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Historical Fiction for Grades 4-
Before We Were Free
When Tom has to support his mother and sister during the Civil War, he works on one of the first ironclad ships, which nobody thought would even float!
The Shakespeare Stealer
A Lion to Guard Us
Three children's hair-
Al Capone Does My Shirts
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
Japanese legend says folding 1000 paper cranes can save a life, but will it save Sadako, a 12-
Compestine, Ying Chang
Revolution is Not a Dinner Party
During China's Cultural Revolution, 9-
Curtis, Christopher Paul
The Watsons Go to Birmingham
Nothing will ever be the same after this African American family's trip to the South.
Curtis, Christopher Paul
Elijah of Buxton
Elijah, the first free-
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
California Morning Whipple (Lucy) hates it when her mother moves the family to a rough mining town in 1849.
Catherine, Called Birdy
Will Catherine, in the year 1290, get out of marrying one of her awful suitors?
The Courage of Sarah Noble
Will Sarah find the courage to stay by herself in the wilderness when her father must leave?
The glory, the horror, the disillusionment, and the thrill of the Civil War's first battle.
By the Great Horn Spoon!
In the wilds of California, Jack and Praiseworthy strike it rich -
Giff, Patricia Reilly
Nory Ryan's Song
When all the potatoes in Ireland rot in the ground in 1845, 12-
Nicholas stows away on Captain Cook's first voyage around the world.
Out of the Dust
Penny from Heaven
In the summer of 1953, two questions haunt Penny: will the two sides of her family EVER learn to get along, and will the Dodgers EVER win the World Series?
During WWII, Japanese-
When Nathaniel's dad brings home an orphan boy named John Worth to help out on their Nebraska farm in the 1800s, Nathaniel is horribly jealous -
In the early 1900s, Sun journeys from China to join his father in America, but first he must prove he is his father's son.
Miller, Sarah Elizabeth
Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller
Annie Sullivan's own hard childhood prepared her well for teaching the kicking, screaming bundle of energy that was the young Helen Keller.
Baseball Saved Us
Playing baseball helps a Japanese-
Sing Down the Moon
1864 starts out well but then becomes a year of tragedy and change for young Bright Morning and her Navajo tribe.
Osborne, Mary Pope
Adaline Falling Star
Adaline's father, Kit Carson, sends her to St. Louis after her mother dies but the cruelty of her relatives forces her to flee.
Park, Linda Sue
A Single Shard
Park, Linda Sue
When My Name Was Keoko
When Japan occupies Korea during WWII, 10-
Lyddie works long, exhausting hours as a factory girl to pay off her family's debts.
The Legend of Bass Reeves
Born a slave, Bass grows up to be the most successful federal marshal in the West.
In 1893, the Beckett siblings take a life-
The Redheaded Princess
King Henry VIII executed her mother for treason, so how could nine-
Ryan, Pam Munoz
Esperanza and her mother face many difficulties when they are forced to flee their comfortable rancho in Mexico and become farm laborers in California.
Schlitz, Laura Amy
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village
Life is difficult in 1255 England for villeins, varlets, half-
Shadows of Ghadames
In Libya in the 1800s, girls and women are not allowed to go outside or learn to read -
Taylor, Mildred D.
The son of a white landowner and an African-
Not only are seven-
Journey to Topaz
After Pearl Harbor is attacked, Yuki and her family are among the many Japanese-
Mary on Horseback: 3 Mountain Stories
In the 1920s, Mary Breckinridge rides horseback to bring medical care to the sick people of the Appalachian Mountains.
Wood, Frances M.
Daughter of Madrugada
Cesa's life is changed forever when gold is discovered and Americans invade her family's California rancho in the late 1840s.
The Red Rose Box
After a hurricane kills Leah and Ruth's parents in 1954, the sisters move to Los Angeles to start a new life with their aunt and uncle.
In the early 1900s, a Chinese boy in San Francisco helps his father realize a dream.
When the Circus Came to Town
In a tiny Montana town in the early 20th century, a Chinese cook helps 10-