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Grades 6-8 Historical Fiction

Anderson, M. T., The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party (NEW!)
An episodic, highly ambitious story, deeply rooted in eighteenth-century literary traditions, which examines, among many other things, pre-Revolutionary slavery in New England.

• Antle, Nancy, Lost in the War (6 - 8)
An army nurse in Vietnam deals with grief, anger, and loss years later.

Avi, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
The only passenger on the long Atlantic Ocean crossing, Charlotte Doyle found herself caught between the madness of a ruthless captain and the rage of a mutinous crew.

Ayers, Katherine, North by Night: A Story of the Underground Railroad (6 - 8)
In 1851 Lucinda's family operates a safe house in Ohio on the Underground Railroad

Barrett, Tracy, Anna of Byzantium (6 - 8)
In 11th century Byzantium, Anna Commena changed from an heir to the Byzantium Empire to banished exile in the convent. •

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell
, No Man's Land: A Young Soldier's Story(6 - 8)
A 14-year old joins the Confederate army.

Beatty, Patricia, Wait for Me, Watch for Me, Eula Bee
With his father and brother serving in the Confederate Army and the rest of his family murdered in a Comanche raid, thirteen-year-old Lewallen seeks to free himself and his younger sister from their Indian captivity.

Blackwood, Gary, The Shakespeare Stealer (6 - 8)
Introduction to Shakespearean works by an orphan boy who joins a Shakespearean troupe of players.

Blos, Joan W., A Gathering of Days
A sparse and rich life in New Hampshire in 1830.

Borland, Hal, When the Legends Die
Thomas Black Bull, a Ute Indian boy growing up in Colorado, is torn between the old ways of his people and the complexities of the white man’s civilization.

Bray, Libba, A Great and Terrible Beauty (NEW!)
Gothic tale of a Victorian girls school with a deadly secret.

Bray, Libba, Rebel Angels (NEW!)
Sequel to the Victorian fantasy A Great and Terrible Beauty.

Burchard, Peter, Bimby
Just before the Civil War in Georgia, a young American slave risks his life for freedom. Bruchas, Joseph Code Talker (NEW!)
Six-year-old Ned Begay leaves his Navajo home for boarding school, where he learns the English language and American ways.

Burks, Brian, Runs with Horses (6 - 8)
A young Apache wants the honor and rite of passage in becoming a warrior.

Burks, Brian, Walks Alone(6 - 8)
An Apache girl escapes from the white army but is captured by Mexican soldiers.

Byars, Betsy, Trouble River
A raft built by a 12-year old boy is a means of escape for him and his grandmother from hostile Indians.

Cadnum, Michael, The Book of the Lion (6 - 8)
Edmund joins the forces of Richard the Lionhearted as a knight's squire.

Catran, Ken, Voyage with Jason (NEW!)
Retells the Greek myth of Jason and his search for the Golden Fleece through the eyes of Pylos, a young ship's boy on the "Argos." They survive the man-murdering women of Lemnos, a Trojan ambush, huge Clashing Rocks, troops of Amazons, and a writhing nest of deadly snakes guarding the glittering prize.

Clapp, Patricia, I'm Deborah Sampson: A Soldier in the War of the Revolution
A woman disguises herself as a man.

Clapp, Patricia, The Tamarack Tree
As tension between the North and South escalates, eighteen-year-old Rosemary is torn between personal loyalty to her southern friends and her moral certitude that slavery is wrong.

Cochrane, Patricia A., Purely Rosie Pearl(6 - 8)
A young migrant farm worker in California during the Great Depression

Couloumbis, Audrey, Maude March on the Run!, or, Trouble is Her Middle Nam (NEW!)
Sequel to: The Misadventures of Maude March. Due to a misunderstanding over her involvement in a botched robbery, Maude, with younger sister Sallie, hides out at the home of an uncle, but when she is discovered and arrested, the orphaned sisters flee, trying to clear Maude's name.

Curtis, Christopher, Bud, Not Buddy (6 - 8)
An orphan during the Depression escapes from an abusive foster home to find the man he believes to be his father

Cushman, Karen, Catherine, Called Birdy(6 - 8)
The daughter of a knight during Middle Ages England writes of her experiences.

