April 27, 2012

Historical Fiction for Kids and Teens


Juvenile Fiction Series

The books listed below are shelved in the Juvenile Fiction Series section of the library.  Please ask for assistance at the Information Desk or the Juvenile Reference Desk if you need help locating the series section or specific titles in a series.

American Girl History Mysteries  by various authors    J-Fiction Series AG HISTORY
Each book is a stand-alone book set in a historical time period and location.  The characters range from ages ten to fourteen.  Each book contains a “looking back” section that goes into details about the time and location of any significant events at the time. 

American Girls Collection    by various authors    J-Fiction Series AMERICA
What was it like to be a girl long ago?  The American Girls Collection takes you inside the worlds of girls who lived during exciting times in the past.  As you read their stories, you can imagine how different life was back then.  But you’ll also discover that their feelings, ideas, and dreams are just like yours.

Dear America    by various authors    J-Fiction Series DEAR
A series that is written in form of a diary of a young woman’s life during an important event or time period in American history.  The series covers a wide range of topics including: the pilgrims, the Salem Witch Trials, the American Revolution, the American Civil War, World War I and II, the western expansion, the California Gold Rush, the Vietnam War, and many other significant historical events.

American Diaries   by Kathleen Duey    J-Fiction Series DIARIES
Different girls, living in different periods of America’s past, reveal their hearts’ secrets in the pages of their diaries.  Each one faces a challenge that will change her life forever.  The American Diaries series transports contemporary readers back to exciting periods in history.

My America     by various authors    J-Fiction Series MY
A series about early American life.  The stories tell of fictional boys and girls that lived during an earlier era in our country's history. Their lives and the events that happen to them are a blend of fact and fiction so young readers can see what life would really have been like.     

My Name is America     by various authors    J-Fiction Series NAME
Features stories that are part fiction, part fact, told through the eyes of young boys from ages 12 to 16. The boys come from different countries and different backgrounds to make a new life in America, and tell about how people lived, their tragedies, their triumphs, and the historic events that took place during their lifetimes.  The characters range from cowboys, to miners, to soldiers, to baseball players.



Historical Fiction titles

The Historical Fiction Titles listed below are located in various collections throughout the library.  In this
bibliography the collections are abbreviated:  J=Juvenile Fiction, YA=Young Adult, AF=Adult Fiction.  The books are shelved alphabetically by the author’s last name within the indicated collection.

Fever, 1793    Laurie Halse Anderson    YA-ANDERSO
In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle    Avi    J-AVI
As the lone "young lady" on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.

Isle of Fire     Wayne Thomas Batson    YA-BATSON
With eighteen-year-old Anne Ross at this side, Cat takes over as captain of the monks' fleet to find the legendary villain known as the Merchant, but they, the pirate hunters, monks, and Commodore Blake, have been betrayed by King George and a once-trusted advisor.

Al Capone Does My Shirts   Gennifer Choldenko    YA-CHOLDEN
A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

Bud, not Buddy    Christopher Paul Curtis    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.

The sacrifice    Kathleen Benner Duble    YA-DUBLE
Two sisters, aged ten and twelve, are accused of witchcraft in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1692 and await trial in a miserable prison while their mother desperately searches for some way to obtain their freedom.

Understood Betsy    Dorothy Canfield Fisher    J-FISHER
Timid and small for her age, nine-year-old Elizabeth Ann discovers her own abilities and gains a new perception of the world around her when she goes to live with relatives on a farm in Vermont.

I, Coriander   Sally Gardner    J-GARDNER
In 17th century London, Coriander, a girl who has inherited magic from her mother, must find a way to use this magic in order to save both herself and an inhabitant of the fairy world where her mother was born.

The Summer of My German Soldier  Bette Greene    YA-GREENE
When German prisoners of war are brought to her Arkansas town during World War II, twelve-year-old Patty, a Jewish girl, befriends one of them and must deal with the consequences of that friendship.

Mickey & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure    Dan Gutman    J-GUTMAN
When Joe travels back in time to 1944, he meets the Milwaukee Chicks, one of the only all-female professional baseball teams in the history of the game.

Journey to the River Sea    Eva Ibbotson    J-IBBOTSON
Sent with her governess to live with the dreadful Carter family in exotic Brazil in 1910, Maia endures many hardships before fulfilling her dream of exploring the Amazon River.

