Historical Fiction Books

Middle Ages/Renaissance:

  • Avi Crispin
  • Cushman, Karen Catherine Called Birdy
  • Cushman, Karen Matilda Bone
  • Cushman, Karen The Midwife’s Apprentice
  • Dorris, Michael Sees Behind Trees
  • McCaughrean Geraldine The Kite Rider
  • Park, Linda Sue A Single Shard
  • Winthrop, Elizabeth The Castle In The Attic


  • Colonial American/American Revolution:
  • Anderson, Laurie Halse Fever, 1793
  • Avi The Fighting Ground
  • Blackwood, Gary The Year of the Hangman
  • Collier, James Lincoln My Brother Sam Is Dead
  • Forbes, Esther Johnny Tremain
  • Goodman, Joan Elizabeth Hope’s Crossing
  • Lawrence, Iain The Wreckers
  • Rinaldi, Ann A Ride Into Morning: Story of Tempe Wick
  • Rinaldi, Ann The Secret Of Sarah Revere
  • Speare, Elizabeth George The Sign Of The Beaver


  • Avi The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
  • Blos, Joan W. A Gathering Of Days
  • Fleischman, Sid Bandit’s Moon
  • Giff, Patricia Reilly Nory Ryan’s Song
  • Paterson, Katherine Lyddie
  • Ryan, Pam Munoz Riding Freedom

Civil War (1861-1865) and Slavery:

  • Alphin, Elaine Marie Ghost Soldier
  • Avi Something Upstairs: A Tale Of Ghosts
  • Carbone, Elisa Stealing Freedom
  • Crane, Stephen The Red Badge Of Courage
  • Fleischman, Paul Bull Run
  • Forbes, Esther Johnny Tremain
  • Hansen, Joyce I Thought My Soul Would Rise And Fly
  • Hesse, Karen A Light In The Storm
  • Hunt, Irene Across Five Aprils
  • Keith, Harold Rifles For Watie
  • Lester, Julius Day Of Tears
  • Matas, Carol The War Within
  • Paulsen, Gary Soldier’s Heart
  • Peck, Richard The River Between Us
  • Wisler, G. Clifton Caleb’s Choice

Early 1900’s:

  • Auch, Mary Jane Ashes of Roses
  • Choldenko, Gennifer Al Capone Does My Shirts
  • Hesse, Karen Witness
  • Levine, Gail Carson Dave At Night
  • Peck, Richard The Teacher’s Funeral
  • Schmidt, Gary D. Lizzie Bright And The Buckminster Boy
  • Taylor, Mildred The Mississippi Bridge

World War I:

  • Hesse, Karen Letters From Rifka

Great Depression:

  • Choldenko, Gennifer Al Capone Does My Shirts
  • Curtis, Christopher Paul Bud, Not Buddy
  • Hesse, Karen Out Of The Dust
  • Peck, Richard A Long Way From Chicago
  • Peck, Richard A Year Down Yonder
  • Ryan, Pam Munoz Esperanza Rising
  • Taylor, Mildred D. Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry

World War II:

  • Avi Don’t You Know There’s A War On?
  • Giff, Patricia Reilly Lily’s Crossing
  • Greene, Bette Summer Of My German Soldier
  • Hahn, Mary Downing Stepping On The Cracks
  • Hesse, Karen Aleutian Sparrow
  • Isaacs, Anne Torn Thread
  • Kadohata, Cynthia Weedflower
  • Lowry, Lois Number The Stars
  • Mazar, Norma Fox Good Night, Maman
  • Mazer, Harry A Boy At War
  • McSwigan, Marie Snow Treasure
  • Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Blizzard’s Wake
  • Orlev, Uri Run, Boy, Run
  • Perl, Lila and Lazan, Marion Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story
  • Reiss, Johanna The Upstairs Room
  • Spinelli, Jerry Milkweed
  • Taylor, Theodore Timothy Of The Cay
  • Yolen, Jane The Devil’s Arithmetic

Civil Rights (1954-1968):

  • Armstrong, William Howard Sounder
  • Curtis, Christopher Paul The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963
  • Davis, Ossie Just Like Martin
  • Tate, Eleanora E. Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!
  • Taylor, Mildred Let The Circle Be Unbroken
  • Taylor, Mildred Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Vietnam War:

  • Holt, Kimberly Willis When Zachary Beaver Came To Town
  • Myers, Walter Dean Fallen Angels
  • White, Ellen Emerson Where Have All The Flowers Gone
  • White, Ellen Emerson The Journal Of Patrick Seamus Flaherty

Late 1900’s:

  • Haddix, Margaret Peterson Escape From Memory
  • Holt, Kimberly Willis My Louisiana Sky
  • Kadohata, Cynthia Kira-Kira
  • Kehret, Peg Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio
  • Martin, Ann M. Belle Teal
  • Martin, Ann M. Here Today
  • Mead, Alice Year Of No Rain