Monday, February 27, 2012

American Historical Fiction for Grades 6, 7, 8

No one does historical fiction like the Americans...


The Captain's Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe by Ronald Smith
Captain Meriwether Lewis is on a path that will make history. Lewis is setting off on his landmark search for the Northwest Passage, and he takes Seaman, his rescued dog, along.

Sarah, Plain and Tall
by Patricia MacLachlin
Their mother died the day after Caleb was born. Their house on the prairie is quiet now, and Papa doesn't sing anymore. Then Papa puts an ad in the paper, asking for a wife, and he receives a letter from one Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton, of Maine. Papa, Anna, and Caleb write back.

CAPTAIN GREY by Avi
Following the Revolution, an 11-year-old boy becomes the captive of a ruthless man who has set up his own nation supported by piracy, on a remote part of the New Jersey coast.

JOHNNY TREMAIN by Ester Forbes
After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution.

A BREAK WITH CHARITY: A STORY ABOUT THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS by Ann Rinaldi
While waiting for a church meeting in 1706, Susanna English, daughter of a wealthy Salem merchant, recalls the malice, fear, and accusations of witchcraft that tore her village apart in 1692.

THE APPRENTICESHIP OF LUCAS WHITAKER by Cynthia DeFelice
1850's Connecticut. After Lucas' mother dies of consumption (tuberculosis) he apprentices himself to a doctor who is very traditional.

WITNESS by Karen Hesse
A series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.

LUCK by Dorothy Hoobler
In 1927 the Dixons move from rural Georgia to Chicago, where Afrcian Americans have more opportunities, and there Lorraine meets a famous movie actress and her little brother Marcus finds that his artistic talents are useful.

HARLEM SUMMER by Walter Dean Myers
1925. Mark has a job in a publishing office, but all he wants to do is play his sax. When he makes a delivery for jazz musician Fats Waller, and it goes bad, he gets into trouble with a gangster.

LILY'S CROSSING by Patricia Reilly Giff
During a summer spent at Rockaway Beach in 1944, Lily's friendship with a young Hungarian refugee causes her to see the war and her own world differently.

SUMMER OF MY GERMAN SOLDIER by Bette Greene
When her small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners during World War II, 12-year-old Patty Bergen learns what it means to open her heart.

WEEDFLOWER by Cynthia Kadohata
After twelve-year-old Sumiko and her Japanese-American family are relocated to an internment camp on a Mojave Indian reservation in Arizona, she struggles to become friends with a Mohave boy and to find her place in the world.

BELLE PRATER’S BOY by Ruth White
Everyone in Coal Station, Virginia, has a theory about what happened to Belle Prater, but 12-year-old Gypsy wants the facts, and when her cousin Woodrow, Aunt Belle’s son, moves next door, she has her chance. October 1953.

NOWHERE TO CALL HOME by Cynthia DeFelice
When her father kills himself after losing his money in the stock market crash, 12-year-old Frances, now a penniless orphan, decides to hop aboard a freight train and live the life of a hobo.

ESPERANZA RISING by Pam Muanoz Ryan
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.

ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY By Mildred Taylor
1977 Newbery Winner. The Logan family owns some land and is respected by others in the African American community but the violence that surrounds them is an ever-present threat. Cassie's innocence is shattered when she makes her first visit to town.

ALICE ROSE & SAM by Kathryn Lasky
Alice Rose, an irrepressible 12-year-old, share adventures with Mark Twain, an outlandish reporter on her father’s newspaper in Virginia City, Nevada, during the 1860’s.

SHADES OF GRAY by Carolyn Reeder
At the end of the Civil War, 12-year-old Will, having lost all his immediate family, reluctantly leaves his city home to live in the Virginia countryside with his aunt and the uncle he considers a traitor because he refused to take part in the war.

GIRL IN BLUE by Ann Rinaldi
To escape an abusive father and an arranged marriage, 14-year-old Sarah, dressed as a boy, leaves her Mighigan home to enlist in the Union Army, and beomes a soldier on the battlefields of virginia as well as a Unioon spyworking in the house of Confederate sympathizer Rose O'Neal Greenhow in Washington, D.C.
  

4 comments:

  1. So You Want to Be President by George St and David Small is a great book. It tells little known fact (pecularities) about each president.

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  2. The Witch of Blackbeard Pond doesn't seem to be on there.

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  3. This is a good list. I would add these titles:

    Fever, 1793
    Laurie Halse Anderson
    In 1793 fourteen-year-old Matilda Cook finds herself in the middle of a struggle to keep herself and her loved ones alive in the midst of the yellow fever epidemic.

    The Year of the Hangman
    Gary Blackwood (He wrote the Shakespeare Stealer series as well- excellent)
    Kidnapped from England to the American colonies, a fifteen-year-old boy becomes part of a story that asks, what if the British had defeated the Americans in 1777?

    The Arrow Over the Door
    Joseph Bruchac
    In 1777, a young Abenaki Indian meets a peaceful young Quaker boy and both come to realize that the way of peace can be walked by all human beings.

    The Winter People
    Joseph Bruchac
    A fourteen-year-old Abenaki Indian sets off to rescue his mother and sisters after his village is destroyed in an attack by British soldiers in 1759.

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  4. I've read Fever and you're right, it should be on this list. I will have to pick up the others at the library over spring break. Thanks for your input.

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