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P.S. Be Eleven

Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Readjusting to life in Brooklyn is tough after One Crazy Summer with their mother in California. Delphine and her sisters not only have to deal with their strict grandmother, their uncle has just returned from Vietnam a changed man, and their father has a new love interest. The 1960s come alive in this memorable novel sure to be embraced by those who know Delphine and her family as well as those just meeting them for the first time.

Johnny Tremain

Genre:
Historical Fiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

The classic tale of the Revolutionary War is now 75 years old. An introduction by Nathan Hale in his signature graphic history style is likely to bring this to a new audience.  

Zora and Me : The Cursed Ground

Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Meet a young Zora Neale Huston through the eyes of her best friend Carrie Brown. They are in the African American town of Eatonville, Florida, in 1903. Two time periods converge when the Westin of 1855 results in an old mystery solved and a town saved in this fast-paced novel.

Towers Falling

Genre:
Historical Fiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

When her fifth-grade teacher hints that a series of lessons about home and community will culminate with one big answer about two tall towers once visible outside their classroom window, Dèja can't help but feel confused. She sets off on a journey of discovery, with new friends Ben and Sabeen by her side. A story about young people who weren’t alive to witness 9/11, but begin to realize how much it colors their every day.

Ghost Boys

Genre:
Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation that's been unleashed on his family and community. Jerome meets another ghost: Emmett Till, a boy from a very different time but similar circumstances. Emmett takes Jerome on a journey towards recognizing how historical racism may have led to the events that ended his life.

Bayou Magic

Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Visiting her grandmother in Louisiana, Maddy realizes she may be only the sibling to carry on her family’s magical legacy. And when a disastrous oil leak threatens the bayou, she knows she may also be the only one who can help. A coming-of-age tale rich with folk magic. See the two other two books in the Louisiana Girls Trilogy, Ninth Ward and Sugar.

Prairie Lotus

Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

After the death of Hanna’s mother, she and her father head to the Dakota Territory looking to start anew. But can a girl with a Chinese mother and a white father overcome the odds against them? The Newbery Medalist again presents rich historical fiction with an afterword that describes the genesis of this powerful story.

How I Became A Ghost — A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story

Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Isaac, a Choctaw boy, tells the story of his tribe's removal from their Mississippi homeland, and how the exodus to the American West (on the Trail of Tears) led him to become a ghost — one able to help those left behind. His traveling companions include a tough-minded teenage girl, a shape-shifting panther boy, a lovable five-year-old ghost who only wants her mom and dad to be happy, and Isaac's talking dog, Jumper. (Book 1 in a 3-part series)

The Birchbark House

Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Opening in the summer of 1847, this story follows an Ojibwe family through four seasons; it focuses on young Omakayas, who turns "eight winters old" during the course of the novel. In nearly step-by-step details, the story describes how they build a summer home out of birchbark, gather with extended family to harvest rice in the autumn, treat an attack of smallpox during the winter, and make maple syrup in the spring to stock their own larder and to sell to others.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963: 25th Anniversary Edition

Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age Level:
9-12
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

The Watson family travels to Birmingham and gets caught up in the devastating events of 1963. For its 25th anniversary, this edition has a cover that resembles a Green Book, the guide for African Americans traveling in the South. The award-winning novel is as fresh today as when it was first published.

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