Historical Fiction
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Grades 1-2
Magnus at the fire

Armstrong, Jennifer. Magnus at the fire.
Magnus, the fire horse, is being replaced by a motorized fire engine but he is not ready to retire.

   
buffalo music

Fern, Tracey E.  Buffalo music.
After the buffalo have been killed off near her Texas ranch, Mary and her husband Charles begin raising orphan buffaloes. They eventually send some to Yellowstone National Park to build a buffalo herd there.

   
dadblamed union army cow

Fletcher, Susan. Dadblamed  Union Army cow.
During the Civil War, a devoted cow follows her owner when he joins the Union Army and stays with him in spite of all his efforts to send her home. Based on a true story.

   
ride like the wind: a tale of the pony express

Fuchs, Bernie. Ride like the wind: a tale of the Pony Express.
In 1861, a young Pony Express rider races for his life, pursued by seven Paiute warriors, who are determined to eliminate all white settlers.

   
billy and the rebel

Hopkinson, Deborah. Billy and the rebel.
During the Battle of Gettysburg, in 1863, a mother and son shelter a young Confederate deserter.

   
henry's freedom box

Levine, Ellen. Henry’s freedom box.
In 1849, Henry “Box” Brown ships himself to freedom in a wooden crate from Richmond Virginia to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

   
the camping trip that changed america

Rosenstock, Barbara. The camping trip that changed America.
Offers insight into the camping trip that President Theodore Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir took to the redwoods of Yosemite in 1903, during which the two men had experiences and conversations that eventually contributed to the establishment of national parks in the United States.

   
Grades 3 - 4
handel, who knew what he liked

Anderson, M.T. Handel, who knew what he liked.
George Handel, who later composed some of the world’s most beautiful music, is shown as a stubborn little boy with a mind of his own.

   
across the blue pacific: a world war II story

Borden, Louise. Across the blue Pacific: a World War II story.
A woman reminisces about her neighbor's son who was the object of a letter writing campaign by some fourth-graders when he went away to war in 1943.

   
how the amazon queen fought the prince of egypt

Bower, Tamara. How the Amazon Queen fought the Prince of Egypt.
Serpot, ruler of a land where women live free without men, leads her Amazon warriors in battle against Prince Pedikhons of Egypt, who has come to see for himself if women can equal men, even in battle.

   
the boy who saved cleveland: based on a true story

Giblin, James. The boy who saved Cleveland: based on a true story.
During a malaria epidemic in late 18th century Cleveland, Ohio, ten-year-old Seth Doan surprises everybody by being able to carry and grind enough corn to feed his family and neighbors while they are sick.

   
dangerous crossing

Krensky, Stephen. Dangerous crossing: the Revolutionary voyage of John and John Quincy Adams.
In 1778, ten-year-old John Q. Adams and his father make a dangerous mid-winter voyage from Massachusetts to Paris in hopes of gaining support for the colonies during the American Revolution.

   
more perfect than the moon

MacLachlan, Patricia. More perfect than the moon.
In this sequel to Caleb’s story (Sarah, plain and tall saga), eight-year-old Cassie is upset when she learns that her stepmother Sarah is expecting a baby. Writing in her brother Caleb’s journal helps her sort out her feelings and realize that Sarah will always love her.

   
the scarlet stockings spy

Noble, Trinka Hakes. The scarlet stockings spy.
In 1777 Philadelphia, Maddy Rose, one of George Washington’s youngest spies, uses an unusual code to transmit messages to her brother, who is in the Continental Army.

   
the invention of hugo cabret

Selznick, Brian. The invention of Hugo Cabret: a novel in words and pictures.
When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

   
Grades 5 - 6
iron thunder

Avi.  Iron thunder: the battle between the Monitor and the Merrimac: a Civil War novel.
Tom’s job as an assistant to Captain John Ericsson, the inventor of the Monitor, makes him a target of Confederate spies.

   
jefferson's sons

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. Jefferson’s sons: a founding father’s secret children.
A fictionalized look at the last twenty years of Thomas Jefferson's life at Monticello through the eyes of three of his slaves, two of whom were his sons by his slave, Sally Hemings.

   
code talker

Bruchac, Joseph. Code talker: a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War II.
After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.

 

   
me and billy

Collier, James Lincoln. Me and Billy.
After escaping the orphanage where they have spent their lives together, two boys become assistants to a con artist. While Possum objects to the lying, stealing and cheating, Billy only cares about making money and taking life easy. Set in the Old West.

 

   
hear the wind blow

Hahn, Mary Downing. Hear the wind blow.
With their home burned and their mother dead, a thirteen-year-old boy and his younger sister set out across Virginia in search of relatives during the final days of the Civil War.

 

   
Quake disaster in san francisco, 1906

Karwoski, Gail.  Quake!: disaster in San Francisco, 1906.
Jacob, a thirteen-year-old Jewish boy who lives in a boarding house with his father and younger sister, experiences the San Francisco earthquake in 1906 and makes a friend at the same time.

 

   
inside out and back again

Lai, Thanhha. Inside out and back again.
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

 

   
the pirates of pompeii

Lawrence, Caroline.  The pirates of Pompeii.
At a refugee camp following the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, which buried Pompeii, Flavia and her friends discover that children are disappearing, and a very powerful citizen might be involved.

 

   
the lions of little rock

Levine, Kristin. The lions of Little Rock.
In 1958 Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy twelve-year-old Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration, but her friendship with Liz, a new student, helps her find her voice and fight against racism.

 

   
the journal of scott pendleton collins

Myers, Walter Dean. The journal of Scott Pendleton Collins: a World War II soldier.
A seventeen-year-old soldier from central Virginia records his experiences in a journal as his regiment takes part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and subsequent battles to liberate France.

 

   
Keeping score

Park, Linda Sue. Keeping score.
In Brooklyn, Jim, a die-hard Giants fan, teaches nine-year-old Maggie, who is a “Bums” (Dodger) fan, how to use a technique to keep score of a baseball game, creating a special friendship. Jim is later traumatized while serving in the Korean War and Maggie tries to help him recover by using their love of baseball.

 

   
lyddie

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

 

   
blue fingers a ninja's tale

Whitesel, Cheryl. Blue fingers: a Ninja’s tale.
Having failed apprenticeship as a dye maker, Koji is captured and forced to train as a ninja, where he remains disloyal until he discovers samurai have burned his farmer village.

 

   
one crazy summer

Williams-Garcia, Rita. One crazy summer.
In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

   
breaking stalin's nose

Yelchin, Eugene. Breaking Stalin’s nose.
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.