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Flight of the falcon – Susan Geason

Sybilla de Saint-Valery, the daughter of a nobleman and soldier, has been staying with relatives in the castle of the Duke of Normandy. When news of an imminent English attack reaches the castle, Sybilla must undertake a dangerous journey home to her mother and the family estate.

But these are treacherous times to be on the road. En route, she is kidnapped by her father’s enemies, who demand that Sybilla’s mother hand over the deeds to the Saint-Valery estate in exchange for her daughter’s safe return. With only her faithful hound, Hannibal, and falcon, Merlin, to help her, can Sybilla escape her captors and reach Saint-Valery before her ancestral home is lost?

Song for Eloise – Leigh Sauerwein

It is twelfth-century France and, at fifteen, Eloise is married off by her father to a man twice her age.

Taken to his forlorn castle in the mountains, Eloise carries out her duties as a wife, but ultimately her affection is for another. Thomas, a troubadour, journey across the land to Eloise with his travelling companion, Babel, and years after the two have been separated their childhood love is rekindled. But with loyalties broken, men lost at war and the seasons rolling by, it seems Eloise’s happiness cannot last forever.

At the sign of the Sugared Plum

For Hannah, going to London for the first time and living there with her sister Sarah is the most wonderful adventure she has ever had in her happy but rather sheltered life. Sarah owns and runs a sweet shop, The Sugared Plum, and Hannah has come to help her make the candies and sweetmeats sold in the shop.

Even before Hannah arrives at the Sugared Plum, she receives warnings that all is not well in the great city, warning that she chooses to ignore. Even after she finds the shop and is reunited with her sister, Hannah chooses to brush off the disturbing remarks that her sister makes about the possibility of a plague spreading through the city. Hannah insists that there are only a few cases of the illness in the more distant slums, and she is determined to stay in London and becaome a city lady.

However, this state of affairs does not last, and Hannah and Sarah watch and listen with fear and horror as the plague begins its terrifyingly rapid spread through the city. In this time of great misery and suffering, Hannah discovers a good deal about herself and others, about the cruelty and compassion that lie in the hearts of both friends and strangers. Somehow, Hannah and her sister have to survive this terrible calamity and escape the monster that threatens both their lives.

Mary Hooper

Ransom my heart – Meg Cabot

Finn Crais is the resourceful daughter of a miller living in Stephensgate, England, in 1291.

When Finns older sister, Mellana, gets pregnant by a troubadour and has no money for a dowry, Finn agrees to carry out Mellanas ridiculous plan to abduct a wealthy man and hold him ransom, settling on Earl Hugh Fitzstephen, fresh back from the crusades and loaded with gold and jewels.

Finn doesn’t realize who it is she’s captured, and Fitzstephen, owing to a curiosity about Finn and wanting to see where the kidnapping will lead, plays along. As to be expected, passions become enflamed, and Finn discovers her sister’s plan may not be a simple as she originally thought.

Company of Fools – Deborah Ellis

Henri is used to the quiet routines of the Abbey of St Luc. He’s shy and solitary, until Micah – the wild troublemaker with the voice of an angel – sweeps into his life. Micah may not know how to comb his hair, or wait his turn, but he certainly knows how to stir things up. Henri has never had such adventures.

And then comes The Plague. With the tail of a scorpion and breath of fire, it decimates every village and town until nothing can ever be the same. Together, Henri and Micah and their Company of Fools discover the soul-soothing power of laughter. But will it be enough?

Joan of Arc – Lili Wilkinson

Joan of Arc left home when she was fifteen.

At sixteen she led the French army to victory.

At nineteen she was burned to death at the stake.

Angel or witch? Saint or heretic? Messenger from God or crazy teenager?

Who was Joan of Arc?

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