19th Century Fiction (Teen)

Baldwin, Kathleen.  A School for Unusual Girls.  Y FIC Baldwin
Banished to a boarding school to be reformed into marriageable young ladies in war-torn early 19th-century England, Miss Georgiana and her new friends are secretly entangled in a world of spies, diplomacy and romance.

Bradbury, Jennifer.  River Runs Deep.  Y FIC Bradbury
Twelve-year-old Elias is sent to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky to fight a case of consumption–and ends up fighting for the lives of a secret community of escaped slaves traveling along the Underground Railroad.

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.

Collier, James Lincoln & Collier, Christopher.  With Every Drop of Blood.  Y FIC Collier
While trying to transport food to Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War, fourteen-year-old Johnny is captured by a black Union soldier.

Donnelly, Jennifer.  These Shallow Graves.  Y FIC Donnelly
A young woman in nineteenth-century New York City must struggle against gender and class boundaries when her father is found dead of a supposed suicide, and she believes there is more than meets the eye, so in order to uncover the truth she will have to decide how much she is willing to risk and lose.

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.

Lee, Stacey.  Under a Painted Sky.  Y FIC Lee
In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American girl, and Annamae, an African American slave girl, disguise themselves as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail to California from Missouri.

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.

Wait, Lea.  Uncertain Glory.  Y FIC Wait
At thirteen, Joe Wood wants to be a newspaperman. He’s even borrowed money to start his own press. But it’s April 1861, and the young nation is on the brink of civil war. Joe has to help Owen, his assistant, deal with being black in a white world; talk his best friend, Charlie, out of enlisting; and help Nell, whose uncle claims she can speak to the dead. When Owen disappears, Joe must save him.

Waller, Sharon B.  The Forbidden Orchid.  Y FIC Waller
When her family is threatened with being sent to the poorhouse for failing to collect a rare orchid, Elodie Buchanan accompanies her father to China determined to find the flower and save her family.

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