The Second Mrs  Gioconda Book
Score: 3.5
From 7 Ratings

The Second Mrs Gioconda


  • Author : E.L. Konigsburg
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2011-06-28
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 1442439726

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The Second Mrs Gioconda Excerpt :

Why did Leonardo da Vinci lavish three years on painting the second wife of an unimportant merchant when all the nobles of Europe were begging for a portrait by his hand? In E. L. Konigsburg's intriguing novel, the answer lies with the complex relationship between the genius, his morally questionable young apprentice, and a young duchess whose plain features belie the sensitivity of her soul.

The Second Mrs  Gioconda Book
Score: 3.5
From 8 Ratings

The Second Mrs Gioconda


  • Author : E.L. Konigsburg
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 1998-04-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9780689821219

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The Second Mrs Gioconda Excerpt :

Relates, from the point of view of his servant Salai, how Leonardo da Vinci came to paint the Mona Lisa.

The Second Mrs  Darcy Book
Score: 3.5
From 6 Ratings

The Second Mrs Darcy


  • Author : Elizabeth Aston
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2007-03-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 1416539190

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The Second Mrs Darcy Excerpt :

The next adventure of the Darcy family from the author of Mr. Darcy's Daughters -- the story of a reluctant heiress who has been left a widow by Darcy's cousin Christopher. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a husband. So say the friends and family of impoverished widow Octavia Darcy when she unexpectedly inherits a fortune, but she has a different view and looks forward to a new life of independence. Escaping from the efforts of her half brothers and sisters to marry her off, Octavia goes to Yorkshire to find out more about the family she never knew, and while she is there she meets and crosses swords with landowner and politician Sholto Rutherford. When she returns to London to share a house with the dashing Lady Susan, Octavia, now secure in her new life, becomes caught up in the romantic problems of her niece. Then, the shadow of George Warren, the old nemesis of the Darcy family, falls over her, and she is threatened with the loss of both inheritance and reputation.

The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World Book
Score: 3
From 21 Ratings

The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World


  • Author : E.L. Konigsburg
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2010-05-11
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439106877

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The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World Excerpt :

"ninety percent of who you are is invisible." Amedeo Kaplan seems just like any other new kid who has moved into the town of St. Malo, Florida, a navy town where new faces are the norm. But Amedeo has a secret, a dream: More than anything in the world, he wants to discover something -- a place, a process, even a fossil -- some treasure that no one realizes is there until he finds it. And he would also like to discover a true friend to share these things with. William Wilcox seems like an unlikely candidate for friendship: an aloof boy who is all edges and who owns silence the way other people own words. When Amedeo and William find themselves working together on a house sale for Amedeo's eccentric neighbor, Mrs. Zender, Amedeo has an inkling that both his wishes may come true. For Mrs. Zender's mansion is crammed with memorabilia of her long life, and there is a story to go with every piece. Soon the boys find themselves caught up in one particular story -- a story that links a sketch, a young boy's life, an old man's reminiscence, and a painful secret dating back to the outrages of Nazi Germany. It's a story that will take them to the edge of what they know about heroism and the mystery of the human heart. Two-time Newbery winner E. L. Konigsburg spins a magnificent tale of art, discovery, friendship, history, and truth.

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver Book
Score: 4
From 15 Ratings

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver


  • Author : E.L. Konigsburg
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2011-06-28
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439132159

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A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver Excerpt :

Eleanor of Acquitaine has been waiting in Heaven for a long time to be reunited with her second husband, Henry II of England. Finally, the day has come when Henry will be judged for admission--and while Eleanor waits, three people close to her during various times of her life join her, helping to distract her and providing a rich portrait of a remarkable woman in history.

The Apprentice s Masterpiece Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

The Apprentice s Masterpiece


  • Author : Melanie Little
  • Publisher : Annick Press
  • Release Date : 2009-09-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN 10 : 9781554512942

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The Apprentice s Masterpiece Excerpt :

Fifteenth-century Spain is a richly multicultural society in which Jews, Muslims, and Christians coexist. But under the zealous Christian Queen Isabella, the country abruptly becomes one of the most murderously intolerant places on Earth. It is in this atmosphere that the Benvenistes, a family of scribes, attempt to eke out a living. The family has a secret—they are conversos: Jews who converted to Christianity. Now, with neighbors and friends turned into spies, fear hangs in the air. One day a young man is delivered to their door. His name is Amir, and he wears the robe and red patch of a Muslim. Fifteen-year-old Ramon Benveniste broods over Amir’s easy acceptance into the family. Startling and dramatic events overtake the household, and the family is torn apart. One boy becomes enslaved, the other takes up service for the Inquisitors. Finally, their paths cross again in a stunningly haunting scene.

