by Gary D. Schmidt
This book was sometimes difficult to read because of the injustice imposed upon the Irish subjects of 18th century England. Though loosely based on history there is much more fiction than fact, and several plot holes that would probably drive a history buff crazy, but it's a compelling story and an enjoyable read. There are some scenes of fairly intense violence, and some deep issues at hand so I wouldn't recommend this for elementary school.
Recommended for ages 12 and up