Category Archives: Historical

Mara, Daughter of the Nile

by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Conditional Recommendation: A slave girl yearning for freedom plays double spy for two contenders to the Egyptian throne and the political intrigue, clever plot, and sprinkling of romance will satisfy you all the way to the end.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Stand Alone
Paperback: 279 pages
Publisher: Puffin Books (1953)

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

by Elizabeth George Speare

Unconditional Recommendation: Katherine “Kit” Tyler must learn to live in a Puritan community with her relatives but befriends the Witch of Blackbird Pond and risks being persecuted as a witch herself.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Stand Alone
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (1958)
Genre: Historical

Awards: Newbery Medal (1959), Dorothy Canfeld Fisher Children’s Book Award (1960) Continue reading

Little House in the Big Woods (#1)

by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Unconditional Recommendation: Young Laura Ingalls and her family make a living working the land and hunting the woods in 1871 Wisconsin.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Little House, Book 1
Paperback: 238 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (1932)

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Esperanza Rising

by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Unconditional Recommendation: When 13-year-old Esperanza moves from a ranch in Mexico to a farm labor camp in California, she learns to rise above her circumstances.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Stand-Alone
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc. (2002)
Genre: Historical Fiction

Awards: Jane Addams Children’s Book Award for Older Children (2001), California Young Readers Medal for Middle School/Junior High (2003), Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature (2001), Pura Belpré Award for Narrative (2002) Continue reading

Number the Stars

by Lois Lowry

Conditional Recommendation: In German-occupied Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns what it means to be brave as she helps her best friend Ellen escape from the Nazis.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Stand Alone
Paperback: 137 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company (1989)
Genre: Historical Fiction

Awards: Newbery Medal (1990), National Jewish Book Award for Children’s Literature (1990), Sydney Taylor Book Award for Older Readers (1989), Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Nominee (1990), Charlotte Award (1992), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (1991), Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award (1992), Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award (1992) Continue reading

Ishmael

by E.D.E.N. Southworth

Conditional Recommendation: Ishmael, though born motherless and impoverished, rises above his circumstances through humility, integrity and hard work.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Book 1 of 2
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Lamplighter Publishing (2005; originally published 1876)

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The War That Saved My Life (#1)

The War That Saved My Lifeby Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Conditional Recommendation: From a cruel mother to a good home, this is a young girl’s journey to freedom, healing, and identity through the help and care of her guardian during WWII.

Age: Mature Middle Grade
Series: The War that Saved my Life #1
Hardcover: 316 pages
Publisher: Penguin Group (2015)
Genre: Historical Fiction

Awards: Schneider Family Book Award for Middle School (2016), Odyssey Award (2016)

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