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Historical Fiction for Kids

Click on the links below to find out if these books are available at your local County Library. If not, place them on hold, and they'll be delivered to your Library where you can pick them up.

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by Julia Alvarez
In the early 1960s in the Dominican Republic, twelve-year-old Anita learns that her family is involved in the underground movement to end the bloody rule of the dictator, General Trujillo. Grades 6-10
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by Laurie Halse 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. Grades 6+
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by Joan W. Blos
A series of letters and newspaper articles reveals life in California in the 1850s, especially for thirteen-year-old Eldora who was raised as an orphan. Grades 5-8
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by Elisa Lynn Carbone
Traveling to the new world in 1606, twelve-year-old orphan Samuel Collier settles in the new colony of James Town, where he must quickly learn to distinguish between friend and foe. Grades 5+
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by Susan Cooper
Alternating chapters follow the mysterious connection between a homesick English girl living in present-day America and an eleven-year-old boy serving in the British Royal Navy in 1803. Grades 4-8
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by Audrey Couloumbis
After the death of the stern aunt who raised them since they were orphaned, eleven-year-old Sallie and her fifteen-year-old sister escape their self-serving guardians. Grades 5-8
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by Karen Cushman
In 1949, thirteen-year-old Francine goes to Catholic school in Los Angeles where she becomes best friends with a girl who questions authority and is frequently punished by the nuns. Grades 5-9
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by Karen 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. Grades 4+
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by Cynthia C. DeFelice
In the mid-1880s, twelve-year-old Nathan journeys from his farm on the Ohio frontier to western Pennsylvania to rescue a friend held captive by the owners of a freak show. Grades 3-7
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by Kathleen Benner Duble
Two sisters are accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts in 1692 and await trial in a miserable prison while their mother desperately searches for some way to obtain their freedom. Grades 5-9
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by Louise Erdrich
Nine-year-old Omakayas of the Ojibwa tribe moves west with her family in 1849. Grades 3-7
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by James Giblin
During a malaria epidemic in late eighteenth-century Ohio, ten-year-old Seth Doan surprises his family, neighbors, and himself by carrying and grinding enough corn to feed everyone. Grades 3-6
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by Doris Gwaltney
In 1941 in rural Virginia, twelve-year-old Margaret Ann’s fervent desire for a room of her own is thwarted by the arrival of her “perfect” English cousin. Grades 5-8
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by Marian Hale
While salvaging and rebuilding in the aftermath of the Galveston flood of 1900, sixteen-year-old Seth proves himself in a way that his previous efforts never could. Grades 5+
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by Karen Hesse
Two Jewish sisters, escapees of the infamous Warsaw ghetto, devise a plan to thwart an attempt by the Gestapo to intercept food bound for starving people behind the dark Wall. Grades 2-5
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by Jennifer L. Holm
It’s the summer of 1953, and 12-yea-old Penny learns a lot about herself and her dysfunctional Italian American family. Grades 5-8
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by Dorothy Hoobler
While attempting to solve the mystery of a stolen jewel, Seikei, a merchant’s son who longs to be samurai, joins a group of kabuki actors in eighteenth-century Japan. Grades 6-8
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by Deborah Hopkinson
Days after arriving in San Francisco from Texas, eleven-year-old orphan Nicholas Dray tries to help his new neighbors survive the 1906 earthquake and the subsequent fire. Grades 3-7
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by Cynthia Kadohata
After twelve-year-old Smirk and her Japanese-American family are relocated from their flower farm to an internment camp, 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. Grades 5+
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by Eric A. Kim mel
A collection of stories depicting the history of seven Texas missions from the eighteenth century to the nineteenth century. Grades 1-5
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by Ellen Klages
It is 1943, and 11-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is traveling west on a train to live with her scientist father who is working on a top secret government project. Grades 4+
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by Iain Lawrence
In eighteenth-century England, after his father buys a schooner called the Dragon, sixteen-year-old John becomes involved in a dangerous smuggling scheme. Grades 5-8
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by Julius Lester
When gambling debts and greed enter Pierce Butler's household, he decides to host the biggest slave auction in American history and makes a decision that brings about unthinkable consequences. Grades 4-8
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by Julius Lester
An elderly slave uses the power of his mind to ease the suffering of his fellow slaves and eventually lead them back to Africa. Grades 4-8
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by Michael Morpurgo
When Boowie reads the diary his grandmother sends him, he learns of her childhood in World War II England and about her beloved cat, Adolphus Tips, and the cat’s namesake. Grades 3-6
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by Donna Jo Napoli
In 1892, Don, a nine-year-old stowaway from Naples, Italy, arrives in New York and must learn to survive the perils of street life in the big city. Grades 3-7
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by K. A. Nuzum,
Fifteen-year-old Will Bennon leaves his family and begins life as a cowboy, but his mentally retarded twin brother follows him and joins the journey. Grades 5-9
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by Katherine Paterson
Jake and Rose form an unlikely friendship as they try to survive and understand the 1912 mill workers Bread and Roses strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Grades 5-8
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by Gary Paulsen
An account of the life of Bass Reeves, the most successful US Marshal of the Wild West. Grades 5+
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by Shelley Pearsall
When twelve-year-old Rebecca Carter’s father brings a Native American accused of murder into their 1812 Ohio settlement town, Rebecca struggles with the idea that an innocent man may be convicted and sentenced to death. Grades 4 - 7.
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by Richard Peck
A boy in Illinois remembers World War II, especially his two heroes, his brother and his father. Grades 5+
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by Margot Theis Raven
At the request of his fellow slave Granny Judith, Christmas John risks his life to take runaways across a river from Kentucky to Ohio. Based on slave narratives recorded in the 1930s. Grades 2-4
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by Ann Rinaldi
Although the Civil War has ended, Eulinda’s younger brother, still in slavery, has been sold, and her older brother has run away, leaving her alone in a household headed by a cruel mistress. Grades 5-9
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by Katherine Roberts
The war horse Bucephalus recounts his adventures from 344-323 B.C. with Alexander the Great and his relationship with a groom who has prophetic dreams. Grades 6+
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by Christopher Russell
In 1346, twelve-year-old Brind, an orphaned kennel boy raised with hunting dogs at an English manor, accompanies his master to France where he must fend for himself when his master is lost at the battle of Crbecy. Grades 5+
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by Graham Salisbury
Over a year after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor and the arrest of Tomi’s father and grandfather, Japanese Americans, Tomi and his friends try to find a way to salvage his father’s sunken fishing boat. Grades 5+
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by Gary D. Schmidt
In 1911, Turner Buckminster hates his new home, but things improve when he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from a poor, nearby island community founded by former slaves. Grades 6-9
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by Sarah L.Thomson
When her father is imprisoned in 1592 England for being Catholic, fourteen-year-old Rosalind disguises herself as a boy and finds a dangerous job. Grades 6-8
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by Elizabeth Winthrop
Twelve-year-old Grace does her best working at the mill to bring in more money for her family, and when Grace writes a secret letter to the Child Labor Board describing her working conditions, things change. Grades 3-7
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by Jane Yolen
As English armies invade Scotland in 1306, eleven-year-old Princess Marjorie is captured and held in a cage on public display. Grades 5+
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by Jane Yolen
In 1746, a year after the Scottish clans have rallied to the call of their exiled prince to take up arms against England’s tyranny, fourteen-year-old epileptic Duncan MacDonald and his cousin run away to join the fight. Grades 6-9