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JUVENILE HISTORICAL FICTION READING LIST

CALL # / LOCATION TITLE / AUTHOR / SUMMARY

F AVI (YA)

Bradshaw

LaFayette

Beyond the Western Sea / Avi.

Driven from their impoverished Irish village, fifteen-year-old Maura and her younger brother meet their landlord's runaway son in Liverpool while all three wait for a ship to America; their fates continue to intertwine on board ship and in the New World.

F AVI (YA)

Bradshaw

LaFayette

Crispin: the cross of lead / Avi.

Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.

F AVI (YA)

LaFayette

Emily Upham's revenge : a Massachusetts adventure / Avi.

During the summer of 1875, a seven-year-old girl is sent to live with her wealthy uncle in Massachusetts and becomes involved in a very suspicious bank robbery.

F AVI (YA)

Bradshaw

Fighting ground / Avi.

Thirteen-year-old Jonathan goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and discovers the real war is being fought within himself.

F AVI (YA)

Bradshaw

LaFayette

The true confession of Charlotte Doyle / Avi.

As the lone "young lady" on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.

J BEA

Bradshaw

Charley Skedaddle / Patricia Beatty.

During the Civil War, a twelve-year-old Bowery Boy from New York City joins the Union Army as a drummer, deserts during a battle in Virginia, and encounters a hostile old mountain woman.

J BEA

Bradshaw

LaFayette

Jayhawker / Patricia Beatty.

In the early years of the Civil War, teenage Kansan farm boy Lije Tulley becomes a Jayhawker, an abolitionist raider freeing slaves from the neighboring state of Missouri, and then goes undercover there as a spy.

J BOJ

Bradshaw

Bold journey : west with Lewis and Clark / Charles Bohner

Private Hugh McNeal relates his experiences accompanying Captains Lewis and Clark on their 1804-1806 expedition in search of a northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean.

F CAL (YA)

Bradshaw

LaFayette

Bigger / Patricia Calvert.

When his father disappears near the Mexican border at the end of the Civil War, twelve-year-old Tyler decides to go after him and bring him home, acquiring on the journey a strange dog which he names Bigger.

F CAR (YA)

Bradshaw

Borderlands / Peter Carter.

After being forced from his meager family farm in Texas in 1871, thirteen-year-old Ben Curtis witnesses some of the excitement and cruelty of the Old West--on a cattle drive, in a frontier town, and on a buffalo hunt.

F COL (YA)

Bradshaw

With every drop of blood / James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier.

While trying to transport food to Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War, fourteen-year-old Johnny is captured by a black Union soldier.

F CON (YA)

Bradshaw

Prairie song / Pam Conrad.

Louisa's life in a loving pioneer family on the Nebraska prairie is altered by the arrival of a new doctor and his beautiful, tragically frail wife.

F ELL (YA)

Bradshaw

LaFayette

Annie, between the states / L.M. Elliott.

Instead of spending her teen years at parties and balls, Annie, an idealistic, poetry-loving patriot, finds herself nursing soldiers, hiding valuables, and running the household as the Civil War rages around her family's Virginia home.

F FLE (YA)

Bradshaw

Borning room / Paul Fleischman.

Lying at the end of her life in the room where she was born in 1851, Georgina remembers what it was like to grow up on the Ohio frontier.

F FLE (YA)

Bradshaw

Bull run / Paul Fleischman.

Northerners, Southerners, generals, couriers, dreaming boys, and worried sisters describe the glory, the horror, the thrill, and the disillusionment of the first battle of the Civil War.

F FOR (YA)

Bradshaw

LaFayette

Becca's story / James Forman

A Civil War romance concerning a Michigan girl and the two soldiers who are rivals for her hand.

J GIP (DOGS)

Bradshaw

LaFayette

Old Yeller / Fred Gipson.

The moving story of a boy and his dog during the frontier days in the Texas hill country.

J DEA

Bradshaw

LaFayette

A light in the storm : the Civil War diary of Amelia Martin / Karen Hesse.

In 1860 and 1861, while working in her father's lighthouse on an island off the coast of Delaware, fifteen-year-old Amelia records in her diary how the Civil War is beginning to devastate her divided state.

F HOB (YA)

Bradshaw

Down the Yukon / Will Hobbs.

In the wake of Dawson City's Great Fire of 1899, sixteen-year-old Jason and his girlfriend Jamie canoe the Yukon River across Alaska in an epic race from Canada's Klondike to the new gold fields at Cape Nome.

F HOB (YA)

Bradshaw

Jason's gold / Will Hobbs.

When news of the discovery of gold in Canada's Yukon Territory in 1897 reaches fifteen-year-old Jason, he embarks on a 10,000-mile journey to strike it rich.

J HUN

Bradshaw

LaFayette

Across five Aprils / Irene Hunt.

Young Jethro Creighton grows from a boy to a man when he is left to take care of the family farm in Illinois during the difficult years of the Civil War.

