Historical Fiction for Tweens / Children's Book Lists

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"Soldier Dog" by Sam Angus

'Soldier Dog' by Sam Angus

He’ll always be true, faithful and brave, even to the last beat of his heart.It’s 1917. In the trenches of France, miles from home, Stanley is a boy fighting a man’s war. He is a dog handler, whose dog must be so loyal that he will cross no-man’s-land alone under heavy fire to return to Stanley’s side, carrying a message that could save countless lives. But this journey is fraught with danger, and only the bravest will survive.As the f ...

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"Countdown" by Deborah Wiles

'Countdown' by Deborah Wiles

The story of a formative year in 12-year-old Franny Chapman's life, and the life of a nation facing the threat of nuclear war.It's 1962, and it seems everyone is living in fear. Twelve-year-old Franny Chapman lives with her family in Washington, DC, during the days surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. Amidst the pervasive threat of nuclear war, Franny must face the tension between herself and her younger brother, figure out where she fits in wit ...

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"The Redheaded Princess" by Ann Rinaldi

'The Redheaded Princess' by Ann Rinaldi

Growing up, Elizabeth fears she can never be Queen. Although she is the King's daughter, no woman can ever hope to rule over men in England, especially when her mother has been executed for treason.For all her royal blood, Elizabeth's life is fraught with danger and uncertainty. Sometimes she is welcome in the royal court; other times she is cast out into the countryside. With her position constantly changing, the Princess must navigate a sea of ...

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"Blood on the River: James Town 1607" by Elisa Carbone

'Blood on the River: James Town 1607' by Elisa Carbone

Twelve-year-old Samuel Collier is a lowly commoner on the streets of London. So when he becomes the page of Captain John Smith and boards the ship the Susan Constant, bound for the New World, he can’t believe his good fortune. He’s heard that gold washes ashore with every tide. But beginning with the stormy journey and his first contact with the native people, he realizes that the New World is nothing like he had ever imagined.The lush Virgin ...

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"The Sacrifice" by Kathleen Benner Duble

'The Sacrifice' by Kathleen Benner Duble

In the year 1692, life changes forever for ten-year-old Abigail Faulkner and her family. In Salem, Massachusetts, witches have been found, and widespread fear and panic reign mere miles from Abigail's home of Andover. When two girls are brought from Salem to identify witches in Andover, suspicion sweeps the town as well-respected members of the community are accused of witchcraft. It isn't long before chaos consumes Andover, and the Faulkners fin ...

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"11,000 Years Lost" by Peni R. Griffin

'11,000 Years Lost' by Peni R. Griffin

A vivid, exhilarating peek at our prehistoric past, now available in paperbackThis action-packed, fully-imagined time travel book takes a young Texan girl, participating in an archaeological dig, back to the time of the mammoth. There Esther is adopted by a group of mammoth hunters, who teach her to forage for food, make clothes, build fires, and protect herself from the megafauna who roam the land-scimitar cats, panthers, and more. Even as she ...

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"Esperanza Rising" by Pam Muñoz Ryan

'Esperanza Rising' by Pam Muñoz Ryan

A reissue of Pam Munoz Ryan's bestselling backlist with a distinctive new author treatment.Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or la ...

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"Bud, Not Buddy" by Christopher Paul Curtis

'Bud, Not Buddy' by Christopher Paul Curtis

It's 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud's got a few things going for him:1. He has his own suitcase filled with his own important, secret things.2. He's the author of Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.3. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers of Herman E. Calloway and his famo ...

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"The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" by Avi

'The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle' by Avi

A vicious captain, a mutinous crew -- and a young girl caught in the middle Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty. But I was just such a girl, and my story is worth relating even if it did happen years ago. Be warned, however: If strong ideas and action offend you, read no more. Find another companion to share your idle hours. For my part I intend to tell the truth as I lived it. ...

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"Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry

'Number the Stars' by Lois Lowry

The evacuation of Jews from Nazi-held Denmark is one of the great untold stories of World War II. On September 29, 1943, word got out in Denmark that Jews were to be detained and then sent to the death camps. Within hours the Danish resistance, population and police arranged a small flotilla to herd 7,000 Jews to Sweden. Lois Lowry fictionalizes a true-story account to bring this courageous tale to life. She brings the experience to life through ...

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