Books set in 19th C
14-year-old George is the oldest of the 7 Treet children who, together with their father, are touring thespians, forever on the edge of poverty, but forever cheerful.
Charley Bates, a young Rochford boy with no ties, is drawn by the glitter of the army to join up as a drummer boy during the Crimean War.
Peter Gannet is apprenticed to a locksmith in Covent Garden.
Jane Eyre becomes governess to the ward of Mr Rochester, with whom she falls in love.
Classic, Girls, Historical, Romantic
Maia is an orphan who goes with her new governess to live with her nearest relatives in Brazil in the city of Manaus on the Amazon River, a city made rich by the local rubber plantations.
Entertaining and engaging. Caricature of crass and small-minded Westerners among sympathetic natives.
Adventure, Friendship, Historical
The story tells of the adventures of John Ridd after his father is murdered by the Doones.
Smith is a 12-year-old pickpocket in Dickensian London.
Katy Carr, a 12-year-old in turn-of-the-century America, has an accident through her own disobedience when she falls from a swing and injures her back.
Classic, Family, Girls