Historical Fiction: Slavery/Civil War

Recommended books for children on slavery and the Civil War period.

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Across Five Aprils
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hunt, Irene
Call Number:
YP F Hunt
Description:

The story of a boy whose family is split by the Civil War when his brothers enlist on opposite sides.

Across the Lines
Artist/Author/Cast:
Reeder, Carolyn
Call Number:
JF Reeder
Description:

Edward, the son of a plantation owner, and his black house servant and friend, Simon, witness the siege of Petersburg.

Anna Sunday
Artist/Author/Cast:
Keehn, Sally M.
Call Number:
JF Keehn
Description:

On a dangerous journey from Pennsylvania to Virginia, Anna disguises herself as a boy to save her wounded father.

Breaking Free
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gaeddert, LouAnn Bigge; Gaeddert, LouAnn
Call Number:
JF Gaeddert
Description:

Richard is sent to live on a farm where he teaches a young slave to read and encourages her to dream of freedom.

Elijah of Buxton
Artist/Author/Cast:
Curtis, Christopher Paul
Call Number:
JF Curtis
Description:

Eleven-year-old Elijah, born free, feels as if he's in over his head when he sets out to recover stolen money.

Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule
Artist/Author/Cast:
Robinet, Harriette Gillem; Nickens, Bessie (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Robinet
Description:

Pascal joins other former slaves in a search for a farm and the freedom it promises.

Grace's Letter to Lincoln
Artist/Author/Cast:
Roop, Peter; Roop, Connie; Schuett, Stacey (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Roop
Description:

Eleven-year-old Grace decides to help Abraham Lincoln get elected by advising him to grow a beard.

Hear the Wind Blow
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hahn, Mary Downing
Call Number:
JF Hahn
Description:

With their mother dead, a thirteen-year-old boy and his sister set out across Virginia in search of relatives.

An Island Far from Home
Artist/Author/Cast:
Donahue, John
Call Number:
JF Donahue
Description:

Joshua comes to understand the meaning of war and the fine line between friends and enemies during the Civil War.

Jip: His Story
Artist/Author/Cast:
Paterson, Katherine
Call Number:
JF Paterson
Description:

Jip's past is a mystery to him, but when a stranger comes to town, he wonders about the truth.

Letters from a Slave Girl: The Story of Harriet Jacobs
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lyons, Mary E.
Call Number:
YP F Lyons
Description:

While a slave hides in an attic watching her child grow, she writes letters and journal entries describing her experience.

Miles' Song
Artist/Author/Cast:
McGill, Alice
Call Number:
JF McGill
Description:

When twelve-year-old house slave Miles is caught with an open book, he is sent to the "breaking ground" as punishment.

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
Artist/Author/Cast:
Philbrick, Rodman
Call Number:
JF Philbrick
Description:

Orphaned Homer sets out to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War.

Mr. Lincoln's Drummer
Artist/Author/Cast:
Wisler, G. Clifton
Call Number:
JF Wisler
Description:

Willie, a Civil War drummer boy, proves his heroism during the Seven Days conflict.

Rifles for Watie
Artist/Author/Cast:
Keith, Harold; Keith, H.
Call Number:
YP F Keith
Description:

A Kansas farm boy becomes a spy in the South, fighting with a Cherokee Indian regiment for a year.

A School for Pompey Walker
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rosen, Michael J.; Robinson, Aminah B. (Illustrator); Robinson, Brenda Lynn (Illustrator); Robinson, Aminah Brenda Lynn (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Rosen
Description:

Pompey dreams of going to school, but he is a slave. How will he ever fulfill his dream?

Send One Angel Down
Artist/Author/Cast:
Schwartz, Virginia Frances
Call Number:
JF Schwartz
Description:

A young slave tries to hide the horrors of slavery from his younger cousin, the light-skinned daughter of the plantation owner.

Silent Thunder: A Civil War Story
Artist/Author/Cast:
Pinkney, Andrea Davis
Call Number:
JF Pinkney
Description:

A brother and sister, slaves on a Virginia plantation, describe how their lives are affected by the Civil War.

The Slave Dancer
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fox, Paula
Call Number:
YP F Fox
Description:

A prisoner on a slave ship, Jessie is forced to play music to "dance the slaves," so they will stay strong.

Spy in the Sky
Artist/Author/Cast:
Karr, Kathleen
Call Number:
JF Karr
Description:

When Northerner Thaddeus Lowe lands his huge balloon in South Carolina, ten-year-old Ridley joins with him to help the North.

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