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Frontier and Pioneer Life

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

Frontier and Pioneer Life

updated July 2009


Picture Books

AVI PRAIRIE SCHOOL
In 1880, Noah's aunt teaches the reluctant 9-year-old how to read as they explore the Colorado prairie together, Noah pushing Aunt Dora in her wheelchair.
2001 unpaged

Bradby, Marie MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE
9-year-old Booker works with his father and brother at the saltworks but dreams of the day when he'll be able to read.1865, Malden, West Virginia.
1995 unpaged

Fern, Tracey BUFFALO MUSIC
Like Joseph Bruchac’s Buffalo Song (2008), this picture book is based on the life of an early conservationist who helped save the buffalo from extinction. The story is told through the fictionalized viewpoint of Molly, a character based on Mary Ann Goodnight, who remembers hearing the huge buffalo herds when she and her husband first settled in the lonely Texas Panhandle in 1876. Then the shots of hunters fill the canyon, and within six seasons, the buffalo have nearly vanished. Molly raises two orphan calves. Cowhands bring her more, and she find herself fending off wolves and poachers and caring for her charges until they become one of five foundation herds in the U.S.
2008 unpaged

Helldorfer, M.C. HOG MUSIC
Travelers along the National Road help make sure that the birthday gift that Lucy's great aunt has sent makes it all the way from Maryland to her family's farm in Illinois.Circa 1840's.
2000 unpaged

Howard, Ellen THE LOG CABIN CHURCH
On the Michigan frontier, while the adults disagree over whether there are enough settlers yet to build a church, a young girl tries to recall what church is all about.
2002 unpaged

Howard, Ellen THE LOG CABIN QUILT
When Elvirey and her family move to a log cabin in the Michigan woods from the Carolinas, something even more important than Granny’s quilt pieces makes the new dwelling a home.
1996 unpaged

Johnston, Tony SUNSETS OF THE WEST
Pa and his family pack up their belongings and undertake the difficult journey to a new life in the West.
2002 unpaged

Karim, Roberta KINDLE ME A RIDDLE
A PIONEER STORY

The riddles that a pioneer family share explain the origin of such things in their lives as their log cabin, johnnycakes, the broom, a cloak, candles, and more.
1999 unpaged

Kay, Verla COVERED WAGONS, BUMPY TRAILS
Illustrations and simple rhyming text follow a family as they make the difficult journey by wagon to a new home across the Rocky Mountains.
2000 unpaged

Lau, Verla GOLD FEVER
In this brief rhyming story set during the gold rush, Jasper leaves his family and farm to pursue his dream of finding gold.
1999 unpaged

Levitin, Sonia NINE FOR CALIFORNIA
Amanda travels by stagecoach with her four siblings and her mother from Missouri to California to join her father.
1996 unpaged

Lindbergh, Reeve JOHNNY APPLESEED
Rhymed text and illustrations relate the life of John Chapman, whose distribution of apple seeds and trees across the Midwest made him a legend and left a legacy still enjoyed today.
1990 unpaged

Lydon, Kerry A BIRTHDAY FOR BLUE
Blue celebrates his 7th birthday traveling west with his family in a Conestoga wagon along the Cumberland Road.
1989 unpaged

Ray, Mary Lyn ALVAH AND ARVILLA
Alvah and Arvilla have never been able to see the Pacific Ocean because of having to care for their farm animals, until they build a voiture that will enable them all to travel west to see it.
1994 unpaged

Sanders, Scott THE FLOATING HOUSE
In 1815, the McClures sail their flatboat from Pittsburgh down the Ohio River and settle in what would later become Jeffersonville, Indiana.
1995 unpaged

Sanders, Scott HERE COMES THE MYSTERY MAN
The Goodwin family’s pioneer home is visited by the traveling peddler, who brings wondrous things and amazing tales from far away.
1993 unpaged

Sanders, Scott WARM AS WOOL
When Betsy Ward's family moves to Ohio from Connecticut in 1803, she brings along a sockfull of coins to buy sheep so that she can gather wool, spin cloth, and make clothes to keep her children warm.
1992 unpaged

Strand, Keith GRANDFATHER'S CHRISTMAS TREE
A grandfather tells how the family's Christmas tradition of placing a carved wooden nest with a pair of geese and their babies in the large spruce tree started years ago when his parents first settled in Colorado. 1886.
1999 unpaged

Stutson, Caroline PRAIRIE PRIMER A to Z
Life on the prairie is depicted in this rhyming alphabet book.
1999 unpaged

Turner, Ann DAKOTA DUGOUT
A woman describes her experiences living with her husband in a sod house on the Dakota prairie.
1985 unpaged

