Tag Archives: Historical Fiction

Strawberry Girl and the Regional Series by Lois Lenski (1943 – 1968)

Lois Lenski wrote her Regional Series of children’s novels based on life in diverse areas of the United States.  This series was extremely popular with children who anticipated each new title for over 20 years!   Strawberry Girl, which won the Newbery … Continue reading

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Bold Journey: West With Lewis and Clark by Charles Bohner (1985)

Bold Journey: West With Lewis and Clark is based on actual journal entries of those who made the previously uncharted 4,000 mile journey from St. Louis, Missouri to the Pacific Ocean. This exciting historical novel is told through the eyes … Continue reading

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Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates (1950)

At-mun-shi is a young, magnificent African prince until he’s captured by slave traders and brought to Massachusetts and renamed Amos.  Amos survives the inhumane voyage to America and is eventually sold like a piece of meat to the highest bidder.  … Continue reading

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Mary on Horseback: Three Mountain Stories by Rosemary Wells (1998)

You may know Rosemary Wells from her well-known picture books about Max and Ruby, but she has also written and illustrated dozens of other books, both fiction and non-fiction.  Mary on Horseback is one of her better known non-fiction books. … Continue reading

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6 Civil War Novels by Ann Rinaldi (1988 – 2007)

Ann Rinaldi has written dozens of historical novels and she was my secret weapon as a homeschool mom.  No matter what American historical time period we were studying, Ms. Rinaldi had an excellent book for my middle grade and high … Continue reading

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Ben and Me by Robert Lawson (1939)

“For many years I was [Ben Franklin’s] closest friend and adviser and, if I do say it, was in great part responsible for his success and fame. Not that I wish to claim too much: I simply hope to see … Continue reading

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Journey to Topaz: A Story of the Japanese- American Evacuation by Yoshiko Uchida (1971)

What was it like to be Japanese and living in the western United States when Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941?  Yoshiko Uchida lived through that very scenario as a young, college-age woman.  She shares her personal experiences in Journey to … Continue reading

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