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READS: CCB Fiction: Historical

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15th - 18th Century

The Witch of Blackbird Pond - YA

When Kit arrives in Connecticut she is met by suspicion and disapproval. In 1687 America she becomes friends with Hannah Tupper who is believed to be a witch. 249 pages.

Fever 1793 - YA

When disease sweeps through Mattie's city in 1793, she must learn how to survive in a world turned upside down, YA book. 251 pages.

The People Could Fly: American Black folktales

Retold Afro-American folktales of animals, fantasy, the supernatural, and desire for freedom, born of the sorrow of the slaves, but passed on in hope. 178 pages.

Year of wonders : a novel of the plague

In 1666 plague comes to an English mountain village. This is the story of how the village survived when housemaid Anna believes quarantine is the answer. 308 pages.

The Midwife's Apprentice - YA

In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world. 122 pages.

19th century

The Underground Railroad

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. 306 pages.

The Call of the Wild - YA

The story of a house dog sold to Alaska as a sled dog for the gold rush of 1898. Through various owners and experiences he becomes a tougher and smarter animal, and after his favorite owner dies he becomes leader of a wolf pack. 128 pages.

Rifles for Watie - YA

This classic Civil War book is about Jefferson Davis Bussey, who at 16 joins the Rebel Army. He finds war is hell and his hatred of the Union changes when he becomes a spy in that army and discovers the enemy is no different. 332 pages.

Where the Broken Heart Still Beats - YA

A fictional retelling of the abduction of Cynthia Parker, who was stolen by Comanches as a child & lived with them for 24 years, first as a slave, then as a chief's wife. Having been taken as a child and raised by Comanche Indians, thirty-four-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker is forcibly returned to her white relatives, where she longs for her Indian life and her only friend is her twelve-year-old cousin Lucy. 197 pages.

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple - YA

In 1849, a twelve-year-old girl who calls herself Lucy is distraught when her mother moves the family from Massachusetts to a small California mining town, where Lucy helps run a rough boarding house and looks for comfort in books while trying tofind a way to get "home." 218 pages./

Eliza Waite

"After the tragic death of her husband and son on a remote island in Washington's San Juan Islands, Eliza Waite joins the throng of miners, fortune hunters, business owners, con men, and prostitutes traveling north to the Klondike in the spring of 1898. Using Gold Rush history, diary entries and authentic pioneer recipes, The book transports readers to the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of a raucous and fleeting era of American history 327 pages.

A woman called Moses : a novel based on the life of Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman's story is told eloquently, almost poetically, achingly real and speaks to our need to feel committed. It makes us wish that there are more people like Harriet Tubman. 367 pages.

Redfield Farm : a novel of the Underground Railroad - YA

Quakers Ann & Jesse Redfield get involved with the Underground Railroad. This book brings a deep understanding of the details of the Underground Railroad in a tale of a life well-lived. 287 pages.

Murder, Magic, and What We Wore - YA

Deciding to become a spy after her father is killed and his money goes missing, Annis Whitworth uses her talent for sewing magical garments to open a dressmaking shop as a cover while she quietly searches for her father's murderer. 293 pages.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - YA

In Germany during WWII Bruno is 9 years old who sees another boy at a concentration fence. The other boy is wearing what looks like striped pajamas. They are not pajamas. 215 pages.

Goodnight from London

Tells the fascinating story of Ruby Sutton, an ambitious American journalist who moves to London in 1940 to report on the Second World War, and to start a new life an ocean away from her past. 365 pages.

Assault on Juno

Recounts the day-long assault on heavily-defended Juno Beach by Canadian troops during the Normandy landings on D-Day, an attack which played a key role in the success of the Allied invasion. 145 pages.

20th century

The Girls - YA

Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence. 255 pages.

Bud, Not Buddy - YA

In 1936 10-year-old Bud jumps a train to look for his famous band leader father. Full of laugh-out-loud humor and wonderful characters this book illustrates the deeper tones of the Great Depression. 245 pages.

The Things They Carried

Written by a Viet Nam veteran, this book describes the things carried by the men of Alpha Company. The author describes the courage, determination, and luck needed to survive. 273 pages.

Wolf Hollow - YA

Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what's right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran. 291 pages.

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