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Historical Fiction


30 BCE-999 AD

  • Speare, Elixabeth George. The Bronze Bow. (J Speare)
    • When the Romans brutally kill Daniel bar Jamin's father, the young Palestinian searches for a leader to drive them out, but comes to realize that love may be a more powerful weapon than hate. 30 AD
  • Yolen, Jane. Sword of the Rightful King: A Novel of King Arthur. (J Yolen)
    • Merlinnus the magician devises a way for King Arthur to prove himself the rightful king of England--pulling a sword from a stone--but trouble arises when someone else removes the sword first. 550 AD
  • Tingle, Rebecca. The Edge on the Sword. (J Tingle)
    • In ninth-century Britain, fifteen-year-old Aethelflaed, daughter of King Alfred of West Saxony, finds she must assume new responsibilities much sooner than expected when she is betrothed to Ethelred of Mercia in order to strengthen a strategic alliance against the Danes. 918 AD


1000-1500

  • McCaughrean, Geraldine. The Kite Rider. (J McCaughrean)
    • In thirteenth-century China, after trying to save his widowed mother from a horrendous second marriage, twelve-year-old Haoyou has life-changing adventures when he takes to the sky as a circus kite rider and ends up meeting the great Mongol ruler Kublai Khan. 1260 AD
  • Cushman, Karen. Catherine, Called Birdy. (J Cushman)
    • The thirteen year old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married. 1290 AD
  • Gray, Elizabeth Janet. Adam of the Road. (J Gray)
    • Eleven year old Adam finds himself traveling the road as a minstrel searching market towns and fairs for his father and beloved dog. 1294 AD
  • Cushman, Karen. Matilda Bone. (J Cushman)
    • Fourteen year old Matilda, an apprentice bonesetter and practitioner of medicine in a village in medieval England, tries to reconcile the various aspects of her life, both spiritual and practical. 1300 AD
  • Cushman, Karen. The Midwife's Apprentice. (J Cushman)
    • In medieval England, a homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife and, in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart and a place in this world. 1325 AD
  • Avi. Crispin: The Cross of Lead. (J Avi)
    • Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret. 1327 AD
  • De Angeli, Marguerite. The Door in the Wall. (J De Angeli)
    • The dramatic story of Robin, physically disabled son of a great lord, who proves his courage and wins his king's recognition-set in 14th century England. 1330 AD
  • Park, Linda Sue. The Kite Fighters. (J Park)
    • In Korea in 1473, eleven-year-old Young-sup overcomes his rivalry with his older brother Kee-sup, who as the first-born son receives special treatment from their father, and combines his kite-flying skill with Kee-sup's kite-making skill in an attempt to win the New Year kite-fighting competition. 1473
  • Dorris, Michael. Morning Girl. (JCD Book Dorris)
    • Morning Girl, who loves the day, and her younger brother Star Boy, who loves the night, take turns describing their life on an island in pre-Columbian America; in Morning Girl's last narrative, she witnesses the arrival of the first Europeans to her world. 1492 AD
 

1500-1700

  • Yolen, Jane. The Queen's Own Fool. (J Yolen)
    • When twelve year old Nicola leaves Troupe Brufort and serves as the fool for Mary, Queen of Scots, she experiences the political and religious upheavals in both France and Scotland. 1542-1587 AD
  • Meyer, Carolyn. Beware, Princess Elizabeth. (J Meyer)
    • After the death of her father, King Henry VIII, in 1547, thirteen-year-old Elizabeth must endure the political intrigues and dangers of the reigns of her half-brother Edward and her half-sister Mary before finally becoming Queen of England eleven years later. 1547-1553 AD
  • Pope, Elizabeth Marie. The Perilous Gard. (J Pope)
    • While imprisoned in a remote castle, a young girl becomes involved in a series of events that leads to an underground labyrinth peopled by the last practitioners of druidic magic. 1558 AD
  • Blackwood, Gary. The Shakespeare Stealer. (J Blackwood)
    • A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare's acting troupe in order to steal the script of "Hamlet", but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty. 1600 AD Sequel: Shakespeare's Scribe.
  • Bulla, Clyde Robert. A Lion to Guard Us. (J Bulla)
    • Left on their own in 17th century London, three impoverished children draw upon all their resources to stay together and make their way to the Virginia colony in search of their father. 1609-1610 AD
  • Speare, Elizabeth George. The Witch of Blackbird Pond. (J Speare)
    • Kit Tyler left her luxurious home in Barbados to visit her Puritan aunt in colonial Connecticut. While there, she became friendly
  • Petry, Ann. Tituba of Salem Village. (J Petry)
    • Tituba, taken from her own land to be a slave in New England, finds herself at the center of the Salem Witch Trials where she is condemned for consorting with the devil. 1692 AD


