Virginia History for Kids

This is a non-fiction list.

The Journal of Rufus Rowe: Witness to the Battle of Fredericksburg

By Sid Hite

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In 1862, sixteen-year-old Rufus Rowe runs away from home and settles in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he documents in his journal the battle he watches unfold there.

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Ghost Light on Graveyard Shoal

By Elizabeth McDavid Jones

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In the late nineteenth century, Rhoda investigates a wrecker that may be luring ships to destruction on the Virginia barrier island where her father is Keeper of a U.S. Lifesaving Station. Includes historical notes on the United States Life-Saving Service.

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An Eye for an Eye

By Peter and Connie Roop

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In 1775 fourteen-year-old Samantha, who should be wearing dresses, knows she that in britches she can out-hunt her twin and out-sail her older brother near their James River home, but can she use those skills against the British when the American Revolution begins?
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Maria's Story, 1773

By Joan Lowery Nixon

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In Williamsburg, Virginia, two years before the start of the American Revolution, nine-year-old Maria worries that her mother will lose her contract to publish official reports and announcements of the British government because she prints anti-British articles in their family-run newspaper.

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Shadows in the Glasshouse

By Megan McDonald

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While working as an indentured servant for a Jamestown glassmaker in 1621, twelve-year-old Merry uncovers a case of sabotage.

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Watcher in the Piney Woods

By Elizabeth McDavid Jones

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In 1865, while helping her family keep their Virginia farm going through the end of the Civil War, twelve-year-old Cassie meets a Confederate deserter and a Yankee prisoner of war and tries to discover who has been stealing from the farm.

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Surviving Jamestown: The Adventures of Young Sam Collier

By Gail Langer Karwoski

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Sam Collier, a twelve-year-old, serves as page to John Smith during the relentless hardship experienced by the founders at the first permanent English settlement in the New World.

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Caesar's Story, 1759

By Joan Lowery Nixon

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After having been a slave on Carter's Grove plantation near Williamsburg, Virginia, since childhood, Caesar finally finds a way to plan his own future.

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Our Strange New Land: Elizabeth's Diary, Jamestown, Virginia, 1609

By Patricia Hermes

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Nine-year-old Elizabeth keeps a journal of her experiences in the New World as she encounters Indians, suffers hunger and the death of friends, and helps her father build their first home.

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The Promise Quilt

By Candice F. Ransom

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After her father leaves the family farm on Lost Mountain to be General Lee's guide, Addie finds ways to remember him--even when he does not return at the end of the war.

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