Historical Fiction: Slavery/Civil War

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Slave Dancer
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fox, Paula
Call Number:
JF/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.

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