Book Wizard: Historical Fiction Books 1-4


These books aim to make history come alive. They show real past events in a whole new way by putting readers in the point of view of a character experiencing history first hand. Many historical fiction books contain wonderful descriptions of life in the past or of the hidden workings that were behind historic moments.

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“Hattie Big Sky,” by Kirby Larson

When sixteen-year-old Hattie Brooks receives a land claim from her uncle, she sets off to Montana to try to prove it by herself. Not only does she have to meet the country's requirements of farming and fencing the land, but she also has to deal with dangerous neighbors who hate her because of her friendship with a German couple living nearby. During the height of World War I all Germans are viewed with distrust.

“Fever 1793,” by Laurie Halse Anderson

It's 1793 and a Yellow Fever epidemic is causing fear and panic in the crowded city of Philadelphia. Some people blame the epidemic on immigrants, but fourteen-year-old Mathilda Cook doesn't worry about where the Yellow Fever came from.

Her mother plans to stay in the city, using the epidemic as a chance to revive the small family coffeehouse. Since it is one of the only businesses still open they can make lots of money, but it won't do any good if they don't survive!

“Letters from a Slave Boy – The Story of Joseph Jacobs,” by Mary E. Lyons

This tale is based on the real life story of a young slave boy named Joseph Jacobs, and his mother. Joseph Jacobs is determined to find freedom for both himself and his mother. What he doesn't realize is that his determination is the start of a journey that will take him thousands of miles and many years to finish.

“Weedflower,” by Cynthia Kadohata

When Pearl Harbor is bombed by the Japanese is the start of a chain of events that will dramatically alter the life of twelve-year-old Sumiko. When public opinion decrees that Japanese Americans are threats to national security Sumiko and her family are taken from their thriving flower business and imprisoned in a detainment camp in the arid Arizona desert. But then Sumiko meets Frank, a young Indian boy who is angry because the Japanese are now living on land that used to be part of his tribe's reservation.

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