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Books TitleRECOMMENDED NOVELS WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN

D) HISTORICAL AND TIME TRAVEL FANTASY

AIKEN, JOAN
“The Wolves of Willoughby Chase” (1962)
“Black Hearts in Battersea” (1964)
First two in a series of pseudo-Victorian alternate history stories with a dark Dickensian feel. Deft touches of humor, melodrama and inventive plots, involving various evil schemes and inventions that must be overcome by the cleverness of children.

BARBEE OLIVER CARLETON
"The Witches' Bridge" (1967)
A boy returns to his ancestral home in New England to find that his family is hated and feared, and the cause revolves around the witch trials of Puritan times. Well written, exciting adventure story with historical elements and a bit of fantasy.

BOND, NANCY
"A String in the Harp" (1976)
A girl and her American family are staying in Wales for a year, but she only wants to go home until she is drawn into visions from the past, of the world of the bart Taliesin in ancient Wales. Soon she and her friends are caught up in solving the mystery of these visions.

BOSTON, L. M. (Lucy)
“The Children of Green Knowe” (1954)
And five other similar books plus a few short stories in the same setting -- the ancient Norman manor house in the English countryside that was her actual home. Through these fine stories she weaves a picture of history and magic, mystery and wonder, telling of the house’s many inhabitants. Highly recommended.

BUTTERWORTH, OLIVER
“The Narrow Passage” (1973)
Exploring some caves in France where early men lived, Nate finds a way into a prehistoric time.

CAMERON, ELEANOR
“The Court of Stone Children” (1973)
“Beyond Silence” (1980)
Both of these well-written books present elements of mystery and time travel, as present-day children must figure out a puzzle from the past that reflects problems of their own. The first begins in San Francisco and includes a past France, the second takes place in a haunted Scottish castle.

CLARKE, PAULINE
“The Return of the Twelves” - British title “The Twelve and the Genii” (1962)
A remarkable combination of fantasy, history, and literature where a boy finds the toy soldiers that inspired early stories of England’s novel-writing Bronte family -- and they come to life for him.

COOPER, SUSAN
"King of Shadows" (1999)
On a school trip to research Shakespeare and his world, a boy is suddenly propelled back to Shakespeare's time, and becomes entangled in a web of intrigue surrounding the plays and players in that time. Very well written.

CRESSWELL, HELEN
“Up the Pier” (1971)
In winter, the amusement pier in a Welsh seaside town is supposed to be closed and empty, but Carrie finds there people from the past who have been trapped by magic.

CURRY, JANE LOUISE
“Beneath the Hill” (1967)
And other books in the Abaloc series connect children in the present with those in the ancient past of Wales and American Indian legend. Other good books of hers involving magic and time-travel are “The Bassumtyte Treasure” and the recent “Moon-Window”.

EAGER, EDWARD
“The Time Garden” (1958)
In this Nesbit-like fantasy, a garden of thyme, and a magic frog, lead to adventures in the past.

FARMER, PENELOPE
“Charlotte Sometimes” (1969)
A girl staying in a British boarding school finds herself periodically changing places with another girl who stayed there 40 years before, during a time of war. Both learn a great deal from the exchange.

JEWETT, ELEANOR M.
“The Hidden Treasure of Glaston” (1946)
In mediaeval England, at Glastonbury Abbey, the boy Hugh becomes drawn into the mysteries of the legends surrounding King Arthur and the Holy Grail.

JONES, DIANA WYNNE
“The Time of the Ghost” (1981)
The main character of this complex tale seems to be a ghost revisiting the odd home of her childhood...or is she really in a hospital in the present? Her family, both in the present and the past, and the strange magic they conjured up, hold the key to the ghost’s mystery and true identity.

LEWIS, HILDA
“The Ship That Flew” (1939)
Peter buys a toy ship that has magic powers and carries him and his friends to adventures in the past, authentically written by this historical novelist.

LIVELY, PENELOPE
“The House in Norham Gardens” (1974)
“A Stitch in Time” (1976)
“House” tells of a girl living in her grandfather’s house, obsessed with artifacts he brought back from New Guinea and the tribe he found there. “Stitch” takes place in the seaside town of Lyme Regis, where she finds magic taking her into its past.

MAYNE, WILLIAM
“Earthfasts” (1966)
Like many of this fine author’s books, the past and the present are drawn together. Two boys see the ghostly vision of a drummer boy from the past who unleashes Arthurian legend and ancient magic in the present day.

McKILLIP, PATRICIA
“The House on Parchment Street” (1973)
In the house in England where they’re staying, Carol and Bruce see ghosts from Puritan times in the cellar -- ghosts who have a mystery that must be solved.

NORTON, ANDRE
“Octagon Magic” (1967)
Lorrie befriends the old ladies who live in the odd eight-sided house the other children shun. Inside she finds an entry into the house’s past mysteries.

PEARCE, PHILLIPPA
“Tom’s Midnight Garden” (1958)
In this modern classic, a boy finds himself staying with boring relatives in an old house with nothing to interest him. But late at night he sneaks outside into a wonderful garden that is part of the house’s past, and befriends the girl who lived there then.

ORMONDROYD, EDWARD
“Time At the Top” (1963)
In this book and it’s sequel, “All in Good Time”, an elevator in an apartment building becomes a time machine that carries Susan back to the house that stood on the same spot in the 1860’s. Clever use of time travel.

SAUER, JULIA
“Fog Magic” (1943)
On a foggy day on a New England road, Greta finds herself in a past time, a vanished town, with a mystery she must solve before the town vanishes again.

SKELTON, MATTHEW
"Endymion Springs" (2006)
This fantasy would fit in several categories, but I'll put it here, as it has a strong historical element. The story runs on two tracks, one in present day Oxford, one in the time and place of the creation of Gutenberg and his invention of printing with moveable type. But the story has much more, including lots of magic surrounding a mysterious book hidden somewhere in Oxford's many libraries that the children in the present have found, and many others are searching for.

SNYDER, ZILPHA KEATLEY
“The Truth About Stone Hollow” (1974)
In 1938 California, the town of Taylor Springs has a haunted house that no one dares visit except Amy and Jason. They find it a place where the past can be seen, a past that help solve the mysteries of the house.

UTTLEY, ALISON
“A Traveler in Time” (1939)
Penelope, a modern-day girl, visits a farmhouse in rural England where she finds herself travelling back to the house’s past, in the time of Mary Queen of Scots, and a daring plot to rescue the imprisoned queen.

WELCH, RONALD
"The Gauntlet" (1951)
A boy finds an old gauntlet that sends him back to 14th century England, where he is thrown into medieval battles, learning the skills of the time along the way. But how can he get back to his own time before meeting death on the battlefield?

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