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Crossing the Tracks

by Barbara Stuber

At fifteen, Iris is a hobo of sorts—no home, no family, no plan. Her mother died when she was six, and her selfish father hires her out as a companion to a country doctor’s elderly mother. Iris, stuck in...


Susan Marcus Bends the Rules

by Jane Cutler

It's 1943 and ten-year-old Susan Marcus has moved with her family from New York City to Clayton, Missouri. It's different from her old home in so many ways, and worst of all, for the first time in her life,...


We Were There at the Driving of the Golden Spike

by David Shepherd & William K. Plummer

Travel back to the 1860s to join a family of Irish immigrants on their westward voyage to participate in the dramatic track-laying contest between the Union and Central Pacific Railroads. 35 illustrations.


Blazing West, the Journal of Augustus Pelletier, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804

by Kathryn Lasky

Newbery Honor author Kathryn Lasky's exciting JOURNAL OF AUGUSTUS PELLETIER is now in paperback with a dynamic repackaging! Fourteen-year-old Augustus, half French, half Omaha Indian, sets out to proof himself...


Shades of Gray

by Carolyn Reeder & Tim O'Brien

COURAGE WEARS MANY FACES

The Civil War may be over, but for twelve-year-old Will Page, the pain and bitterness haven't ended. How could they have, when the Yankees were responsible for the deaths of everyone...


Pioneer Summer

by Deborah Hopkinson & Patrick Faricy

Westward Ho!

Congress has ruled that settlers in Kansas Territory will decide whether Kansas will enter the Union as a free or a slave state. Charlie Keller's papa is an abolitionist, and he's moving the family...


Cabin in the Snow

by Deborah Hopkinson & Patrick Faricy

STORMS ARE BREWING

When Charlie and Papa arrive in Lawrence for supplies, they find the bustling Kansas town threatened by border ruffians from proslave Missouri. Papa decides to remain behind with other free-soil...


El Lector

by William Durbin

Thirteen-year-old Bella wants to be a lector just like her grandfather, who sits on a special platform in the cigar factory, reading great novels, the newspaper, and union news to workers as they roll the cigars....


Horrors of History: Ocean of Fire: The Burning of Columbia, 1865

by T. Neill Anderson

Based on the actual fire that swept through Columbia, South Carolina, after the city surrendered to General Sherman’s Union troops, Ocean of Fire details life in the South at the end of the American Civil...


Willow

by Tonya Cherie Hegamin

In 1848, an educated slave girl faces an inconceivable choice - between bondage and freedom, family and love. On one side of the Mason-Dixon Line lives fifteen-year-old Willow, her master's favorite servant....


Horrors of History: City of the Dead

by T. Neill Anderson

The year was 1900--a time before cars, evacuation routes, and up-to-the-minute weather reports. It was the day the deadliest storm in US history hammered Galveston, Texas. It was the day an entire island city...


Prisoner 88

by Leah Pileggi

What if you were ten years old and thrown into prison with hardened criminals? That's just what happens to Jake Oliver Evans. Inspired by a true account of a prisoner in the Idaho Territorial Penitentiary in...


We Were There at the First Airplane Flight

by Felix Sutton & Laszlo Matulay

A brother and sister meet Orville and Wilbur Wright and assist the inventors in realizing their dream of human flight. Reviewed by historical consultants for accuracy and illustrated with 35 dramatic drawings....


We Were There at the Battle of Gettysburg

by Alida Sims Malkus & Leonard Vosburgh

Expert-approved, illustrated novel unfolds in a small Pennsylvania town, where Confederate and Union troops converge for a decisive confrontation. A dramatic series of adventures features cameos by Lee, Lincoln,...


We Were There at the Boston Tea Party

by Robert N. Webb & E.F. Ward

Historically accurate adventure novel, set in New England during 1773, follows a brother and sister as they carry secret messages to Sam Adams, Paul Revere, and other patriots. 35 illustrations.


Sporty Creek

by James Still

With illustrations by Paul Brett Johnson

Sporty Creek is a series of short stories set in the Kentucky hills. Narrated by a young boy (a cousin of the narrator of Still's classic novel River of Earth), the book...


Radio Girl

by Carol Brendler

It's 1938 in Newark, New Jersey, and CeCe Maloney is a feisty, determined fourteen-year-old with big dreams and a huge imagination who seeks fame and fortune (or even a job) as a radio star. This poignant, often...


Just Jane: A Daughter of England Caught in the Struggle of the American Revolution

by William Lavender

Romance, history, and warfare abound in this story set in South Carolina during the American Revolution.


The Secret of the Sealed Room: A Mystery of Young Benjamin Franklin

by Bailey MacDonald

The play’s the thing . . .

To the outside world, Tom Pryne is an orphan traveling Elizabethan England with his uncle’s theater troupe. In actuality, “Tom” is Viola, in disguise because her parents’...


Tricking the Tallyman

by Jacqueline Davies & S.D. Schindler

Are kids interested in learning about the very first American census? Probably not. Do young readers clamor for stories set in the very, very olden days of the late 18th century? Uh, not really. Okay, but do...