Historical Fiction – American (Grades 3 & 4)

Adler, David A. The Babe & I.  [OLDER] E Adler 
While helping his family make ends meet during the Depression by selling newspapers, a boy meets Babe Ruth.

Bunting, Eve.  Train to Somewhere.  [Older] E Bunting
In the late 1800s, Marianne travels westward on the Orphan Train in hopes of being placed with a caring family.

Conrad, Pam.  Our Town: The Stories of Levittown.  J FIC Conrad
Six stories, one from each decade from the 1940s to the 1990s, about children growing up in Levittown, New York.

Donahue, Marilyn Cram.  Straight Along A Crooked Road.  J FIC Donahue
As her family travels from Vermont to settle in California, in the early 1850’s fourteen-year-old Luanna learns to accept life for what it is, no matter where.

Harlow, Joan Hiatt.  Joshua’s Song.  J FIC Harlow
Needing to earn money after his father’s death during the influenza epidemic of 1918, thirteen-year-old Joshua works as a newspaper boy in Boston, one day finding himself in the vicinity of an explosion that sends tons of molasses coursing through the streets.

Hurwitz, Johanna.  Faraway Summer.  J FIC Hurwitz // J PB H
In the summer of 1910, Dossi, a poor Russian immigrant from the tenements of New York, spends two weeks with the Meade family on their Vermont farm, and all their lives are enriched by the experience.

McCully, Emily Arnold.  The Battle for St. Michaels.  J FIC McCully
In 1813, nine-year-old Caroline, a fast runner, helps the residents of Saint Michaels, Maryland, as they defend their town against the British.

McCully, Emily Arnold.  The Bobbin Girl.  J FIC McCully
A ten-year-old bobbin girl working in a textile mill in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1830s, must make a difficult decision–will she participate in the first workers’ strike in Lowell?

Minahan, John A.  Abigail’s Drum.  J FIC Minahan
During the War of 1812, when British soldiers threaten the town of Scituate, Massachusetts, young Rebecca Bates and her sister Abigail, daughters of the local lighthouse keeper, find a way to save both him and the town.

Papp, Lisa.  The Town that Fooled the British: a War of 1812.  [OLDER] E Papp
On August 10, 1813, with the British navy advancing up the Chesapeake Bay to destroy the shipyards in St. Michaels, Maryland, young Henry Middle thinks of a way to save his home town from British cannons.

Polacco, Patricia.  Pink and Say.  J Fic Polacco
Say Curtis describes his meeting with Pinkus Aylee, a black soldier, during the Civil War, and their capture by Southern troops. Based on a true story about the author’s great-great-grandfather.

Schulz, Walter A.   Will and Orv.  J Fic Schulz
On a windy day in Kitty Hawk, N.C. in 1903, the Wright Brothers attempt to make history as they prepare the “Flyer” for the world’s first engine-powered flight.

Van Leeuwen, Jean.  A Fourth of July on the Plains.  E Van Leeuwen
Young Jesse and his family are with a wagon train traveling from Indiana to Oregon when they stop to celebrate the Fourth of July, but Jesse is too young to go hunting with the men so he comes up with his own contribution to the festivities.

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