Cushman, Karen, Matilda Bone
Apprenticed to a medieval bonesettr, Matilda struggles to reconcile her privileged, pious upbringing with the coarser ways of the common folk, a novel filled with fascinating accounts of medicine, a touch of romance, and humor.

DeAngeli, Marguerite, Door in the Wall
Crippled Robin, with faith and courage, wins his knighthood in 13th century England.

DeFelice, Cynthia, Nowhere to Call Home (6 - 8)
Frances, formerly rich, disguises herself as a boy during the Great Depression and lives as a hobo.

de Jong, Meindert, House of Sixty Fathers
Through all his encounters with Chinese guerrillas, Japanese invaders, and American airmen, a lost, starving boy never gives up hope of finding his family in World War II occupied China.

Denzel, Justin, Boy of the Painted Cave(6 - 8)
Tao, a young outcast in his tribe, due to a deformed leg, reveals skill as a cave painter and recorder of tribal history.

Denzel, Justin, Return to the Painted Cave (6 - 8)
With a blind girl, Tao sets out on a trek to find the Great Waters.

Ernst, Kathleen, Hearts of Stone (NEW!)
Orphaned when their father dies fighting for the Union and mother expires from exhaustion, and also estranged from their Confederate neighbors, fifteen-year-old Hannah and her siblings struggle to find a way to survive during the Civil War in Tennessee.

Fleischman, Paul, Bull Run(6 - 8)
Impact of war as seen by both sides sharing views of the Battle at Bull Run, Virginia.

Fleischman, Paul, Dateline: Troy (6 - 8)
Modern conflicts of war are compared with feats and events, myth and reality, at the Battle of Troy.

Fleischman, Paul, Mind's Eye (6 - 8)
In 1910 Italy a paraplegic teenager in a nursing home learns from a very old woman who to use her imagination.

Fleishman, Sid, By the Great Horn Spoon
Jack stows away on a ship bound for California during the Gold Rush.

Forbes, Esther, Johnny Tremain (6 - 8)
Johnny Tremain’s exciting adventures take him to Lexington and Concord during the American Revolution.

Fox, Paula, The Slave Dancer
A compelling view of slavery seen through the eyes of a young white boy who is captured as a slave on a ship and forced to make music for its cargo.

Fritz, Jean, Traitor
A look at the life of the Revolutionary War general whose extremism ultimately led him to treason.

Giff, Patricia Reilly, Nory Ryan’s Song
When the potato blight destroys an Irish community’s sole source of food, Nory and her neighbors must draw on their inner strength to survive.

Goble, Paul and Dorothy Goble, Lone Bull's Horse Raid (6-8)

Goble, Paul and Dorothy Goble, Red Hawk's Account of Custer's Last Battle (5-8)

The Girl Who Married a Ghost and Other Tales from the North American Indians, ed. by John Bierhorst

Goodman, Joan Elizabeth, Peregrine (6 - 8)
Widowed 15-year old Lady Edith, escaping an arranged marriage, embarks on a dangerous pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1144.

Gratz, Alan Samurai Shortstop (NEW!)
Growing up in Tokyo in the 1890s, after the emperor outlawed the samurai tradition of his ancestors, Toyo was not trained in the old disciplines. He must find his own path between the old ways and the new ones, which are symbolized for Toyo by the sport he loves: baseball.

Gray, Elizabeth J., Adam of the Road
The adventures of eleven-year-old Adam as he travels the open roads of thirteenth-century England searching for his missing father, a minstrel and his stolen red spaniel, Nick.

Gutman, Dan, Satch & Me : a Baseball Card Adventure (NEW!)
With his ability to travel through time using vintage baseball cards, Joe takes Flip with him to find out whether Satchel Paige really was the fastest pitcher ever.

Hahn, Mary Downing, Promises to the Dead (6 - 8)
During the Civil War, Jesse Sherman is asked to help a dying slave woman get her son to freedom in Baltimore.

Haugaard, Erik G, Hakon of Rogen's Saga
After the death of his father, a boy struggles to regain his birthright and rule an island unselfishly.

Hautzig, Esther, A Gift for Mama
In 1930’s Poland Sara earns money to buy a beautiful gift.

Hesse, Karen, The Cats in Krasinski Square
Based on a true story, with the help of cats, two sisters outsmart the Gestapo to help fee the Jewish people in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Hesse, Karen
, Letters from Rifka
After fleeing Russia’s brutal treatment of the Jews, Rifka and her family face a very great obstacle with United States immigration authorities.

