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Daniel and Esther, by Patrick Raymond; Margaret K. McElderry Books, $12.95 -- A rebellious teen-ager at a "progressive school" in England falls in love with a Jewish classmate in this poignant coming-of-age story, shadowed by the impending outbreak of World War II.

Bartholomew Fair, by Mary Stolz; Greenwillow Books, $12.95 -- The smelly, cruel realities (starving urchins, garbage in the streets) of Elizabethan England are vividly portrayed in this wonderful novel, weaving together the stories of six very different Elizabethans (including a beloved, but toothless Queen Elizabeth herself) through their visits to a London fair on one day in 1597. The lives of a palace scullery maid, the starving apprentice to a mason, a wool merchant and two schoolboys briefly come together in this entertaining history lesson for readers 12 and up.

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