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A Soldier's Secret: The Incredible True Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero

by Marissa Moss

Historical fiction at its best, this novel by bestselling author Marissa Moss tells the story of Sarah Emma Edmonds, who masqueraded as a man named Frank Thompson during the Civil War. Among her many adventures,...


Magic Tree House #21: Civil War on Sunday

Magic Tree House #21

by Mary Pope Osborne & Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Cannon fire!

That's what Jack and Annie hear when the Magic Tree House whisks them back...


Horse Diaries #9: Tennessee Rose

by Jane Kendall & Astrid Sheckels

Alabama, 1856. Tennessee Rose is a dark bay Tennessee Walking Horse with a rose-shaped marking on her forehead. She loves dashing around the plantation in the running walk that her breed is famous for, then...


Follow the Drinking Gourd

by Jeanette Winter

Illus. in full color. "Winter's story begins with a peg-leg sailor who aids slaves on their escape on the Underground Railroad. While working for plantation owners, Peg Leg Joe teaches the slaves a song about...


The Other Side of Dark

Agatha Award for Best Children's/Young Adult Mystery 2010

by Sarah Smith

Katie Mullens is known as the weird kid. Dead dad. Dead mom. Loner. Maybe crazy. Always drawing in her sketch pad, and she talks to herself—or at least that’s what it looks like. But Katie is talking to...


Stella Stands Alone

by A. LaFaye

Stella Reid is fighting to save the home she loves. After her father is killed and her mother succumbs to yellow fever, it's up to Stella to run Oak Grove, her family's plantation. Unlike most Southerners, Stella...


Billy Boy: The Sunday Soldier of the 17th Maine

by Jean Mary Flahive

When 20-year-old Billy Laird of Berwick excitedly enlists in the Union Army with his hometown pals, he has no idea of what lies ahead for him. Mentally challenged, he is ill prepared for the training and fighting,...


Janie's Freedom: African Americans in the Aftermath of Civil War

by Callie Smith Grant

Time Period:  1867  Eleven-year-old Janie finds herself in a quandary. The War Between the States is now over, and Miss Laura, widowed mistress of Rubyhill Plantation, has told Rubyhill's former slaves they're...


Daria Solves a Mystery: Ohio Experiences the Civil War

by Norma Jean Lutz

Time Period:  1862  Daria Fisk's father is a doctor who's serving with the Union Army. When her financially-strapped mother must open their home to boarders, a wounded soldier comes to stay. Daria's twin brother,...


Brotherhood

by Anne Westrick

The year is 1867, the South has been defeated, and the American Civil War is over. But the conflict goes on. Yankees now patrol the streets of Richmond, Virginia, and its citizens, both black and white, are...


Maggie's Dare: The Great Awakening

by Norma Jean Lutz

Time Period:  1744  Slavery confuses Maggie Baldwin. It's 1744, and the tenderhearted twelve-year-old can't understand why her friend was given a young female slave as a Christmas present-or why her friend...


Elise the Actress: Climax of the Civil War

by Norma Jean Lutz

Time Period:  Jan. 1864 - April 1865  With the nation convulsed by civil war, Elise Brannon wants people to look past the depressing news that arrives daily from the battlefields: Through her love of acting,...


Meg Follows a Dream: The Fight for Freedom

by Norma Jean Lutz

Time Period:  1844  Slavery is a growing issue in the United States of the 1840s. . .but Meg Buehler can only think about drawing. This fictional twelve year old, an aspiring artist, is frustrated when her...


Silent Thunder: A Civil War Story

by Andrea Pinkney

Each of us has a “silent thunder” – a quiet desire that rumbles from deep-down. For eleven-year-old Summer and her older brother Rosco, their secret dreams seem far out of reach. Both are slaves on a Virginia...


Rebel Spirits

by Lois Ruby

Haunted by history. Bound by mystery. Lori Chase doesn't know what to think about ghosts. She may have seen a few in the past, but those were just childish imaginings . . . right? Only now that she is living...


Escape by Night

by Laurie Myers & Amy June Bates

Ten-year-old Tommy and his sister Annie are intrigued by the new soldiers arriving in their Georgia town. Since the Civil War started, wounded men waiting to be treated at the local church-turned-hospital...


Jesse Bowman: A Union Boy's War Story

by Tom McGowen

In this action-packed historical fiction novel, Jesse Bowman joins the Union Army in hopes of finding adventure. However, this teenage soldier learns that victory comes at a great cost. He discovers the hardships...


The Iron Dragon: The Courageous Story of Lee Chin

by Bonnie Pryor

Lee Chin arrives in America in 1866 to work on the transcontinental railroad. His cruel father is disappointed in him because he wants to be an artist. To make matters worse, Lee Chin's father has sold his sister,...


On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave

by Candace Fleming

"Positively tailor-made for reading—or reading aloud—by flashlight," declares Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.

The phenomenally versatile, award-winning author, Candace Fleming, gives teen and older tween...


Freedom Stone

by Jeffrey Kluger

Lillie's papa believed in freedom-for him, his family, and all the slaves on the Greenfog plantation. So when the Confederate Army promised freedom to the family of every slave who served in the Civil War-whether...