Category Archives: Historical Fiction

Race to the South Pole

Race to the South Pole by Kate Messner Grades 3 & up Another winning entry in the Ranger in Time series! Just when Ranger is enjoying the snow at home, he is whisked through time on another mission. Landing on … Continue reading

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When Mischief Came to Town

When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad Grades 2 & up Denmark, 1911. 10-year-old Inge Maria has traveled alone by boat from the big city of Copenhagen where she lived in an elegant apartment with her mother to her … Continue reading

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Black Radishes and Skating with the Statue of Liberty

Black Radishes by Susan Lynn Meyer Grades 4 & up Gustave has always considered himself French before anything else, but in the Spring of 1940 it is clear that others are seeing him as more Jewish than French. The Nazi … Continue reading

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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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