Abigail Takes the Wheel
When the first mate of the freight boat Neptune falls ill, it is up to Abigail, the captain's daughter, to steer the ship up the Hudson River from New Jersey to New York City. 2002. (Ages 6-8).
Patrick, Jean L. S.
The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth
A retelling of the day Jackie Mitchell, a seventeen-year-old female professional baseball player, struck out the New York Yankees besthitters, Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig, in an exhibition game in 1931. 2000. (Ages 6-8).
The Snow Walker
In 1888,during a blizzard in the Bronx, 12-year-old Milton Daub goes out to bring food and medicine for his neighbors. 1996. (Ages 6-8).
Auch, Mary Jane
Journey to Nowhere
In 1825, while traveling by covered wagon to settle in the wilderness of western New York, eleven-year-old Memexperiences a flood and separation from her family. 1997. (Ages 9-12).
Collier, James Lincoln
Orphaned and homeless, Twelve-year-old Chopper Carey is a streetwise gang member in 1890's New York. 2001. (Ages 9-12).
Sees Behind Trees
A Native American (Pre-Colonial) boy with a special gift to "see" beyond his poor eyesight journeys with an old warrior to a land of mystery and beauty. 1996. (Ages 9-12).
Betrayal at Cross Creek
It's 1775 and Elspeth Monro, has just arrived from Scotland. Though she likes her weaving apprenticeship she soon finds her family being threatened by the rebels. When her grandfather joins to fight with the British, Elspeth is left alone to protect her grandmother. 2004. (Ages 9-12).
In the Shadow of the Alamo
Conscripted into the Mexican Army, fifteen-year-old Lorenzo Bonifacio makes some unexpected alliances and learns some harsh truths about General Santa Ana. 2001. (Ages 9-12).
Holm, Jennifer L.
Boston Jane: An Adventure
Schooled in the lessons of etiquette for young ladies of 1854 Miss Jane Peck of Philadelphia finds little use for manners during her long sea voyage to the Pacific Northwest and while living among the American traders and Chinook Indians of Washington Territory. 2001. (Ages 9-12).
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 to Kansas so he can cast his vote for freedom. 2002. (Ages 6-8).
Hostetter, Joyce Moyer
With her father away at war to fight Hitler, Ann Fay Honeycutt gains strength by joining her community in battling polio, in a story based on the 1944 epidemic in Hickory, North Carolina. 2006. (Ages 10-14).
Karwoski, Gail Langer
Quake! Disaster in San Francisco, 1906
Tells the story of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake as seen through the eyes of Jacob, a thirteen-year-old Jewish boy wholives in a boarding house with his father and younger sister. 2004. (Ages 9-12).
The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts
In rural Indiana, in 1904, fifteen-year-old Russell's dreams of quitting school and joining a wheat-threshing crew are disruptedwhen his older sister takes over the teaching of his one-room schoolhouse after mean old Myrt Arbuckle hauls off and dies. 2004. (Ages 9-12).
The Orange Trees of Versailles
In the 1670s, fourteen-year-old Marion, who has a talent for making perfumes, gets the chance to serve Louis XIV's mistress at the palace of Versailles, where she gets caught up in palace intrigue. 2000. (Ages 9-12).
Ransom, Candice F.
Danger at Sand Cave
When his friend, Floyd Collins, becomes trapped in a cave in Kentucky in 1925, ten-year-old Arly places himself in great danger while trying to help with the rescue operation. 2000. (Ages 6-8).
Ransom, Candice F.
Rescue on the Outer Banks
Sam Deal and his horse, Ginger, help an African-American lifesaving crew rescue shipwreck victims off the coast of North Carolina in 1896. 2002. (Ages 6-8).
The Copper Lady
After helping Monsieur Bartholdi build the Statue of Liberty a Parisian orphan stows away on the ship carrying the statue to America. 1997. (Ages 6-8).
A Place in the Sun
In ancient Egypt, the gifted young son of a sculptor is taken into slavery when he attempts to save his father's life, and is himself almost killed before his exceptional talent leads Pharaoh to name him Royal Sculptor. 1997. (Ages 9-12).
Under the Blood-Red Sun
Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941. 1994. (Ages 9-12).
Schmidt, Gary D.
While serving as a British Fencible to maintain the peace in 18th century Ireland, Anson finds that his sympathy for a hedge master, a teacher devoted to teaching Irish children their forbidden language and culture, places him in conflict with the law of King George ll. 1999. (Ages 9-12).
Red River Girl
In a diary covering the years 1846 to 1848, a young Metis teenager describes her journey from St. Eustace, Québec, to St. Paul, Minnesota, where she settles with her family and decides to become a teacher. 2006. (Ages 9-12).
The Edge on the Sword
In 9th century Britain, fifteen-year-old Aethelflaed, daughter of King Alfred of West Saxony, finds she must assume new responsibilities much sooner than expected when she is betrothed to Ethelred of Mercia in order to strengthen a strategic alliance against the Danes. 2001. (Ages 10+).
When his father's Boston bank fails in 1838, causing his family to relocate to a small Maine town, twelve-year-old Jake Webber works to prepare the family for the harsh winter while also keeping the existence of his disabled younger brother a secret. 2006. (Ages 9-12).
Stopping to Home
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In 1806, orphaned eleven-year-old Abigail and her little brother Seth find a home with the young widow Chase in the seaport of Wiscassset, Maine and help her discover a way to support them. 2001. (Ages 9-12).
The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.
Eight-year-old Henry and nine-year-old Chin love to read about heroes in popular "penny dreadful" novels, until they both witness real courage while trying to survive the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. 2006. (Ages 9-12).