Turner, Ann SEWING QUILTS
A pioneer girl sees pieces of her life sewn into the quilts she, her sister, and her mother make.
1994 unpaged

Van Leeuwen, Jean A FOURTH OF JULY ON THE PLAINS
Young Jesse and his family are with a wagon train traveling from Indiana to Oregon when they stop to celebrate the Fourth of July, but Jesse is too young to go hunting with the men, so he comes up with his own contribution to the festivities.
1997 unpaged

Van Leeuwen, Jean PAPA AND THE PIONEER QUILT
As her family travels by wagon train to Oregon, a young girl gathers scraps of cloth so that she can make a quilt.
2007 unpaged

Wilder. Laura Ingalls A FARMER BOY BIRTHDAY
My First Little House Books
Almanzo Wilder celebrates his birthday by breaking in a pair of calves and sledding on his new sled.
1998 unpaged

Wilder. Laura Ingalls A LITTLE PRAIRIE HOUSE
My First Little House Books
A family travels to a new home on the prairie, where they build a house and meet a friendly neighbor.
1998 unpaged

Wilder. Laura Ingalls SUGAR SNOW
My First Little House Books
A cold snap late in winter allows a pioneer girl and her family to enjoy the rich sugar candy made from maple tree sap.
1998 unpaged


1st - 2nd Grades

Brenner, Martha ABE LINCOLN’S HAT
Young Abe as a lawyer in Illinois.
1994 48 p.

Amper, Thomas BOOKER T. WASHINGTON
Tells the story of Booker T. Washington's childhood following the end of slavery, his struggle to get an education, and his journey at age sixteen to the Hampton Institute.
1998 46 p.

Coerr, Eleanor THE BIG BALLOON RACE
Ariel almost causes her famous mother to lose a balloon race and then helps her win it. This book is based on stories about the famous Myers family. Professor Carl Myers was an inventor and balloon maker. On Balloon Farm in Mohawk Valley, New York, he made balloons for his wife, the fearless and beautiful aeronaut Carlotta. She was the most expert and popular balloonist in America during the 1880's. Carlotta made more ascensions in hydrogen balloons than any other aeronaut of her time. She lived from 1849-1932. Her daughter, Ariel, became a balloonist too. She rode a Sky Cycle invented by her father. Ariel pedaled a dirigible inside huge tents and auditoriums across the country.
1981 62 p.

Coerr, Eleanor CHANG’S PAPER PONY
In San Francisco during the 1850's gold rush, Chang, the son of Chinese immigrants, wants a pony but cannot afford one until his friend, Big Pete, finds a solution.
1988 63 p.

Coerr, Eleanor BUFFALO BILL AND THE PONY EXPRESS
16-year-old Bill finds adventure when he becomes a rider for the Pony Express (though his letters home never hint at the dangers he encounters). 1860’s.
1995 64 p.

Coerr, Eleanor THE JOSEPHINA STORY QUILT
While traveling west with her family in 1850, a young girl makes a patchwork quilt chronicling the experiences of the journey and reserves two special patches for her pet hen Josefina.
1986 64 p.

Sandin, Joan THE LONG WAY TO A NEW LAND
Carl Erik journeys with his family from Sweden to America during the famine of 1868.
1981 63 p.

Sandin, Joan THE LONG WAY WESTWARD
Relates the experiences of two young brothers and their family, immigrants from Sweden, from their arrival in New York through the journey to their new home in Minnesota.
1989 63 p.

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.
1994 46 p.

Welch, Catherine DANGER AT THE BREAKER
Because of family need, an eight-year-old coal miner's son in 1885 leaves school to work at the mines, where he learns about the dangers of a coal mine on his first day on the job. Northeastern Pennsylvania.
1992 48 p.


3rd - 4th Grades

Altman, Linda THE LEGEND OF FREEDOM HILL
During the California Gold Rush, Rosabel, an African American, and Sophie, a Jew, team up and search for gold to buy Rosabel's mother her freedom from a slave catcher. 1850's.
2000 unpaged

Antle, Nancy BEAUTIFUL LAND
A STORY OF THE OKLAHOMA LAND RUSH

Once Upon Americanseries
After a two-year wait during which her mother died, twelve-year-old Annie Mae and her family join thousands of hopeful settlers as they race to claim land in the Oklahoma Territory.
1997 54 p.

Avi ABIGAIL TAKES THE WHEEL
When the first mate of the freight boat Neptune falls ill, it is up to Abigail , the captain’s daughter, to steer the ship up the Hudson River from New Jersey to New York City. 1880.
1999 60 p.

