For the Middle Grade Reader Who Loves Historical Fiction

Recommendations from Sarah

One Crazy Summer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060760908
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Published: Quill Tree Books - December 27th, 2011

In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them. A strong option for summer reading—take this book along on a family road trip or enjoy it at home.


My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399187360
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Published: Puffin Books - July 7th, 2020

National Book Award-finalist Ibi Zoboi makes her middle-grade debut with a moving story of a girl finding her place in a world that's changing at warp speed.


The Night Diary Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735228528
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Published: Puffin Books - April 23rd, 2019

A 2019 NEWBERY HONOR BOOK

"A gripping, nuanced story of the human cost of conflict appropriate for both children and adults."


One True Way Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338181746
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 28th, 2019

A heartening story of two girls who discover their friendship is something more. But how, among their backward town, will Sam and Allie face what they know is true about themselves?

Welcome to Daniel Boone Middle School in the 1970s, where teachers and coaches must hide who they are, and girls who like girls are forced to question their own choices.


The Book of Boy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062686213
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 5th, 2020

A Newbery Honor Book * Booklist Editors’ Choice * BookPage Best Books * Chicago Public Library Best Fiction * Horn Book Fanfare * Kirkus Reviews Best Books * Publishers Weekly Best Books * Wall Street Journal Best of the Year * An ALA Notable Book


The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog Cover Image
By Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780142427378
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 20th, 2018

A Newbery Honor Book
Winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award

An exciting and hilarious medieval adventure from the bestselling author of A Tale Dark and Grimm. Beautifully illustrated throughout by Hatem Aly! 


Jefferson's Sons: A Founding Father’s Secret Children Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142421840
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Published: Puffin Books - January 10th, 2013

This story of Thomas Jefferson's children by one of his slaves, Sally Hemings, tells a darker piece of America's history from an often unseen perspective-that of three of Jefferson's slaves-including two of his own children.


The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
By Avi
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ISBN: 9780545477116
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - September 1st, 2012

Avi's treasured Newbery Honor Book now with exclusive bonus content!

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels.


Elijah of Buxton (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780439023450
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - February 1st, 2009

Master storyteller Christopher Paul Curtis's Newbery Honor novel, featuring his trademark humor and unique narrative voice, is now part of the Scholastic Gold line!

Elijah of Buxton, recipient of the Newbery Honor and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels.


Words on Fire Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338275476
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 1st, 2019

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen transports readers to a corner of history with this inspiring story of a girl who discovers the strength of her people united in resisting oppression.

Danger is never far from Audra's family farm in Lithuania.


Zora and Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763658144
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Published: Candlewick - December 27th, 2011

Coretta Scott King John Steptoe New Talent Author Award Winner 2011!

Endorsed by the Zora Neale Hurston Trust


War Horse (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780439796644
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 1st, 2010

An unforgettable tale of war, redemption, and a hero's journey.

It is 1914, and Joey, a farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of World War I on the Western Front.


Echo Mountain Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525555568
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - April 21st, 2020

★ “Historical fiction at its finest.” –The Horn Book

“T
here has never been a better time to read about healing, of both the body and the heart. –The New York Times Book Review

Echo Mountain is an acclaimed best book of 2020! 


Village of Scoundrels Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419708978
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Published: Amulet Books - February 25th, 2020

Newbery Honor recipient Margi Preus tells the incredible true story of a group of French teenagers who helped save refugees in WWII

Based on the true story of the French villagers in WWII who saved thousands of Jews, this novel tells how a group of young teenagers stood up for what is right.


Making Bombs for Hitler Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338312836
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - January 29th, 2019

For readers who were enthralled by Alan Gratz's Prisoner B-3087 comes a gripping novel about a lesser-known part of WWII.

Lida thought she was safe. Her neighbors wearing the yellow star were all taken away, but Lida is not Jewish.


Resistance (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338148503
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - March 2nd, 2021

New York Times bestseller Jennifer A. Nielsen tells the extraordinary story of a Jewish girl's courageous efforts to resist the Nazis.

