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Historical Fiction

 

Hunt, Irene. (1964). Across five Aprils. Chicago, Follett Pub. Co. INTR-FIC H9414AC

Young Jethro Creighton grows from a boy to a man when he is left to take care of the family farm in Illinois during the difficult years of the Civil War.

Vining, Elizabeth Gray. (1942). Adam of the road. New York : Viking Press. INTR-FIC G7787AD

The adventures of eleven-year-old Adam as he travels the open roads of thirteenth-century England searching for his missing father, a minstrel, and his stolen red spaniel, Nick.

Rostkowski, Margaret. (1986). After the dancing days. New York, N.Y. : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC R8395AF

A forbidden friendship with a badly disfigured soldier in the aftermath of World War I forces thirteen-year old Annie to redefine the word "hero" and to question conventional ideas of patriotism.

Yolen, Jane. (1991). All those secrets of the world. Boston : Little, Brown. PRIM-FIC Y547AL

When four- year old Janie's father goes off to war, the rest of the family moves to the grandparents' on the Chesapeake Bay, where Janie learns a secret of the world which helps her understand her father's long absence.

Cushman, Karen. (1996). The ballad of Lucy Whipple. New York : Clarion Books. INTR-FIC C986B

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.

Baylor, Byrd. (1983). The best town in the world. New York : Scribner. PRIM-FIC B3586BE

A nostalgic view of the best town in the world, where dogs were smarter, chickens laid prettier brown eggs, wildflowers grew taller and thicker, and the people knew how to make the best chocolate cakes and toys in the world.

Lovelace, Maud Hart. (1948). Betsy and Joe, a Betsy-Tacy high school story. New York : T. Y. Crowell Co. INTR-FIC L898BEJ

Betsy Ray finally gets together with her longtime love interest, Joe Willard. Unfortunately an old friend comes calling for Betsy and she is torn between the two men.

Lovelace, Maud Hart. (1943). Betsy and Tacy go downtown. New York : Crowell. INTR-FIC L898BET

Maple tree -- Horseless carriage -- Winona's tickets -- More about Winona's tickets -- Uncle Tom's cabin -- Betsy's desk -- Trip to the library -- Mrs. Poppy -- Pink stationery -- Christmas shopping -- Mrs. Poppy's party -- Three telephone calls -- Rip Van Winkle -- Curtain goes up.

Lovelace, Maud Hart. (1942). Betsy and Tacy go over the big hill. New York : Crowell. INTR-FIC L898BET

Getting to be ten -- Ten years old -- King of Spain -- Naifi -- School entertainment -- Quarrel -- Out for votes -- Little Syria -- Quarrel again -- Princess -- Queen.

Lovelace, Maud Hart. (1946). Betsy in spite of herself : a Betsy-Tacy high school story. New York : Crowell. INTR-FIC L898BD

Betsy's ambition to be an author is encouraged by her keeping a journal of her sophomore year in high school in 1907.

Lovelace, Maud Hart. (1940). Betsy-Tacy. New York : Thomas Y. Crowell Company. INTR-FIC L898BE

After Tacy Kelly moves into the house across the street from Betsy Ray, the five-year-olds become inseparable friends.

Lovelace, Maud Hart. (1941). Betsy-Tacy and Tib. New York : Thomas, Y. Crowell Company. INTR-FIC L898BEC

After Tib Muller moves into the town where Betsy Ray and Tacy Kelly live, the eight-year-olds never quarrel, even when learning to fly--from the limb of a tree.

Uchida, Yoshiko. (1993). The bracelet. New York : Philomel. INTR-FIC U17B

Emi, a Japanese American in the second grade, is sent with her family to an internment camp during World War II, but the loss of the bracelet her best friend has given her proves that she does not need a physical reminder of that friendship.

Fritz, Jean. (1960). Brady. New York : Coward-McCann. INTR-FIC F9198BR

A young Pennsylvania boy takes part in the pre-Civil War anti-slavery activities.

Curtis, Christopher Paul. (1999). Bud, not Buddy. New York : Delacorte Press. INTR-FIC C978BU

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.

Fleischman, Paul. (1993). Bull Run. New York : HarperCollins Publishers. INTR-FIC F5965BU

Northerners, Southerners, generals, couriers, dreaming boys and worried sisters describe the glory, the horror, the thrill, and the disillusionment of the first battle of the Civil War.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. (1953). By the shores of Silver Lake. New York : Harper. INTR-FIC W673BYA

Ma and the girls follow Pa west by train where they make their home at a rough railroad camp and plan for their own homestead.

Chaucer, Geoffrey. (1988). Canterbury tales. (B. Cohen, Trans.). New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. 821 C6784c

The nun's priest's tale -- The pardoner's tale -- The wife of Bath's tale -- The franklin's tale.

