United States Historical Fiction
... for grades 5 and 6

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Civil War: 1861-1865
World War I: 1914-1918
World War II: 1939-1945
Other titles of interest

Civil War: 1861-1865

Fleischman, Paul. Bull Run. 1995. *
J Fiction FLE
The first great battle of the Civil War affected our entire nation. Here are the stories of how it changed the lives of the people of this nation.
Hunt, Irene. Across Five Aprils. 1964. *
J Fiction HUN
Jethro lives on an Illinois farm during the Civil War and is forced into manhood when left in charge of his family.
Taylor, Mildred D. The Land. 2001. *
J Fiction TAY
Paul wants to own his own land. As the son of a white father and a black mother, he is caught between the worlds of white and colored folks, but doesn't fully fit in either universe.

World War I: 1914-1918

Lindquist, Susan Hart. Summer Soldiers. 1999.
J Fiction LIN
While his father has gone off to fight in World War I, Joe is left as the head of the house. While doing the work of a man, he feels like a soldier himself, fighting off bullies.

World War II: 1939-1945

Giff, Patricia Reilly. Lily's Crossing. 1997. *
J Fiction GIF
The spectacular summer Lily has planned is drastically changed when her father goes to fight in World War II, her best friend moves, and she meets Albert, a refugee from Hungary.
Rinaldi, Ann. Keep Smiling Through. 1996.
J Fiction RIN
Pinkus Aylee finds Say Curtis injured during the Civil War and takes him home, putting their lives and the lives of others in danger.
Uchida, Yoshiko. Journey to Topaz. 1971.
J Fiction UCH
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Yuki Sakane's father is taken by the FBI and she is sent to a Japanese internment camp where she lives in a horse stall far from home.

Other titles of interest

Auch, Mary Jane. Journey to Nowhere. 1997.
J Fiction AUC
Mem and her family are moving to New York for a better life. Mem tries to reunite her family after being separated in the wilderness, where there are more wild animals than humans.
Clapp, Patricia. Witches' Children: A Story of Salem. 1982.
J Fiction CLA
In Salem, Massachusetts, Mary Warren and a group of girls claim to have seen the devil. Through a series of events, many townspeople are said to be witches and a frenzied madness begins.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud, Not Buddy. 1999. *
J Fiction CUR
Bud, not Buddy, sets out to find his father after his mother has passed away. The man he believes to be his father is not at all what he expected.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. The Watsons Go to Birmingham. 1964. *
J Fiction CUR
The Watsons, an African-American family, have a life that is both comic and tragic when they leave Flint, Michigan, to spend the summer of 1963 with Grandma in Alabama.
Cushman, Karen. The Ballad of Lucy Whipple. 1996. *
J Fiction CUS
Lucy and her family are looking for gold in California. All Lucy can find is rocks, holes, and lizards. She plans a return to Massachusetts for school and to where she can use a lending library.
Erdrich, Louise. The Birchbark House. 1999. *
J Fiction ERD
Omakayas is an Ojibwa Indian who loves her family and home until the day a visitor comes and shatters their lives.
Fox, Paula. The Slave Dancer: A Novel. 1973. *
J Fiction FOX
Jessie Bollier is kidnapped and taken to Africa, where he is forced into the world of slave trading.
Holm, Jennifer L. Our Only May Amelia. 1999. *
J Fiction HOL
May Amelia Jackson is a miracle, for she is the only girl to ever be born on the Nasel River. Being treated like a miracle is great, sometimes, but she wishes her mother would have not another brother, but another miracle.
Peck, Richard. Ghosts I Have Been: A Novel. 1977.
J Fiction PEC
Blossom Culp, lead by her talent to see the unknown world, is entwined with the tormented ghost of a boy on the Titanic.
Robinet, Harriette Gillem. Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule. 1998.
J Fiction ROB
In the aftermath of the Civil War, Pascal and his family have been given freedom and promised forty acres and maybe a mule, but have to fight night riders to keep the freedom they have claimed.
Robinet, Harriette Gillem. Mississippi Chariot. 1994.
J Fiction ROB
Shortning Bread Jackson has a plan to rescue his father from a Mississippi chain gang. The plan starts with a rumor, but he's just not sure he can pull it off.