Weedflower    Cynthia Kadohata    YA-KADOHAT
After twelve-year-old Sumiko and her Japanese-American family are relocated from their flower farm in southern California to an internment camp on a Mojave Indian reservation in Arizona, she helps her family and neighbors, becomes friends with a local Indian boy, and tries to hold on to her dream of owning a flower shop.


Rifles for Watie    Harold Keith        J-KEITH
Just sixteen, Jefferson Davis Bussey can't wait to leave his Kansas farm and defend the Union against Colonel Watie, leader of the dreaded Cherokee Indian rebels. But he soon learns that there's more to war than honor and glory.

Hattie Big Sky  Kirby Larson    YA-LARSON
After inheriting her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana, sixteen-year-old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in 1917 to make a home for herself and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war being fought in Europe.

To Kill a Mockingbird  Harper Lee    AF-LEE
The explosion of racial hate and violence in a small Alabama town is viewed by a little girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape.

Number the Stars   Lois Lowry        J-LOWRY
In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.

The Doll Shop Downstairs    Yona Zeldis McDonough    J-MCDONOU
When World War I breaks out, nine-year-old Anna thinks of a way to save her family's beloved New York City doll repair shop. Includes brief author's note about the history of the Madame Alexander doll, a glossary, and timeline.

Snow Treasure   Marie McSwigan    J-MCSWIGA
In the bleak winter of 1940, Nazi troops parachuted into Peter Lindstrom's tiny Norwegian village and held it captive. Nobody thought the Nazis could be defeated—until Uncle Victor told Peter how the children could fool the enemy.

The Squire’s Tale     Gerald Morris    J-MORRIS
In Medieval England, fourteen-year-old Terence find his tranquil existence suddenly changed when he becomes the squire of the young Gawain of Orkney.

When My Name Was Keoko    Linda Sue Park    J-PARK
With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister face the increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War II, which threatens to suppress Korean culture entirely

Nightjohn   Gary Paulsen    YA-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.  Imagine a man brave enough to risk torture in order to teach others how to read; his name is Nightjohn, and he sneaks into the slave camps at night to teach other slaves how to read and write.

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg    Rodman Philbrick    J-PHILBRI
Homer P. Figg escapes from his wretched foster home in Pine Swamp, Maine, and sets out to find his beloved older brother, Harold, who has been illegally sold into the Union Army.

Joseph’s Choice – 1861    Bonnie Pryor    J-PRYOR
In the early days of the Civil War, Joseph must decide whether to defend his stepfather's abolitionist and pro-Union beliefs or side with the slave owners and Southern rights supporters in his home town of Branson Mills, Kentucky.

Girl in Blue    Ann Rinaldi    YA-RINALDI
To escape an abusive father and an arranged marriage, fourteen-year-old Sarah, dressed as a boy, leaves her Michigan home to enlist in the Union Army, and becomes a soldier on the battlefields of Virginia as well as a Union spy working in the house of Confederate sympathizer Rose O'Neal Greenhow in Washington, D.C.

Esperanza Rising    Pam Muñoz Ryan    J-RYAN
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.

Almost Forever    Maria Testa    J-TESTA
A young girl describes what she, her brother, and their mother do during the year that her doctor father is serving in the Army in Vietnam.

Moon Over Manifest    Clare Vanderpool    YA-VANDERP
Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.

Breaking Stalin’s Nose  Eugene Yelchin    J-YELCHIN
In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs.

Dragon’s Gate  Laurence Yep    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 in 1867. Sequel to Mountain light.


The Book Thief    Markus Zusak    YA-ZUSAK
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

Historical Fiction Authors

The following authors have written many historical fiction books. If you need assistance finding these or other materials, please let us know. 

Alcott, Louisa May
Brink, Carole
Burnett, Francis
Curtis, Christopher
Cushman, Karen
Hesse, Karen
Holm, Jennifer
MacLachlan, Patricia
Montgomery, L. M
Paterson, Katherine
Peck, Richard
Rinaldi, Ann
Speare, Elizabeth
Taylor, Mildred
Twain, Mark
Wilder, Laura Ingalls

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