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Prisoner of the Inquisition
               Theresa Breslin

               Wealthy Zarita has enjoyed a cosseted life as the daughter of the
               local magistrate; Saulo's life has been dogged by persecution, danger
               and poverty. An unlucky accident causes their paths to cross as the

               officers of the inquisition arrive in their small town seeking out
               heretics. Zarita must remain, struggling to survive the brutality of
               the inquisitors and to observe the courtly intrigue of Queen Isabella
               and King Ferdinand; while Saulo, banished to the role of a galley
               slave, faces shipwreck and pirates before encountering Christopher Columbus.
               Large in its scope, this is a thrilling story deftly told in two voices that vividly
               capture the extremes of the time. Ages 12+

               The Cay

               Theodore Taylor

                                  Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of
                                  Curacao. War has always been a game to him, and he’s eager to

                                  glimpse it firsthand—until the freighter he and his mother are
                                  travelling on to the United States is torpedoed. When Phillip

                                  comes to, he is on a small raft in the middle of the sea. Besides
                                  Stew Cat, his only companion is an old West Indian, Timothy.
               Phillip remembers his mother’s warning about black people: “They are different,

               and they live differently.” By the time the castaways arrive on a small island,
               Phillip’s head injury has made him blind and dependent on Timothy. This is the

               story of their struggle to survive, and of Phillip’s efforts to adjust to his
               blindness and to understand the dignified, wise, and loving old man who is his
               companion. 11+

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