18th Century Fiction (Grades 4-6)

Abbott, E.F.  Sybil Ludington: A Revolutionary War Rider.  J FIC Abbott
A fictionalized account of the sixteen-year-old girl, trained to handle a musket, who rode alone over forty miles in New York to bring out the militia before the Battle of Ridgefield.

Avi.  The Fighting Ground.  JPB A
Thirteen-year-old Jonathan goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and discovers the real war is being fought within himself.

Calkhoven, Laurie.  Boys of Wartime: Daniel at the Siege of Boston, 1776.  J FIC Calkhoven
In 1776 Boston, twelve-year-old Daniel Prescott enjoys assuming his father’s role in taking care of his mother and sister, as well as his work as a spy and messenger for the American revolutionaries, but the pleasure ends when he witnesses the horrors ofwar firsthand, and learns that a trusted patriot is actually a British spy.

Gregory, Kristiana.  The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Spencer.  J FIC Dear America
Eleven-year-old Abigail presents a diary account of life in Valley Forge from December 1777 to July 1778 as General Washington prepares his troops to fight the British.

Gregory, Kristiana.  Cannons At Dawn:  The Second Diary of Abigail Jane Spencer.  J FIC Dear America
From the winter of 1779 until 1781, Abigail Stewart and her family follow the path of her father’s Continental Army unit after their Valley Forge home burns down, enduring harsh winters and scarce food, and narrowly escaping danger time and again.

Jensen, Dorothea. The Riddle of Penncroft Farm.  J FIC Jensen
Lars Olafson’s move to a farm near Valley Forge brings him friendship with the ghost of an eighteenth-century ancestor, who recounts for him his adventures in that part of Pennsylvania during the American Revolution.

McCaughrean, Geraldine. Plundering Paradise.  Y Fic McCaughrean
Left penniless in eighteenth century England, fourteen-year-old Nathan Gull and his mousy sister Maud accompany Tamo, the son of a notorious pirate, to his homeland of Madagascar where they are all changed by their encounter with Tamo’s dangerous past.

Moore, Robin. The Bread Sister of Sinking Creek. J FIC Moore
Fourteen-year-old Maggie Callahan, who has a special talent for making bread, struggles to survive on the Pennsylvania frontier in the late 1700s.

Nixon, Joan Lowery.  Ann’s Story, 1746/1747.  J FIC Nixon
Ann, a young girl in eighteenth-century Williamsburg, wants to become a doctor like her father, but she is not allowed even to study Latin or mathematics.

Paterson, Katherine. The Master Puppeteer.  J FIC Paterson
A thirteen-year-old boy describes the poverty and discontent of eighteenth century Osaka and the world of puppeteers in which he lives.

Speare, Elizabeth George. The Sign of the Beaver.  J FIC Speare
Left alone to guard the family’s wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.

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