Historical Fiction

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The birchbark house

Louise Erdrich

jFICTION Erdrich, Louise
Kids, Historical Fiction

Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.

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The journey of Little Charlie

Christopher Paul Curtis

jFICTION Curtis, Christopher Paul
Kids, Historical Fiction

When his poor sharecropper father is killed in an accident and leaves the family in debt, twelve-year-old Little Charlie agrees to accompany fearsome plantation overseer Cap'n Buck north in pursuit of people who have stolen from him; Cap'n Buck tells Little Charlie that his father's debt will be cleared when the fugitives are captured, which seems like a good deal until Little Charlie comes face-to-face with the people he is chasing.

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Bud, not Buddy

Christopher Paul Curtis

jFICTION Curtis, Christopher Paul
Kids, Historical Fiction

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.

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The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963

Christopher Paul Curtis

jFICTION Curtis, Christopher Paul
Kids, Historical Fiction

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.

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Talking leaves

Joseph Bruchac

jFICTION Bruchac, Joseph
Kids, Historical Fiction

"The story of Sequoyah and the creation of the Cherokee syllabary, as told by his thirteen year old son"--

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The war I finally won

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

jFICTION Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
Kids, Historical Fiction

"As the frightening impact of World War II creeps closer and closer to her door, eleven-year-old Ada learns to manage life on the home front"--

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The war that saved my life

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

jFICTION Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
Kids, Historical Fiction

Ten-year-old Ada has never left her family's one-room apartment. Her bitter mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted foot to let her outside. But when her little brother, Jamie is going to be shipped out of London to escape World War II, Ada doesn't waste a minute: she sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take in two kids. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan - and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?

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Tuck everlasting

Natalie Babbitt

jFICTION Babbitt, Natalie
Kids, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older.

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Ashes

Laurie Halse Anderson

jFICTION Anderson, Laurie Halse
Kids, Historical Fiction

"As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down. With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on, fiercely determined to find Isabel's little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state"--

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Forge

Laurie Halse Anderson

jFICTION Anderson, Laurie Halse
Kids, Historical Fiction

Separated from his friend Isabel after their daring escape from slavery, fifteen-year-old Curzon serves as a free man in the Continental Army at Valley Forge until he and Isabel are thrown together again, as slaves once more.

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