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
• Antle, Nancy, Lost in the War (6 - 8)
An army nurse in
Avi, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
The only passenger on the long
• Ayers, Katherine, North by Night: A Story of the Underground Railroad (6 - 8)
In 1851 Lucinda's family operates a safe house in
• Barrett, Tracy, Anna of
In 11th century
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
Borland, Hal, When the Legends Die
Thomas Black Bull, a Ute Indian boy growing up in
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.
Just before the Civil War in
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,
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 "
• 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
Couloumbis, Audrey, Maude March on the Run!, or, Trouble is Her Middle
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
• 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
• 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
• Fleischman, Paul,
Impact of war as seen by both sides sharing views of the
• Fleischman, Paul, Dateline:
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)
Fleishman, Sid, By the Great Horn Spoon
Jack stows away on a ship bound for
• Forbes, Esther, Johnny Tremain (6 - 8)
Johnny Tremain’s exciting adventures take him to
• 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.
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
• 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
Gratz, Alan Samurai Shortstop (NEW!)
Growing up in
• 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
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
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
• Ho, Minfong, The Clay Marble (6 - 8)
A Cambodian girl flees her war-torn country to Thai refugee camps
A 15-year old sets off on a 5,000 mile journey to the
Holling, Holling C, Paddle-to-the-Sea
A small hand-carved canoe journeys through the
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
• Hunter, Mollie, The King's Swift Rider: A Novel on Robert the Bruce (6 - 8)
16-year old Martin joins
Ibbotson, Eva, The Star of
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
Johnston, Norma, Over
Disguised, Roxana helps her servant and a runaway slave to escape up the
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
Levitin, Sonia, The Return (6 - 8)
A 13-year old Ethiopian Jew yearning to escape religious persecution, treks from
• Levitin, Sonia, Journey to
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
• Love, D. Anne, Three Against the Tide (6 - 8)
A 12-year old girl is in charge of her family's
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
Maori, Louise, Save Queen of
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
• 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
Rebecca Levitsky and her Jewish family flee the pogroms in
Other titles in the Ellis Island Novel series:
O’Dell, Scott, The Amethyst Ring
Julian, a wanderer, joins the army of Pizarro, leading him to
• 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,
The haunting and unusual story of an Indian girl who spends 18 years alone on a rocky island off the coast of
O'Dell, Scott, The Serpent Never Sleeps
A touching novel of
• 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
Orlev, Uri, The
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
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
• 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.
In 1754 an Indian raid on her small