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If you like books about Virginia History

Before the Creeks Ran Red by Carolyn Reeder

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We are so lucky to live in a state with such a rich and long history! We have a number of books on Virginia including its history. 

Before the Creeks Ran Red by Carolyn Reeder
Through the eyes of three different boys, three linked novellas explore the tumultuous times beginning with the secession of South Carolina and leading up to the first major battle of the Civil War. (catalog summary)
 

 



Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 by Elisa Lynn Carbone
Traveling to the New World in 1606 as the page to Captain John Smith, twelve-year-old orphan Samuel Collier settles in the new colony of Jamestown, where he must quickly learn to distinguish between friend and foe. (catalog summary)

 

 

 


 


Bull Run by 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. (catalog summary)

 



 

 


Charley Skedaddle by 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. (catalog summary)

 



 



Cinnabar, the One O'clock Fox by Marguerite Henry
Cinnabar is a fox. He lives in a den with his family, Vicky and four little cubs. He's a hardworking fox who does everything he can to ensure that his family has what they need. But during fox hunting season, he likes to have a little fun: Every hunt day, promptly at one o'clock, Cinnabar shows up and runs until nightfall. Can the huntsmen ever catch this clever fox? Based on an old legend about fox hunting in the area around Mount Vernon, Cinnabar pits one very wily fox against George Washington himself—and the result is a wild chase for all! (catalog summary)

 

 



Farmer George Plants A Nation by Peggy Thomas
Besides being a general and the first president of the United States, George Washington was also a farmer. His efforts to create a self-sufficient farm at Mount Vernon, Virginia, mirrored his struggle to form a new nation. Excerpts from Washington's writings are featured throughout the book, which also includes a timeline, resource section, as well as essays on Washington at Mount Vernon and his thoughts on slavery. (catalog summary)

 

 




Ghost Girl: A Blue Ridge Mountain Story by Delia Ray
Eleven-year-old April is delighted when President and Mrs. Hoover build a school near her Madison County, Virginia, home but her family's poverty, grief over the accidental death of her brother, and other problems may mean that April can never learn to read from the wonderful teacher, Miss Vest. (catalog summary)

 


 

 


Jefferson's Sons: A Founding Father's Secret Children by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
A fictionalized look at the last twenty years of Thomas Jefferson's life at Monticello through the eyes of three of his slaves, two of whom were his sons by his slave, Sally Hemings. (catalog summary)

 



 




Virginia Bound by Amy Butler
Thirteen-year-old orphaned beggar Rob Brackett is kidnapped from the streets of London and taken to the New World for a cruel tobacco farmer master, who also owns a Pamunkey Indian girl named Mattoume. (catalog summary)

 


 




When Will This Cruel War Be Over?: The Diary of Emma Simpson by Barry Denenberg
The diary of a fictional fourteen-year-old girl living in Virginia, in which she describes the hardships endured by her family and friends during one year of the Civil War. (catalog summary)