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Subject: Historical Series Search
Date Posted: 8/6/2007 10:31 PM ET
Member Since: 9/29/2005
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I am trying to find a series that I read probably between 1986- and 1990. They are young adult historical romances. No intimate scenes or marriages as they are for and about teenage girls.

Each book has like a year and a state for a title (I think). Like for example "California 1849". Not an actual title just an example. When looking at the cover the year is in very big print so it is predominant over the rest of the cover.

The book would be about a certain time period and historical event. Like the trip to California for the Gold Rush. The parents may die or the girl may be on her own, but the story is about her personal struggle in this historical setting.

It is not the Dear America series as these are too new. I do love and have those too!

It is also not the American Diaries by Kathleen Duey though this is close to what I mean. It could be them if the covers were different. I distinctly remember that the year is BIG on the covers.

Any help would be appreciated. I would like to add these to my Childrens Book personal library.

thanks so much,



Date Posted: 9/3/2007 9:31 PM ET
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I found some books that fit the description you gave. They are historical romance and have an event and date in the title. They are by Cameron Dokey, Elizabeth Massie, Nancy Holder, and Kathleen Duey (but aren't part of the American Diaries series). The ones I found have a more recent publishing date, but they could just be newer editions.

Here are some that I found:

http://www.bordersstores.com/search/title_detail.jsp?id=53186858&srchTerms=cameron+dokey&mediaType=1&srchType=Author    Hindenburg, 1937

http://www.bordersstores.com/search/title_detail.jsp?id=51789089&srchTerms=pearl+harbor%2C+1941&mediaType=1&srchType=Title   Pearl Harbor, 1941

http://www.bordersstores.com/search/title_detail.jsp?id=51422992&srchTerms=san+francisco+earthquake%2C+1906&mediaType=1&srchType=Title   San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

I hope these are the books you are looking for! : )




Last Edited on: 9/3/07 9:35 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/6/2007 9:38 PM ET
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Not exactly the ones either. BUT these look good too! When ever I post one of these searches it always turns up so many other good things to read. I really appreciate you taking the time to have a look for my books.

Thanks so much,


Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 9/9/2007 9:07 AM ET
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You can try this site, too.  It's wonderful for looking up series when we just can't remember all we need to find them!  Hope that helps.  It sounds like a terrific series.



Date Posted: 4/8/2009 4:31 AM ET
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I just read a recent book title request about a similar series. The answer was the "Sunfire Series." Is that it?


Date Posted: 4/8/2009 4:32 AM ET
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Oops. I didn't read about the titile part. I don't think my answer is correct sorry.

Date Posted: 4/8/2009 7:00 PM ET
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I'm fairly certain that Tabitha is right and you are looking for was the Sunfire series. Each book was titled with a girl's name, but the setting (year and period such as Gold Rush or Civil War) was also prominently displayed.

The books typically had a love triangle in which the strong, resourceful teen was torn between two suitors: one who appreciated her strength without reservation and one who expected her to tone down her attitude, at least to a certain degree. The historical setting drove the particulars of the book. For instance, Caroline featured a girl who disguised herself as a man to follow her brother into the gold fields of California.

If this sounds like the same series, there are several listed here. Authors included Candice Ransom, Willo Davis Roberts, and Vivian Schurfranz.

Last Edited on: 4/8/09 7:01 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/13/2009 11:31 AM ET
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I'll also chime in that I think you're looking for the Sunfire series, given the publication dates you gave. I think the Sunfire series was published between 1984 and 1990 and there were 32 books or so.

Here's a good informal review site for the series. Maybe the covers will look familiar.