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!
Books for older readers
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.
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.
There's no point settling a township in the middle of the desert if the train won't stop at your station . . .
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 . . .
A love story and a horror story, beautifully told, about life and death during the Great War.
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 . . .
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.
Children capture a German machine-gun, but their dream of defending their fortress against the German invasion turns into a nightmare.
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.