Cushman, Karen. (1994). Catherine, called Birdy. New York : Clarion Books. INTR-FIC C986C

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 off.

Bunting, Eve. (1995). Cheyenne again. New York : Clarion Books. PRIM-FIC B942C

In the late 1880's, a Cheyenne boy named Young Bull is taken to a boarding school to learn the white man's ways.

Ho, Minfong. (1991). The clay marble. New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux. INTR-FIC H678CL

In the late 1970s twelve-year-old Dara joins a refugee camp in war-torn Cambodia and becomes separated from her family.

Turner, Ann Warren. (1985). Dakota dugout. New York : Macmillan. PRIM-FIC T9443da

A woman describes her experiences living with her husband in a sod house on the Dakota prairie.

Newth, Mette. (1998). The dark light. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. INTR-FIC N559D

While enduring a bleak existence in a hospital for lepers in Norway during the early 1800s, thirteen-year-old Tora tries to find meaning in a life surrounded by death.

Goble, Paul. (1987). Death of the iron horse. New York : Bradbury Press. PRIM-FIC G575DE

In an act of bravery and defiance against the white men encroaching on their territory in 1867, a group of young Cheyenne braves derail and raid a freight train.

De Angeli, Marguerite. (1949). The door in the wall. Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday & Co. INTR-FIC D281DO

A dramatic story of Robin, crippled son of a great lord, who proves his courage and wins his king's recognition, set against the background of fourteenth century England.

Lyon, George Ella. (1993). Dreamplace. New York : Orchard Books. PRIM-FIC L991D

Present-day visitors describe what they see when they visit the pueblos where the Anasazi lived long ago.

Yolen, Jane. (1992). Encounter. San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. PRIM-FIC Y547EN

A Taino Indian boy on the island of San Salvador recounts the landing of Columbus and his men in 1492.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. (1953). Farmer boy. New York : Harper. INTR-FIC W673FA

Nine-year-old Almanzo lives with his family on a big farm in New York State at the end of the nineteenth century. He raises his own two calves, helps cut ice and shear sheep, and longs for the day he can have his own colt.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. (1933). Farmer boy. New York : London, Harper & Brothers. INTR-FIC W673FAB

Nine-year-old Almanzo lives with his family on a big farm in New York State at the end of the nineteenth century. He raises his own two calves, helps cut ice and shear sheep, and longs for the day he can have his own colt.

Avi. (1987, c1984). The fighting ground. New York : HarperCollins. INTR-FIC A957FI

Thirteen-year-old Jonathan goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and discovers the real war is being fought within himself.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. (1971). The first four years. New York : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC W673FI

During their first four years of marriage, Laura and Almanzo Wilder have a child and fight a losing battle in their attempts to succeed at farming on the South Dakota prairie.

Taylor, Mildred D. (1987). The gold Cadillac. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC T2445go

Two black girls living in the North are proud of their family's beautiful new Cadillac until they take it on a visit to the South and encounter racial prejudice for the first time.

Whelan, Gloria. (1992). Goodbye, Vietnam. New York : Knopf. INTR-FIC W5665GO

Thirteen-year-old Mai and her family embark on a dangerous sea voyage from Vietnam to Hong Kong to escape the unpredictable and often brutal Vietnamese government.

Uchida, Yoshiko. (1985). The happiest ending. New York : Atheneum. INTR-FIC U17HA

When twelve-year-old Rinko learns that a neighbor's daughter is coming from Japan to marry a stranger twice her age, she sets out to change this arrangement and gains new insights into love and adult problems.

Lovelace, Maud Hart. (1945). Heaven to Betsy; a Betsy-Tacy high school story. New York : Thomas Y. Crowell Company. INTR-FIC L898HE

The adventures of Betsy and Tacy in their first year of high school.

Levinson, Riki. (1986). I go with my family to Grandma's. New York : Dutton. PRIM-FIC L6656i

As five cousins and their families arrive by various means of transportation, Grandma's home in Brooklyn gets livelier and livelier.

Uchida, Yoshiko. (1991). The invisible thread : an autobiography. Englewood Cliffs, NJ : J. Messner. 813 U17I

Children's author, Yoshiko Uchida, describes growing up in Berkeley, California, as a Nisei, second generation Japanese American, and her family's internment in a Nevada concentration camp during World War II.

Orlev, Uri. (1984, c1983). The island on Bird Street. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC O714IS

During World War II a Jewish boy is left on his own for months in a ruined house in the Warsaw Ghetto, where he must learn all the tricks of survival under constantly life-threatening conditions.

Haley, Gail E. (1973). Jack Jouett's ride. New York : Viking Press. 973.3 H168J

Recaptures the incident during the American Revolution when Jack Jouett rode to warn Thomas Jefferson and others of the coming of Tarleton's raiders.

