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All the Way by Andy Behrens
Hoping to hook up with a girl he has met on the Internet, 17-year-old Ian drives with his two best friends from Illinois to South Carolina.

Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
Two 15-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.

The Heart Calls Home by Joyce Hansen
After the Civil War, former slave Obi Booker tries to make a new life on a South Carolina island while waiting to be joined by his beloved Easter, who is studying in the North.

My Life as a Rhombus by Varian Johnson
When the classmate she is tutoring in trigonometry admits she is pregnant, high school junior Rhonda must finally come to terms with the abortion her father insisted she undergo three years earlier and examine how it has changed her life.

Worlds Apart by Kathleen Karr
In 1670, soon after arriving in the Carolinas with a group of colonists from England, 15-year-old Christopher West befriends a young Sewee Indian and learns some hard lessons about survival, slavery, and friendship.

Just Jane: A Daughter of England Caught in the Struggle of the American Revolution by William Lavender
14-year-old Jane Prentice, orphaned daughter of an English earl, arrives in Charleston, SC in 1776 to find her family and her loyalties divided over the question of American independence.

Scorpio's Child by Kezi Matthews
When a strangely-behaving uncle she has never heard of comes to live in her family's house, 14-year-old Afton, grieving over her brother's death in World War II, tries to unravel the secrets her mother refuses to share with her.

Miles' Song by Alice McGill
In 1851 in South Carolina, Miles, a 12-year-old slave, is sent to a "breaking ground" to have his spirit broken but endures the experience by secretly taking reading lessons from another slave.

The Keeping Room by Anna Myers
As the Revolutionary War rages on, 13-year-old Joey Kershaw and his family manage their spacious home in Camden, SC, while their father attempts to protect the town from British forces.

The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers
Follows a family's 241-year history, from the capture of an African boy in the 1750s through the lives of his descendants, as their dreams and circumstances lead them away from and back to the small plot of land in South Carolina that they call the Glory Field.

Jade Green: A Ghost Story by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
While living with her uncle in a house haunted by the ghost of a young woman, recently orphaned Judith Sparrow wonders if her one small transgression causes mysterious happenings.

Breathe My Name by R. A. Nelson
Since her adoption, 17-year-old Frances has lived a quiet life, but soon after she begins falling for the new boy at school, she receives a summons from her birth mother, who has just been released after serving eleven years for smothering Frances's younger sisters.

Brooklyn Rose by Ann Rinaldi
On St. Helena Island, 15- year-old Rose meets and marries Rene, a Yankee from Brooklyn, who takes her north to his home where she encounters many differences in attitudes and lifestyles.

Cast Two Shadows: The American Revolution in the South by Ann Rinaldi
In Camden, South Carolina, in 1780, 14-year-old Caroline sees the Revolutionary War take a terrible toll among her family and friends and comes to understand the true nature of war.

The Bridges of Summer by Brenda Seabrooke
After visiting her grandmother on a small island off the South Carolina coast, Zarah begins to understand herself and her heritage.

Moonlight and Mill Whistles by Terry Ward Tucker
In Lancaster, SC in 1910, a young boy who works in a cotton mill befriends a young gypsy girl and the two find moments of happiness despite their hopeless circumstances.

A Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt
Jeff’s mother, who abandoned him when he was seven, reenters his life years later with an invitation to spend the summer with her in Charleston. The summer ends with a devastating betrayal, but teaches Jeff about love and loss and family and friendship.

King's Mountain by G. Clifton Wisler
During the Revolutionary War, Francis and his sister Kate are sent to help their grandmother run a tavern in Camden, SC, and witness firsthand the cruelty of the British troops until Francis takes up arms to join his father and other patriots in the fight against the British.