1700-1800

  • Dalgliesh, Alice. The Courage of Sarah Noble. (J Dalgliesh)
    • Remembering her mother's words, an eight year old girl finds courage to go alone with her father to build a new home in the wilderness and to stay with the Indians when her father goes back to bring the rest of the family west to Connecticut. 1707
  • Edmonds, Walter Dumaux. The Matchlock Gun. (J Edmonds)
    • In 1756, during the French and Indian War in upper New York state, ten-year-old Edward is determined to protect his home and family with the ancient, and much too heavy, Spanish gun that his father had given him before leaving home to fight the enemy.
  • Durrant, Lynda. The Beaded Moccasins: The Story of Mary Campbell. (J Durrant)
    • After being captured by a group of Delaware and given to their leader as a replacement for his dead granddaughter, twelve year old Mary Campbell must travel west with them to Ohio. 1759
  • Nixon, Joan Lowery. Caesar's Story. (J Nixon)
    • After having been a slave on Carter's Grove plantation near Williamsburg, Virginia, since childhood, Caesar finally finds a way to plan his own future. 1759
  • Speare, Elizabeth George. The Sign of the Beaver. (J Speare)
    • Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in 18th century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills. 1768
  • Forbes, Esther. Johnny Tremain. (J Forbes)
    • A Bostonian silversmith's apprentice becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the Revolutionary War. 1773
  • Collier, James Lincoln. My Brother Sam is Dead. (J Collier)
    • Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolutionary War when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town. 1777
  • Collier, James Lincoln. War Comes to Willy Freeman. (J Collier)
    • A free thirteen year old black girl in Connecticut is caught up in the horror of the Revolutionary War and the danger of being returned to slavery when her patriot father is killed by the British and her mother disappears. 1778
  • Collier, James Lincoln. Jump Ship to Freedom. (J Collier)
    • A fourteen year old slave, anxious to buy freedom for himself and his mother, escapes from his dishonest master and tries to find help in cashing the soldier's notes received by his father for fighting in the Revolution. 1787
  • Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever, 1793. (J Anderson)
    • In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen year old Matilda Cook learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic. 1793


1800-1850

  • Roop, Peter. Girl of the Shining Mountains: Sacagawea's Story. (J Roop)
    • Sacagawea describes how, at the age of sixteen, she becomes part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and serves as their interpreter and guide, surviving many dangerous adventures on their trek through the wilderness. 1804-1806
  • McCully, Emily Arnold. The Bobbin Girl. (Our World JJ McCully)
    • A ten year old bobbin girl working in a textile mill in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1830s, must make a difficult decision-will she participate in the first workers' strike in Lowell? 1830
  • Blos, Joan. A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32. (J Blos)
    • A journal of a fourteen year old girl records daily events in her small New Hampshire town, her father's remarriage and the death of her best friend. 1830-1832
  • Avi. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. (J Avi)
    • As the lone "young lady" on a transatlantic voyage, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious. 1832.
  • Whealan, Gloria. Night of the Full Moon. (J Whelan)
    • When she sneaks away to visit her friend, a young girl living on the Michigan frontier is caught up in the forced evacuation of a group of Potawatomi Indians from their tribal lands. 1840
  • Fox, Paula. The Slave Dancer. (J Fox)
    • Kidnapped by the crew of an Africa-bound ship, a thirteen year old boy discovers to his horror that he is on a slaver and his job is to play music for the exercise periods of the human cargo. 1840
  • Paterson, Katherine. Lyddie. (J Paterson)
    • An impoverished Vermont farm girl, Lyddie Worthen, is determined to gain her independence by becoming a factory worker in Lowell, Massachusetts. 1843
  • Giff, Patricia Reilly. Nory Ryan's Song. (J Giff)
    • When a terrible blight attacks Ireland's potato crop in 1845, twelve year old Nory Ryan's courage and ingenuity help her family and neighbors survive. 1845. Sequel: Maggie's Door.
  • Paulsen, Gary. Mr. Tucket. (J Paulsen)
    • In 1848, while on a wagon train headed for Oregon, fourteen year old Francis Tucket is kidnapped by Pawnee Indians and then falls in with a one-armed trapper who teaches him how to live in the wild. Other books in the series: Call Me Francis Tucket, Tucket's Ride, Tucket's Gold and Tucket's Home. 1847-1849
  • Cushman, Karen. The Ballad of Lucy Whipple. (J Cushman)
    • In 1849, twelve year old California Morning Whipple, who renames herself Lucy, is distraught when her mother moves the family from Massachusetts to a rough California mining town. 1849

