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Based On a True Story

Ancient Greece/Rome/Egypt
  • The Pig Scrolls by Paul Shipton (age 10-14)
  • Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner (Helen of Troy series, age 12+)

Age of Exploration
  • The King's Fifth by Scott O'Dell (age 10+)

History and Fantasy
  • Operation Red Jericho by Joshua Mowll (The Guild of Specialists Trilogy, age 10+)
  • The Pig Scrolls by Paul Shipton (age 10-14)
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (Gemma Doyle series, age 12+)
  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfield (Leviathan Trilogy, age 12+)
  • Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (age 14+)

American Revolutionary War
  • Johnny Tremain  by Esther Forbes (age 8-13)

Civil War (U.S.)
  • The Root Cellar by Janet Lunn (age 8-12)
  • The Last Silk Dress by Ann Rinaldi (age 11+)

The Wild, Wild West

Great Depression
  • Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm (age 9+)
  • Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (age 10+)
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (Al Capone Does..., age 10+)

  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (age 8-12)
  • Elephant Run by Roland Smith (age 10+)
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (age 10+)
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (age 12+)
  • Annexed by Sharon Dogar (age 13+, mature content)
  • The Gadget by Paul Zindel (age 13+)
  • Briar Rose by Jane Yolen (age 13+)
  • Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith (age 13+)
  • Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene (age 13+)

From Sea to Shining Sea
  • Emily's Fortune by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (age 8-12)
  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House series, age 8-12)
  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (age 8-12)
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (age 8-12)
  • Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (age 10+)
  • What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell (age 12+)
  • Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson (age 12+)

God Bless the Queen
  • The True Adventures of Charlotte Doyle by Avi (age 8-12)
  • The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding (Cat Royal Adventures, age 10+)
  • A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee (Agency series, age 12+)
  • Montmorency: thief, liar, gentleman by Eleanor Updale (Montmorency series, age 12+)

  • The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman (age 8-12)
  • Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman (age 8-12)
  • Annexed by Sharon Dogar (age 13+, mature content)
  • Betsy and the Emperor by Staton Rabin (age 13+)
  • Aurelia by Anne Osterlund (age 13+)
  • Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (age 14+, some mature content)


Civil Rights
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (age 9-13)

All You Need is Love (1960s and Vietnam)
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (age 10+)
  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (age 11+)
  • Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam! by Cynthia Kadohata (age 13+)

Exploration and Survival
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (age 8-12)