Children's Historical Fiction

by Ellen Peterson | Mar 08, 2021

How do children cope in the 1400s, 1800s, or 1900s?

Prairie Lotus
by Linda Sue Park

Hanna has come to live in the Midwest in the 1800s. Her Chinese mother died when she was small, and she and her father have faced prejudice in every community where they have lived. Hanna is determined to become a dressmaker in spite of many tribulations. It's Little House on the Prairie from a very a different perspective.

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Allies
by Alan Gratz

It's D-Day and it's going to take the help of many people to succeed: a Canadian paratrooper, a British tank driver, an African American medic and an 11 year old French Algerian girl.

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Words on Fire
by Jennifer A Nielsen

Audra has always been protected by her parents, but all of that ends when Russian soldiers raid the farm and Audra discovers her parents have been involved in subversive activities--trying to save books for the Lithuanian people. Should 12-year-old Audra help the cause or continue to stay safe?

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The Night Diary
by Veera Hiranadani

When India and Pakistan become separate countries, the Hindus must live in India and the Muslims must move to Pakistan. What is a family to do if one parent is Hindu and the other parent is Muslim? Nisha collects her feelings in her diary as her family journeys through a dangerous crossing between the two countries.

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The Inquisitor's Tale Or Three Magical Children and their Holy Dog
by Adam Gidwitz

Life was often hard for children during the Middle Ages--especially if they had special gifts. Jeanne, a Christian girl, is persecuted because she sees visions of the future, and Jacob, a Jewish boy, is misunderstood because of his healing powers. Gidwitz gathered tales and histories from the middle ages to create a story of history and fantasy.

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