American Revolution 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.  J PB 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.

Carlson, Drew.  Attack of the Turtle.  J FIC Carlson
During the Revolutionary War, fourteen-year-old Nathan joins forces with his older cousin, the inventor David Bushnell, to secretly build the first submarine used in naval warfare.

Forbes, Esther.  Johnny Tremain.  J PB F/ J FIC Forbes
After injuring his hand, a silversmith’s apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution.

Fritz, Jean.  Early Thunder.  J FIC Fritz
Traces a youth’s growth to maturity as he resolves his political conflicts in pre-revolutionary Salem, a center of high feeling between the British and colonists.

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.

Kirkpatrick, Katherine.  Redcoats and Petticoats.  [OLDER] E Kirkpatrick
Members of a family in the village of Setauket on Long Island are displaced by the Redcoats and serve as spies for the Revolutionary Army of George Washington.

O’Dell, Scott.  Sarah Bishop.  YPB O
Left alone after the deaths of her father and brother who take opposite sides in the War for Independence, and fleeing from the British who seek to arrest her, Sarah Bishop struggles to shape a new life for herself in the wilderness.

Reit, Seymour.  Guns For General Washington.  J FIC Reit
Frustrated with life under seige in George Washington’s army, nineteen-year-old Will Knox and his brother Colonel Henry Knox undertake the task of moving 183 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston in the dead of winter.

Roop, Peter.  An Eye for an Eye.  Y Fic Roop
In 1775 fourteen-year-old Samantha, who should be wearing dresses, knows that in britches she can out-hunt her twin and out-sail her older brother near their James River home, but can she use those skills against the British when the American Revolution begins?

Thompson, Paul.  Liberty’s Son: A Spy Story of the American Revolution.  J FIC Thompson
In 1773, seventeen-year-old apothecary Oliver Carter moves to Boston and begins helping the Sons of Liberty in their rebellion against British tyranny in the colonies as well as discovering that his boss, Dr. Dr. Benjamin Church, is a traitor to the cause.

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