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KCLS Recommends: Children's - American Historical Fiction

Bo at Ballard Creek
Bo at Ballard Creek By Hill, Kirkpatrick (Book - 2013 ) J HILL Available in some locations

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.

Chickadee By Erdrich, Louise (Book - 2012 ) J ERDRICH Available in some locations

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.

The Fences Between Us
The Fences Between Us The Diary of Piper Davis By Larson, Kirby (Book - 2010 ) J DEARAMERICA Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 55 copies

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.

Ghost Hawk
Ghost Hawk By Cooper, Susan, 1935- (Book - 2013 ) J COOPER Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 15 copies

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.

Harris and Me
Harris and Me A Summer Remembered By Paulsen, Gary (Book - 1993 ) J PAULSEN Available in some locations

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.

Inside Out and Back Again
Inside Out and Back Again By Lai, Thanhha (Book - 2011 ) J LAI Available in some locations Holds: 7 on 45 copies

Annotation:Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

Jefferson's Sons
Jefferson's Sons A Founding Father's Secret Children By Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker (Book - 2011 ) J BRADLEY Available in some locations

Annotation:A fictionalized look at the last twenty years of Thomas Jefferson's life at Monticello through the eyes of three of his slaves, two of whom were his sons by his slave, Sally Hemings.

The Journal of Jedediah Barstow, An Emigrant on the Oregon Trail
The Journal of Jedediah Barstow, An Emigrant on the Oregon Trail Overland, 1845 By Levine, Ellen (Book - 2002 ) J DEARAMERICA MYNAMEISAME Available in some locations

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.

Lincoln and His Boys
Lincoln and His Boys By Wells, Rosemary (Book - 2009 ) J WELLS Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 29 copies

Annotation:A series of three chapter-long snapshots gives readers glimpses of Lincoln the man as seen through the eyes of his two younger sons, Willie and Tad.

The Luck of the Buttons
The Luck of the Buttons By Ylvisaker, Anne (Book - 2011 ) J YLVISAKER Available in some locations

Annotation:In Iowa circa 1929, spunky twelve-year-old Tugs vows to turn her family's luck around, with the help of a Brownie camera and a small-town mystery that only she can solve.

The Mighty Miss Malone
The Mighty Miss Malone By Curtis, Christopher Paul (Book - 2012 ) J CURTIS Available in some locations

Annotation:Academically gifted Deza Malone and her family embark on a journey to find her job-seeking father when he goes missing and end up in a shanty town in Flint, Michigan.

My Name Is Sally Little Song
My Name Is Sally Little Song By Woods, Brenda (Book - 2006 ) J WOODS Available in some locations

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.

One Crazy Summer
One Crazy Summer By Williams-Garcia, Rita (Book - 2010 ) J WILLIAMS-GARCIA Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 26 copies

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.

Paperboy By Vawter, Vince (Book - 2013 ) J VAWTER All copies in use Availability details Holds: 21 on 18 copies

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.

Pink and Say
Pink and Say By Polacco, Patricia (Book - 1994 ) J POLACCO Available in some locations

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.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry By Taylor, Mildred D. (Book - 2001 ) J TAYLOR Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 64 copies

Annotation:A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.

Salt A Story of Friendship in A Time of War By Frost, Helen, 1949- (Book - 2013 ) J FROST Available in some locations

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.

A Season of Gifts
A Season of Gifts By Peck, Richard, 1934- (Book - 2009 ) J PECK Available in some locations

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.

The Seer of Shadows
The Seer of Shadows By Avi, 1937- (Book - 2008 ) J AVI Available in some locations

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.

Shooting the Moon
Shooting the Moon By Dowell, Frances O'Roark (Book - 2008 ) J DOWELL Available in some locations

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.

The Sign of the Beaver
The Sign of the Beaver By Speare, Elizabeth George (Book - 1983 ) J SPEARE Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 51 copies

Annotation:Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.

Sophia's War
Sophia's War A Tale of the Revolution By Avi, 1937- (Book - 2012 ) J AVI Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 18 copies

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.

Stumptown Kid
Stumptown Kid By Gorman, Carol (Book - 2005 ) J GORMAN Available in some locations

Annotation:In a small Iowa town in 1952, eleven-year-old Charlie Nebraska, whose father died in the Korean War, learns the meanings of both racism and heroism when he befriends a black man who had played baseball in the Negro Leagues.

Sugar By Rhodes, Jewell Parker (Book - 2013 ) J RHODES Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 12 copies

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.

Thin Wood Walls
Thin Wood Walls By Patneaude, David (Book - 2004 ) J PATNEAUDE Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 65 copies

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.

The Trouble With May Amelia
The Trouble With May Amelia By Holm, Jennifer L. (Book - 2011 ) J HOLM Available in some locations

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.

Turtle in Paradise
Turtle in Paradise By Holm, Jennifer L. (Book - 2010 ) J HOLM Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 96 copies

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.

Under the Blood-red Sun
Under the Blood-red Sun By Salisbury, Graham (Book - 2005 ) J SALISBURY Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 55 copies

Annotation: Tomikazu, a Hawaiian-born boy of Japanese descent, must help his family survive when his father and grandfather are arrested after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 A Novel By Curtis, Christopher Paul (Book - 1997 ) J CURTIS Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 73 copies

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.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
The Witch of Blackbird Pond By Speare, Elizabeth George (Book - 1987 ) J SPEARE Available in some locations

Annotation:In 1687 a young girl from Barbados visits her Puritan relatives in Connecticut and becomes the suspect in a witch hunt.

Wonderstruck A Novel in Words and Pictures By Selznick, Brian (Book - 2011 ) J SELZNICK Available in some locations Holds: 9 on 169 copies

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.

Written in Stone
Written in Stone By Parry, Rosanne (Book - 2013 ) J PARRY Available in some locations

Annotation:A young girl in a Pacific Northwest Native American tribe in the 1920s must deal with the death of her father and the loss of her tribe's traditional ways.

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