1850-1900
 
  • Fleischman, Sid. Bandit's Moon. (J Fleischman)
    • Twelve year old Annyrose relates her adventures with Joaquin Murieta and his band of outlaws in the California gold-mining region during the mid-1800s. 1850
  • Hopkinson, Deborah. Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt. (Our World JJ Hopkinson)
    • A young slave stitches a quilt with a map pattern which guides her to freedom in the North. 1850
  • Van Leeuwen, Jean. Bound for Oregon. (J Van Leeuwen)
    • A fictionalized account of the journey made by nine year old Mary Ellen Todd and her family from their home in Arkansas westward over the Oregon Trail in 1852.
  • Paulsen, Gary. Nightjohn. (J Paulsen)
    • Twelve year old Sarny's brutal life as a slave becomes even more dangerous when a newly arrived slave offers to teach her how to read. 1853
  • Holm, Jennifer. Boston Jane. (J Holm)
    • Schooled in the lessons of etiquette for young ladies of 1854, Miss Jane Peck of Philadelphia finds little use for manners during her long sea voyage to the Pacific Northwest and while living among the American traders and Chinook Indians of Washington Territory. 1854
  • Paterson, Katherine. Jip: His Story. (J Paterson)
    • While living on a Vermont poor farm during 1855 and 1856, Jip learns his identity and that of his mother and comes to understand how he arrived at this place. 1855-1856
  • Hunt, Irene. Across Five Aprils. (J Hunt)
    • Jethro Creighton comes of age during the turbulent years of the American Civil War. 1861
  • Keith, Harold. Rifles for Watie. (J Keith)
    • Jeff Bussey becomes a scout and soldier in the West and sees the Civil War from both sides. 1861
  • Paulsen, Gary. Soldier's Heart: A Novel of the Civil War. (J Paulsen)
    • Eager to enlist, fifteen year old Charley has a change of heart after experiencing both the physical horrors and mental anguish of Civil War combat. 1861-1865
  • O'Dell, Scott. Sing Down the Moon. (J O'Dell)
    • A young Navajo girl recounts the events of 1864 when her tribe was forced to march to Fort Sumner as prisoners of the white soldiers. 1864
  • Reeder, Carolyn. Shades of Gray. (J Reeder)
    • At the end of the Civil War, twelve year old Will, having lost all his immediate family, reluctantly leaves his city home to live in the Virginia countryside with his aunt and the uncle he considers a "traitor" because he refused to take part in the war. 1865
  • Yep, Laurence. Dragon's Gate. (J Yep)
    • When he accidentally kills a Manchu, a fifteen year old Chinese boy is sent to America to join his father, an uncle, and other Chinese working to build a tunnel for the transcontinental railroad through the Sierra Nevada mountains. Sequel to: Mountain Light. 1867
  • MacLachlan, Patricia. Sarah, Plain and Tall. (J MacLachlan)
    • When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay. 1870's -- Sequel: Skylark
  • Wilder, Laura Ingals. Little House in the Big Woods. (J Wilder)
    • Laura, her sister Mary, her pa and her ma lived the lives of pioneers in a small cabin in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Others in the series are: Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy, On The Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, and The First Four Years. 1870's
  • O'Dell, Scott. Thunder Rolling in the Mountains. (J O'Dell)
    • In the late 19th century, a young Nez Perce girl relates how her people were driven off their land by the U.S. army and forced to retreat north until their eventual surrender. 1877
  • Cushman, Karen. Rodzina. (J Cushman)
    • A twelve-year-old Polish American girl is boarded onto an orphan train in Chicago with fears about traveling to the West and a life of unpaid slavery. 1881
  • Kelly, Jacqueline. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. (J Kelly)
    • In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery. 1899


