Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library
Youth Services Department

Young Adult 19th Century Fiction

Armstrong, Jennifer.  The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan.  Y FIC Armstrong
Mairhe, who lives in an Irish slum in Washington, D.C., in the 1860s, struggles to come to grips with the impact of the Civil War on her family.

Ayres, Katherine.  North by Night.  Y FIC Ayres
Presents the journal of a sixteen-year-old girl whose family operates a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Blos, Joan W.  A Gathering of Days : A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32.   Y PB B
The journal of a 14-year-old girl, kept the last year she lived on the family farm, records daily events in her small New Hampshire town, her father's remarriage, and the death of her best friend.

Brink, Carol Ryrie.  Caddie Woodlawn.  Y FIC Brink // J PB B
The adventures of an eleven-year-old tomboy growing up on the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-nineteenth century.

Buckey, Sarah Masters.  The Smuggler's Treasure.  Y FIC American Girls
Sent to live with relatives in New Orleans during the War of 1812, eleven-year-old Elisabet determines to find a smuggler's treasure to ransom her imprisoned father.

Conrad, Pam.  Prairie SongsY FIC Conrad
Louisa's life in a loving pioneer family on the Nebraska prairie is altered by the arrival of a new doctor and his beautiful, tragically frail wife.

Krantz, Hazel.  Look to the Hills.  Y FIC Krantz
Growing up in Colorado in the 1880s and 1890s, Sally finds that her Jewish faith has a significant effect on her social standing and her life in general.

Lasky, Kathryn.  Beyond the Divide.  Y FIC Lasky
In 1849, a fourteen-year-old Amish girl defies convention by leaving her secure home in Pennsylvania to accompany her father across the continent by wagon train.

Matas, Carol.  Sworn Enemies.  Y FIC Matas
In nineteenth-century Russia, betrayed by a fellow Jew, sixteen-year-old Aaron is taken by officers of the Czar and forced into military service.

Nixon, Joan Lowery.  High Trail to Danger.  Y FIC Nixon
In 1879 seventeen-year-old Sarah travels from Chicago to the violent town of Leadtown, Colorado, to locate her missing father, but she finds that the mention of his name brings her strange looks and an attempt on her life.

Peck, Richard.  Fair Weather.  Y FIC Peck
In 1893, thirteen-year-old Rosie and members of her family travel from their Illinois farm to Chicago to visit Aunt Euterpe and attend the World's Columbian Exposition which, along with an encounter with Buffalo Bill and Lillian Russell, turns out to be a life-changing experience for everyone.

Peck, Richard.  The River Between Us.  Y FIC Peck
During the early days of the Civil War, the Pruitt family takes in two mysterious young ladies who have fled New Orleans to come north to Illinois.

Rinaldi, Ann.  The Blue Door.  Y FIC Rinaldi
When her grandmother sends her alone on a difficult journey up North, fourteen-year-old Amanda encounters the exploitation of women in textile mills.

Rinaldi, Ann.  The Ever-After Bird.  Y FIC Rinaldi
In 1851, thirteen-year-old Cecilia has her eyes opened to the horrors of slavery when she accompanies her ornithologist uncle on an expedition in search of the rare "Scarlet Ibis," and watches as he shows slaves the way to the Underground Railroad.

Twain, Mark.  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  J FIC Twain  /  Y PB T
The adventures of a boy growing up in the 19th century in a Mississippi River town as he plays hooky, witnesses a crime, hunts for pirates' treasure and gets lost in a cave.