F JOS (YA)

Bradshaw

LaFayette

Shenandoah autumn : courage under fire / Mauriel Phillips Joslyn.

Living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia during the time of the Civil War, fifteen-year-old Mattie proves to be a woman of courage even as conflicts rage around her.

F KAS (YA)

Bradshaw

Listen for Rachel / Lou Kassem

Moving up into the mountains of Tennessee introduces Rachel to a possible calling, as she learns about folk medicine from a local healer, until the Civil War divides the family loyalties and brings romance into her life.

J KIR

Bradshaw

Ike and Porker / Susan Kirby.

Eleven-year-old Isaac's secretive attempt to join his father's annual pig drive to Chicago in the fall of 1837 is foiled by Porker, a pig with a mind of her own.

J LAW

Bradshaw

LaFayette

Addie across the prairie / Laurie Lawlor.

Unhappy to leave her home and friends, Addie reluctantly accompanies her family to the Dakota Territory and slowly begins to adjust to life on the prairie.

J LAW

Bradshaw

LaFayette

Addie's Dakota winter / Laurie Lawlor

In her new pioneer home of Dakota, ten-year-old Addie finds an unlikely friend and, stranded alone during a blizzard, learns about courage.

J MAC

Bradshaw

LaFayette

In the land of the big red apple / Roger Lea MacBride .

A year after moving to their farm in the Ozarks, Laura and Almanzo Wilder and their young daughter, Rose, have settled into their new home with a successful vegetable harvest and the beginnings of an apple orchard.

J MAC

Bradshaw

LaFayette

Little house in the Ozarks / Roger Lea MacBride.

A year after moving to their farm in the Ozarks, Laura and Almanzo Wilder and their young daughter, Rose, have settled into their new home with a successful vegetable harvest and the beginnings of an apple orchard.

J MAC

Bradshaw

LaFayette

Little house on Rocky Ridge / Roger Lea MacBride.

In 1894 Laura Ingalls Wilder, her husband, and her seven-year-old daughter Rose leave the Ingalls family in Dakota and make the long and difficult journey to Missouri to start a new life.

J MAC

Bradshaw

LaFayette

New dawn on Rocky Ridge / Roger Lea MacBride

While living on the Rocky Ridge Farm in Missouri, thirteen-year-old Rose Wilder celebrates the turn of the twentieth century and begins to wonder about her future.

J MAC

Bradshaw

LaFayette

On the banks of the bayou / Roger Lea MacBride.

When Rose moves to Louisiana to live with her aunt Eliza Jane to finish high school, she is exposed to new cultures, politics, and ways of life.

J MCM

Bradshaw

How I found the strong / Margaret McMullan.

In the spring of 1861, on the heels of Abraham Lincoln's declaration of war on the South, a ten-year-old boy is eager to enlist and fight for the Confederacy, but he is too young and, instead, must deal with the war on his family's terms.

J MEA

Bradshaw

A candle in the mist / Florence Crannell Means.

A fourteen-year-old girl, living in Minnesota in 1871, feels her life lacks excitement until the disappearance of $4000 entrusted to her father precipitates a series of events affecting the entire family.

J MOE

Bradshaw

The devil in Ol' Rosie / Louise Moeri.

Sent into the wilderness of eastern Oregon in 1907 to roundup the family's escaped horses, twelve-year-old Wart struggles against great dangers before gaining his father's respect.

J MOR (HORSES

Bradshaw

Year of the black pony / Walt Morey.

A boy growing up in the Oregon country in the early 1900's experiences the death of his father, the remarriage of his mother, and the ultimate attainment of a dream.

J PAU

Bradshaw

LaFayette

Call me Francis Tucket / Gary Paulsen.

Having separated from the one-armed trapper who taught him how to survive in the wilderness of the Old West, fifteen-year-old Francis gets lost and continues to have adventures involving dangerous men and a friendly mule.

F PAU (YA)

Bradshaw

Soldier's heart : a novel of the Civil War / Gary Paulsen.

Eager to enlist, fifteen-year-old Charley has a change of heart after experiencing both the physical horrors and mental anguish of Civil War combat.

F PEC (YA)

Bradshaw

LaFayette

The river between us / Richard Peck.

During the early days of the Civil War, the Pruitt family takes in two mysterious young ladies who have fled New Orleans to come north to Illinois.

F RIN (YA)

Bradshaw

An acquaintance with darkness / Ann Rinaldi.

When her mother dies and her best friend's family is implicated in the assassination of President Lincoln, fourteen-year-old Emily Pigbush must go live with an uncle she suspects of being involved in stealing bodies for medical research.

F RIN (YA)

Bradshaw

The coffin quilt: the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys / Ann Rinaldi.

In the 1880s, young Fanny McCoy witnesses the growth of a terrible and violent feud between her Kentucky family and the West Virginia Hatfields, complicated by her older sister Roseanna's romance with a Hatfield.

F RIN (YA)

Bradshaw

Fifth of March: a story of the Boston Massacre / Ann Rinaldi.

