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Historical Fiction for Grades 4-6

Alvarez, Julia

Before We Were Free

Twelve-year-old Anita must go into hiding when her family is caught plotting against the dictator of the Dominican Republic in the early 1960s.


Iron Thunder

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!

Blackwood, Gray

The Shakespeare Stealer

In plague-ridden 1602 England, an orphan boy finds out about his parents when he goes on the road with Shakespeare's troupe.

Bulla, Clyde

A Lion to Guard Us

Three children's hair-raising adventures as they make their way to the Virginia Colony in search of their father.

Choldenko, Gennifer

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Twelve-year-old Moose would think living on an island was fun - if it wasn't Alcatraz Island.

Coerr, Eleanor

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Japanese legend says folding 1000 paper cranes can save a life, but will it save Sadako, a 12-year-old girl dying of leukemia from an atomic bomb dropped during WWII?

Compestine, Ying Chang

Revolution is Not a Dinner Party

During China's Cultural Revolution, 9-year-old Ling gets bullied because she has long hair and because her doctor father is in jail.

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-born child in a settlement of former slaves, has to grow up fast in order to help a friend.

Cushman, Karen

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple

California Morning Whipple (Lucy) hates it when her mother moves the family to a rough mining town in 1849.

Cushman, Karen

Catherine, Called Birdy

Will Catherine, in the year 1290, get out of marrying one of her awful suitors?

Dalgleish, Alice

The Courage of Sarah Noble

Will Sarah find the courage to stay by herself in the wilderness when her father must leave?

Fleischman, Paul

Bull Run

The glory, the horror, the disillusionment, and the thrill of the Civil War's first battle.

Fleischman, Sid

By the Great Horn Spoon!

In the wilds of California, Jack and Praiseworthy strike it rich - for a time.

Giff, Patricia Reilly

Nory Ryan's Song

When all the potatoes in Ireland rot in the ground in 1845, 12-year-old Nory must prevent her family from starving to death.

Hesse, Karen


Nicholas stows away on Captain Cook's first voyage around the world.

Hesse, Karen

Out of the Dust

For 14-year-old Billie Jo, 1934 is a year of too much dust and too little rain.

Holm, Jennifer

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?

Kadohata, Cynthia


During WWII, Japanese-American Sumiko and her family are sent to a relocation camp in Poston, Arizona.

LaFaye, A.


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 - and John isn't too happy, either.

Lee, Milly


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.

Mochizuki, Ken

Baseball Saved Us

Playing baseball helps a Japanese-American boy endure both an internment camp during WWII and bullying and teasing after the war is over.

O'Dell, Scott

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

In 12th-century Korea, a homeless orphan usually has no future - but young Tree-Ear dreams of becoming a master potter.

Park, Linda Sue

When My Name Was Keoko

When Japan occupies Korea during WWII, 10-year-old Sun-hee and her brother are forced to adopt Japanese names and suffer many harsh changes to their lives.

Paterson, Katherine


Lyddie works long, exhausting hours as a factory girl to pay off her family's debts.

Paulsen, Gary

The Legend of Bass Reeves

Born a slave, Bass grows up to be the most successful federal marshal in the West.

Peck, Richard

Fair Weather

In 1893, the Beckett siblings take a life-changing trip to the World's Columbia Exposition in Chicago.

Rinaldi, Ann

The Redheaded Princess

King Henry VIII executed her mother for treason, so how could nine-year-old Princess Elizabeth ever hope to grow up to be queen of England?

Ryan, Pam Munoz

Esperanza Rising

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-wits and snigglers.

Stolz, Joelle

Shadows of Ghadames

In Libya in the 1800s, girls and women are not allowed to go outside or learn to read - but when a stranger appears one day, 11-year-old Malika's life changes forever.

Taylor, Mildred D.

The Land

The son of a white landowner and an African-Indian slave makes a successful life for himself despite cruelty and injustice in this prequel to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

Uchida, Yoshiko

The Bracelet

Not only are seven-year-old Emi and her Japanese-American family sent away from their homes to an internment camp in 1942, but Emi also loses the bracelet her best friend gave her.

Uchida, Yoshiko

Journey to Topaz

After Pearl Harbor is attacked, Yuki and her family are among the many Japanese-Americans forced out of their homes and into a camp in the Utah desert.

Wells, Rosemary

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.

Woods, Brenda

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.

Yep, Laurence


In the early 1900s, a Chinese boy in San Francisco helps his father realize a dream.

Yep, Laurence

When the Circus Came to Town

In a tiny Montana town in the early 20th century, a Chinese cook helps 10-year-old Ursula overcome her shame of her smallpox-scarred face.