Books: Fiction, High School

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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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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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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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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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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Freedom Road

Book - Fiction. By Howard Fast. 1944. 294 pages. The politics and economics of Reconstruction told through memorable historical fiction.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: Reconstruction, Economics
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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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Haymarket: A Novel

Book - Fiction. By Martin Duberman. 2005. Historical novel for high school and adults on the Haymarket struggle.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: Labor, Organizing
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House of Purple Cedar

Book - Fiction. By Tim Tingle. 2014. 326 pages. A young girl's story of growing up in Indian Territory in pre-statehood Oklahoma.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
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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Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots

Book – Historical fiction. By Margarita Engle. 2018. 192 pages. A novel that uses free verse to tell the story of the 1943 Zoot Suit (or Sailor) Riots through a wide range of characters.
Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Latinx, Racism & Racial Identity, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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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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Little Brother

Little Brother

Book - Fiction. By Cory Doctorow. 2008. A contemporary novel for teenagers that explores Homeland Security and freedom of speech in the post-9/11 United States.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Laws & Citizen Rights
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Mississippi Trial, 1955

Book - Fiction. By Chris Crowe. 2003. Historical fiction about the murder of Emmett Till for high school students.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: Racism & Racial Identity
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Ninth Ward

Book - Historical fiction. By Jewell Parker Rhodes. 2010. 224 pages. Historical fiction for grades 6-12 about the devastation when the levees broke in New Orleans and how people drew on their wits, community, and history to survive.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment
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