during the Second World War.
He didn't intend to stumble into the great Irish potato famine of 1847, butTom can help the Monaghan family survive. What the Monaghan family can do for him, though, is far more precious . . .
Antonio and his little bull calf caught up in the dreadful events of the Spanish Civil War.
A love story and a horror story, beautifully told, about life and death during the Great War.
If Hitler had really had a daughter, how could she have loved him? And how could she live a normal life after his death at the end of the war?
Haoyou rides his magnificent kite into the skies for the travelling JadeCircus.
A trustee of the orphanage offers to send Judy Abbott to college. But he insists on anonymity. All he asks is that she write a letter to him once a month to let him know of her progress through college. She is to address him as JohnSmith, and she is to expect no reply. So, you see, it is a rather one-sided correspondence!
It is 1199. Thirteen-year-old Arthur de Caldicot waits to hear whether his father will arrange for him to be a squire and a knight. And meanwhile, his father's old friend, Merlin, gives him a precious piece of stone - a seeingstone.
You need a lot of luck to survive the accident of birth in the eighteenth century, especially if you are born into poverty, or illegitimate, or if your path crosses that of Otis Gardiner, Coram man, trader in babies, blackmail and despair . . .
In 1940 a young Polish boy is dragged from his bed, given thirty minutes to pack, and transported with his mother and brother thousands of miles acrossEurope to Kazakhstan.
Every day is a struggle for survival on the tiny island of Bryher in the Scilly Isles, but storms and wrecks can bring bounty as well as hardship.
Jack Holborn stows away aboard the Charming Molly and falls into the hands of a pirate crew.
Away from his deprived and brutal background in London, Willie Beech is thrown a lifeline when he is evacuated to the country.
The memoir of Elli Friedman, who recounts what it was like to be one of the few teenage inmates of Auschwitz.
A tale of two boys in Hitler's Germany - one boy is German, the other is a German Jew.
The silver sword, a little paper-knife, is a symbol of hope to four children as they make their way across the wastes of post-war Europe from Warsaw to Switzerland in search of their parents.
Children capture a German machine-gun, but their dream of defending their fortress against the German invasion turns into a nightmare.
Anna and her family try to make a new life for themselves as refugees in Europe in 1933.
Life as an evacuee with the difficult Mr Evans is bad enough. But did Carrie also bring down a curse on those she loved, living at Druid's Bottom?
Jet, the poacher's dog, is taken into the army when her owner is sent to prison. She is trained as an infantry patrol dog and sent to France on active service.
Classic tale of treasure and treachery as Jim Hawkins sets sail in the Hispaniola. But what use is a treasure map and an honest heart if your adversary is the cunning Long John Silver?
Troy by Adele Geras
I would never have thought that old story of the wooden horse could be so nerve-wracking.
It's one thing to live and love on the other side of the time tube, but if a bloody battle develops between the two sides where will Andrea's loyalties lie?
Clever creatures, homo sapiens. Will they make a go of it? They are on the knife edge of survival.
Serious retelling of a Viking saga set in a London of the future. Bloodcurdling.