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Upper Elementary Historical Fiction BooksRecommended for Grades 4 - 6Chains (J AND) by Laurie Halse Anderson: After being sold to a cruelcouple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during theRevolutionary War. Also available as eBook and AudiobookFever 1793 (J AND) by Laurie Halse Anderson: In 1793Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother,learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope withthe horrors of a yellow fever epidemic. Also available as eBook andAudiobookIron Thunder (J AVI) by Avi: After his father is killed during the CivilWar, thirteen-year-old Tom takes on a job to at the ironworks to support hisfamily, and finds himself a target of ruthless spies when he begins assistingwith the ironclad ship the "Monitor."

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (JPB AVI) by Avi: Asthe only passenger, and the only female, on a transatlantic voyage in 1832,thirteen-year-old Charlotte finds herself caught between a murderouscaptain and a mutinous crew. Also available as eBook and AudiobookNine, Ten: A September 11 Story (J BAS) by Nora RaleighBaskin: Relates how the lives of four children living in different parts of thecountry intersect and are affected by the events of September 11, 2001. Alsoavailable as eBook and AudiobookThe Blackbird Girls (J BLA) by Anne Blankman: Relocating toLeningrad in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster, neighbors Valentina andOksana, who have been taught to hate each other because of religiousdifferences, uncover painful family secrets while learning what it means totrust another person. Also available as eBook and AudiobookThe War That Saved My Life (J BRA) by Kimberly BrubakerBradley: A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from Londonto the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to bemuch sweeter away from their abusive mother. Also available as eBook andAudiobook

Bud, Not Buddy (J CUR and JPB CUR) by Christopher PaulCurtis: Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan,during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out insearch of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader,H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids. Also available as eBook and AudiobookThe Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 (J CUR and JPB CUR) byChristopher Paul Curtis: The ordinary interactions and everydayroutines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint,Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma inAlabama in the summer of 1963. Also available as eBook and AudiobookStella by Starlight (J DRA) by Sharon M. Draper: When a burningcross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, NorthCarolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength todemand change in her segregated town. Also available as eBook andAudiobookThe Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children andTheir Holy Dog (J GID) by Adam Gidwitz: Crossing paths at an inn,thirteenth-century travelers impart the tales of a monastery oblate, aJewish refugee, and a psychic peasant girl with a loyal greyhound, thethree of whom join forces on a chase through France to escapepersecution. Also available as eBook and Audiobook

A House of Tailors (JPB GIF) by Patricia Reilly Giff: Whenthirteen-year-old Dina emigrates from Germany to America in 1871, heronly wish is to return home as soon as she can, but as the months pass andshe survives a multitude of hardships living with her uncle and his youngwife and baby, she finds herself thinking of Brooklyn as her home. Alsoavailable as eBook and AudiobookLily’s Crossing (J GIF and JPB GIF) by Patricia Reilly Giff:During a summer spent at Rockaway Beach in 1944, Lily's friendship with ayoung Hungarian refugee causes her to see the war and her own worlddifferently. Also available as eBook and AudiobookThe Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (J KEL) by Jaqueline Kelly: Incentral Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be alady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her sixbrothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter ofwhich leads to an important discovery. Also available as eBookNumber the Stars (J LOW) by Lois Lowry: In 1943, during theGerman occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to bebrave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from theNazis. Also available as eBook and Audiobook

Winnie’s Great War (J MAT) by Lindsay Mattick: An imagining ofthe real journey undertaken by the extraordinary bear, from her early daysin the Canadian forest to her travels with the Veterinary Corps across thecountry and overseas, all the way to the London Zoo, where she metChristopher Robin Milne and inspired the creation of Winnie-the-Pooh. Alsoavailable as eBook and AudiobookIsland of the Blue Dolphins (J ODE) by Scott O’Dell: Left aloneon a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indiangirl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormouscourage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in hersolitary life. Also available as eBook and AudiobookA Long Walk to Water (J PAR) by Linda Sue Park: When theSudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salvabecomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribemembers through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safehaven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan. Also available as eBookand AudiobookPax (J PEN) by Sara Pennypacker: After being forced to give up hispet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get hisbest friend back. Also available as eBook and Audiobook

Esperanza Rising (JPB RYA) by Pam Muñoz Ryan: Esperanza andher mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexicoto go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they mustadapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eveof the Great Depression. Also available as eBook and AudiobookThe Wednesday Wars (J SCH) by Gary D. Schmidt: During the1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go toeither Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood staysin Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeareand Holling learns much of the value about the world he lives in. Alsoavailable as eBook and AudiobookMoon Over Manifest (J VAN) by Claire Vanderpool: Twelve-yearold Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936,sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up,and where she hopes to find out some things about his past. Also availableas eBook and AudiobookOne Crazy Summer (J WIL) by Rita Willams-Garcia: In thesummer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, tospend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphineand her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover thattheir mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion oftheir visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.Also available as eBook and Audiobook

Counting on Grace (JPB WIN) by Elizabeth Winthrop: It's 1910 inPownal, Vermont. At 12 Grace and her best friend Arthur must go to workin the mill, helping their mothers work the looms. Together Grace andArthur write a secret letter to the Child Labor Board about underagechildren working in the mill. A few weeks later, Lewis Hine, a famousreformer arrives undercover to gather evidence. Grace meets him andappears in some of his photographs, changing her life forever. Alsoavailable as AudiobookEcho Mountain (J WOL) by Lauren Wolk: When twelve-year-oldEllie and her family lose livelihood and move to a mountain cabin in 1934,she quickly learns to be an outdoors woman and, when needed, a healer.Also available as eBook and AudiobookWolf Hollow (J WOL) by Lauren Wolk: Twelve-year-old Annabellemust learn to stand up for what's right in the face of a manipulative andviolent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including ahomeless World War I veteran. Also available as eBook and AudiobookPrepared by: Marcela Lenihan, Children’s LibrarianUpdated: 9/18/20

Upper Elementary Historical Fiction Books Recommended for Grades 4 - 6 Fever 1793 (J AND) by Laurie Halse Anderson: In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic. Also available as eBook and

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