Reiss, Johanna. (1976). The journey back. New York : Crowell. 940.54 R378J

After spending three years hiding from the Nazis, a Jewish family is reunited and begins the job of rebuilding their country and family.

Uchida, Yoshiko. (1971). Journey to Topaz; a story of the Japanese-American evacuation. New York : Scribner. INTR-FIC U17J

After the Pearl Harbor attack an eleven-year-old Japanese-American girl and her family are forced to go to an aliens camp in Utah.

Cameron, Eleanor. (1977). Julia and the hand of God. New York : Dutton. INTR-FIC C182JU

A series of crises lead 11-year-old Julia to see her family in a different light and help her reaffirm her ambition to be a writer.

Paterson, Katherine. (1991). Lyddie. New York : Lodestar Books. INTR-FIC P296LY

Impoverished Vermont farm girl Lyddie Worthen is determined to gain her independence by becoming a factory worker in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1840s.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. (1953). Little house in the big woods. New York : Harper. INTR-FIC W673LIR

A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing, and share special occasions when they get together with relatives or neighbors.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. (1953). Little house on the prairie. New York : Harper. INTR-FIC W673LIT

A family travels from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new home on the prairie, where they build a house, meet neighboring Indians, build a well, and fight a prairie fire.

Wilder, Laura Angalls. (1941). Little town on the prairie. New York, London : Harper & Brothers. INTR-FIC W673LIU

Pa's homestead thrives, Laura gets her first job in town, blackbirds eat the corn and oats crops, Mary goes to college, and Laura gets into trouble at school, but becomes a certified school teacher.

Wilder, Laura Angalls. (1953). Little town on the prairie. New York : Harper. INTR-FIC W673LIV

Pa's homestead thrives, Laura gets her first job in town, blackbirds eat the corn and oats crops, Mary goes to college, and Laura gets into trouble at school, but becomes a certified school teacher.

Alcott, Louisa May. (1962). Little women. New York : Macmillan. INTR-FIC A355LWB

The adventures of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as they grow into young women in mid-nineteenth-century New England.

Alcott, Louisa May. (1968). Little women; or, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. Boston : Little, Brown. INTR-FIC A355LW

The adventures of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as they grow into young women in mid-nineteenth-century New England.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. (1953). The long winter. New York : Harper. INTR-FIC W673LO

After an October blizzard, Laura's family moves from the claim shanty into town for the winter, a winter that an Indian has predicted will be seven months of bad weather.

Aliki. (1983). A medieval feast. New York : Crowell. 394.1 A411m

Describes the preparation and celebration of a medieval feast held at an English manor house entertaining royal guests.

Cushman, Karen. (1995). The midwife's apprentice.  New York : Clarion Books. INTR-FIC C986M

In medieval England, a nameless, 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.

Taylor, Mildred D. (1990). Mississippi bridge. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC T2445MI

During a heavy rainstorm in 1930s rural Mississippi, a ten-year-old white boy sees a bus driver order all the black passengers off a crowded bus to make room for late-arriving white passengers.

Thesman, Jean. (1993). Molly Donnelly. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC T4135MO

Twelve-year-old Molly, who lives next door to a Japanese American family and whose cousin is a nurse in the Philippines, experiences many changes in her life when World War II breaks out.

Smothers, Ethel Footman. (1994). Moriah's pond. New York : A.A. Knopf. : Distributed by Random House. INTR-FIC S6667MO

While she and her older sisters are staying with their great-grandmother, ten-year-old Annie Rye learns about prejudice first hand when a local white girl causes Annie's sister to be unjustly punished.

Dorris, Michael. (1992). Morning Girl. New York : Hyperion Books for Children. INTR-FIC D716MO

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.

Cather, Willa. (1949). My Antonia. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. PS3505 .A87 M9 1949X

The story of Bohemian immigrants and settlers in the vast frontier farmlands of Nebraska.

Collier, James Lincoln. (1974). My brother Sam is dead. New York, Four Winds Press. INTR-FIC C699M

Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town.

Harvey, Brett. (1986). My prairie year : based on the diary of Elenore Plaisted. New York : Holiday House. 921 P6983h

Nine-year old Elenore describes her experiences living with her family in the Dakota Territory in the late nineteenth century.

Turner, Ann Warren. (1987). Nettie's trip South. New York : Macmillan. INTR-FIC T9442NE

A ten-year-old northern girl encounters the ugly realities of slavery when she visits Richmond, Virginia, and sees a slave auction.

Lowry, Lois. (1989). Number the stars. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co. INTR-FIC L921NU

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.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. (1953). On the banks of Plum Creek. New York : Harper. INTR-FIC W673ON

Laura and her family move to Minnesota where they live in a dugout until a new house is built and face misfortunes caused by flood, blizzard, and grasshoppers.

