Historical Fiction for Tweens / Children's Book Lists

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"Dear Hank Williams" by Kimberly Willis Holt

'Dear Hank Williams' by Kimberly Willis Holt

Children's Book ★★★★★ It’s the first day of school in September 1948 and Tate Ellerbee from Rippling Creek, Louisiana already has a school assignment—to find a pen pal and practice writing letters to a real person. She picks a relatively unknown country singer who she admires on the Louisiana Hayride radio show—Hank Williams. Through her wonderful letters to him we discover a strong, engaging, hopeful, likable, optimistic young girl who believes in hersel ...

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"Stella by Starlight" by Sharon M. Draper

'Stella by Starlight' by Sharon M. Draper

Children's Book ★★★★ It is midnight when 11 year-old Stella Mills and her eight year-old brother Jojo witness the burning of a cross by members of the Ku Klux Klan not far from their house. It’s 1932 in Bumblebee, North Carolina and news of the active Klan so close by means their parents need to alert all their African-American neighbors. Stella is practicing to be a good writer, records local stories, and often goes outside where she can think better which ...

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"Listen to the Moon" by Michael Morpurgo

'Listen to the Moon' by Michael Morpurgo

Children's Book ★★★★★ Skipping school while out fishing with his father near the island of St. Helen's, Alfie and his father discover a half-starved, injured young girl who is barely alive on the small uninhabited island. Where she came from is a mystery since she is not speaking. His family cares for her, names her Lucy, and as their relationship grows and she becomes a part of their family, they fiercely love and want to protect her. The townspeople, includin ...

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"Soldier Dog" by Sam Angus

'Soldier Dog' by Sam Angus

Children's Book Stanley's dad hasn't been the same since his wife died and his eldest son went off to fight in the war. Now Stanley's only friend is his dad's prizewinning greyhound, Rocket. Stanley runs away and enlists in the army to train as a messenger dog handler, and is soon heading to France with a great Dane called Bones by his side. ...

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"Countdown" by Deborah Wiles

'Countdown' by Deborah Wiles

Children's Book 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 fit ...

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"The Redheaded Princess" by Ann Rinaldi

'The Redheaded Princess' by Ann Rinaldi

Children's Book 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 ...

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"Hattie Big Sky (Hattie, #1)" by Kirby Larson

'Hattie Big Sky (Hattie, #1)' by Kirby Larson

Children's Book After inheriting her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana 16 year-old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in 1917 to make a home for herself and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war being fought in Europe. ...

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

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

Children's Book 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

Children's Book 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

Children's Book A young Texan girl called Esther is participating in an archaeological dig, back to the time of the mammoth and her Clovis ancestors, the early hunter gatherers who were Northern America's first inhabitants. Esther experiences a very different kind of childhood. Will she get back to her own time? ...

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"Esperanza Rising" by Pam Muñoz Ryan

'Esperanza Rising' by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Children's Book 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 struggle ...

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"Bud, Not Buddy" by Christopher Paul Curtis

'Bud, Not Buddy' by Christopher Paul Curtis

Children's Book 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

Children's Book 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

Children's Book Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are "relocated," Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen's life. ...

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