Ho, Minfong, The Clay Marble (6 - 8)
A Cambodian girl flees her war-torn country to Thai refugee camps

Hobbs, Will, Jason's Gold (6 - 8)
A 15-year old sets off on a 5,000 mile journey to the Klondike gold fields in 1897.

Holling, Holling C, Paddle-to-the-Sea
A small hand-carved canoe journeys through the Great Lakes to the sea.

Holling, Holling C., Tree in the Trail

Houston, Jeanne W. & James Houston, Farewell to Manzanar (6-8)
A Japanese-American family during WW 11 attempt to survive in a detention camp.

Hunt, Irene, Across Five Aprils
The heartache and agony of the Civil War as reflected in the life of a young Illinois boy.

Hunter, Mollie, The King's Swift Rider: A Novel on Robert the Bruce (6 - 8)
16-year old Martin joins Scotland's rebel army as a messenger spy during Scotland's War of Independence

Ibbotson, Eva, The Star of Kazan
In pre-World War I Vienna, orphaned Annika goes through a rags-to-riches adventure

Jocelyn, Marthe, Mable Riley: A Reliable Record of Humdrum, Peril, and Romance
In 1901 Ontario, Mable Riley meets a radical suffragist in a conservative farm town. •

Johnston, Norma, Over Jordan (6 - 8)
Disguised, Roxana helps her servant and a runaway slave to escape up the Ohio River. •

Jones, Weynan Edge of Two Worlds

Kadohata, Cynthia, Weedflower (NEW!)
A story of a Japanese American family interned during WWII.

Kerr, Judith, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (6 - 8)
Based on the author's own experiences as a child, the moving story of a young Jewish girl and her family who flee their Berlin home just before Hitler comes to power in 1933.

Levitin, Sonia, The Return (6 - 8)
A 13-year old Ethiopian Jew yearning to escape religious persecution, treks from Ethiopia to Israel.

Levitin, Sonia, Journey to America (6 - 8)
Lisa and her family escape the Nazis

Lindgard, Joan, Tug of War (6 - 8)
Hugo becomes injured and separated from his twin sister as his family prepares to flee Latvia because of the advancing Russian army.

Love, D. Anne, Three Against the Tide (6 - 8)
A 12-year old girl is in charge of her family's South Carolina plantation and of her two younger brothers. Yankee soldiers invade.

MacLachlan, Patricia, Sarah, Plain and Tall (4-6)
When the prairie dwelling father of Anna and Caleb advertises for a wife, he gets a reply from Sarah, who has always lived by the sea.

Magorian, Michelle, Good Night, Mr. Tom
A battered child learns to embrace life when he is adopted during World War 1I by an old man who lived in the English countryside.

• Maguire, Gregory, The Good Liar
Marcel tells of living in German-occupied France in 1940 with his brothers.

Maori, Louise, Save Queen of Sheba

Martinez, Victor, Parrot in the Oven (NEW!)
A Mexican-American boy’s coming of age Mazer, Harry, Heroes Don’t Run. A Novel of the Pacific War (NEW!)
To honor his father who died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, seventeen-year-old Adam eagerly enlists in the Marines in 1944, survives boot camp, and faces combat on the tiny island of Okinawa.

• McKissack, Frederick and Patricia C., Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers.
Runaway slaves were eager to enlist in dangerous whaling jobs during the colonial and pre-Civil War times.

Mosely, Walter, 47 (NEW!)
The intense, personal slave narrative of 14-year-old Forty-seven becomes allegorical when a mysterious runaway slave shows up at the Corinthian Plantation.

Nixon, Joan Lowery, The Ellis Island Novels
1. Land of Hope
Rebecca Levitsky and her Jewish family flee the pogroms in Russia in the early 1890s and settle on the Lower East Side of New York City.
Other titles in the Ellis Island Novel series:
2. Land of Promise
3. Land of Dreams

O’Dell, Scott, The Amethyst Ring
Julian, a wanderer, joins the army of Pizarro, leading him to Machu Picchu to witness the magnificence of the Incan empire.

O'Dell, Scott, Carlota
A teenage girl relates her feelings and experiences as a participant in the battle of San Pascual during the last days of the war between the Californians and the Americans.

