Historical Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Grades 4-6

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When ten-year-old Mamie’s class is assigned to write letters to the astronauts who are planning to land on the moon in 1969, she chooses Michael Collins, the least known of the three men. Although she doesn’t hear back from Michael, Mamie continues to write to him after the assignment and school is over, using the letters like journal entries. She loves writing to him, and wonders if she will ever get a response.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

 
Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

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It is the beginning of World War II in England, and the choir is in danger of being shut down because there are no men to sing because they’ve all gone off to fight. The women of the town, however, are determined to defy the pastor and carry on singing, without the men. That is how they become the Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. This charming novel is told in a series of journal entries and letters and is one readers won’t soon forget.
Historical Fiction, YA Fiction

Lost by Jacqueline Davies

 

Grades 9-12

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Seventeen-year-old Essie is a Jewish girl living in Manhattan in 1911. She is unable to take care of her six-year-old sister, Zelda, because she has a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. At the factory, she befriends the new girl, Harriet. She relates to her on a deeper level, because she realizes that Harriet is sad, lonely and lost. We see Essie navigate through her own loss and tragedy as the author alternates between the past and the present, weaving the story together like an intricate web.

Award/Honor Books, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Grades 3-6

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Annabelle’s life in a quiet Pennsylvania town has been affected by two world wars, but her life really changes when she meets her new classmate Betty Glengarry. Betty is a typical bully and makes it known. She specifically attacks Toby a veteran of World War I. Will Annabelle, who knows what a kind soul Toby is, be able to stand up for him or will she choke and be a bystander?

This is a 2017 Newbery Honor book.

Historical Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet

Grades 3-6

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Noah Keller’s life is turned upside down when his parents pick him up from school one day and announce that they won’t be going home to their house in Roanoke, Virginia, but rather to “the good Germany,” or East Berlin. It’s 1989 and they are hiding behind the Iron Curtain. There are so many secrets and lies that Noah can hardly keep up. For one, his name is now Jonah Brown, and his birthday is no longer in March, but rather in November. He begins to wonder when his mother became multi-lingual and what really happened to the parents of his friend Claudia, whom he calls Cloud. Will Noah’s life ever be the same again?

Historical Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm

Grades 3-6
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From the author who brought you The Fourteenth Goldfish comes this historical fiction story about a boy named Beans and his group of friends. It’s 1934 in Key  West, Florida, and they’re living in the middle of the Great Depression. The adults in his life lie to survive, but Beans isn’t a fool. He has survival plans of his own.