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Historical Fiction

Nothing gets kids excited about history like a gripping story. Times, people, and places that might seem dull or far away in a textbook come to living, breathing life in historical novels like the ones on this list.

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5
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Small treasure explores Irish famine, emigration.
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By Elvira Woodruff
(2006)
AGE
6
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Perfect "knightly" read-aloud for younger children.
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By Gerald Morris
(2012)
AGE
6
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Historic journey comes alive with poetic words, vivid art.
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By Donna Jo Napoli
(2011)
AGE
7
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Lyrical historical fiction with a knockout punch.
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By Michael Dorris
(2004)
AGE
8
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Spectacular cinematic book has lots of heart.
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By Brian Selznick
(2007)
AGE
8
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Riveting and moving account of girl's struggle for survival.
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By Caroline Starr Rose
(2012)
AGE
8
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Plucky heroine faces turbulent times in engaging tale.
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By Darlene Beck Jacobson
(2014)
AGE
9
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Understated, affecting glimpse of child's life under Stalin.
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By Eugene Yelchin
(2014)
AGE
9
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Humorous, powerful, masterful escaped-slave tale.
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By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2007)
AGE
9
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A preacher's son stands up to a racist town.
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By Gary D. Schmidt
(2005)
AGE
9
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Unforgettable 12-year-old girl battles the Great Depression.
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By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2012)
AGE
9
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Funny, poignant life on home front during WWII.
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By Richard Peck
(2008)
AGE
9
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Girl becomes spy in absorbing American Revolution tale.
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By Avi
(2012)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Brilliant high-seas adventure is a classic.
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By Avi
(2009)
AGE
9
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A funny novel with a devastating emotional punch.
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By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2004)
AGE
10
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Clever tale of present-day kids lost in 1864 San Francisco.
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By Lewis Buzbee
(2012)
AGE
10
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Spirited novel offers warts-and-all view of the Middle Ages.
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By Karen Cushman
(2012)
AGE
10
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Irresistible boy narrator faces turn-of-20th-century racism.
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By Barbara Wright
(2012)
AGE
10
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Historical fiction at its best in book on '30s farmworkers.
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By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2011)
AGE
10
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Exciting tale of boy glassblower in Renaissance Italy.
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By Susan Fletcher
(2013)
AGE
10
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Gorgeous tale of friendship between colonist and Indian.
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By Susan Cooper
(2013)
AGE
10
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Teen girl homesteads alone in Newbery Honor book.
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By Kirby Larson
(2011)
AGE
10
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Thrilling fantasy blends Dickensian charm, great suspense.
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By Catherine Jinks
(2013)
AGE
10
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Moving story of Chilean girl's escape from a dictatorship.
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By Marjorie Agosin
(2014)
AGE
10
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Girl faces racism, sister's cancer in touching tale.
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By Cynthia Kadohata
(2005)
AGE
10
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Ambitious time-travel tale covers edgy French history, art.
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By Marissa Moss
(2012)
AGE
10
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Every story has value in robust, nostalgic Newbery winner.
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By Clare Vanderpool
(2011)
AGE
10
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Feisty heroine shines in award-winning historical mystery.
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By Amy Timberlake
(2014)
AGE
10
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Boy joins a come-to-life clay soldier in exciting adventure.
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By Vinson Compestine, Ying Chang Compestine
(2014)
AGE
10
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Feisty heroine provides eye-opening look at colonial India.
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By Gloria Whelan
(2011)
AGE
11
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Tales of injustice masterfully blend with a dash of magic.
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By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2015)
AGE
11
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Sweeping tale of redcoats, revolutionaries, and brave boy.
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By Esther Forbes
(2003)
AGE
11
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Moving verse tale of girl's experience in Darfur genocide.
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By Andrea Davis Pinkney
(2014)
AGE
11
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Civil War realism for young readers.
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By Richard Peck
(2003)
AGE
11
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A family deals with racism in a Mississippi town.
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By Mildred D. Taylor
(2004)
AGE
11
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Dark, magical, Dickensian page-turner for tweens.
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By Laura Amy Schlitz
(2012)
AGE
12
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Harrowing, moving account of life in Stalin's labor camps.
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By Ruta Sepetys
(2012)
AGE
12
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Exciting graphic-novel set is powerful historical fiction.
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By Gene Luen Yang
(2013)
AGE
12
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Newbery Honor-winning tale of growing up in Stalinist USSR.
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By Eugene Yelchin
(2012)
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
Newsboy and street urchin solve a mystery in 1893 New York.
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By Avi
(2011)
AGE
12
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Exciting novel imagines the life of Cleopatra's daughter.
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By Vicky Alvear Shecter
(2011)
AGE
12
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Riveting action, romance amid gladiators in Pompeii.
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By Vicky Alvear Shecter
(2014)
AGE
12
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Intricate historical novel contrasts Dust Bowl, fairy world.
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By Sarah Zettel
(2012)
AGE
12
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Solid historical fiction, great for classical music lovers.
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By Nicholas Christopher
(2014)
AGE
13
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Moving fictional diaries of Russia's last four tsarinas.
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By Sarah Miller
(2011)
AGE
13
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Compelling mystery offers intro, insight into Hitler's rise.
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By Anne Blankman
(2014)
AGE
14
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Powerful tale of survival with wrenching scenes of abuse.
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On DVD/Streaming
(1991)
AGE
14
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Gritty, moving tale of couple in turn-of-the century China.
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By Pearl S. Buck
(2011)
AGE
14
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Profound novel offers brutal view of Spanish Civil War.
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By Ernest Hemingway
(2011)
AGE
14
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American classic captures romance, debauchery of Jazz Age.
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By F. Scott Fitzgerald
(2011)
AGE
14
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Immortal romance is set against violent French Revolution.
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By Charles Dickens
(2011)
AGE
15
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Plot-twisting, heart-wrenching, unforgettable WWII story.
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By Elizabeth Wein
(2012)
AGE
15
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Swell start to a spooky but fabulous Prohibition-set series.
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By Libba Bray
(2012)
AGE
15
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Gritty Steinbeck classic brings Great Depression to life.
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By John Steinbeck
(2010)

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