O'Dell, Scott, Island of the Blue Dolphins
The haunting and unusual story of an Indian girl who spends 18 years alone on a rocky island off the coast of California.

O'Dell, Scott, The Serpent Never Sleeps
A touching novel of Jamestown and Pocahontas in which Miss Serena Lynn follows her love to the New World, where a colony's safety depends on an Indian princess.

O'Dell, Scott, Sing Down the Moon
The forced migration of the Navahos from their original homeland is described from the point of view of an Indian teenager.

O’Dell, Scott, Zia
Zia and her brother journey to San Nicolas Island to rescue Karana, who finds it hard to adjust to mission life.

Orlev, Uri, The Island on Bird Street

Osborne, Mary Pope, Adaline Falling Star
A fictionalized account of Kit Carson's little-known, sassy, half-breed daughter

Paterson, Katherine, The Master Puppeteer
A young boy is drawn into the magical and mysterious world of the puppet-theater.

Peck, Richard, The Ghost Belonged to Me
A chilling and humorous series of adventures ensue when Blossom Chup, who has the gift of “second sight,” predicts that Alexander Armsworth will make contact with the spirit world.

Paulsen, Gary, Nightjohn
Sarny, a 12-year-old slave at the Waller plantation, risks terrible punishment when an adult slave called Nightjohn teaches her how to read.

Richter, Conrad, The Light in the Forest
The unforgettable story of a white boy raised by Indians and returned to white society.

Rockwood, Joyce, To Spoil The Sun

Sachs, Marilyn, A Pocket Full of Seeds

Salisbury, Graham, Eyes of the Emperor (NEW!)
Eddy Okubo, a Hawaiian of Japanese descent, enlists in the army just before Pearl Harbor. But before he even faces the enemy, he's assigned to a secret mission that might kill him. A powerful, gripping novel based on a real story.

Sandoz, Mari, The Horsecatcher

Sandoz, Mari, The Story Catcher

Sawyer, Ruth, Roller Skates

Sheth, Kasmira, Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet (NEW!)
A teenage love story set in Mumbai.

Speare, Elizabeth George, The Bronze Bow
Daniel seeks revenge on the Romans for the death of his mother and father.

Speare, Elizabeth George, Calico Captive
In 1754 an Indian raid on her small New Hampshire town leaves Miriam Willard a prisoner of the Indians, forced to take part in a harrowing march. Speare, Elizabeth George, Sign of the Beaver The compelling story of thirteen-year-old Matt, who must survive in the 1760 Maine wilderness with the help of a reluctant Indian friend. Sperry, Armstrong, Call It Courage Mafatu, a Polynesian chieftain’s son, must overcome his fear of the sea. Sutcliff, Rosemary, Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad A retelling of the Iliad, the epic poem about Troy Sutcliff, Rosemary, The Sword and the Circle (6 - 8) Quests, adventures, jousts, and romance of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table Taylor, Mildred, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry The vivid story of a black family whose warm ties to each other and their land give them strength to defy rural southern racism during the Depression. Taylor, Theodore, The Cay Uchida, Yoshiko, Journey Home After being released from an American concentration camp, a Japanese-American girl and her family try to reconstruct their lives amidst a community’s anti-Japanese feelings. Uchida, Yoshiko, Journey to Topaz After the attack on Pearl Harbor, an eleven-year-old Japanese-American girl and her family are forced to go to a relocation center in Utah. Uchida, Yoshiko, Samurai of Gold Hill In 1869, Koichi and his samurai father leave war-torn Wakamatsu, Japan, and go to Gold Hill, California to start a tea and silk farm. Wartski, Maureen Crane, A Boat to Nowhere (6 - 8) Fleeing the communist government in Vietnam, an old man and three children struggle for survival as boat people. Wolff, Virginia Euwer, Bat 6 In a 6th grade girls' baseball game, bigotry and prejudice from WWII dramatically change the game. Wilder, Laura I., On the Banks of Plum Creek The Ingalls move to their home in Minnesota where they settle down in a dugout home. Yep, Laurence, Dragonwings A vivid novel portrays two Chinese immigrants, a father and son, who adjust to working amount “white demons,” survive the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, and struggle toward a dual dream of making an airplane and reuniting their family.
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