History & Historical Fiction
Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Books of 2014 for Children Nine to Twelve
100-year-old Abby Nicholas recalls different important events in her life and the impact of the Great Depression on her family.
In the early 1900s, twelve-year-old Max tries to prove his independence after his theatrical parents disappear as he searches for lost things, including himself.
Life gets complicated for the Gaither sisters in 1968 Brooklyn - Dad's in love, uncle Darnell's home from Vietnam, and the Jackson Five are coming to town.
An orphan trying to survive in Victorian England is apprenticed to a bogler. Together they lure and kill child-eating monsters.
Nine-year-old Magulu is sold to slave traders, sails to Cuba with fifty-two other captives, and witnesses the 1839 Amistad Rebellion.
In 1936, when his father is promoted to associate warden of Alcatraz, Moose, his autistic older sister, and is parents become the targets of the cons' point system - and of an ambitious prison guard.
When a traveling vaudeville troupe passes through Michigan in 1908, Henry experiences the friendship and talents of Buster Keaton, who later became a silent movie comic.
In 1835 Jesse works to earn pennies to pay for the first book he buys on his own.
When fourteen-year-old Pringle's parents are killed in a carriage accident, she runs away with her younger brother to Chicago, just before the great fire.
Immediately he volunteers his beloved Duke for "Dogs for Defense" to help the war effort, eleven-year-old Hobie regrets it. Can he figure out a way to get Duke back?
When Taro and his family are forced to move to a Japanese Internment camp, he finds a way to help his unhappy brother.
In pre-Revolutionary Boston, twelve-year-old Sally, whose family are Patriots, and Kitty, whose family are Tories, try to remain friends amid political turmoil.
Is it really a ghost that leads orphaned nine-year-old Jayna to look for her roots after her older brother goes off to fight in World War II ?
When a prize is offered to anyone whose kite string can bridge Niagara Falls, young Homan Walsh decides to enter the contest.
Despite the possibility of a whipping if they are discovered, Rosa and her mother travel to the hole in the ground where Morris teaches them their letters.
In 1943, when his brother is fighting in Europe, Linus takes over his delivery route and is drawn into the fascinating world of a customer who is an artist.
In Afghanistan, Razia must convince her father and brother to let her go to school.
During World War II, when a mysterious man suddenly claims to be her friend's real father, twelve-year-old Felicity immediately becomes suspicious of his motives. Is he really a Nazi spy?
In 1972 in a small Virginia town, twelve-year-old Red Porter learns the unsavory racial history of his own family and tries to remedy the past injustice.
Believing that his father has drowned his beloved puppy, fourteen-year-old Stanley joins the army during World War I and becomes a messenger dog trainer.
In 1870 on the Louisiana plantation where ten-year-old Sugar lives and works, Reconstruction brings big changes, including some surprising friendships.
During the 1920s, thirteen-year-old Clem is destined for the life of a lead miner in the Ozarks, but he dreams of a different, better existence above ground.
The 200-year history of bicycles and their many varied uses are presented through engaging text and photographs.
When a preacher who is a former slave unites orphans and old musical instruments, a whole new style of music, rag, is born.
This unique look at America's odoriferous past illustrates an oft-neglected segment of history.
A group of counterfeiters attempted to steal the body of the beloved president, and law enforcement agents were determined to foil the plan.
The experiences of individual enslaved Africans who lived at Mount Vernon are described in detail.
In 1856 John Price escaped to freedom in Oberlin, Ohio. When he was recaptured two years later, the town rallied to free him.
From bartering with neighbors to shopping in stores, malls, and online, this book explores the different ways Americans buy things.
Thomas Jefferson loved to read so much that when the Library of Congress was burned by the British, he offered his private collection of more than 6,000 books to reestablish it.
Louisa May Alcott's experience as a Civil War nurse helped mold the wonderful writing style that produced Little Women and her other books.
A pants-wearing woman served as the first female surgeon during the Civil War and earned the Medal of Honor.
Inspiring stories of six powerful figures are connected by their unwavering commitment to peace, even in the face of violence and oppression.
A diverse group of women from various backgrounds succeed in businesses ranging from cosmetics to high finance to aviation.
Career designer Chip Kidd demonstrates how to think critically through a highly visual approach to history and design decisions.