The Shakespeare Stealer Book
Score: 3.5
From 19 Ratings

The Shakespeare Stealer


  • Author : Gary Blackwood
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2000-07-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101200032

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The Shakespeare Stealer Excerpt :

A delightful adveture full of humor and heart set in Elizabethan England! Widge is an orphan with a rare talent for shorthand. His fearsome master has just one demand: steal Shakespeare's play "Hamlet"--or else. Widge has no choice but to follow orders, so he works his way into the heart of the Globe Theatre, where Shakespeare's players perform. As full of twists and turns as a London alleyway, this entertaining novel is rich in period details, colorful characters, villainy, and drama. * "A fast-moving historical novel that introduces an important era with casual familiarity." --School Library Journal, starred review "Readers will find much to like in Widge, and plenty to enjoy in this gleeful romp through olde England" --Kirkus Reviews "Excels in the lively depictions of Elizabethan stagecraft and street life." --Publishers Weekly An ALA Notable Book

Jennifer  Hecate  Macbeth  William McKinley  and Me  Elizabeth Book
Score: 3
From 13 Ratings

Jennifer Hecate Macbeth William McKinley and Me Elizabeth


  • Author : E. L. Konigsburg
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2007-06-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 117
  • ISBN 10 : 9781416948292

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Jennifer Hecate Macbeth William McKinley and Me Elizabeth Excerpt :

A lonely girl discovers a magical world and a new friend when she meets a young witch on Halloween.

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs  Basil E  Frankweiler Book
Score: 4
From 148 Ratings

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler


  • Author : E.L. Konigsburg
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2010-12-21
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442431263

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From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler Excerpt :

Now available in a deluxe keepsake edition! A Time Best YA Book of All Time (2021) Run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with E. L. Konigsburg’s beloved classic and Newbery Medal­–winning novel From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. When Claudia decided to run away, she planned very carefully. She would be gone just long enough to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia appreciation. And she would go in comfort-she would live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She saved her money, and she invited her brother Jamie to go, mostly because be was a miser and would have money. Claudia was a good organizer and Jamie bad some ideas, too; so the two took up residence at the museum right on schedule. But once the fun of settling in was over, Claudia had two unexpected problems: She felt just the same, and she wanted to feel different; and she found a statue at the Museum so beautiful she could not go home until she bad discovered its maker, a question that baffled the experts, too. The former owner of the statue was Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Without her—well, without her, Claudia might never have found a way to go home.

Smile Book

Smile


  • Author : Mary Hoffman
  • Publisher : Teen Fiction
  • Release Date : 2018
  • Genre: Florence (Italy)
  • Pages : 95
  • ISBN 10 : 1781127174

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Smile Excerpt :

Renaissance Italy is a world of riches open to any man who dares to conquer it. In the life of young Lisa the doors to this world remain closed. Promised in her youth to a widower as a loving wife and mother, she is resigned to an unremarkable existence clinging only to the memory of being "Lovely Lisa" to the now great Leonardo Da Vinci. But when their paths cross again her portrait will become his masterpiece and her smile will capture the imagination of the world.

Secrets in the House of Delgado Book

Secrets in the House of Delgado


  • Author : Gloria D. Miklowitz
  • Publisher : Eerdmans Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 182
  • ISBN 10 : 0802852068

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Secrets in the House of Delgado Excerpt :

In Spain in 1492, fourteen-year-old Maria, a Catholic orphan, becomes a servant to a wealthy family of Conversos, converted Jews, at a time when the Jews are being expelled from the country and when the Inquisition is diligently searching for religious heretics.

Silent to the Bone Book
Score: 4
From 17 Ratings

Silent to the Bone


  • Author : E.L. Konigsburg
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2011-07-12
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 1442439734

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Silent to the Bone Excerpt :

Connor is sure his best friend, Branwell, couldn't have hurt Branwell's baby half sister, Nikki. But Nikki lies in a coma, and Branwell is in a juvenile behavioral center, suspected of a horrible crime and unable to utter the words to tell what really happened. Connor is the only one who might be able to break through Branwell's wall of silence. But how can he prove Branwell didn't commit the unspeakable act of which he's accused — when Branwell can't speak for himself?

Angel on the Square Book
Score: 4
From 14 Ratings

Angel on the Square


  • Author : Gloria Whelan
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-06
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061975783

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Angel on the Square Excerpt :

From the author of the National Book Award-winning novel Homeless Bird comes “an absorbing saga”* about a young heroine coming of age in the tumultuous years leading up to the Russian revolution. Gripping, accessible historical fiction that's perfect for schools and classrooms, as well as for fans of Ruta Sepetys and Elizabeth Wein. In the fall of 1914, safe behind palace walls, Katya Ivanova sees St. Petersburg as a magical place. The daughter of a lady in waiting to the Empress, Katya spends all her time with the Grand Duchesses, and the royal family feels like her own. But outside the palace, a terrible war is sweeping through Europe, and Russia is beginning to crumble under the weight of a growing revolution. Now, as Katya’s once-certain future begins to dissolve, she must seek to understand what is happening to her beloved country and, for the first time in her life, take charge of her own destiny. With her trademark lyricism, spare prose, and strong young heroine, award-winning author Gloria Whelan has again taken a chapter from history and transformed it into compelling historical fiction. *Kirkus

A Murder for Her Majesty Book
Score: 4
From 10 Ratings

A Murder for Her Majesty


  • Author : Beth Hilgartner
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 1992
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 241
  • ISBN 10 : 0395616190

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A Murder for Her Majesty Excerpt :

A cloth bag containing eight copies of the title.

Master Cornhill Book

Master Cornhill


  • Author : Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  • Publisher : Atheneum Books
  • Release Date : 1973-01-01
  • Genre: London (England)
  • Pages : 206
  • ISBN 10 : 0689303203

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Master Cornhill Excerpt :

Victim of both the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London, a homeless, penniless youth must decide what direction his life should take.