Historical Fiction

a story that takes place during a notable period in history, and usually during a significant event in that period

Bud, Not Buddy

by Christopher Paul Curtis
JF Curtis
JCD Fic Curtis
JPB Curtis
JF Curtis Spanish
Bud lives in a foster home during the Great Depression, and sets out to find someone he believes to be his real Dad.


by  Laurie Halse Anderson
YA Fic Anderson
A 16-year old slave becomes involved in the fight for her own freedom and the freedom of her country during the American Revolution.

The Courage of Sarah Noble

by Alice Dalgliesh
JPB Dalgliesh
Young Sarah is taken by the Indians, but finds that they are not so bad after all.

The door in the Wall

by Marguerite De Angeli
JF De Angeli
JPB De Angeli
A boy in medieval times learns his own strength when he saved the castle and discovers there is more than one way to serve his king.


by Jacqueline Woodson
JF Woodson
Set in 1971, this story features Franny, a strong girl who learns to speak for herself and her family while dealing with questions of faith, race and prejudice.

The Fighting Ground

by Avi
JF Avi
Jonathan joins the Revolutionary War and is forever changed.  A riveting story about a 15-year old boy’s first experience with war.

Lily’s Crossing

by Patricia Reilly Giff
JF Giff
JPB Giff
When her father leaves to fight in WWII, Lily spends her summer at the beach in New Jersey, where she learns about family, friendship, spies, and adventure.

The Loud Silence of Francine Green

by Karen Cushman
YA Fic Cushman
Francine begins to question what she’s always been taught when a new girl moves to town during the 1949-1950 school year.

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

by W.R. Philbrick
JPB Philbrick
Homer’s uncle sells his older brother to the Union Army to fight in the place of some rich boy.  Homer embarks on a rip-roaring adventure that lands him in the middle of Gettysburg.