KCLS Recommends: Children's - American Historical Fiction
Annotation:In 1860, eleven-year-old Becky Thatcher, new to St. Petersburg, Missouri, joins the boys at school in a bet to steal from the Widow Douglas in hopes of meeting a promise to have adventures that she made her brother, Jon, before he died.
Annotation:In 1930 Abby Nichols is an eight-year-old girl growing up in Maine, but as the Depression deepens, and her mother dies, the responsibility of taking care of her family falls to her, and she has to put her dreams of going to college and becoming a writer on hold.
Annotation: Winning the hearts of two tough gold miners who raise her near an Eskimo village in 1920s Alaska, young orphan Bo thrives amid the daily activities of both cultures before seeing a first airplane, encountering a bear and meeting a mysterious lost little boy.
Annotation:In 1866, Omakayas's son Chickadee is kidnapped by two ne'er-do-well brothers from his own tribe and must make a daring escape, forge unlikely friendships, and set out on an exciting and dangerous journey to get back home.
Annotation:In 1835, when his father's put in a Philadelphia debtor's prison, 12-year-old chess prodigy Rufus Goodspeed is relieved to be recruited to secretly operate a chess-playing automaton named The Turk, but soon questions the fate of his predecessors and his own safety.
Annotation:Thirteen-year-old Piper Davis records in her diary her experiences beginning in December 1941 when her brother joins the Navy, the United States goes to war, she attempts to document her life through photography, and her father--the pastor for a Japanese Baptist Church in Seattle--follows his congregants to an Idaho internment camp, taking her along with him.
Annotation:In a story of adventure and friendship between a young Native American and a colonial New England settler, Little Hawk returns at the end of a winter-long journey to find his village decimated by a white man's plague, and soon, Little Hawk's friendship with white settler John Wakley puts both boys in grave danger.
Annotation:Nostalgia and fun blend in the story of a boy's tenth summer, spent on a farm where his daredevil cousin Harris keeps finding crazy ways to make trouble, including wrestling with pigs and challenging a bobcat.
Annotation:In his 1845 diary, thirteen-year-old orphan Jedediah Barstow describes his wagon train journey to Oregon, in which he confronts rivers and sandy plains, bears and rattlesnakes, and the challenges of living with his fellow travelers.
Annotation:When Master decides to sell Sally and her brother, the family escapes and seeks shelter with a tribe of Seminoles, who adopt runaway slaves, where Sally, unable to adjust to Indian ways, must let go of the past and embrace her new culture.
Annotation:In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.
Annotation:Taking over a friend's newspaper route in 1959 Memphis, an 11-year-old baseball enthusiast struggles with a speech disability while attempting to communicate with customers, a situation that turns dangerous when he has a confrontation with a thieving local junkman.
Annotation: In a true story, Pinkus Aylee, a black Union soldier, finds Sheldon Curtis left for dead and carries him home to be tended by his mother, but when the two boys attempt to rejoin the Union troops, they are captured and sent to Andersonville Prison.
Annotation:Twelve-year-olds Anikwa, of the Miami village of Kekionga, and James, of the trading post outside Fort Wayne, find their friendship threatened by the rising fear and tension brought by the War of 1812.
Annotation:Set in 1958, the arrival of a new family next door gives Mrs. Dowdel the perfect opportunity to roll out the welcome wagon and work her magic to make all the new members of the community feel right at home.
Annotation:In New York City in 1872, fourteen-year-old Horace, a photographer's apprentice, becomes entangled in a plot to create fraudulent spirit photographs, but when Horace accidentally frees the real ghost of a dead girl bent on revenge, his life takes a frightening turn.
Annotation:When her brother joins the army and goes off to Vietnam, 12-year-old Jamie is proud of him for keeping with family tradition, but when he sends rolls of film back revealing the devastation of war and then suddenly goes missing, Jamie begins to reconsider the army world that she has grown up in.
Annotation:In 1776, after witnessing the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, which was newly occupied by the British army, young Sophia Calderwood resolves to do all she can to help the American cause, including becoming a spy.
Annotation:Living on a Mississippi sugar plantation in the years after Emancipation, 10-year-old Sugar shares a forbidden friendship with the plantation owner's son and bonds with Chinese laborers who introduce her to their beautiful cultural traditions.
Annotation:When the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, Joe Hamada and his family face growing prejudice, eventually being torn away from their home and sent to a relocation camp in California, even as his older brother joins the United States Army to fight in the war.
Annotation:Living with seven brothers and her father, who thinks girls are useless, a thirteen-year-old Finnish American farm girl is determined to prove her worth when a enterprising gentleman tries to purchase their cash-strapped family settlement in Washington State in 1900.
Annotation:In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.
Annotation:The lives of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.
Annotation:Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets there Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life.
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