The Courage of Sarah Noble
by Alice Dalgliesh
voyages/journeys ... adventure ... historical
In 1707, young Sarah Noble and her father traveled through the wilderness to build a new home for their family. ``Keep up your courage, Sarah Noble,'' her mother had said, but Sarah found that it was not always easy to feel brave inside. The dark woods were full of animals and Indians, too, and Sarah was only eight! The true story of Sarah's journey is inspiring. And as she cares for her father and befriends her Indian neighbors, she learns that to be afraid and to be brave is the greatest courage of all.
family ... historical
A young boy hears the story of his great-great-great-grandfather and his brother who came to the United States to make a better life for themselves helping to build the transcontinental railroad.
The Ballad of Belle Dorcas
by William H. Hooks
folklore ... historical ... spooky
When she falls in love with Joshua, a slave, free-born Belle Dorcas uses the magic of a conjer woman to keep Joshua with her.
Baseball Saved Us
by Ken Mochizuki
bigotry ... historical ... sports
During World War II, a young Japanese-American boy and his family are sent to an internment camp after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Despondent in their desolate surroundings, father and son pull the camp together to build a baseball diamond and form a league.
Journey to Cahokia: a Boy's visit to the Great Mound City
by Albert Lorenz
growing up ... historical
Explore the world of a Native American mound city more than 600 years ago. Based on new research and archival images, this book relates the coming-of-age tale of a young Native American named Little Hawk. With his family and others from their tribe, Little Hawk is chosen to make a trading journey form his small village to the great mound city of Cahokia (800-1400 CE), in the midwestern United States.
George Washington's Breakfast
by Jean Fritz
Having the same name and birthday as George Washington, a young boy wants everything else in his life just as Washington had it, but he can not find out what Washington ate for breakfast.
My America Series (age 7-10)
letters/journal ... historical
Girls and boys growing up during exciting moments in America's history tell their stories.
title: My Brother's Keeper: Virginia's Civil War Diary by Mary Pope Osborne F OSB
title: Westward to Home: Joshuas Journal by Patricia Hermes F HER
title: Five Smooth Stones: Hope's Diary by Kristiana Gregory F GRE
title: The Starving Time by Patricia Hermes F HER
The Arrow Over the Door
by Joseph Bruchac
war ... bigotry ... adventure ... historical
To fourteen-year-old Samuel Russell, called "coward" for his peace-loving Quaker beliefs, the summer of 1777 is a time of fear. The British and the Patriots will soon meet in battle near his home in Saratoga, New York. The Quakers are in danger from roaming Indians and raiders ... yet to fight back is not the Friends' way. To Stands Straight, a young Abenaki Indian on a scouting mission for the British, all Americans are enemies, for they killed his mother and brother. But in a Quaker Meetinghouse he will come upon Americans unlike any he has ever seen. What will the encounter bring? Based on a real historical incident, this fast-paced and moving story is a powerful reminder that "the way of peace...can be walked by all human beings".
On the Mayflower: the Voyage of the Ship's Apprentice and a Passenger Girl
by Kate Waters
voyages/journeys ... historical
A twelve-year-old apprentice and a seven-year-old passenger experience the first voyage of the Mayflower.
Magic Tree House Series (age 7-10)
by Mary Pope Osborne
adventure ... historical
Jack and Annie discover a mysterious tree house that transports them to another time and place...there the adventure begins.
title: Christmas in Camelot
title: Dark Day in the Deep Sea
title: Eve of the Emperor Penguin
title: Monday With a Mad Genius
title: Mummies in the Morning
title: Night of the New Magicians
title: Polar Bears Past Bedtime
title: Season of the Sandstorms
title: Summer of the Sea Serpent
title: Tigers at Twilight
title: Winter of the Ice Wizard