EMSB Book Club - FACE Book List



Based on your Book Personality Quiz, your group scored: 


20 points for books that help you escape to a world that is different from your own.

As much as you like the real life stuff, you also have a great imagination and love exploring worlds

that look different from your own. Not only does the world have to be

different(*), but it has to be filled with journey adventure.

(* the world can be different, but not too different from real life)

Genres Include: Fantasy, Mythology, Retellings


12 points for books that encourage you to stand up for what is right! 

Activists are passionate about protecting people, animals, and the earth. 

You enjoy reading about characters who are activists; who 

use their voice for others who cannot stand up for themselves,

and they work hard to make changes in the world.

Genres Include: Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction, Narrative non-fiction/Biography

11 points for books that are about a certain time period in the past.

Going back to escaping to another world, you enjoy it when this world takes you to a place in 

certain time periods in the past. Book worms agree that this is one of the best genres

because there is so much history to choose from! 

Genres Include: Historical Fiction, Classics, Biography

Your Book List 

We researched books that are a combination of Fantasy/Retellings and Historical Fiction. 

The novels in your book list are a mix between novels based on historical facts but are set in a

fantasy/dystopian world,

and novels that base on a true story through the

eyes of fictional characters. 










Book 1  - Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepety

(based on a true story, historical fiction) 

Winter 1945. WWII. Four refugees. Four stories.
Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies, war.

 As thousands desperately flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

But not all promises can be kept . . .

Book 2 - An Ember in the Ashes 

(fantasy, based on historical facts)

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
 It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
 But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. 


Book 3 - The Heart of a Samurai 

(based on a true story - historical fiction, adventure)

In 1841 a Japanese fishing vessel sinks. Its crew is forced to swim to a small, unknown island, where they are rescued by a passing American ship. Japan’s borders remain closed to all Western nations, so the crew sets off to America, learning English on the way.
Manjiro, a 14-year-old boy, is curious and eager to learn everything he can about this new culture. Eventually the captain adopts Manjiro and takes him to his home in New England. The boy lives there for some time and then heads to San Francisco to pan for gold. After many years, he makes it back to Japan, only to be imprisoned as an outsider. With his hard-won knowledge of the West, Manjiro is in a unique position to persuade the emperor to ease open the boundaries around Japan; he may even achieve his unlikely dream of becoming a samurai.

Book 4 - The Marrow Thieves 

(Fantasy, dystopian society, based on historical facts) 

Just when you think you have nothing left to lose, they come for your dreams.
Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks. The indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream. In this dark world, Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive as they make their way up north to the old lands. For now, survival means staying hidden - but what they don''t know is that one of them holds the secret to defeating the marrow thieves.

Take a minute to think about 2 books you would like to read. Click on the link to cast your vote for your group. 
You have until Thursday to make your selection.
Happy Reading!