The Year of the Hangman

10 best books like The Year of the Hangman (Gary L. Blackwood): Carlota, Eyes of the Emperor, Overboard, Hope's Crossing, Soldier's Secret: The Story of Deborah Sampson, Stumptown Kid, Wolf Rider, Ghost of a Hanged Man, Second Skin, Cold Case

AuthorScott O'Dell
Raised to take the place of her dead brother,  Carlota de Zubaran can do anything that Carlos could  have done. She races her stallion through the  California lowlands, dives into shark-infested waters  searching for gold, and fights in the battles that  rage between the Mexicans...
AuthorGraham Salisbury
Eddy Okana lies about his age and joins the Army in his hometown of Honolulu only weeks before the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. Suddenly Americans see him as the enemy—even the U.S. Army doubts the loyalty of Japanese American soldiers.

Then the Army sends Eddy and a small band of Japanese American...
AuthorElizabeth Fama
One moment of rashness, and fourteen-year-old Emily Slake finds herself amid hundreds of panicked and drowning people in the dark ocean waters off Sumatra. Miles from shore without a life vest, she resolves to survive. But in facing the dangers of the ocean, the desperation of her fellow survivors,...
AuthorJoan Elizabeth Goodman
Hope's father works for General Washington during the revolutionary war. Tories break into their house and burn everything down and even kidnap Hope who is just a young girl. Taken back to the Torie's house Hope is treated very badly, especially by the wife. Fortunately there's an older woman who helps...
AuthorSheila Solomon Klass
In the 1700s, women’s responsibilities were primarily child rearing and household duties. But Deborah Sampson wanted more from life. She wanted to read, to travel—and to fight for her country’s independence. When the colonies went to war with the British in 1775, Deborah was intent on being...
AuthorCarol Gorman
Twelve-year-old Charlie Nebraska wants two things he can't get: to make the local baseball team and to have life to return to the way it was before his father died two years earlier in the Korean War.
When Charlie meets Luther Peale, a stranger who quietly and mysteriously arrives in Charlie's small...
On an ordinary evening, just as he's about to leave for a party, 15-year-old Andy Zadinski receives a phone call from a stranger that changes his life. The caller, Zeke, confesses to the murder of a young woman named Nina Klemmer. Andy immediately calls the police, who shrug it off as a gag or a crank call....
AuthorVivian Vande Velde
Ghost of a Hanged Man: Vivian Vande Velde

Hook: What got me really interested in the book was the cover of the book: I really enjoy horror books, so seeing the cover got me really intrigued into reading it, especially since it involved a man who turned into a ghost.

Summary: There was a...
AuthorJessica Wollman
Beauty is only skin deep. Popularity goes much deeper. . . .

Appearances can be deceiving. Sam Klein’s found that out firsthand. All she wanted was to be popular. But sometimes what we want is the absolute worst thing for us.

Sam discovers that Kylie, It-girl of Woodlawn High, owes...
AuthorJulia Platt Leonard
When 13-year-old Oz Keillor finds a dead body in his family restaurant, he is soon caught up in a mystery where the stakes are high. His older brother is the prime suspect, and Oz quickly finds out that the murder may be tied to the death of their father years earlier, who was accused of selling nuclear...
AuthorBecky Citra
Thea and her dad are always on the move, from one small Cariboo town to another, trying to leave behind the pain of Thea's mom's death. They never stay long enough in one place for Thea to make friends, but when her dad gets work renovating a guest ranch on Gumboot Lake, she dares to hope that their wandering...
AuthorPhillip Margolin
From tracking down her best friend, who’s nowhere to be found, to secretly helping her attorney father solve a missing-person case, Madison Kincaid is a busy seventh-grade sleuth. Teaming up with new classmate Jake, she hits the sidewalks of Portland, Oregon, determined to find out what’s behind...
AuthorTracie Vaughn Zimmer
JoEllen’s parents divorced when she was very young, so she was used to splitting her time between them, shuttling four blocks from one Cincinnati apartment to another. But when her dad moved to the old family farm last year, her life was suddenly divided. Now on weekdays she’s a city girl, called...
AuthorTerry Trueman
The powerful story of a boy's fear and courage in the face of a force of nature too huge to even imagine.

Based on Hurricane Mitch's devastation of Honduras in 1998, Terry Trueman's acclaimed Hurricane is a gripping, realistic story told from the perspective of a hurricane survivor.

AuthorVicki Grant
Frances works the night shift at a local convenience store, dividing her time between restocking shelves and working on her art. Her routine is broken one night when Devin comes into the store. He claims to be the son of a famous local artist and offers her advice on her drawings. Although he seems to know...
AuthorPatricia MacLachlan
Jake is a part of an extraordinary family. He has a life filled with art, music, and long summer nights on the Cape. He has hours and days and months of baseball. But, more than anything in this world, Jake knows he has Edward. From the moment he was born, Jake knew Edward was destined for something. Edward...
AuthorEllen Potter
Olivia Kidney's new apartment building is crazy Talking lizards crawling everywhere. A tropical rainforest growing in 7B. Even an apartment made entirely of glass Maybe her father will get fired from his job as the building super, and they can leave. But Olivia is tired of moving from place to place,...
AuthorSeymour Reit
This is a decent little book - a quick read at 140 pages - about a group of heroic men, led by Commander Knox of the Continental Army, who faced many challenges in moving heavy cannon from Ft. Ticonderoga, NY, down the Hudson, and east across the Berkshire Mountains and all of Massachusetts to Boston, at...
AuthorAnn Rinaldi
The Revolutionary War is raging. General Wayne's soldiers are freezing, underpaid, and resentful. Whispers of mutiny abound.
A stone's throw from the restless camp, Tempe Wick wages her own battle for survival. Despite her efforts, she fears she won't be able to feed her family, care for her...
AuthorL.M. Elliott
For thirteen–year–old Nathaniel, an indentured servant in colonial Virginia, life is hard. Though things improve with the help of a kind master named Basil–who shares music, books, and philosophies on equality–around him the climate is heating up. It's 1775 and colonists are enraged by...
Five 4ths of July
AuthorPat Raccio Hughes
On July 4th, 1777, Jake Mallory and his friends are celebrating their new nation's independence in a small coastal town in Connecticut. Fourteen-yearold Jake wants nothing more than to get out from under the strict thumb of his father and see some adventure. But he learns too late that he must be careful...
AuthorKathryn Lasky
I really loved the descriptions, especially in the tone of wonder for this basically untouched scenery. It really felt like someone who was seeing these amazing places for the first time, and felt as much awe as the rest of us would. It also didn't play down the difficulties of the travel (hunger, terrain,...
AuthorGary Paulsen
This is a great book for students in grades 4-5 looking for an adventure book. Masters of Disasters is about three close friends who are determined to complete crazy, adventurous, dangerous tasks. The three boys all have extremely varying personalities and that is evident throughout the entire book....
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