Category Archives: Historical Fiction

Making Friends with Billy Wong

Making Friends with Billy Wong by Augusta Scattergood Grades 4 & up Azalea is sure that it is going to be the worst summer ever when she is sent to stay with a grandmother she has never met in the … Continue reading

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Unbound: A Novel in Verse

Unbound: A Novel in Verse by Ann E. Burg Grades 4 & up This free verse novel follows the story of Grace as she is torn from her mother and brothers and sent to work in the Big House, due … Continue reading

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Cloud and Wallfish

Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet Grades 4 & up Noah’s day went from strange to surreal as his parents picked him up from school, told him his name was now Jonah and his birthday was 6 months later than … Continue reading

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Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words

Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words by Margarita Engle Grades 5 & up This fascinating novel in verse looks at the intertwined lives of African slaves and Chinese indentured servants in Cuba. Starting in 1871, it is told in multiple … Continue reading

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Lucky Broken Girl

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar Grades 4 & up When Ruthie’s family emigrates from Cuba to New York, she is placed in the “dumb” class because she doesn’t speak English. But she and her closest friend Rumi study hard … Continue reading

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Makoons

Makoons by Louise Erdrich Grades 4 & up In this fifth book in the Birchbark House series, Chickadee has returned and Makoons is finally healing after his long illness. The twins are learning to live in their new home on … Continue reading

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Full of Beans

Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm Grades 4 & up This companion novel to Turtle in Paradise gives the back story to Beans and how he set up his infamous Diaper Gang. Beans is doing what he can to … Continue reading

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It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas Grades 4 & up Zomorod (who prefers to be called Cindy) is about to start 6th grade in Newport Beach, just south of LA. She was born in Iran, but spent a … Continue reading

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Once Was a Time

Once Was a Time by Leila Sales Grades 4 & up Lottie’s father was a physicist in Bristol when World War II began. Now he is working on a top secret project for the British government, trying to discover how … Continue reading

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The Wolf’s Boy

The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn Grades 4 & up When Kai is born with a twisted foot, he is considered cursed and left to die. Instead, however, he is saved by a mother wolf who looks after him … Continue reading

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