Historical Fiction

The River Between Us

By Richard Peck

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During the early days of the Civil War, the Pruitt family takes in two mysterious young ladies who have fled New Orleans to come north to Illinois. 

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The Red Badge of Courage

By Stephen Crane

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The classic story of a soldier in the midst of battle. 

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Soldier's Heart: Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteers

By Gary Paulsen

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Battle by battle, one boy's war is seen through one boy's eyes and one boy's heart, and gives a voice to all the anonymous young men who fought in the Civil War. 

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Red Moon at Sharpsburg

By Rosemary Wells

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As the Civil War breaks out, India, a young Southern girl, summons her sharp intelligence and the courage she didn't know she had to survive the war that threatens to destroy her family, her Virginia home, and the only life she has ever known. 

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March Toward the Thunder

By Joseph Bruchac

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Louis Nollette, a fifteen-year-old Abenaki Indian, joins the Irish Brigade in 1864 to fight for the Union in the Civil War. Based on the author's great-grandfather. 

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Juliet's Moon

By Ann Rinaldi

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"Pa dead. House and barn burned. Negroes run off." In Missouri in 1863, twelve-year-old Juliet Bradshaw learns to rely on herself and her brother, a captain with Quantrill's Raiders, as she sees her family home burned, is imprisoned by Yankees, and then kidnapped by a blood-crazed Confederate soldier. 

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Weaver's Daughter

By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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In 1791 after her family's journey from Pennsylvania, ten-year-old Lizzie suffers from the disease of asthma in her new home in the Southwest Territory (present-day Tennessee). What will her family do?

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The Copper Treasure

By Melvin Burgess and Richard Williams (Illustrator)

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In the 1850s, danger and suspense accompany the attempt by three small boys to salvage a valuable roll of sheet copper from the bottom of the Thames River.

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Night Boat to Freedom

By Margot Theis Raven and E.B. Lewis (Illustrator)

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Granny Judith adds a square to her quilt for each runaway slave Christmas John rows across the river. Rich, dark watercolors punctuated with red capture both the fear and the hope in these daring flights to freedom.

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Al Capone Does My Shirts

By Gennifer Choldenko

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Who can blame 12-year-old Moose for feeling uneasy when his family moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 for his father’s job at the prison? Humor and pathos, memorable characters, and a strong sense of place highlight this unusual coming-of-age story.  

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