History & Historical Fiction


Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Books of 2014 for Children Nine to Twelve
Better to Wish (Family Tree) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545359429
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 30th, 2013

100-year-old Abby Nicholas recalls different important events in her life and the impact of the Great Depression on her family.

 


The Book of Lost Things Cover Image
By Cynthia Voigt, Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780307976819
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2013

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.

 


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P.S. Be Eleven Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061938627
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Published: Amistad - May 21st, 2013

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.

 


How to Catch a Bogle Cover Image
By Catherine Jinks, Sarah Watts (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780544087088
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 3rd, 2013

An orphan trying to survive in Victorian England is apprenticed to a bogler.  Together they lure and kill child-eating monsters.

 


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Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad Cover Image
By Monica Edinger, Robert Byrd (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763650384
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 8th, 2013

Nine-year-old Magulu is sold to slave traders, sails to Cuba with fifty-two other captives, and witnesses the 1839 Amistad Rebellion.

 


Al Capone Does My Homework (Tales from Alcatraz #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780803734722
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Published: Dial Books - August 20th, 2013

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.

 


Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Cover Image
By Matt Phelan, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763650797
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - July 23rd, 2013

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.

 


The Book Boat's in Cover Image
By Cynthia Cotten, Frane Lessac (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780823425211
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Published: Holiday House - January 15th, 2013

In 1835 Jesse works to earn pennies to pay for the first book he buys on his own.

 


Down the Rabbit Hole: The Diary of Pringle Rose: Chicago, Illinois, 1871 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545297011
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Published: Scholastic - March 1st, 2013

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.

 


Duke Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545416375
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Published: Scholastic Press - August 27th, 2013

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?


Fish for Jimmy: Inspired by One Family's Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780823423750
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Published: Holiday House - February 1st, 2013

When Taro and his family are forced to move to a Japanese Internment camp, he finds a way to help his unhappy brother. 

 


Friends of Liberty Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802854186
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - August 1st, 2013

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.

 


Gingersnap Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375838910
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - January 8th, 2013

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 ?

 


The Kite That Bridged Two Nations: Homan Walsh and the First Niagara Suspension Bridge Cover Image
By Alexis O'Neill, Terry Widener (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781590789384
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Published: Calkins Creek Books - September 1st, 2013

When a prize is offered to anyone whose kite string can bridge Niagara Falls, young Homan Walsh decides to enter the contest.

 


Light in the Darkness Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781423134954
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Published: Jump at the Sun - January 29th, 2013

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.

 


Mister Orange Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781592701230
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - January 29th, 2013

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.

 


Razia's Ray of Hope: One Girl's Dream of an Education (CitizenKid) Cover Image
By Liz Suneby, Suana Verelst (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781554538164
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Published: Kids Can Press - September 1st, 2013

In Afghanistan, Razia must convince her father and brother to let her go to school.

 


Romeo Blue Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545443609
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - May 28th, 2013

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?


Seeing Red Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545464406
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 24th, 2013

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.


Soldier Dog Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250018649
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - April 16th, 2013

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.

 


Sugar Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316043052
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2013

In 1870 on the Louisiana plantation where ten-year-old Sugar lives and works, Reconstruction brings big changes, including some surprising friendships.


Whistle in the Dark Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780823428397
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Published: Holiday House - September 1st, 2013

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.


Pedal It!: How Bicycles Are Changing the World (Footprints) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781459802193
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - April 1st, 2013

The 200-year history of bicycles and their many varied uses are presented through engaging text and photographs.

 


Hey, Charleston!: The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band Cover Image
By Anne Rockwell, Colin Bootman (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780761355656
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Published: Carolrhoda Books - November 1st, 2013

When a preacher who is a former slave unites orphans and old musical instruments, a whole new style of music, rag, is born.


Ick! Yuck! Eew!: Our Gross American History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780761390916
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Published: Millbrook Press - October 1st, 2013

This unique look at America's odoriferous past illustrates an oft-neglected segment of history.


Lincoln's Grave Robbers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545405720
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Published: Scholastic Press - January 1st, 2013

A group of counterfeiters attempted to steal the body of the beloved president, and law enforcement agents were determined to foil the plan.


Master George's People: George Washington, His Slaves, and His Revolutionary Transformation Cover Image
By Marfe Ferguson Delano, Lori Epstein (Photographer), Mount Vernon (Contribution by)
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ISBN: 9781426307591
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Published: National Geographic Society - January 8th, 2013

The experiences of individual enslaved Africans who lived at Mount Vernon are described in detail.


The Price of Freedom: How One Town Stood Up to Slavery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802721679
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Published: Walker & Company - January 8th, 2013

In 1856 John Price escaped to freedom in Oberlin, Ohio.  When he was recaptured two years later, the town rallied to free him.


Spending Spree: The History of American Shopping Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781467710176
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Published: Twenty-First Century Books (CT) - August 1st, 2013

From bartering with neighbors to shopping in stores, malls, and online, this book explores the different ways Americans buy things.


Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library Cover Image
By Barb Rosenstock, John O'Brien (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781590789322
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Published: Calkins Creek Books - September 1st, 2013

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's Battle: How the Civil War Led to Little Women Cover Image
By Kathleen Krull, Carlyn Beccia (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780802796684
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Published: Walker & Company - March 5th, 2013

Louisa May Alcott's experience as a Civil War nurse helped mold the wonderful writing style that produced Little Women and her other books.

 


Mary Walker Wears the Pants: The True Story of the Doctor, Reformer, and Civil War Hero Cover Image
By Cheryl Harness, Carlo Molinari (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780807549902
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 1st, 2013

A pants-wearing woman served as the first female surgeon during the Civil War and earned the Medal of Honor.


Peace Warriors (Profiles #6) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545518574
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - July 30th, 2013

Inspiring stories of six powerful figures are connected by their unwavering commitment to peace, even in the face of violence and oppression.


Phenomenal Female Entrepreneurs (Women's Hall of Fame) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781927583128
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Published: Second Story Press - September 23rd, 2013

A diverse group of women from various backgrounds succeed in businesses ranging from cosmetics to high finance to aviation.


Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780761172192
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Published: Workman Publishing - October 8th, 2013

Career designer Chip Kidd demonstrates how to think critically through a highly visual approach to history and design decisions.


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