Fourteen-year-old Rachel Marsh, an indentured servant in the Boston household of John and Abigail Adams, is caught up in the colonists' unrest that eventually escalates into the massacre of March 5, 1770.

F RIN (YA)

Bradshaw

Finishing Becca : a story about Peggy Shippen and Benedict Arnold / Ann Rinaldi.

Fourteen-year-old Becca takes a position as a maid in a wealthy Philadelphia Quaker home and witnesses the events that lead to General Benedict Arnold's betrayal of the American forces during the Revolutionary War.

F RIN (YA)

Bradshaw

In my Father's house / Ann Rinaldi.

For two sisters growing up surrounded by the Civil War, there is conflict both outside and inside their house.

F RIN (YA)

Bradshaw

The last silk dress / Ann Rinaldi.

During the Civil War, Susan finds a way to help the Confederate Army and uncovers a series of mysterious family secrets.

F RIN (YA)

Bradshaw

Mutiny's daughter / Ann Rinaldi.

A "what if?" story about Mary Christian, half-Tahitian daughter of Fletcher Christian, second in command and leader of the mutiny on the British ship Bounty.

F RIN (YA)

Bradshaw

Nine days a queen: the short life and reign of Lady Jane Grey / Ann Rinaldi.

Lady Jane Grey, who at sixteen was Queen of England for nine days before being executed, recounts her life story from the age of nine.

F RIN (YA)

Bradshaw

A stitch in time / Ann Rinaldi.

Shortly after the War of Independence, Hannah sees her family being torn apart by old secrets and new developments, as her sister resolves to marry a sea captain and other siblings prepare to help start a new town in the Northwestern Territory.

F RIN (YA)

Bradshaw

Time enough for drums / Ann Rinaldi.

Sixteen-year-old Jem and her servant struggle to keep things going at home in Trenton, New Jersey, when the family men join the war for independence from the British king.

J SPE

Bradshaw

LaFayette

Sign of the beaver / Elizabeth George Speare.

Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.

J SPE

Bradshaw

LaFayette

The witch of Blackbird Pond / Elizabeth George Speare.

Orphan Kit Tyler knows her new home in the bleak, cold Connecticut Colony will never be like the shimmering Caribbean islands she left behind. When she makes friends with an old Quaker woman she meets in the meadow, the association leads to an accusation of witchcraft against Kit.

J TAL

Bradshaw

An orphan for Nebraska / Charlene Joy Talbot.

Orphaned on the journey to America in 1872, a young Irish boy finally makes his way to Nebraska where he goes to work for a newspaper editor and learns to do the work of a printer's devil.

J WIL

Bradshaw

LaFayette

By the shores of Silver Lake / Laura Ingalls Wilder

Ma and the girls follow Pa west by train where they make their home at a rough railroad camp and plan for their own homestead.

J WIL

Bradshaw

Farmer Boy / Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Nine-year-old Almanzo lives with his family on a big farm in New York State at the end of the nineteenth century. He raises his own two calves, helps cut ice and shear sheep, and longs for the day he can have his own colt.

J WIL

Bradshaw

The first four years / Laura Ingalls Wilder.

During their first four years of marriage, Laura and Almanzo Wilder have a child and fight a losing battle in their attempts to succeed at farming on the South Dakota prairie.

J WIL

Bradshaw

LaFayette

Little house in the big woods / Laura Ingalls Wilder.

A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing, and share special occasions when they get together with relatives or neighbors.

J WIL

Bradshaw

LaFayette

Little house on the prairie / Laura Ingalls Wilder.

A family travels from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new home on the prairie, where they build a house, meet neighboring Indians, build a well, and fight a prairie fire.

J WIL

Bradshaw

LaFayette

The long winter / Laura Ingalls Wilder.

After an October blizzard, Laura's family moves from the claim shanty into town for the winter, a winter that an Indian has predicted will be seven months of bad weather.

J WIL

Bradshaw

LaFayette

On the banks of Plum Creek / Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Laura and her family move to Minnesota where they live in a dugout until a new house is built and face misfortunes caused by flood, blizzard, and grasshoppers.

J WIL

Bradshaw

LaFayette

These happy golden years / Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Laura has her first experiences as a teacher, and is courted by Almanzo Wilder.

J WIS

Bradshaw

LaFayette

Jericho's journey / G. Clifton Wisler.

As his family makes the long and difficult journey from Tennessee to their new home in Texas in 1852, twelve-year-old Jericho Wetherby, teased by his sister and brothers about his size, learns there are many ways to grow.

J WIS

Bradshaw

LaFayette

Mr. Lincoln's drummer / G. Clifton Wisler.

Recounts the courageous exploits of Willie Johnston, an eleven-year-old Civil War drummer, who became the youngest recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

J WOO

Bradshaw

LaFayette

Dear Levi : letters from the Overland Trail / Elvira Woodruff.

Twelve-year-old Austin Ives writes letters to his younger brother describing his three-thousand-mile journey from their home in Pennsylvania to Oregon in 1851.