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Books TitleRECOMMENDED NOVELS WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN

H) HISTORICAL

BURTON, HESTER
“The Great Gale” (1960) England, “The Flood at Reedsmere” (1968) U.S.
and many other historical adventures by this British author, all well told and researched. Though this story of a flood in the East Anglia area of Britain takes place in 1953, it is full of details, like BBC news reports that put one in the story. Many of her other books are of earlier historical times.

CUSHMAN, KAREN
“Catherine, Called Birdy” (1994)
13th century England from the point of view of a fiesty, rebellious girl, this delightful diary tells about everyday life with earthy crudeness and humor that will bring a new understanding of the time to readers.

FORBES, ESTHER
“Johnny Tremain” (1943)
This fine novel charts the events leading up and into the American Revolution in Boston from the viewpoint of a boy in the midst of it all.

GRAY, ELIZABETH JANET
“Adam of the Road” (1942)
“I Will Adventure” (1962)
Well-researched lively adventures in English history are this author’s forte. “Adam” tells of a minstrel’s son in the 13th century traveling the roads looking for his father. “Adventure” is about the London of Shakespeare’s time.

HILGARTNER, BETH
“A Murder for Her Majesty” (1986)
The daughter of an English nobleman has seen her father murdered by the Queen’s men. She takes refuge in the cathedral of York, befriended by members of the boy choir, where she learns about music while trying to evade those searching for her.

HUNTER, MOLLIE
“A Pistol in Greenyards” (1965)
“The Lothian Run” (1970)
“The Stronghold” (1974)
Hunter’s historicals all take place in Scotland at different times. “Strongholds” is a fascinating glimpse into prehistory and the builders of ancient stone structures. “Lothian” is a suspenseful tale of smugglers and rebellion in 18th century Edinburgh, and “Pistol” a grim account of one town’s resistance to the clearing of the highlands of it’s people to make room for sheep farming.

JEWETT, ELEANOR M.
“Felicity Finds a Way” (1952)
“Big John’s Secret” (1962)
In the first, a Tory family must leave America after the revolution, and they and their daughter find new challenges in the Bahamas. In the second, the son of a nobleman in 13th century England searches for the true fate of his father, a search that takes him on a crusade to Jerusalem.

LAMPMAN, EVELYN SIBLEY
“The Tilted Sombrero” (1966)
“Cayuse Courage” (1970)
Two of Lampman’s many probing looks into the fates and fortunes of America’s native peoples. The first tells of the Indians’ early revolt against the Spanish, the second of a famous white massacre from the Indian point of view. Other books look at migrant workers, Chinese Americans, and other such subjects with great understanding.

LATHAM, JEAN LEE
“Carry On, Mr. Bowditch” (1955)
Remarkable story of a boy with a talent for math that creates a novel way for New England’s ships to navigate on their journeys in trade from colonial America.

LENSKI, LOIS
“Phoebe Fairchild, Her Book” (1936)
“Strawberry Girl” (1945)
Two examples of the many regional historical books by this author. In the first, a girl in 1830’s Connecticut has many adventures visiting her country relatives. In the second a girl in Florida in the early 1900’s takes part in that area’s changeover from frontier to farmland.

McGRAW, ELOISE JARVIS
“Moccasin Trail” (1952)
“The Golden Goblet” (1961)
In the first exciting tale, a white boy raised by Indians comes to help his younger brothers start a homestead in wild Oregon. In the second, an apprentice goldsmith in ancient Egypt struggles with a cruel step-brother and the mystery of a stolen goblet. Her other books are recommended.

MEADER, STEPHEN W.
“Who Rides in the Dark?” (1937)
“The Fish Hawk’s Nest” (1952)
Two examples of the author’s many historicals. In the first a poor boy works in the stables of a coaching inn in colonial New Hampshire, and is drawn into the search for a notorious highwayman. In the second, a boy of the southern New Jersey seacoast does his part to foil British plans during the American revolution.

MEIGS, CORNELIA
“Wind in the Chimney” (1934)
In the early years of the United States, two English children help their widowed mother keep her home. Meigs wrote many other historicals of quality.

O’DELL, SCOTT
“The Island of Blue Dolphins” (1960)
“The Black Pearl” (1967)
“Road to Damietta (1985)
O’Dell’s books often open readers’ eyes with unusual subject matter, and enrich the spirit with fine prose and characters. “Island” tells of an Indian girl who survives alone for many years on a small island off the California coast. “Pearl” tells of pearl fishing in southern California’s early settlement days, “Damietta” goes further afield to tell the story of St. Francis of Assisi.

PECK, ROBERT NEWTON
"The Horse Hunters" (1988)
I almost gave up on this book in the beginning because of its depiction of cruel treatment to wild horses in historical Florida, but as the story progressed, I realized that opening section was meant to contrast the way the young men featured in the wild horse hunt in the rest of the book actually were much more humane and caring than their bosses. Fine characters, and a memorable story.

SEREDY, KATE
“The Good Master” (1935)
“The Singing Tree” (1939)
Two fine tales of farm life in Hungary, early in this century. In the second, the effects of World War I on the people and the land are dramatically shown. All Seredy’s books are beautifully written and recommended.

SPEARE, ELIZABETH GEORGE
“The Witch of Blackbird Pond” (1958)
Gripping story of a girl’s battle with prejudice in 17th century New England as she struggles to save an old woman from those who call her a witch. Speare’s two other books, “The Bronze Bow” and “The Sign of the Beaver” are well worth reading.

STEELE, WILLIAM O.
“Winter Danger” (1954)
In this example of the author’s many fine books about American frontier life, Caje is tired of his life in the woods with his father, hunting bear and other game, so he welcomes the chance to stay with his cousins in a real house for the winter. But he finds that life as full of trouble as his own.

TRAVERS, P.L.
“I Go by Sea, I Go by Land” (1941)
Sabrina and James must leave the danger of wartime England and are sent as evacuees to America, far from friends and parents.

TURNER, PHILIP
“Steam on the Line” (1968)
“Devil’s Nob” (1970)
“Powder Quay” (1971)
These three books chart the course of Victorian England’s industrial revolution in the small town of Darnley Mills, and it’s railway, showing the upheavals in society through fine characters that also connect with his contemporary stories of the same area.

WALSH, JILL PATON
"Fireweed" (1969)
Children caught in the blitz in London in World War II, separated from their families, team up in an unlikely alliance and try to stay alive against high odds and many dangers. Well written.

WELLMAN, MANLY WADE
“The Master of Scare Hollow” (1964)
An example of the backwoods North Carolina tales of this author. In 1882 a young schoolteacher comes to this small community and finds friends and foes in his struggle to keep the school running.

WESTALL, ROBERT
"The Machine Gunners" (1975)
In this, and sequel "Fathom Five" Westall tells a rousing story of kids in a small coastal town in England during World War II who encounter the war close up, first with a downed German pilot, then with spies plotting to blow up British ships.

YEP, LAWRENCE
“Dragonwings”
An eleven-year-old boy is sent from China to join the father he has never met in California. All he knows is that his father was the finest kite-maker in his village. In America he learns the pale demons can be good people, or cruel ones who want to hurt the Chinese. He also discover that his father has a bizarre dream -- he wants to fly.

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