Chaya Lindner is a teenager living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Simply being Jewish places her in danger of being killed or sent to the camps.


The War That Saved My Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780147510488
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Published: Puffin Books - May 31st, 2016

*Newbery Honor book
*Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award 

This #1 New York Times bestseller is an exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War II, from the acclaimed author of Fighting Words, and for fans of Fish in a Tree and Sarah, Plain and Tall.
 


Number the Stars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547577098
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Published: Clarion Books - May 2nd, 2011

In Lois Lowry's unforgettable Newbery Medal–winning novel, a ten-year-old Danish girl's bravery is tested when her best friend is threatened by Nazis in 1943.

As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the famil


The Green Glass Sea (The Gordon Family Saga #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142411490
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Published: Puffin Books - May 1st, 2008

A heartfelt story of a budding friendship in the thick of the war--winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction


Breaking Stalin's Nose Cover Image
By Eugene Yelchin, Eugene Yelchin (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781250034106
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Published: Square Fish - October 15th, 2013

A Newbery Honor Book.

Sasha Zaichik has known the laws of the Soviet Young Pioneers since the age of six:
The Young Pioneer is devoted to Comrade Stalin, the Communist Party, and Communism.
A Young Pioneer is a reliable comrade and always acts according to conscience.
A Young Pioneer has a right to criticize shortcomings.


Betty Before X Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250294180
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Published: Square Fish - December 31st, 2018

Betty Before X is a powerful middle-grade fictionalized account of the childhood activism of Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X’s wife, written by their daughter Ilyasah Shabazz.


Out of Left Field (The Gordon Family Saga #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425288603
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Published: Puffin Books - February 12th, 2019

A story about the fight for equal rights in America's favorite arena: the baseball field!


A Night Divided (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545682442
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 24th, 2018

A stunning thriller from NYT bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen about a girl who must escape to freedom after the Berlin Wall divides her family between east and west.

A Night Divided joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content!With the rise of the Berlin Wall, Gerta finds her family suddenly divided.


Countdown (The Sixties Trilogy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545106061
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - April 30th, 2013

Four starred reviews greeted this new, groundbreaking classic from Deborah Wiles!

Franny Chapman just wants some peace. But that's hard to get when her best friend is feuding with her, her sister has disappeared, and her uncle is fighting an old war in his head. Her saintly younger brother is no help, and the cute boy across the street only complicates things.


The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780440414124
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Published: Yearling - September 8th, 1997

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree about an unforgettable family on a road-trip during one of the most important times in the civil rights movement.


The Summer Sherman Loved Me (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780816698158
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - August 15th, 2015

A coming-of-age novel set in the early 1960s in Minneapolis, The Summer Sherman Loved Me is an honest look at the struggles of a twelve-year-old girl that transcends time. As Margaret tries to sort out her strained relationship with her mother and her feelings for her neighbor who claims to love her, readers join her in her journey discovering what it means to grow up.



The Wednesday Wars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547237602
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Published: Clarion Books - May 18th, 2009

In this Newbery Honor–winning novel, Gary D. Schmidt tells the witty and compelling story of a teenage boy who feels that fate has it in for him, during the school year 1968-68.

Seventh grader Holling Hoodhood isn't happy. He is sure his new teacher, Mrs. Baker, hates his guts.


Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142425541
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Published: Puffin Books - May 14th, 2019

Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, one young girl is determined to save her brother from the draft—and gets help from an unlikely source—in this middle-grade tale, perfect for fans of The Wednesday Wars
 


Inside Out and Back Again Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061962790
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Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2013

Inside Out and Back Again is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award!


Kent State Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338356281
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 21st, 2020

From two-time National Book Award finalist Deborah Wiles, a masterpiece exploration of one of the darkest moments in our history, when American troops killed four American students protesting the Vietnam War.

May 4, 1970.Kent State University.As protestors roil the campus, National Guardsmen are called in.


Like Vanessa Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781580898997
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Published: Charlesbridge - March 5th, 2019

Middle graders will laugh and cry with thirteen-year-old Vanessa Martin as she tries to be like Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America.