Isabella and her friends live in Venice in 1648, publishing fine books. They are forced to flee across the sea to the wondrous capital of the Ottoman Empire, Constantinople, where Isabella is soon entangled in poisonous palace intrigues, and her friends play perilous games of their own.
In 1841, 14 year-old Manjiro and his 4 friends are stranded on a deserted island after a storm at sea. Then an American whaling vessel picks up the castaways, and they work on the ship, visiting strange countries, but deep down, Manjiro wishes to return home and become a samurai.
Europe is at war, and Nicole's city has been invaded by the Nazis. Desperate but determined, she joins a secret group of freedom fighters - and learns that she's not too young to fire a gun, plant a bomb, face capture, torture and heartbreak, or put her life on the line.
It’s 1915. Australian Flora Wentworth is visiting Cairo with her archaelogist father. She watches with alarm as a flood of wounded soldiers are shipped into the city from Gallipoli. A hospital visit thrusts her into the realities of WW1, tending injured soldiers and managing to fall in love along the way.
The day the soldiers arrive at his hometown in Cambodia, Arn’s life is changed for ever. Facing the brutal regime of the Kymer Rouge and the horror of the Killing Fields, Arn must fight to survive at any cost. Can this child of war become a man of peace? A raw, unflinching and powerful book based on the true story of Arn Chron-Pond.
Set in 1800's, England. Kitty has a comfortable life as a country milkmaid at Bridgeford Hall. She is well looked after by the family, and has a handsome admirer, Will Villiers. But one day Will vanishes. Heart-broken Kitty goes to London to try and find Will. But, alone and vulnerable in the vast city, Kitty’s fate is snatched out of her hands.
When war breaks out in Europe in 1914 people are excited at first. They describe it as “the war to end all wars”. Tom is envious of his older brother Jack, who has been called up to join the army. But as Jack’s letters home reveal the harsh realities of war and battle, Tom’s thoughts begin to change.
Kitty has always lived in the shadow of her best friend, Cat. Then Cat worms her way into the court of King Henry VIII, and into the King’s heart. Kitty becomes part of the inner court and has a glittering new life, but discovers that a world of secrets and lies lurk beneath the golden veneer.