Historical Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

Genevieve’s War by Patricia Reilly Giff

genevieveGrades 3-6

This historical fiction novel takes place in 1939, when thirteen-year-old Genevieve spends the summer at her grandmother’s home in Alsace, France. When it is almost time for her to return to the States, Genevieve makes the bold decision to stay in France. It proves to be a tough one, because World War II breaks out soon after. Gen finds herself in the midst of the war when the Nazis take over Alsace and deport Jews. Then her friend Remi commits sabotage, and she is forced to hide him in the attic. This book is the companion book to Lily’s Crossing.

Thanks to Holiday House Hardcover for a review copy of this book.

Historical Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Grades 4-6


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

choirAges 18+

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


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


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


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

When Audrey Met Alice by Rebecca Behrens

Grades 3-6


Audrey Rhodes lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. That’s right, she lives in the White House, and her dad is the president. That makes her the First Daughter. She’s all set to have a party on Friday night, when it gets cancelled because of a security breach. She is very upset and goes to her room to sulk forever, when she finds the diary of Alice Roosevelt, a former first daughter who lived in that very room! Armed with new information about how to deal with life as a tween, Audrey’s spirits lift as she immerses herself in the past.

Historical Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Grades 4-6


It’s the 1970s and everything depends on Raymie Clarke and what she does about it. Her father has run away with the dental hygienist, and she decides that now is the time to enter the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition. She thinks that if she wins, she will get her picture in the paper and her father will come home. Will her plan work?