1880s -- fiction

Rodzina

By Karen Cushman

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"One of a group of orphans, 12-year-old Rodzina boards a train on a cold day in March 1881. She's reluctant to leave Chicago, the only home she can remember, and she knows there's no substitute for the family she has lost. She expects to be adopted and turned into a slave--or worse, not to be adopted at all. As the train rattles westward, Rodzina unwittingly begins to develop attachments to her fellow travelers, even the frosty orphan guardian, and to accept the idea that there might be good homes for orphans-maybe even for a big, combative Polish girl. But no placement seems right for the formidable Rodzina, and she cleverly finds a way out of one bad situation after another, until at last she finds the family that is right for her."
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West to a Land of Plenty: The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi

By Jim Murphy

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While traveling in 1883 with her Italian American family (including a meddlesome little sister) and other immigrant pioneers to a utopian community in Idaho, fourteen-year-old Teresa keeps a diary of her experiences along the way.
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Little House in the Big Woods

By Laura Ingalls Wilder

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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 with relatives and neighbors. First of the Little House series.

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The Tea Rose

By Jennifer Donnelly

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An old-fashioned story set in the 1880s, in which a poor girl from the wrong side of the Thames endures the destruction of her family and a love lost, to end up making a fortune in the tea trade in New York and returning to London to settle old scores.
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Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper

By Harriet Scott Chessman

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Set in the Parisian art world of the 1880s, this novel imagines a poignant time in the lives of the American impressionist Mary Cassatt and her sister, Lydia. Fatally ill and conscious of impending death, Lydia contemplates her narrowing world.
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