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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

1830's

updated 3/05


Picture Books


3rd - 4th Grade

McCully, Emily THE BOBBIN GIRL
A 10-year-old bobbin girl working in a textile mill in Lowell, Massachusetts in the 1830's must make a difficult decision - will she participate in the first worker's strike in Lowell?
1996 unpaged

Henry, Joanne
A CLEARING IN THE FOREST

A biographical novel about Elijah Fletcher, a settler boy growing up in Indianapolis during the 1830's.
1992 63 p.

Sanders, Scott A PLACE CALLED FREEDOM
After being set free from slavery in 1832, young James Starman and his family journey from Tennessee to Indiana to start a new life and over the years they are joined by so many blacks that they start their own town.
1997 unpaged

Schachner, Judith MRS. EMERSON’S COOK
Annie Burns answers an ad requesting an extraordinary cook needed to get Mr. Emerson (Ralph Waldo, 1802-1882) to eat real food to supplement the nourishment he derives from nature through his imagination. 1835ish.
1998 unpaged

Sperry, Portia and Lois Donaldson ABIGAIL
10-year-old Susan, her parents and baby brother travel overland from Kentucky to a new home in Brown County, Indiana. 1835.
1938 196 p.

Whelan, Gloria THE INDIAN SCHOOL
During the autumn of 1839, newly orphaned 11-year-old Lucy goes to live with her missionary aunt and uncle who run a school for Indian children in northern Michigan.
1996 89 p.


5th Grade and Up

Avi THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE
Although Charlotte Doyle was warned not to board the brig Seahawk on June 16, 1832, no young girl could have dreamed she'd face a murderous captain and rebellious crew.
1990 210 p.

Blos, Joan A GATHERING OF DAYS
A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-1832
14-year-old Catherine Hall begins her journal of a year and a half on her family’s New Hampshire Farm. Catherine writes of ordinary happenings – chores, school, church And occasional celebrations. Some excitement is experienced when a “phantom” (a runaway slave) leaves a note in the woods.
1979 144 p.

Dadey, Debbie CHEROKEE SISTER
Because she is mistaken for an Indian, 12-year-old Allie, a white girl, is forced to travel the Trail of Tears (1838) along with her best friend, a young Cherokee.
2000 117 p.

DeFelice, Cynthia WEASEL
Alone in the frontier wilderness in the winter of 1839 while his father is recovering from an injury, 11-year-old Nathan runs afoul of the renegade killer known as Weasel and makes a surprising discovery about the concept of revenge. Shawnee Indians. Ohio 1839.
1990 119 p.

Frederick, Heather THE VOYAGE OF PATIENCE GOODSPEED
Following their mother's death in Nantucket, Captain Goodspeed brings 12-year-old Patience and six-year-old Tad aboard his whaling ship, where a new crew member incites a mutiny and Patience puts her mathematical ability to good use.
2002 213 p.

Frederick, Heather THE EDUCATION OF PATIENCE GOODSPEED
Sequel to: The voyage of Patience Goodspeed
Summary Patience is not happy that instead of becoming the assistant navigator on her father's whaling ship as planned, she is sent ashore in Hawaii to attend a boarding school with a headmaster who is opposed to girls learning math.
2004 314 p.

Garland, Sherry IN THE SHADOW OF THE ALAMO
Conscripted into the Mexican army, 15-year-old Lorenzo Bonifacio makes some unexpected alliances and learns some harsh truths about General Santa Ana as the troops move toward the Battle of the Alamo (1836).
2001 276 p.

Garland, Sherry A LINE IN THE SAND: THE ALAMO DIARY OF LUCINDA LAWRENCE
In the diary she receives for her 13th birthday in 1835, Lucinda describes thehardships her family and other residents of the “Texas colonies” endure when theydecide to face the Mexicans in a fight for their freedom.
1998 177 p.

Hermann, Spring SEEING LESSONS
The Story of Abigail Carter and America's First School for Blind People

When 10-year-old Abby Carter attends the newly established school for the blind in Boston in 1832, she proves that blind people can learn and be independent.
1998 160 p.

Krisher, Trudy UNCOMMON FAITH
In 1837-38, residents of Millbrook, Massachusetts, speak in their different voices of major issues of their day, including women's rights, slavery, religious differences, and one fiery girl named Faith.
2003 263 p.

Mitchell, Elizabeth JOURNEY TO THE BOTTOMLESS PIT
THE STORY OF STEPHEN BISHOP AND MAMMOTH CAVE

Summary In 1838, as the nation struggles with issues of slavery, seventeen-year-old Stephen Bishop serves his master as a guide in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave and spends his free time exploring and discovering new passages and rooms.
2004 99 p.

Myers, Anna HOGGEE
Always overshadowed by his competitive older brother, especially in their work as mule drivers on the Erie Canal, fourteen-year-old Howard finally finds the courage to pursue his dreams of becoming an educator after he learns about sign language and teaches it to his deaf friend in 1830's New York State.
2004 182 p.

Rinaldi, Ann THE EDUCATION OF MARY
A Little Miss of Color, 1832

In 1832, Prudence Crandall begins admitting black girls to her exclusive Connecticut school, scandalizing white society and eventually causing her arrest and the closing of her school.
2000 243 p.

Stewart, Elisabeth ON THE LONG TRAIL HOME
Meli and her brother Tahlikwa escape from the Cherokee people being herded Westward on the Trail of Tears, determined to return to their beloved mountain home (now environs Cherokee, North Carolina). 1838-9.
1994 97 p.

Walsh, Jill Paton GRACE
September 7, 1838. As Grace begins her watch in the dim morning hours, she longingly looks toward her former home, only to see the wreck of the Forfarshire on a closer island. This is the story of the rescue and the reluctance of the people of England to believe such a slight of a girl could do such a thing.
1991 253 p.


Young Adult

Mosley, Walter 47
Number 47, a fourteen-year-old slave boy growing up under the watchful eye of a brutal master in 1832, meets the mysterious Tall John, who introduces him to a magical science and also teaches him the meaning of freedom.
2005 232