Historical Fiction_Grades 6-8

Grades 6-8: Historical Fiction

Anderson, L. Forge: Separated from his friend Isabel after their daring escape from slavery, fifteen-year-old Curzon serves as a free man in the Continental Army at Valley Forge until he and Isabel are thrown together again, as slaves once more. Check the online catalog 

 

Brouwer, S. Devil’s Pass: Webb, a young street musician, faces grizzly bears and a madman on the Canol Trail when he tries to fulfill a request in his late grandfather's will. Check the online catalog

 

Burg, A. All the Broken Pieces: Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind and, now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past. Check the online catalog

 

Gleitzman, MThen: In early 1940s Poland, ten-year-old Felix and his friend Zelda escape from a cattle car headed to the Nazi death camps and struggle to survive, first on their own and then with Genia, a farmer with her own reasons for hating Germans. Check the online catalog

 

Gratz, A. Prisoner B-3087: Based on the life of Jack Gruener, this book relates his story of survival from the Nazi occupation of Krakow, when he was eleven, through a succession of concentration camps, to the final liberation of Dachau. Check the online catalog

 

Kindl, P. Keeping The Castle: In order to support her family and maintain their ancient castle in Lesser Hoo, seventeen-year-old Althea bears the burden of finding a wealthy suitor who can remedy their financial problems. Check the online catalog

 

Larson, K. Hattie Ever After: In 1919, seventeen-year-old Hattie leaves the Montana prairie--and her sweetheart Charlie--to become a female reporter in San Francisco. Check the online catalog

 

Nelson, J. On the Volcano: In the 1870's sixteen-year-old Katie has grown up in a remote cabin on the edge of a volcano with her father and their friend Lorraine, the only people she has ever seen, but, after eagerly anticipating it for so long, her first trip into a town ultimately brings tragedy into their lives. Check the online catalog

 

Paulsen, G. Woods Runner: From his 1776 Pennsylvania homestead, thirteen-year-old Samuel, who is a highly-skilled woodsman, sets out toward New York City to rescue his parents from the band of British soldiers and Indians who kidnapped them after slaughtering most of their community. Check the library catalog

 

Pyron, B. The Dogs of Winter: Brought to Moscow in 1990s Russia by his mother's abusive boyfriend, five-year-old Mishka is forced by a gang of homeless children to lie and steal until he finds comfort and love with a pack of dogs. Check the online catalog

 

Featured Children's Book

817f9UengnLThere have been many alphabet books written, but none quite like this.  In Once Upon an Alphabet, Oliver Jeffers gives every letter it's due by writing each a short story.  His usual wit and humor are present, and so are some characters from his earlier books.  While each letter has its own story, references to previous letters are made later in the alphabet, which only elevates the story as a whole.  The illustrations are deceptively simple with delicate splashes of color and add a perfect amount of playfulness to the text.  Think you know your ABCs?  Not like this!

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