Historical Fiction for Children


Author
Bailey, Linda
Call Number
J COMICS BAILEY
Summary
In this time-travelling graphic novel, the Binkertons--twins Josh and Emma and little sister Libby--stumble into the Good Times Travel Agency and take a once-in-lifetime trip back to ancient Egypt! Landing knee-deep in Nile mud, the Binkertons are in immediate trouble when Josh is hauled away to help build a pyramid. When Emma and Libby go to look for him, the real trouble begins. Kid-eating crocodiles, tomb robbers and some very angry soldiers keep the Binkertons hopping through ancient Egypt. The only way back to the present is by reading their fact-filled guidebook--and learning everything there is to know about this historical time and place.
Author
Billet, Julia
Call Number
J COMICS BILLET
Summary
As France buckles under the Nazi regime, budding photographer Rachel Cohen must change her name, go into hiding, and bear witness to the atrocities of World War II.
Author
Van Lente, Fred
Call Number
J COMICS BIO WASHINGTON
Summary
We all know that George Washington was our first president and a hero of the American Revolution. But did you also know that he didn't want to be president, never thought he would fight in a war, and had teeth so bad that he hated to smile? Told through bold and hilarious comic-style illustrations, the first Action Presidents book features the all-too-true history of the ultimate Founding Father, prime patriot, and awesome American George Washington.
Title
Cub
Author
Copeland, Cynthia L.
Call Number
J COMICS COPELAND
Summary
Twelve-year-old Cindy has just dipped a toe into seventh-grade drama--with its complicated friendships, bullies, and cute boys--when she earns an internship as a cub reporter at a local newspaper in the early 1970s. A (rare) young female reporter takes Cindy under her wing, and Cindy soon learns not only how to write a lede, but also how to respectfully question authority, how to assert herself in a world run by men, and--as the Watergate scandal unfolds--how brave reporting and writing can topple a corrupt world leader. Searching for her own scoops, Cindy doesn't always get it right, on paper or in real life. But whether she's writing features about ghost hunters, falling off her bicycle and into her first crush, or navigating shifting friendships, Cindy grows wiser and more confident through every awkward and hilarious mistake.
Author
Hale, Nathan
Call Number
J COMICS HALE
Summary
Tells the story of the Marquis de Lafayette, both what happened before and during the American Revolution, including all the Frenchman's escapades across France and the colonies.
Author
Larson, Hope
Call Number
J COMICS LARSON
Summary
After escaping the Black Hook Gang in 1860 New York City, twelve-year-old twins Alexander and Cleopatra flee to New Orleans, become separated, and try to find each other in San Francisco, while being followed by pirates who think they hold the key to treasure.
Author
Lee, Tony
Call Number
J COMICS LEE
Summary
A true daughter of the fearsome O'Malley clan, Grace spent her life wishing to join the fight to keep Henry VIII's armies from invading her homeland of Ireland -- only to be told again and again that the battlefield is no place for a woman. But after English conspirators brutally murder her husband, Grace can no longer stand idly by. Leading men into battle on the high seas, Grace O'Malley quickly gains a formidable reputation as the Pirate Queen of Ireland with her prowess as a sailor and skill with a sword. But her newfound notoriety puts the lives of Grace and her entire family in danger and eventually leads to a confrontation with the most powerful woman in England: Queen Elizabeth I.
Author
Palacio, R. J.
Call Number
J COMICS PALACIO
Summary
Tells the story of Julian's Grandmére's childhood as she, a Jewish girl, was hidden by a family in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II and how the boy she once shunned became her savior and best friend.
Author
Anderson, Laurie H.
Call Number
J F ANDERSON
Summary
When her former owner breaks his promise to set her free and ends up sending her to live with a cruel loyalist family at the start of the Revolutionary War, Isabel is heartbroken and so becomes determined to do whatever is necessary to win her freedom, including spying on her family to help the rebels win the war.
Author
Avi
Call Number
J F AVI
Summary
In 1724 England, twelve-year-old Oliver Cromwell Pitts embarks on a journey from his seaside home in Melcombe Regis to London to find his father and his older sister, a journey filled with thieves, adventurers, and treachery.
Author
Banks, Lynne Reid
Call Number
J F BANKS
Summary
Two tiger cub brothers are taken from the jungle to ancient Rome, where one becomes the pampered pet of Caesar's daughter and the other becomes a man-eating "entertainment act" at the Colosseum.
Author
Bartoletti, Susan
Call Number
J F BARTOLETTI
Summary
In October, 1942, seventeen-year-old Helmuth Hübener, imprisoned for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets, recalls his past life and how he came to dedicate himself to bring the truth about Hitler and the war to the German people.
Author
Behar, Ruth
Call Number
J F BEHAR
Summary
In 1960s New York, fifth-grader Ruthie, a Cuban-Jewish immigrant, must rely on books, art, her family, and friends in her multicultural neighborhood when an accident puts her in a body cast. (2018 Pura Belpré winner)
Author
Blankman, Anne
Call Number
J F BLANKMAN
Summary
On a spring morning, neighbors Valentina Kaplan and Oksana Savchenko wake up to an angry red sky. A reactor at the nuclear power plant where their fathers work--Chernobyl--has exploded. Before they know it, the two girls, who've always been enemies, find themselves on a train bound for Leningrad to stay with Valentina's estranged grandmother, Rita Grigorievna. In their new lives in Leningrad, they begin to learn what it means to trust another person. Oksana must face the lies her parents told her all her life. Valentina must keep her grandmother's secret, one that could put all their lives in danger. And both of them discover something they've wished for: a best friend. But how far would you go to save your best friend's life? Would you risk your own?
Author
Bradley, Kimberly B
Call Number
J F BRADLEY
Summary
A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.
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