Historical Fiction

Grandmother Bryant's Pocket

By Jacqueline Briggs Martin

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In long ago Maine, Sarah Bryant, still suffering nightmares over the death of her dog in a fire, is sent to the countryside by her parents who hope that wise Grandmother Bryant will be able to help her.

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The Bridges at Toko-ri

By James A. Michener

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Young and innocent, they came to a place they had barely heard of, prepared for war. They were American fighter pilots, trained but frightened, facing an an enemy they couldn't understand, and waging a war they had to win.... 

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The Ravenmaster's Secret: Escape from the Tower of London

By Elvira Woodruff

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The eleven-year-old son of the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London befriends a Jacobite rebel being held prisoner there.

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Where Have All the Flowers Gone? The Diary of Molly Mackenzie Flaherty

By Ellen Emerson White

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In 1968 Massachusetts, after her brother Patrick goes to fight in Vietnam, fifteen-year-old Molly records in her diary how she misses her brother, volunteers at a Veterans' Administration Hospital, and tries to make sense of the war in Vietnam and the tumultuous events in the United States. Includes historical notes. 

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When My Name was Keoko

By Linda Sue Park

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The compelling saga of a Korean family losing its ethnic identity under Japanese occupation, told in alternating voices by siblings Sun-hee and her older brother Tae-yul. Korean culture, the vicissitudes of war, and the strength of the human spirit are clearly portrayed through powerful, yet understated writing. 

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The Road Home

By Ellen Emerson White

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This book starts with a bang in an Army emergency room in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. Rebecca, a combat nurse, must face down her own demons and the gruesome memories of war when she returns to the United States. 

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The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins: A World War II Soldier

By Walter Dean Myers

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A seventeen-year-old soldier from central Virginia records his experiences in a journal as his regiment takes part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and subsequent battles to liberate France. 

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The Car

By Gary Paulsen

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When neither of his parents want to take responsibility for him, fourteen-year-old Terry Anders builds a car from a kit and strikes off on a road trip to visit a long-lost uncle. He shares the amazing journey with a couple of Vietnam veterans who teach him that the most important thing in life is to learn all you can. 

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Soldier Boys

By Dean Hughes

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Follow two young soldiers, destined to be enemies, as they prepare to join their countries' armies and go on to face the realities of war. Their paths will cross at the Battle of the Bulge, the largest land battle of World War II in which America took part. 

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Fallen Angels

By Walter Dean Myers

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Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam. 

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