Ghost of the Rio Grande by Don Allen Holbrook and Dr. Gilberto Garcia follows the story of Fabriciano Garcia in the mid-1910s. He and his family live on a farm in southern Texas, and he strives to support them as best he can. He descends from a Mexican-Indian bloodline. In the town where he lives, he finds himself having to defend himself and his neighbors with force and firepower. There is much tension as Fabriciano runs from the law that prosecutes him for killing a Texas Ranger about to kill his friend.
No Quiet Water by Shirley Miller Kamada tells the tale of Fumio Miyota who lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with his mother, father, and little sister, Kimiko. The story takes place after the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. As Japanese Americans, they are struggling with those who detest their differences and are suspicious of their intentions in America. When Fumio begins to hear whispers of war terrorizing the Japanese people because of the bombing, he realizes that his tranquil town may not be as peaceful as he thought.
Deadly Hearts by Michael Burgan is a nonfiction novel that describes deadly, terrible vanquishers of centuries past. Through Burgan’s writing, you are able to witness these usurpers' upbringings and the possible reasons behind their evilness. Some characters show much diversity in their actions while others seem to always have acted in the same horrific ways. A few people described are Queen Mary I of England, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and Attila the Hun. The author speaks factually about each character while explaining some reasons why they may have ended up that way.