Annette Laing's The Snipesville Chronicles
Charlie and the Grandmothers
Elementary , Fiction , Historical / March 19, 2018

In this young adult Victorian-era, lightly gothic tale, a brother and sister find themselves imprisoned by a pair of ghoulish grandmothers at an equally morbid farmhouse that seems to come to life with changing corridors and disappearing doors. For 12-year-old Charlie Oughtt, a slightly obsessive, easily distressed boy, it is a nightmare come true. His adventurous sister, Georgie, enjoys the journey until a real evil emerges and the two...

Ladies in Waiting
Fiction , Historical , Teen / March 19, 2018

Three young women from different walks of life find themselves in the high position of serving the wife of the Merry Monarch, King Charles II. Eliza, daughter of a rich merchant, dreams of becoming a playwright while her father schemes to marry her to a titled gentleman. Zabby is a budding scientist, sent by her father from the family plantation in Barbados to further her education. Beth, the product of a ruined nobleman, tries to escap...

The Race Against Time
Elementary , Fiction , Historical , Timeslip / March 19, 2018

Third in Geronimo Stilton’s Journey through Time series, this story finds Geronimo and his gang on another adventure: this time to the prehistoric era, ancient Greece, and the Renaissance. Geronimo is a nervous mouse, shy and quiet, but always seems to find trouble, especially with his annoying and inconsiderate cousin, Trap, in tow. Trap, however, has a knack for easing into any society with friendly manners and clever ruses, and thu...

Belle Epoque
Fiction , Historical , Teen / March 19, 2018

Sixteen-year-old Maude Pichon, daughter of a Breton shopkeeper, has always dreamed of life outside her small village. In a desperate attempt to avoid an unwanted marriage, she escapes to Paris and unexpectedly finds herself working as a laundress to survive. When she comes across a vague ad promising undemanding work for young ladies, she immediately applies. She is horrified when she discovers the nature of the job, but continues with ...

Fallen From Grace
Fiction , Historical , Novella , Teen / March 19, 2018

This short story is a companion to the author’s full-length young adult novel Dark Mirror, which I previously read and reviewed. While it is very short, it does give some insight into one of the murkier character’s background–though not an astonishing series of revelations. Allarde is standoffish in Dark Mirror and is also hiding a dark secret. While Fallen from Grace does not reveal his secret, it mentions his uneasiness with wha...

Dark Mirror
Fiction , Historical , Teen / March 19, 2018

Victoria ‘Tory’ Mansfield is a gentleman’s daughter in the year 1803. Through an act of bravery she exposes the fact that she has magical powers to the genteel society and finds herself shipped off to Lackland Abbey, where young ‘mages’ are sent to cure them of their unsavory nature. Though the common people of the era find magic useful, the Lords and Ladies maintain that it’s vulgar and thus ostracize anyone claiming the gi...

Rejected Princesses
Historical , Non-Fiction , Teen / March 19, 2018

From 1500 BCE to the 20th century, this compendium is packed with famous as well as lesser-known women of history who, in the animator-turned-author’s view, would not have made the cut in the film industry for various reasons. There are fairytale legends, empresses, actresses, women of the Bible, slaves, revolutionists, warriors, and even a few real princesses. With much humor, the author introduces readers to 100 women who made their...

The Young Mary Queen of Scots
Fiction , Historical , Teen / March 19, 2018

This is one of three Young Adult novels by Jean Plaidy in Max Parrish’s “The Young” Series. As in her novel Royal Road to Fotheringhay, Plaidy begins with Mary, Queen of Scots at the age of five. Scotland was in danger of being invaded by the English, who wished the young, fatherless Queen to be taken to the court of Henry VIII and eventually married to Prince Edward. However, she was whisked away to the island of Inchmahome and l...

Meg Roper
Fiction , Historical , Teen / March 19, 2018

This young adult novel penned in the early 60’s is based on the eldest daughter of Sir Thomas More, one of King Henry VIII’s ministers who fell out of favor during the king’s marriage to Anne Boleyn. It is a simplified version of her full length novel titled St. Thomas’s Eve (republished as The King’s Confidante) but is not, as some listings file it, the same book. Chronicling the political career of Sir Thomas More, this stor...

Behind Enemy Lines
Elementary , Fiction , Historical / March 19, 2018

Dak, Sera, and Riq are kids on a very important mission: to save the future world from an evil organization by time traveling and putting history back on course. They are with a group called the Hystorians—started by none other than Aristotle—and are firmly pitted against an organization called the SQ, the details of which are still unknown in the series. This time the characters are warped by the Infinity Ring to Aberdeen, Scotland...