Historical Fiction for Grades 3-5

Find these in Juvenile (J) Fiction, shelved alphabetically by the author's last name. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.
Armstrong Patrick Doyle Is Full of Blarney    (In 1915 New York City, Patrick promises that his baseball hero will come to their playground.)
Avi The Barn    (Ben constructs a barn on their land in the Oregon Territory in 1855.)
Bradley The War That Saved My Life     (A girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II.)
Curtis Bud, Not Buddy    (During the Great Depression, a boy starts a search for the man who he believes to be his father.)
Curtis The Miss Mighty Malone    (Deza Malone and her family endure tough times during the Great Depression.)
De Young A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt    (Margo writes a letter to Eleanor Roosevelt asking for help during the Great Depression.)
Denenberg When Will This Cruel War Be Over?    (The diary of a girl living in Gordonsville, Virginia, during 1864.)
Giff Lily's Crossing    (In 1944, Lily forms a friendship with a young Hungarian refugee.)
Giff Willow Run    (During World War II, American girl Meggie learns about different kinds of bravery.)
Gilson Stink Alley    (Living in Holland in 1614, a spirited orphan girl struggles to do what is right.)
Herman A Summer on Thirteenth Street    (World War II affects Shirley Frances and other people in her Chicago neighborhood.)
Hill Bo at Ballard Creek     (It's the 1920s, and Bo is heading for an Alaska orphanage when she finds an unlikely family.)
Hill The Year of Miss Agnes    (Fred narrates about school and village life among the Athapascans in Alaska in 1948.)
Holm Turtle in Paradise    (In 1935, Turtle is sent to stay with relatives in Key West, Florida.)
Holt Dear Hank Williams     (In Louisiana, in 1948, Tate writes letters to her favorite country singer.)
Kimmel A Horn for Louis    (An introduction to the childhood of jazz musician Louis Armstrong, who was born in the early 1900s.)
Lai Inside Out and Back Again    (In 1975, a girl and her family leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.)
Lasky Journey to the New World    (Mem presents a diary account of the trip on the Mayflower in 1620.)
Lindquist Summer Soldiers    (In California, during the summer of 1918, Joe tries to figure out the meaning of courage.)
Lowry Number the Stars    (During the German occupation of Denmark during World War II, Annemarie helps her Jewish friend.)
MacLachlan Sarah, Plain and Tall    (On the prairie in the late 1800s, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.)
McSwigan Snow Treasure    (In 1940, Peter and his friends transport gold bullion past the German soldiers in Norway.)
Meyer Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess    (A novel in diary form about the youngest daughter of Russian Czar Nicholas II.)
Moss Hannah's Journal: The Story of an Immigrant Girl    (Hannah gets a diary for her birthday, just before her family journeys from Russia to America.)
Osborne My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck    (Madeline's diaries reveal her experiences living in New York during World War II.)
Peck Fair Weather: A Novel    (Rosie and her family travel to Chicago for the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893.)
Robinet Children of the Fire    (A young black girl named Hallelujah lives through the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.)
Taylor The Cay    (A boy and an old man get stranded on a Caribbean island during World War II.)
Van Leeuwen Hannah of Fairfield    (Hannah Perley of Fairfield, Connecticut, faces new challenges during the American Revolution.)
Vanderpool Navigating Early    (At the end of World War II, Jack is placed in a boys' boarding school in Maine.)
Wilder Little House on the Prairie    (The Ingalls family travels from Wisconsin to Kansas Territory.)
Wisler Mr. Lincoln's Drummer    (Recounts the courageous exploits of young Civil War drummer Willie Johnston.)
Yep The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906    (Henry and Chin witness the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.)

Last Updated: 8/15

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