Historical Fiction

Books on this list are recommended for advanced readers ages 8 and up with reading comprehension skills equivalent to the average 6th or 7th grade student.  While some younger students may enjoy these titles, it’s important to note that the main characters in many of these stories must overcome challenges that may be harder for a younger child to relate to.  

A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

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Dead End in Norvel by Jack Gantos

Rated PG, Dead End in Norvelt contains some comic (non-graphic) violence and has no references to drugs, sex, or profanity.  This novel is filled with positive messages, focusing on social justice.

Rated PG, Bud Not Buddy is a humorous tale of an orphan.  This book does have detailed scenes regarding the Great Depression and Bud is physically abused by his foster parents in several scenes.  No matter what happens, Bud is a strong-willed and positive child who brings light to his sad circumstances.

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Rated PG, Bud Not Buddy is a humorous tale of an orphan.  This book does have detailed scenes regarding the Great Depression and Bud is physically abused by his foster parents in several scenes.  No matter what happens, Bud is a strong-willed and positive child who brings light to his sad circumstances.

Kaleidoscope Eyes by Jen Bryant

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor

The Wednesday Wars Gary Schmidt