Historical Fiction for Grades 6-8

Good reading from the Junior High collection. Also look for the "Historical Fiction" sticker. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Author Title Call Number
AgosínI Lived on Butterfly Hill
Celeste moves to the U.S. when revolution comes to Chile in the 1970s. (454 pp.)
Y Agosín
AndersonChains: Seeds of America
A slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War. (316 pp.)
Y Anderson
AuchAshes of Roses
Margaret joins the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory just before the fire of 1911. (250 pp.)
Y Auch
AviCrispin, the Cross of Lead
An orphan in 14th-century England meets a juggler with a risky secret. (262 pp.)
Y Avi
BartolettiThe Boy Who Dared
Seventeen-year-old Helmuth dedicates himself to fighting the Nazis. (202 pp.)
Y Bartoletti
BlackwoodThe Shakespeare Stealer
An orphan boy infiltrates Shakespeare's troupe to steal the script of Hamlet. (216 pp.)
Y Blackwood
BruchacCode Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War II
Navajo men send secret messages for the Marines during World War II. (231 pp.)
Y Bruchac
BuntingS.O.S. Titanic
Fifteen-year-old Barry O'Neill faces danger on the sinking Titanic. (246 pp.)
Y Bunting
CholdenkoAl Capone Does My Shirts
Twelve-year-old Moose and his autistic sister move to Alcatraz in 1935. (228 pp.)
Y Choldenko
CompestineRevolution Is Not a Dinner Party
Ling struggles to make sense of the Cultural Revolution in 1970's China. (248 pp.)
Y Compestine
CouloumbisThe Misadventures of Maude March, or, Trouble Rides a Fast Horse
Orphaned sisters escape their guardians and find adventure on the frontier. (295 pp.)
Y Couloumbis
CurtisElijah of Buxton
In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, uses his wits and skills to bring a lying preacher to justice. (341 pp.)
Y Curtis
ErdrichThe Birchbark House
The life of Omakayas, an Ojibwa girl, on a Lake Superior island in 1847. (244 pp.)
Y Erdrich
GiffNory Ryan's Song
Twelve-year-old Nory helps family and friends survive the famine of 1845. (148 pp.)
Y Giff
HolmPenny from Heaven
As she turns twelve during the summer of 1953, Penny gains new insights into herself and her family while also learning a secret about her father's death. (274 pp.)
Y Holm
Japanese-American sisters in Georgia in the late 1950s struggle with prejudice and face despair when one sister becomes terminally ill. (244 pp.)
Y Kadohata
KellyThe Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
In Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie studies the natural world with her grandfather and makes an important discovery. (340 pp.)
Y Kelly
A Viking chief's children must survive the winter in an ice-bound fortress. (325 pp.)
Y Kirby
KlagesThe Green Glass Sea
Dewey moves to Los Alamos so her dad can work on the atomic bomb. (321 pp.)
Y Klages
LarsonHattie Big Sky
Sixteen-year-old Hattie travels to Montana in 1917 to stake a claim. (289 pp.)
Y Larson
LeeUnder a Painted Sky
A runaway slave and a Chinese girl travel the Oregon Trail as boys. (374 pp.)
Y Lee
MagoonThe Rock and the River
In 1968, Sam is caught between peaceful protest and the Black Panthers. (290 pp.)
Y Magoon
MorpugoPrivate Peaceful
Thomas joins the British Army in World War I at the age of fourteen. (202 pp.)
Y Morpugo
ParkWhen My Name Was Keoko
A brother and sister face the occupation of Korea by Japan in World War II. (199 pp.)
Y Park
PhilbrickZane and the Hurricane
A boy and his dog become trapped in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. (181 pp.)
Y Philbrick
PreusHeart of a Samurai: Based on the True Story of Nakahama Manjiro
In 1841, a shipwreck survivor becomes the first Japanese person in the U.S. (301 pp.)
Y Preus
RyanEsperanza Rising
Esperanza leaves Mexico for the U.S. on the eve of the Great Depression. (262 pp.)
Y Ryan
ShethKeeping Corner
In India in 1918, Leela faces life as a thirteen-year-old widow. (281 pp.)
Y Sheth
SmithElephant Run
Nick must rescue his father from a Japanese POW camp in Burma in 1941. (318 pp.)
Y Smith
TimberlakeOne Came Home
In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her missing sister and gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters. (257 pp.)
Y Timberlake
WellsRed Moon at Sharpsburg
A young Southern girl uses her wits and courage to survive the Civil War. (236 pp.)
Y Wells
Williams-GarciaOne Crazy Summer
In 1968, Delphine travels to Oakland to meet a mother she barely knows. (218 pp.)
Y Williams-Garcia
WilsonBlack Storm Comin'
Twelve-year-old Colton takes a job with the Pony Express in 1860. (295 pp.)
Y Wilson

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