Bader, Bonnie GOLDEN QUEST
STORIES OF THE STATES series
1993 51 p.

Bailer, Darice THE LAST RAIL
THE BUILDING OF THE FIRST TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD

While on a field trip to the National Museum of American History, 10-year-old Lucy imagines herself as Andrew Russell, taking a picture of the joining of the Central and Union Pacific Railroads at Promontory Summit, Utah, in 1869.
1996 32 p.

Bedard, Michael THE DIVIDE
Unhappy when her family first moves out to the plains of Nebraska, the young Willa Cather comes to appreciate the beauty of her new home.
1997 unpaged

Berleth, Richard MARY PATTEN’S VOYAGE
A sailor recalls how the 18-year-old wife of Captain Joshua Patten took charge of the clipper ship Neptunes Car during a race from New York to San Francisco in 1856.
1994 36 p.

Bunting, Eve CHEYENNE AGAIN
In the late 1880's, a Cheyenne boy named Young Bull is taken to a boarding school to learn the white man's ways.
1995 unpaged

Bunting, Eve DANDELIONS
Zoe and her family find strength in each other as they make a new home in the Nebraska territory.
1995 unpaged

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Bunting, Eve TRAIN TO SOMEWHERE
In the late 1800's, Marianne travels westward on the Orphan Train in hopes of being placed with a caring family.
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Chambers, Veronica AMISTAD RISING
The Story of Freedom

Following in the example of the people of Boston, the patriots of Chester Town, Maryland dump tea into the bay to protest the unfair tea tax.
unpaged

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Fleming, Candace A BIG CHEESE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE
The True Tale of a Tremendous Cheddar

In 1801, in Cheshire, Massachusetts, Elder John Leland organizes his fellow townspeople to make a big cheese for President Jefferson, who up until that tiime had been forced to eat inferior cheeses.
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Fuchs, Bernie RIDE LIKE THE WIND
A TALE OF THE PONY EXPRESS

Known for their courage, self-confidence, speed, and willingness to face adversity, the riders of the Pony Express quickly became legendary heroes in their time. Now dramatic oil paintings by award winner Bernie Fuchs capture the spirit, st rength, and stamina of one young rider, Johnny Free, as he and his beloved pony, Jennysoo, set off at top speed. After racing with his Paiute friend, Little Grey Wolf, Johnny Tree goes on to face unexpected danger and only Jennysoo can save him. Nevada, 1860.
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Gilliland, Judith STEAMBOAT: THE STORY OF CAPTAIN BLANCE LEATHERS
Describes how Blanche Douglas Leathers studied the Mississippi River and passed the test to become a steamboat captain in 1894.
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Glass, Andrew BEWILDERED FOR THREE DAYS
AS TO WHY DANIEL BOONE NEVER WORSE HIS COONSKIN CAP

With the help of what he learned from a Delaware Indian boy and an accommodating mother raccoon, young Daniel Boone escapes danger when a bear steals his coonskin cap.
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Gross, Virginia THE DAY IT RAINED FOREVER
Once Upon America series
A story of the Johnstown Flood. Christina, Frederick and their father wait anxiously to hear news of their mother who has gone to help with a birth when the huge dam behind Lake Conemaugh breaks. Heavy rains continue resulting in a flood killing more than 2000 people. 1889, Johnstown, Pennsylvania and surrounding areas.
48 p.
Harvey, Brett CASSIE’S JOURNEY: GOING WEST IN THE 1860'S
A young girl relates the hardships and dangers of traveling with her family in a covered wagon from Illinois to California during the 1860's. 1988 88 pages

Harvey, Brett SYBIL'S NIGHT RIDE
9-year-old Elenore describes her experiences living with her family in the Dakota Territory in the 1880's.
1986 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.

Hoobler, Dorothy TREASURE IN THE STREAM: THE STORY OF A GOLD RUSH GIRL
The lives of ten-year-old Amy and the members of her farming family are changed forever when gold is discovered on Mr. Sutter's land. 1840's.
1991 53 p.

