The Paper Sword
By Robert Priest (Dundurn, $13)
Xemion fashions his own wooden sword -- against the law of his Pathan conquerors. After a man sees his skill with the weapon, he's invited to join a rebellion. A young adult novel.
By Sandra Hunter (Oneworld, $20)
Arjun moves his family to London after Indian independence. When he's diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, he begins questioning the way he has mistreated them.
By Robyn Young (HarperCollins, $19)
Robert the Bruce, king of Scotland, is forced into exile by Edward of England and his army. But Robert rallies his army for an epic battle for land and the peoples' hearts.