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CIVIL WAR <BR>EUROPE 1800's

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

Europe 1800's

updated May 2015


Picture Books

Dionetti, Michelle PAINTING THE WIND
Entranced by the paintings of the unconventional artist Vincent van Gogh, for whom her mother is working as a housekeeper, Claudine is saddened when the townspeople turn against him. 1888 Arles, France.
1996 unpaged

Johnson, Jane MY DEAR NOEL
The Story of a Letter from Beatrix Potter
England 1893
A letter from Beatrix Potter to a young friend who is ill marks the origin of her famous tales.
1999 unpaged

McCully, Emily Arnold POPCORN AT THE PALACE
In the mid-1800's Maisie Ferris and her father travel from Galesburg, Illinois to England to introduce the American phenomenon of popcorn.
1997 unpaged

McCully, Emily Arnold POPCORN AT THE PALACE
In the mid-1800's Maisie Ferris and her father travel from Galesburg, Illinois to England to introduce the American phenomenon of popcorn.
1997 unpaged

Rosenstock, Barb THE NOISY PAINT BOX
The colors and sounds of Kandinsky's abstract art.
2014 unpaged


1st - 2nd Grades


3rd - 4th Grades

Hopkinson, Deborah A BOY CALLED DICKENS
1824. London. Narrates the tale of twelve-year-old Charles Dickens who, despite poverty and long hours of factory work, still has time to discover and share the stories of other residents of 1824 London.
2012 unpaged

Nichol, Barbara BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS
1822-1825, Vienna. The letters that ten-year-old Christoph and his uncle exchange show how Christoph's feelings for Mr. Beethoven, the eccentric boarder that shares his house, change from anger and embarrassment to compassion and admiration.
2004 unpaged


5th Grade and On

Bedard, Michael GLASSTOWN
1829+ English moors. A brief, fictionalized account of the daily lives of the Brontes, told from the point of view of Charlotte.
1997 38 p.

Cooper, Susan VICTORY
A high-seas adventure that follows the stories of an 11-year-old girl in the present day, and an 11-year-old boy in 1803 serving in the English Royal Navy aboard the HMS Victory,commanded by Admiral Horatio Nelson.
2006 186 p.

Front, Sheila NEVER SAY MACBETH
The Globe Theater's performance of shakespeare's great tragedy, Macbeth, becomes a farce when a young apprentice forgets to heed one of the theater's supersitions and utters the name Macbeth.
1990 unpaged

Garfield, Leon THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF ADELAIDE HARRIS
An experiment to see if a wolf will adopt an abandoned baby turns into a desperate situation for two schoolboys in early nineteenth-century England when the child is recovered by a well-meaning passersby.
2001 177 p.

Giff, Patricia Reilly NORY RYAN'S SONG
While they never had much, Nora ("Nory") Ryan's family had always managed to scrape together a living as farmers. Then the Irish Potato Famine comes, and Nory must be creative and brave to help her family survive.
2000 148 p.

Kirwan, Anna VICTORIA
MAY BLOSSOM OF BRITANNIA

In 1829, nine-year-old Victoria begins a journal chronicling her life as an English princess. Includes information on the reign, marriage, and family life of Queen Victoria and English civilization during that period.
2001 189 p.

Lasky, Kathryn BROKEN SONG
companion to NIGHT JOURNEY
In 1897, fifteen-year-old Reuven Bloom, a Russian Jew, must set aside his dreams of playing the violin in order to save himself and his baby sister after the rest of their family is murdered.
2005 154 p.

Mack, Tracy and Michael Citrin SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE BAKER STEET IRREGULARS
The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas

18889. The ragamuffin boys known as the Baker Street Irregulars help Sherlock Holmes solve the mysterious deaths of a family of circus tightrope walkers.
2006 259 p.

Pushkin, Alexander THE SNOW STORM
1811.A frantic young bride is accidentally married to a snow covered stranger seeking shelter from a Russian winter storm.
1983 37 p.

Rabin, Staton BETSY AND THE EMPEROR
"Think, my dear -- just think what it will be like, to be known as the girl who freed the great Napoleon Bonaparte!" Fourteen-year-old English girl Betsy Balcombe and her family have a most unusual house guest: Napoleon Bonaparte, former emperor of France and the most feared man on earth. Once lord and master to eighty-two million souls, now in 1815, Napoleon is a captive of the British people. Stripped of his empire and robbed of his young family and freedom, he is confine.
2004 294 p.

Taylor, Theodore ICE DRIFT
When a 50-foot-high iceberg crashes into their ice floe, 14-year-old Alika and his younger brother Sulu are separated from land and home. Over the next six months, alone on the massive floe, the two boys face survival in the harsh Arctic winter, hunting for seals, avoiding polar bears, and trying to stay warm. Inspired by the true story of the 1871 polar exploration ship Polaris.
2005 224 p.