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Recommended Historical Fiction

Whenever a book or author has won an important award, an abbreviation of the award title is included in parenthesis. For a keyed list of these awards, click here.

BRONZE-AGE BRITAIN
 
Sutcliff, Rosemary
Warrior Scarlet (1958)
   
1ST-CENTURY GALILLEE
 
Speare, Elizabeth George    
The Bronze Bow (1962) (New)
   
ROMAN BRITAIN
 
Sutcliff, Rosemary
The Eagle of the Ninth (1954)
  Outcast (1955)
  The Silver Branch (1957)
  The Lantern Bearers (1959) (Carn)
  The Mark of Horse Lord (1965)
   
12TH-CENTURY JAPAN
Paterson, Katherine (HCA) The Sign of the Chrysanthemum (1973)
   
12TH-CENTURY KOREA
Park, Linda Sue    A Single Shard (2002) (New)
 
13TH-CENTURY CHINA
McCaughrean, Geraldine The Kite Rider (2001) (Carn)
 
MEDIEVAL BRITAIN
de Angeli, Marguerite The Door in the Wall (1949)  (New)
Cushman, Karen Catherine, Called Birdie (1994)
The Midwife’s Apprentice (1995) (New)
Matilda Bone (2000)
Crossley-Holland, Kevin Arthur: The Seeing Stone (2000) (Guar)
Arthur: At the Crossing Places (2001)
Arthur: King of the Middle March (2003)
Avi Crispin: The Cross of Lead (2002) (New)
Crispin at the Edge of the World (2006)
Schlitz, Laura Amy Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! (2007)
   
16TH-CENTURY AMERICA
O’Dell, Scott (HCA) The King's Fifth (1966)  (NewH)
   
16TH-CENTURY BRITAIN
Twain, Mark The Prince and the Pauper (1881)
   
ENGLISH CIVIL WAR
Marryat, Frederick Children of the New Forest (1847)
   
THE PLAGUE, 17TH-CENTURY ENGLAND
Walsh, Jill Paton A Parcel of Patterns (1983)
   
17TH-CENTURY AMERICA
Speare, Elizabeth George   Calico Captive (1957)
  The Witch of Blackbird Pond (1959) (New)
   
AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Forbes, Esther Johnny Tremain (1943) (New)
Pope, Elizabeth Marie   The Sherwood Ring (1958)
Fritz, Jean Early Thunder (1967)
Paulsen, Gary Woods Runner (2010)
Anderson, M. T.  The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing,Traitor to the Nation: The Pox Party (2006) (Nat)
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing,Traitor to the Nation: The Kingdom on the Waves (2008)
   
SEA VOYAGES OF CAPTAIN COOK
Hesse, Karen Stowaway (2000)
 
18TH-CENTURY AMERICA 
Speare, Elizabeth George   The Sign of the Beaver (1983)
Fritz, Jean  The Cabin Faced West (1958)
   
18TH-CENTURY ENGLAND
Garfield, Leon Smith (1967)
   
18TH-CENTURY SCOTLAND
Stevenson, Robert Louis Kidnapped (1886)
   
18TH-CENTURY JAPAN
Paterson, Katherine (HCA) The Master Puppeteer (1975) (Nat)
   
THE UNDERGROUND RAILWAY
Hamilton, Virginia (HCA) The House of Dies Drear (1968)
 
19TH-CENTURY AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY  
Armstrong, William Sounder (1969) (New)
Fox, Paula The Slave Dancer (1974) (New)
Curtis, Christopher Paul Elijah of Buxton (2007)
Burg, Ann E. Unbound (2016)
   
19TH-CENTURY NATIVE-AMERICAN HISTORY  
Erdrich, Louise The Birchbark House (1999) (& 4 sequels)
   
AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
Hunt, Irene  Across Five Aprils (1964) (NewH)
Lunn, Janet The Root Cellar (1981)
Peck, Richard The River Between Us (2003)
Nolen, Jerdine Calico Girl (2017)
   
19TH-CENTURY PIONEER AMERICA
Wilder, Laura Ingalls  Little House Series (1931-71) (5 NewH) 
Brink, Carol Ryrie Caddie Woodlawn (1935) (New)
Edmonds, Walter D. The Matchlock Gun (1941) (New)
MacLachlan, Patricia Sarah, Plain and Tall (1985) (New)
Skylark (1994)
 
19TH-CENTURY AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION  
Paterson, Katherine Lyddie (1991)
 
19TH-CENTURY ORPHAN TRAINS  
Cushman, Karen Rodzina (2003)
   
19TH-CENTURY ASIAN-AMERICAN IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE  
Yep, Laurence Dragon’s Gate (1993)
Preus, Margi Heart of a Samurai (2010)
   
19TH-CENTURY TRANSATLANTIC CROSSING
Avi The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (1990)
   
19TH-CENTURY CHINA
Paterson, Katherine Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom (1983)
Dickinson, Peter  Tulku (1979) (Carn; Whit)
   
VICTORIAN ENGLAND
Garfield, Leon John Diamond (2001)
   
20TH-CENTURY ASIAN IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE
Yep, Laurence Dragonwings (1975)
   
EARLY 20TH-CENTURY AMERICA
Donnelly, Jennifer A Northern Light (2003) (Carn)
Selznick, Brian Wonderstruck (2011)
Schlitz, Laura Amy The Hired Girl (2015)
   
KU KLUX KLAN, 1930'S
Draper, Sharon M. Stella by Starlight (2015)
   
GREAT DEPRESSION
Hunt, Irene No Promises in the Wind (1970)
Taylor, Mildred D. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1976) (New)
Uchinda, Yoshiko A Jar of Dreams (1981) 
Hesse, Karen Out of the Dust (1997) (New)
Peck, Richard A Long Way from Chicago (1998) (NewH)
A Year Down Yonder (2000) (New)
Curtis, Christopher Paul Bud, Not Buddy (1999)
Ryan, Pam Muñoz
Esperanza Rising (2000)
Holm, Jennifer L.  Turtle in Paradise (2010) (NewH)
Vanderpool, Clare Moon Over Manifest (2010) (New)
   
WORLD WAR II
Walsh, Jill Paton The Dolphin Crossing (1967)
Fireweed (1969)
Uchinda, Yoshiko Journey to Topaz (1971)
Bawden, Nina Carrie’s War (1973)
Westall, Robert The Machine Gunners (1973) (Carn)
Yep, Laurence M. Hiroshima: A Novella (1995)
Peet, Mal Tamar (2005) (Carn)
Wein, Elizabeth Code Named Verity (2012)
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker The War That Saved My Life (2015) (NewH)
Wolk, Lauren Wolf Hollow (2016)
   
HOLOCAUST
Holm, Anne I Am David (1963)
Yolen, Jane The Devil's Arithmetic (1988)
Lowry, Lois Number the Stars (1989) (New)
Zusak, Markus The Book Thief (2006)
   
AMERICA, 1950s
Kadohata, Cynthia  Kira-Kira (2004)  (New)
Spinelli, Jerry The Warden's Daughter (2017)
   
AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
Curtis, Christopher Paul The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963  (1995)
   
VIETNAM WAR
Burg, Ann E. All the Broken Pieces (2009)
   
VIETNAMESE-AMERICAN IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE, 1970s
 
Lai, Thanhha Inside Out and Back Again (2011)
   
CHINESE CULTURAL REVOLUTION  
Wenxuan, Cao
Bronze and Sunflower (2015)