Bartone, Elisa. (1993). Peppe the lamplighter. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. PRIM-FIC B293P

Peppe's father is upset when he learns that Peppe has taken a job lighting the gas street lamps in his New York City neighborhood.

Conrad, Pam. (1985). Prairie songs. New York : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC C7546PR

Louisa's life in a loving pioneer family on the Nebraska prairie is altered by the arrival of a new doctor and his beautiful, tragically frail wife.

Taylor, Mildred D. (1976). Roll of thunder, hear my cry. New York : Dial Press. INTR-FIC T2445RO

A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand.

Cameron, Eleanor. (1971). A room made of windows. Boston : Little, Brown. INTR-FIC C182RO

A young girl with ambitions to be a writer observes the people around her.

Haugaard, Erik Christian. (1984). The samurai's tale. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC H3713SA

In turbulent sixteenth-century Japan, orphaned Taro is taken in by a general serving the great warlord Takeda Shingen and grows up to become a samurai fighting for the enemies of his dead family.

Speare, Elizabeth George. (1983). The sign of the beaver. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC S7412SI

Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.

O'Dell, Scott. (1970). Sing down the moon. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC O236SI

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.

Fox, Paula. (1973). The slave dancer; a novel. Scarsdale, N.Y. : Bradbury Press. INTR-FIC F793S

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.

Gallico, Paul. (1963, c1941). The Snow goose. New York : Alfred A. Knopf. PS3513 .A413 S56 1963X

The tale of lonely man, a little girl, and a wild goose driven by a storm to the coast of England. The bird becomes a symbol to the lost armies on the beach at Dunkirk.

Watkins, Yoko Kawashima. (1986). So far from the bamboo groove. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard. INTR-FIC W3355SO

A fictionalized autobiography in which eleven-year-old Yoko escapes from Korea to Japan with her mother and sister at the end of World War II.

Taylor, Mildred D. (1975). Song of the trees. New York : Dial Press. INTR-FIC T2445SO

During the Depression, a rural black family deeply attached to the forest on their land tries to save it from being cut down by an unscrupulous white man.

Hopkinson, Deborah. (1993). Sweet Clara and the freedom quilt. New York : Knopf. PRIM-FIC H797S

A young slave stitches a quilt with a map pattern which guides her to freedom in the North.

Cameron, Eleanor. (1982). That Julia Redfern. New York : Dutton. INTR-FIC C182TH

Family loss and other unexpected, even strange occurrences cannot dampen for long the spirits of the irrepressible Julia.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. (1953). These happy golden years. New York : Harper. INTR-FIC W673TH

Laura has her first experiences as a teacher and is courted by Almanzo Wilder.

Bunting, Eve. (1996). Train to Somewhere. New York : Clarion Books. INTR-FIC B942T

In the late 1800s, Marianne travels westward on the Orphan Train in hopes of being placed with a caring family.

Kelly, Eric Philbrook. (1966). The trumpeter of Krakow. New York : Macmillan. INTR-FIC K296T

A Polish family in the Middle Ages guards a great secret treasure and a boy's memory of an earlier trumpeter of Krakow makes it possible for him to save his father.

Beatty, Patricia. (1984). Turn homeward, Hannalee. New York : W. Morrow. INTR-FIC B3696TU

Twelve-year-old Hannalee Reed, forced to relocate in Indiana along with other Georgia millworkers during the Civil War, leaves her mother with a promise to return home as soon as the war ends.

Reiss, Johanna. (1972). The upstairs room. New York : Crowell. 940.53 R378U

A Dutch Jewish girl describes the two-and-one-half years she spent in hiding in the upstairs bedroom of a farmer's house during World War II.

Johnston, Tony. (1996). The wagon. New York : Tambourine Books. PRIM-FIC J73W

A young boy is sustained by his family as he endures the difficulties of being a slave, but when he finally gains his freedom, his joy is tempered by the death of President Lincoln.

Morpurgo, Michael. (1991, c1990). Waiting for Anya. New York, N.Y. : Viking. INTR-FIC M871WA

In Vichy, France, during World War II, a 12-year-old boy, a man, and the townspeople discover the meaning of courage as frightening inner conflicts are revealed.

Bunting, Eve. (1990). The wall. New York : Clarion Books. PRIM-FIC B942WAL

A boy and his father come from far away to visit the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington and find the name of the boy's grandfather, who was killed in the conflict.

Levinson, Riki. (1985). Watch the stars come out. New York : Dutton. PRIM-FIC L6656wa

Grandma tells about her mama's journey to America by boat, years ago.

Curtis, Christopher Paul. (1995). The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963. New York : Delacorte Press. INTR-FIC C978W

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.

Kerr, Judith. ( 1972, c1971). When Hitler stole pink rabbit. New York : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. INTR-FIC K414WH

Recounts the adventures of a nine-year-old Jewish girl and her family in the early 1930's as they travel from Germany to England.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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