Books: Fiction

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Book -- Fiction. By Walter Mosley. 2006. A young boy learns to survive under slavery and struggles for his own liberation with help from a mysterious stranger, Tall John.
Time Periods: 19th Century
Themes: Slavery and Resistance
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Aani and the Tree Huggers

Aani and the Tree Huggers

Books - Historical fiction. By Jeannine Atkins. Illustrated by Venantius J. Pinto. 2000. 32 pages. Based on an event that took place in India in the 1970s, children and women in the village hug the trees to save them from being logged.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Climate Justice, Organizing, Women's History, World History/Global Studies
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Alligator Bayou

Book - Fiction. By Donna Jo Napoli. 2010. 288 pages. Historical fiction for young adults based on the true story of the lynching of Italian Americans in late 19th century Louisiana.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Immigration, Racism & Racial Identity
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Behind the Mountains

Book - Fiction. By Edwidge Danticat. 2004. 192 pages. A riveting novel detailing the struggles of a young Haitian girl as she adjusts to life in New York.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Immigration
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The Birchbark House

Book - Fiction. By Louise Erdrich. 1999. Historical fiction set in the mid-19th century in the Lake Superior area.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: Native American
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A Boy from Ireland

Book - Fiction. By Marie Raphael. 2007. 217 pages. Historical fiction about the life of the Irish in New York City at the beginning of the 20th century for ages 12+.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909
Themes: Immigration, Labor, Racism & Racial Identity
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Bread and Roses, Too

Book - Fiction. By Katherine Paterson. 2006. 288 pages. Moving young adult historical-fiction novel based on a major strike in Lawrence, Mass., in 1912.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919
Themes: Immigration, Labor, Organizing
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Bull Run

Book - Fiction. By Paul Fleischman. 1993. 128 pages. A historical novel for middle school and above about the Civil War Battle of Bull Run drama told in 16 voices.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Catch a Tiger by the Toe

Book - Fiction. By Ellen Levine. 2005. 176 pages. A historical novel for middle school on McCarthyism.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Media
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Chain of Fire

Book - Fiction. By Beverley Naidoo, illustrated by Eric Velasquez. 1993. 256 pages. When the South African government forces a village to relocate, young protesters, who do not have the freedom of speech, organize a march against apartheid.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: World History/Global Studies
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Chains

Book - Fiction. By Laurie Halse Anderson. 2010. 336 pages. Historical fiction based on the life of an enslaved teenager during the Revolutionary War.
Time Periods: Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799
Themes: African American, Slavery and Resistance, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Chickadee

Book - Fiction. By Louise Erdrich. 2012. 208 pages. The fourth book in the series following the Ojibwe girl Omakayas and her family as their lands are invaded by white settlers.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: Native American
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Crossing Ebenezer

Crossing Ebenezer Creek

Book - Historical fiction. By Tonya Bolden. 2017. 240 pages. A moving account of the Civil War massacre at Ebenezer Creek in Georgia.
Time Periods: Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Dayshaun’s Gift

Book - Historical fiction. By Zetta Elliott. 2015. 88 pages. Time travelling historical fiction for upper elementary school students on the New York City Draft Riots.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity
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The Dreamer

Book - Fiction. By Pam Muñoz Ryan. 2010. 384 pages. An introduction to the life of Pablo Neruda as a child in historical fiction for young adults.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919
Themes: Art & Music, Language Arts, World History/Global Studies
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As Fast As Words Could Fly

Book – Non-fiction. By Pamela M Tuck. Illustrated by Eric Velasquez. 2013. 32 pages. Based on her father’s experience in 1960s North Carolina, Pamela Tuck tells how a family and community challenge racism where they work, shop, and go to school.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements
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Fire in the Hole!

Book - Fiction. By Mary Cronk Farrell. 2004. 176 pages. Based on the true story of a silver miners' strike in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, the book shows the desperate conditions of miners' lives and how the striking miners were detained illegally in a late 19th century version of Guantanamo.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Labor, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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The Fog Machine

Book – Non-fiction. By Susan Follett. 2014. 389 pages. A young adult novel of historical fiction based on Freedom Summer.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements
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