Category Archives: Historical Fiction

Outrun the Moon

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee Grades 6 & up Mercy Wong is determined to make a better life for her family. She doesn’t want her father to have to keep working 16 hours a day in his laundry and … Continue reading

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The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz Grades 5 & up Set in France in 1242 and told in the style of Medieval travel tales, The Inquisitor’s Tale follows three children who … Continue reading

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A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket by Deborah Hopkinson Grades 4 & up After an unfortunate incident in their small town in Italy, Rocco’s parents sell him to a Padrone, a man who will bring him to … Continue reading

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Some Kind of Courage

Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart Grades 4 & up The only thing Joseph has left of his family is his beloved horse Sarah. When she is sold behind his back, he sets off on a quest across Washington … Continue reading

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Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk Grades 5 & up This book. Wow. I had heart palpitations the entire time I read it. I couldn’t put it down. Annabelle and her two younger brothers live a quiet, happy life on their … Continue reading

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Blue Birds

Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose Grades 5 & up One of the more intriguing parts of American history that students touch upon in Fifth Grade is the “Lost Colony of Roanoke.” In this engaging novel in verse, this piece … Continue reading

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The Blackthorn Key and Mark of the Plague

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands Grades 4 & up Christopher Rowe was fortunate not only to be chosen as an apothecary’s apprentice from the orphanage, but also to end up with a kind and clever master like Benedict Blackthorn. … Continue reading

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Full Cicada Moon

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton Grades 4 & up The year is 1969 and Mimi dreams of becoming an astronaut. She has just moved from Berkeley, California to a small college town in Vermont where her father is a … Continue reading

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The Detective’s Assistant

The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan Grades 4 & up Based on the real-life cases of Kate Warne, the first female detective hired by the Pinkerton Detective Agency, this book imagines an eleven-year-old niece (Nell) for her. Nell has no … Continue reading

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Nooks & Crannies

Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson Grades 4 & up The only joy that Tabitha Crum finds in this world are the Inspector Percival Pensive mysteries that she loves to read and her pet mouse, Pemberly. The rest of her … Continue reading

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