Historical Fantasy Fiction (Grades 4-6)

Beil, Michael D.  Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits.  J FIC Beil
In 1937, ten-year-old Henry Shipley must rely on a talking cat named Lantern Sam and a kindly conductor named Clarence to help solve the kidnapping of a young heiress aboard the Lake Erie Shoreliner passenger train.

Foxlee, Karen.  A Most Magical Girl.  J FIC Foxlee
When Annabel’s mother abruptly leaves her with her two mysterious aunts, she is thrust into a magical side of Victorian London she never knew existed and discovers that she is the key to saving it from an evil wizard bent on destroying all good magic.

Giff, Patricia Reilly.  Gingersnap.  J FIC Giff
When her brother Rob, a Navy cook, goes missing in action during World War II, Jayna, desperate for family, leaves upstate New York and their cranky landlady, accompanied by a turtle and a ghost, to seek their grandmother, who Rob believes may live in Brooklyn. Includes soup recipes.

Jinks, Catherine.  How to Catch a Bogle.  J FIC Jinks  (SERIES)
In 1870s London, a young orphan girl becomes the apprentice to a man who traps monsters for a living.

LaFevers, R.L.  Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos.  J FIC LaFevers  (SERIES)
Twelve-year-old Theo uses arcane knowledge and her own special talent when she encounters two secret societies, one sworn to protect the world from ancient Egyptian magic and one planning to harness it to bring chaos to the world, both of which want a valuable artifact stolen from the London museum for which her parents work.

Milford, Kate.  The Left-Handed Fate.  Y FIC Milford
A quest story to find the three pieces of a magical engine which can either win the War of 1812…or stop it altogether.

Nielsen, Jennifer A.  Mark of the Thief.  J FIC Nielsen
When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds himself in possession of an ancient amulet filled with magic once reserved for the Gods, and becomes the center of a conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and destroy Rome.

Oppel, Kenneth.  The Boundless.  J FIC Oppel
Accidentally acquiring the key to a train car containing a priceless treasure, young Will Everett is targeted by sinister figures from his past and must enlist the help of members of a traveling circus in order to survive.

Sales, Leila.  Once Was a Time.  J FIC Sales
In World War II England, ten-year-old Lottie is transported via a portal to present day Wisconsin, where she must find her way back to her family and her best friend, Kitty.

Sands, Kevin.  The Blackthorn Key.  J FIC Sands
In 1665 London, fourteen-year-old Christopher Rowe, apprentice to an apothecary, and his best friend, Tom, try to uncover the truth behind a mysterious cult, following a trail of puzzles, codes, pranks, and danger toward an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart.

Wells, Rosemary.  On the Blue Comet.  J FIC Wells
When the Depression hits in Cairo, Illinois, and Oscar Ogilvie’s father must sell their home and vast model train set-up to look for work in California, eleven-year-old Oscar is left with his dour aunt, where he befriends a mysterious drifter, witnesses a stunning bank robbery, and is suddenly catapulted onto a train that takes him to a different time and place.

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