When Vikings raid and destroy a small coastal village, Hekja is captured and taken to Greenland. In this harsh and cold land, she becomes a thrall -  a slave - to Freydis, daughter of the infamous Eric the Red.  Hekja’s fiery determination earn her the respect of her mistress. But her journey was just beginning. Freydis leads an expedition to the land her father discovered, Vinland, and the adventure that unfolds is fascinating and original.

Fishpond Australia, They Came on Viking Ships by Jackie French. Buy Books online: They Came on Viking Ships, ISBN Jackie French

1841 - 14 year old Manjiro is shipwrecked and stranded on a deserted island. Beyond the islands is the unknown, monsters and barbarians, so he’s been told. He cannot return home to Japan. It’s borders are closed to foreigners and to citizens who stray. Rescued by a passing American whaling ship, Manjiro becomes fascinated by what he discovers about a new culture and spends the next 10 years learning and experiencing all he can. Can he ever go home? If he does, will he be welcomed or…

(Heart of a Samurai-Margi Preus) Newbery Honor Winner . Based on the true story of the (supposed) first Japanese man to set foot in America. Despite taking on a lot of plot, it's a good example of well done historical fiction.

Tigers on the Beach

Have you heard the one about the guy who lost a grandfather, but found a girlfriend? It’s funny. It’s also kind of sad. And some of the bits that are sad are also kind of funny (but only if you laugh at that sort of thing).

Pandora Jones: Admission

Booktopia has Pandora Jones : Admission, PANDORA JONES by Barry Jonsberg. Buy a discounted Paperback of Pandora Jones : Admission online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

Cameron and his mum have been on the run for five years. His father is hunting them. At least, that’s what Cameron’s been told.  When they settle in an isolated farmhouse, Cameron starts to see and hear things that aren’t possible. Soon he’s questioning everything he thought he knew and even his sanity. What's hiding in the night? Buried in the past? Cameron must uncover the dark secrets before they tear him apart.  A ghostly, gripping thriller that will have you guessing until the very end.

Cameron and his mum have been on the run for five years. His father is hunting them. At least, that’s what Cameron’s been told. When they settle in an isolated farmhouse, Cameron starts to see and hear things that aren’t possible. Soon he’s questioning everything he thought he knew and even his sanity. What's hiding in the night? Buried in the past? Cameron must uncover the dark secrets before they tear him apart. A ghostly, gripping thriller that will have you guessing until the very end.

Ming lives in a village in Maoist China in the 1970s. His father is convinced that Emperor Qin’s tomb lies hidden in the hills around them. But if Ming’s father doesn’t prove it soon, the town’s Political Officer will condemn him to the brutal labor camps. A lucky discovery leads Ming into a remarkable adventure where he comes to see how he can save both the terra-cotta soldiers and his father from the corrupt Political Officer and his Communist cronies.

In this action-packed adventure and coming-of-age story that finely weaves fact and fiction, thirteen-year-old Ming lives in a small village in Maoist China in the His father is convinced that Emperor Qin’s tomband the life-size terra-cotta ar

The English army is rampaging across France, leaving fear, famine and suffering in their wake. The story of Jeanne d’Arc, visionary and saint who rallied a king and an army, saved her country and died at the stake has captivated storytellers’ imaginations for centuries. This is the story behind that story. The Maid is a novel about the power and uncertainty of faith, and the exhilarating and devastating consequences of fame.

The English army is rampaging across France, leaving fear, famine and suffering in their wake. The story of Jeanne d’Arc, visionary and saint who rallied a king and an army, saved her country and died at the stake has captivated storytellers’ imaginations for centuries. This is the story behind that story. The Maid is a novel about the power and uncertainty of faith, and the exhilarating and devastating consequences of fame.

1348. The Black Death, the most terrible of plagues is sweeping across England. Whole villages are dying and people are looking for someone to blame. Someone like Brind, the dog boy and his friend, Aurelie, the French girl. Brind and Aurelie have to run for their lives. Yet nowhere is safe. Outlaw gangs are roaming the countryside. But most dangerous of all is the terrible priest, Brother Rohan. He says they’re witches and he wants them dead. Unputdownable.

1348. The Black Death, the most terrible of plagues is sweeping across England. Whole villages are dying and people are looking for someone to blame. Someone like Brind, the dog boy and his friend, Aurelie, the French girl. Brind and Aurelie have to run for their lives. Yet nowhere is safe. Outlaw gangs are roaming the countryside. But most dangerous of all is the terrible priest, Brother Rohan. He says they’re witches and he wants them dead. Unputdownable.

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