1900-1939

  • Lenski, Lois. Strawberry Girl. (J Lenski)
    • The story of the feud between the Slaters and the Boyers in Florida during the 1900s. 1900
  • Yep, Laurence. Dragonwings. (J Yep)
    • In the early twentieth century a young Chinese boy joins his father in San Francisco and helps him realize his dream of making a flying machine. 1903
  • Schmidt, Gary D. Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy. (J Schmidt)
    • Not only is Turner Buckminster the son of the new minister in a small Maine town, he is shunned for playing baseball differently than the local boys. Then he befriends smart and lively Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from Malaga Island, a poor community founded by former slaves. Lizzie shows Turner a new world along the Maine coast from digging clams to rowing a boat next to a whale. When the powerful town elders, including Turner' s father, decide to drive the people off the island to set up a tourist business, Turner stands alone against them. He and Lizzie try to save her community, but there' s a terrible price to pay for going against the tide. 1912
  • Whelan, Gloria. Angel on the Square. (J Whelan)
    • In 1913 Russia, twelve-year-old Katya eagerly anticipates leaving her St. Petersburg home, though not her older cousin Misha, to join her mother, a lady in waiting in the household of Tsar Nicholas II, but the ensuing years bring world war, revolution, and undreamed of changes to her life. 1913
  • Morpurgo, Michael. War Horse. (J Morpurgo)
    • Joey the horse recalls his experiences growing up on an English farm, his struggle for survival as a cavalry horse during World War I, and his reunion with his beloved master. 1914
  • Hesse, Karen. Letters From Rifka. (J Hesse)
    • In her letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family's flight from Russia and her own experiences when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others emigrate to America. 1919
  • Fritz, Jean. Homesick, My Own Story. (J Fritz)
    • The author's fictionalized version, though all the events are true, of her childhood in China in the 1920s. 1920's
  • Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud, Not Buddy. (J Curtis)
    • Ten year old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father-the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids. 1929
  • Hesse Karen. Out of the Dust. (J Hesse)
    • In a series of poems, fifteen year old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression. 1929
  • Armstrong, William. Sounder. (J Armstrong) (1969)
    • Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and with the help of the devoted dog, Sounder. 1930's
  • Ayres, Katherine. Macaroni Boy. (J Ayres)
    • In Pittsburgh in 1933, sixth-grader Mike Costa notices a connection between several strange occurrences, but the only way he can find out the truth about what's happening is to be nice to the class bully. 1933
  • Taylor, Mildred D. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. (J Taylor)
    • A black family living in the South during the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination that their children don't understand. 1933
  • Kerr, Judith. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. (J Kerr)
    • Recounts the adventures of a nine year old Jewish girl and her family in the early 1930s as they travel from Germany to England. 1933
  • Uchida, Yoshiko. A Jar of Dreams. (J Uchida)
    • A young girl grows up in a closely-knit Japanese American family in California during the 1930s, a time of great prejudice. 1935
  • Peck, Richard. A Year Down Yonder. (J Peck)
    • During the Depression, fifteen year old Mary Alice, initially apprehensive about leaving Chicago to spend a year with her fearsome, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois, gradually begins to better understand and admire her grandmother's unusual qualities. Sequel to: A Long Way to Chicago: a Novel in Stories. 1937
  • Ackerman, Karen. The Night Crossing. (J Ackerman)
    • Having begun to feel the persecution that all Jews are experiencing in their Austrian city, Clara and her family escape over the mountains into Switzerland. 1938


1939-1945

  • Drucker, Malka. Jacob's Rescue: A Holocaust Story. (J Drucker)
    • In answer to his daughter's questions, a man recalls the terrifying years of his childhood when a brave Polish couple hid him and other Jewish children. Based on a true story. 1939-1945
  • Rinaldi, Ann. Keep Smiling Through. (J Rinaldi)
    • A ten year old girl living in middle-class America during World War II learns the painful lesson that doing what's right is not always an easy thing to do. 1939-1945
  • Vos, Ida. Anna is Still Here. (J Vos)
    • Thirteen year old Anna, who was a "hidden child" in Nazi-occupied Holland during World War II, gradually learns to deal with the realities of being a survivor. 1945
  • Vos, Ida. Hide and Seek. (J Vos)
    • A young Jewish girl living in Holland tells of her experiences during the Nazi occupation, her years in hiding and the aftershock when the war finally ends. 1940
  • Lisle, Janet Taylor. The Art of Keeping Cool. (J Lisle)
    • Robert and his cousin Elliot uncover long-hidden family secrets while staying in their grandparents' Rhode Island town, where they also become involved with a German artist who is suspected of being a spy. 1942
  • Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars. (J Lowry)
    • During the German occupation of Denmark, ten year old Annemarie learns how to be strong and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.1943
  • Giff, Patricia Reilly. Lily's Crossing. (J Giff)
    • During a summer spent at Rockaway Beach, Lily's friendship with a young Hungarian refugee causes her to see the war and her own world differently. 1944 Sequel: Willow Run.
  • Roy, Jennifer Rozines. Yellow Star. (J Roy)
    • From 1939, when Syvia is four and a half years old, to 1945 when she has just turned ten, a Jewish girl and her family struggle to survive in Poland's Lodz ghetto during the Nazi occupation. 1939-1945


1945-Present

  • Lord, Bette Bao. In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. (J Lord)
    • A Chinese child comes to Brooklyn where she becomes Americanized at school, in her apartment building, and by her love for baseball. 1947
  • Hill, Kirkpatrick. The Year of Miss Agnes. (J Hill)
    • Ten year old Fred (short for Frederika) narrates the story of school and village life among the Athapascans in Alaska when Miss Agnes arrived as the new teacher. 1948
  • Paterson , Katherine. Park's Quest. (J Paterson)
    • Eleven year old Park makes some startling discoveries when he travels to his grandfather's farm in Virginia to learn about his father who died in the Vietnam War. 1961-1975
  • Curtis, Christonper. The Watsons Go to Birmingham. (J Curtis)
    • The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African-American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.