Historical Fiction

  • Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

    Moose Flannagan moves with his family to Alcatraz so his dad can work as a prison guard and his sister, Natalie, can attend a special school.

  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

    Eleven-year-old Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada. He's best known for having made a memorable impression on Frederick Douglass, but that changes when a former slave steals money from Elijah's friend.

  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

    Ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Watsons of Flint, Michigan, are heading for Birmingham, Alabama, and one of the darkest moments in American history.

  • 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.

  • Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman

    Meggy Swann has come to London with her only friend, a goose named Louise. Just as her alchemist father pursues his Great Work of transforming base metal into gold, Meggy finds herself pursuing her own transformation.

  • The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman

    The girl known only as Brat has no family, no home, and no future until she meets Jane the Midwife and becomes her apprentice.

  • The Journal of William Thomas Emerson: A Revolutionary War Patriot by Barry Denenberg

    Set in Massachusetts, this is the story of a boy surrounded by the politics and violence of war, who becomes a spy for the rebel colonists.

  • The 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.

  • Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

    The Year: 1773. The place: Boston. Johnny Tremain is fourteen and apprenticed to a silversmith. He is gifted and lords his skills over the other apprentices, until one day his hand is horribly burned by molten silver.

  • Inside Out and Back Again by Thanha Lai

    The Vietnam War has reached her home. Ha and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope.

  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

    As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen's family takes in Annemarie's best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.

  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by W. R. Philbrick

    Young Homer Figg sets off to follow his brother into the thick of the Civil War. Through a series of fascinating events, Homer's older brother has been illegally sold to the Union Army. It is up to Homer to find him and save him.

  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

    For the first 12 years of her life, Esperanza Ortega is pampered by servants and sheltered by her doting parents on their ranch in Aguascalientes, Mexico. But a sudden tragedy shatters that world of wealth and privilege.

  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

    Kit Tyler is marked by suspicion and disapproval from the moment she arrives on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1867. Alone and desperate, she has been forced to leave her beloved home on the island of Barbados and join a family she has never met.

  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

    Cassie Logan is an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect.

  • Meet Kit, an American Girl by Valerie Tripp

    Growing up during the Great Depression of the 1930s, nine-year-old Kit Kittredge longs for a big story for her daily newspaper for Dad--that is, until she's faced with really bad news.

  • Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

    Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has sent her off to live with an old friend for the summer. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas.