Books: Fiction, Grades 6-8

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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Crow

Book - Fiction. By Barbara Wright. 2012. 320 pages. Historical fiction about a Reconstruction-era African American community violently robbed of its freedom and democracy in turn of the century North Carolina.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Media
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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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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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Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule

Book - Fiction. By Harriette Gillem Robinet. 1998. 144 pages. Historical fiction featuring 12-year-old Pascal, 8-year-old Nellie, and their older brother Gideon, a Union Army aide, as they claim and farm the land promised to them during Reconstruction.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: Reconstruction, Racism & Racial Identity
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Freedom Songs

Book - Fiction. By Yvette Moore. 1992. 176 pages. When Sheryl's Uncle Pete joins the Freedom Riders down South, she organizes a gospel concert in Brooklyn to help him.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements
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The Game of Silence

Book - Fiction. By Louise Erdrich. 2006. 288 pages. The second in a series of novels for middle school and high school students about an Ojibwe family in the mid-19th century. The story parallels the time of the widely-read Little House on the Prairie series.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: Native American
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Hurricane Dancers

Book - Fiction. By Margarita Engle. 2011. 160 pages. Historical fiction in the form of poetry about the conquest and resistance.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764
Themes: Latinx, Native American, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance
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If We Must Die: A Novel of Tulsa’s 1921 Greenwood Riot

Book - Fiction. By Pat Carr. 2002. 166 pages. Historical fiction account of the 1921 attack on Tulsa's Black neighborhood Greenwood, known as "Black Wall Street."
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity
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Journey of Dreams

Book - Fiction. By Marge Pellegrino. 2009. Historical fiction for young adult readers about the experience of Central American refugees and the long journey north.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: Economics, Immigration, Organizing
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The Journey of Little Charlie

Books – Fiction. By Christopher Paul Curtis. 2018. 256 pages. A novel for young adults that that shows how slavery was state-sanctioned terrorism and the impact of the Fugitive Slave Law.
Time Periods: Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Slavery and Resistance
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