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Historical Fiction for Kids: November 2015

Historical Fiction for Kids

Don't Talk to Me About the War by David Adler
Don't Talk to Me About the War by David Adler
In 1940, thirteen-year-old Tommy's routine of school, playing stickball in his Bronx, New York, neighborhood, talking with his friend Beth, and listening to Dodgers games on the radio changes as his mother's illness and his increasing awareness of the war in Europe transform his world.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Little Women  by Louisa May Alcott
This is the well-known story of the New England home life of the four March sisters based on the author's own life.
 

Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko
Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko
Moose Flanagan, who lives on Alcatraz along with his family and the families of the other prison guards, faces new challenges when his father is promoted to Associate Warden.
 

The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
Watsons Go to Birmingham
by Christopher Paul Curtis

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.
 

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

With love and determination befitting the world's greatest family, twelve-year-old Deza Malone, her older brother Jimmie, and their parents endure tough times in Gary, Indiana, and later Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression.
 

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

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.
 

Meet Caroline: an American Girl, by Kathleen Ernst

Meet Caroline by Kathleen Ernst

When her father is taken prisoner by the British, Caroline Abbott, a young girl living during the War of 1812, tries to help her family run their shipyard.
 

Lily's Crossing by Patricia Riley Giff

Lily's Crossing by Patricia Riley Giff
During a summer spent at Rockaway Beach in 1944, Lily’s friendship with a young Hungarian refugee causes her to see the war and her own world differently.
 

Honus and Me by Dan Gutman

Honus and Me by Dan Gutman
Joey, who loves baseball but is not very good at it, finds a valuable 1909 Honus Wagner card and travels back in time to meet Honus.  This is part of the Baseball Card Adventure Series.
 

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
 In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.
 

Ben and Me by Robert Lawson

Ben and Me by Robert Lawson
Benjamin Franklin's companion, Amos the mouse, recounts how he was responsible for Franklin's inventions and discoveries.
 

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Number the Stars by Lois 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.  This is the first book in the series.
 

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia McLachlan

When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.  This is the first book in a series.

 

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

On the Wings of Heroes

On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck

 A boy in Illinois remembers the home front years of World War II, especially his two heroes--his brother in the Air Force and his father, who fought in the previous war.

Heidi

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

An orphan sent to live with her grandfather learns to love both the old man and the Swiss Alps

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

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

I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001

The Attacks of September 11, 2001

When Lucas decides to skip school because he wants to discuss football with a firefighter friend of his father, he finds himself caught up in the terrorist attacks on New York City.  This is part of the I Survived series.

Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Adventures of Tom Sawyer

This is the story of the adventures, and pranks of a mischievous boy growing up in a Mississippi River town in the early nineteenth century.

Little House in the Big Woods

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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.

P.S. Be 11 by Rita Williams-Garcia

P.S. Be 11 by Rita Williams-Garcia

“Eleven-year-old Brooklyn girl Delphine feels overwhelmed with worries and responsibilities. She's just started sixth grade and is self-conscious about being the tallest girl in the class, and nervous about her first school dance. She's supposed to be watching her sisters, but Fern and Vonetta are hard to control. Her uncle Darnell is home from Vietnam and seems different. And her pa has a girlfriend. At least Delphine can write to her mother in Oakland, California, for advice. But why does her mother tell her to 'be eleven' when Delphine is now twelve?" .

 

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