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KEY: jP = Picture Books; jZ = 1st and 2nd Grade Readers; jE = 3rd and 4th Grade Readers; J = 5th Grade and Up

1820's

updated 3/05


Picture Books


3rd - 4th Grade

Tripp, Valerie AGAIN, JOSEFINA!
American Girls Short Stories
9-year-old Josefina wants to give up learning to play the piano until she sees how much joy her music gives to her baby nephew.
2000 28 p.

Tripp, Valerie CHANGES FOR JOSEFINA
When Tia Dolores, the beloved aunt who has cared for the Montoya family since the death of their mother, announces that she is planning to leave, Josefina and her sisters try to find a way to change her mind. 1824 New Mexico.
1998 57 p.

Tripp, Valerie JOSEFINA'S SONG
American Girls Short Stories
In the early 1800's, 10-year-old Josephina accompanies her father into the New Mexican mountains to check on the elderlyshepherd who works for him and she proves herself a good traveling companion when her father has an accident.
2001 31 p.

Tripp, Valerie JOSEFINAíS SURPRISE
1824 New Mexico.The second Christmas after their mother has died, Josefina and her three sisters find that participating in the traditions of Las sadas helps keep memories of Mama alive.
1997 60 p.

Tripp, Valerie A REWARD FOR JOSEFINA
American Girls Short Stories
When the entire family goes into the hills to collect pinon nuts, Josephina hopes to find the most in order to make Tia Dolores proud of her.
1999 29 p.


5th Grade and Up

Dexter, Catherine SAFE RETURN
Inspired by a true incident in 1824 on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, Ursula, an orphan, lives with her Aunt Dana and Uncle Josef. Her aunt must sail to Stockholm during the stormiest season. She worries that once again she will lose the person she loves.
1996 94 p.

Ernst, Kathleen SECRETS IN THE HILLS
Josefina has heard tales and legends all her life like rumors of gold and silver buried in the hills. She never imagined that such tales might be true though until a stranger shows up at her rancho.
2006 183 p.

Hopkinson, Deborah
MARIA'S COMET

As a young girl, budding astronomer Maria Mitchell dreams of searching the night sky and someday finding a new comet. (1818-1889). Based on the childhood of Maria Mitchell, America's first woman astronomer. 1820's.
1999 unpaged

Ketchum, Liza
ORPHAN JOURNEY HOME

In 1828, while traveling from Illinois to Kentucky, 12-year-old Jesse and her two brothers and sister lose their parents to the mild sickness and must try to finish the dangerous journey by themselves.
2000 153 p.

Lawlor, Laurie
Down the Rio Grande

American Sisters
1829. Even the remote Rio Bravo town of Guerrero has paid for Mexico's war of independence from Spain. Gripped by drought and depression, Guerrero is changing. 16-year-old Rosita Trevino dreams of a better life, as does 15-year-old Maria Alvarz, the book-loving stepsister she barely knows. When Father brings home a rich old suitor who chooses Rosita as his bride she is determinded to flee before it's too late!
2000 176 p.

Lyons, Mary
THE POISON PLACE

1741-1827. A former slave named Moses reminisces about his famous owner, Charles Willson Peale, and the intrigue surrounding Peale's sonís suspicious death.
1997 160 p.