KEY: jP = Picture Books; jZ = 1st and 2nd Grade Readers; jE = 3rd and 4th Grade Readers; J = 5th Grade and Up
|Welch, Catherine||CLOUDS OF TERROR
Living on a farm in southwestern Minnesota in the 1870's, a brother and sister try to help their family cope with plagues of locusts.
|McKissack, Patricia||AWAY WEST|
Scraps of Time, 1879v. 2
In 1879, thirteen-year-old Everett Turner leaves a life of struggle on his family's farm and runs away to St. Louis, where he works in a livery stable before heading to the all-Black town of Nicodemus, Kansas.
|Roop, Peter||GOOD-BYE FOR TODAY|
The Diary of a Young Girl at Sea
1871. 9-year-old Laura writes in her journal about the boredom, excitement and danger that she and her family face while sailing from Japan to the Arctic seas aboard the whaling ship captained by her father.
|Avi||THE SEER OF SHADOWS
In New York City in 1872, fourteen-year-old Horace, a photographer's apprentice, becomes entangled in a plot to create fraudulent spirit photographs, but when Horace accidentally frees the real ghost of a dead girl bent on revenge, his life takes a frightening turn.
|Alexander, Lloyd||THE PHILADELPHIA ADVENTURE
Starring Vesper Holly
In 1876, on the eve of the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, 20-year-old Vesper Holly and her friends clash yet again with the archfiend Dr. Helvitius, whose evil schemes plunge them into danger in the wild Pennsylvania countryside.
|Giff, Patricia Reilly||A HOUSE OF TAILORS
When thirteen-year-old Dina emigrates from Germany to America in 1871, her only wish is to return home as soon as she can, but as the months pass and she survives a multitude of hardships living with her uncle and his young wife and baby, she finds herself thinking of Brooklyn as her home.
In the coal mining region of mid-nineteenth century eastern Pennsylvanis, Phin witnesses a murder and runs for his life, pursued by a mysterious man and a horse with the instincts of a bloodhound.
|Kirwan, Anna||OF FLOWERS AND SHADOWS
Portraits, Book 2
The year is 1879. Beautiful and headstrong orphan Aurelia Sandborn has no family to call her own. Fleeing from her sinister guardian, Aurelia finds herself in a Massachusetts village, where the townsfolk seem all too curious about her mysterious background. When Aurelia meets a charming boy named Wayland, she would like nto open her heart to him, but feels she cannot. Surprisingly she finds herself confiding the artist Winslow Homer, who is painting her portrait. And Homer himself may hold the key to the very truth about Aurelia's past...and future.
|Lasky, Kathryn||THE BONE WARS
In the mid-1870's, young teenage scout Thad Longsworth, blood brother to the Sioux visionary Black Elk, finds his destiny linked with that of three rival teams of paleontologists searching for dinosaur bones, as the Great Plains Indians prepare to go to war against the white man. Judith River Badlands region of Montana 1874-1878.
|Myers, Anna||GRAVEYARD GIRL
During the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis in 1878, 12-year-old Eli and Addie, a young child he befriends, struggle to survive with the help of Addie's ghost-mother and a girl who works at the busy graveyard.
|Myers, Walter Dean||THE JOURNAL OF JOSHUA LOPER, A BLACK COWBOY
MY NAME IS AMERICA series
In 1871, Joshua Loper, a 16-year-old black cowboy, records in his journal his experiences while making his first cattle drive under an unsympathetic trail boss.
|Nixon, Joan Lowery||HIGH TRAIL TO DANGER
In 1879, 17-year-old Sarah travels from Chicago to the violent town of Leadtown, Colorado, to locate her missing father, but she finds that the mention of his name brings her strange looks and an attempt on her life.
|O'Dell, Scott and Elizabeth Hall||THUNDER ROLLING IN THE MOUNTAINS
In 1877, a young New Perce girl relates how her people were driven off their land by the U.S. Armyand forced to retreat north until their eventual surrender.
A young boy living in the Florida backwoods is forced to decide the fate of an orphaned deer (its mother was killed to save Jody's father from death by snakebite). Raised as the brother Jody never had, they grow up together. Jody learns about death, loyalty, poverty and responsibility, and that choices are often painful but survivable. 1870-1871.
|Rinaldi, Ann||THE STAIRCASE
In 1878, after her mother's death on the way west, 13-year-old Lizzy Enders is left by her father at a convent school in Sante Fe, where she must deal with being the only non-Catholic student and where she plays a part in what some consider a miracle.
|Robinet, Harriette||CHILDREN OF THE FIRE
A young black girl named Hallelujah lives through the great Chicago fire of 1871 with courage and resourcefulness.
|Ryan, Pam||RIDING FREEDOM
A fictionalized account of Charley (Charlotte) Parkhurst who ran away from her New Hampshire orphanage, posed as a boy who worked in a stable, moved to California With her stage coach company, and through disguise was the first woman to vote. 1812-1879.
|Turner, Ann||GRASSHOPPER SUMMER
In 1874, 11-year-old Sam and his family move from Kentucky to the southern Dakota Territory, where harsh conditions and a plague of hungry grasshoppers threaten their chances for survival.
|Whelan, Gloria||FAREWELL TO THE ISLAND
A LIFE ON THE RIVER
In 1878, 11-year-old Annabel and her parents survive a year of adventure that includes floating downriver in two shacks along with a group of Michigan lumbermen moving logs.