Hopkinson, Deborah A BAND OF ANGELS
The daughter of a slave forms a gospel singing group and goes on tour to raise money to save Fisk University. 1868+ Nashville, Tennessee.
1999 unpaged

Hopkinson, Deborah BIRDIE’S LIGHTHOUSE
The diary of a 10-year-old girl who moves with her family in 1855 from a town on the Maine coast to rugged Turtle Island where her father is to be the lighthouse keeper.
1997 unpaged

Hopkinson, Deborah CABIN IN THE SNOW
Book Two of the Prairie Skies series
In this volume of the Prairie Skies trilogy, Papa is in Lawrence defending the town from Missouri border ruffians and it's up to Charlie to care for his family in their remote cabin when a violent blizzard blows in. (Ready for Chapters)
2002 68 pages

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

Hopkinson, Deborah PIONEER SUMMER
Book I of the Prairie Skies series
Congress has ruled that settlers in Kansas Territory will decide whether Kansas will enter the Union as a free or a slave state. Charlie Keller's papa is an abolitionist, and he's moving the family to Kansas so he can cast his vote for freedom.
2002 71 p.

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Ingoglia, Gina SACAJAWEA AND THE JOURNEY TO THE PACIFIC
#7 Disney’s American Frontier series
Kidnapped from her Shoshone family as a teenager, Sacajawea was forced to live with the Hidatsa tribe until she was married off to a fur trader named Charbonneau. Soon after, she met Lewis and Clark, who were about to embark on an expedition to the Pacific.
1992 75 p.

Isaacs, Anne TREEHOUSE TALES
Three chapters relate the experiences and adventures of three 1880's Pennsylvania farm children in their family tree house, which serves as a refuge, a source of adventure, a lookout post, and a frightening dragon's lair.
1997 85 p.

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Kimmel, E. Cody ONE SKY ABOVE US
The Adventures of Young Buffalo Bill
Having settled on the Kansas frontier, young Bill Cody and his family try to make a home for themselves, coexist with their Kickapoo neighbors, and stand up as abolitionists in spite of their neighbors' proslavery beliefs.
2002 175 p.

Kurtz, Jane I'M SORRY ALMIRA ANN
8-year-old Sarah's high spirits help make her fmaily's long jounrey from Missouri to Oregon more bearable, though they do cause botgh her and her best friend, Almira Ann, some problems.
1999 113 p.

Kudinski, Kathleen FACING WEST: A STORY OF THE OREGON TRAIL
Once Upon series
1845 Missouri to Oregon As his family sets out from Missouri to Oregon, young Ben wonders whether he will have more trouble with the dangers of the journey or his debilitating asthma.
1994 58 p.

Kudlinski, Kathleen LONE STAR
A STORY OF THE TEXAS RANGERS

In 1847, 11-year-old Clay dreams of becoming a Texas Ranger so that he can exact revenge upon the Comanche Indians who attacked his family, until personal experience acquaints him with the brutal reality of Ranger activities.
1994 52 p.

Lasky, Kathryn SHE’S WEARING A DEAD BIRD ON HER HEAD!
A fictionalized account of the activities of Harriet Hemenway and Minna Hall, founders of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, a late 19th century Audubon Society that would endure and have impact on the bird-protection movement. 1890's.
1995 unpaged

Lawlor, Laurie ADDIE ACROSS THE PRAIRIE
Unhappy to leave her home and friends, Addie reluctantly accompanies her family to the Dakota Territory Andy begins to adjust to life on the prairie.
1986 128 p.

Lawlor, Laurie ADDIE’S DAKOTA WINTER
In her new pioneer home of Dakota, ten-year-old Addie finds an unlikely friend, and stranded alone during a blizzard, learns about courage.
1989 160 p.

Lawlor, Laurie ADDIE’S FOREVER FRIEND
1880's Iowa and Dakota Territory. While her father is looking for a homestead in the Dakotas, Addie and her mother and brothers spend the summer with her aunt and uncle in Sabula, Iowa, where Addie and her best friend have an exciting adventure on the Fourth of July.
1997 124 p.

Lawlor, Laurie ADDIE’S LONG SUMMER
12-year-old Addie eagerly awaits her cousins summer visit to her prairie home but, once they arrive, finds things much more complicated than she ever imagined.
1992 173 p.

Lester, Julius and Jerry Pinkney BLACK COWBOY WILD HORSES
A True Story

Former slave, now Texas cowboy, Bob Lemmons sets out on his black horse, Warrior, in pursuit of a band of mustangs. The wide open spaces, the history, and the horses will make readers long to be home on the range.
1998 40 p.

Lottridge, Celia THE WIND WAGON
Sam Peppard, a blacksmith in 1860's Kansas, builds a prairie schooner that sails to Denver, Colorado.
1995 55 p.

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MacBride, Roger MISSOURI BOUND
Even though she is sad to leave her home in South Dakota, Rose has many new experiences as she and her parents and the Cooley family make their journey to Missouri. 1894.
1999 74 p.

MacLachlan, Patricia SKYLARK
When a drought test the commitment of a mail-order bride from Maine to her new home on the prairie, her stepchildren hope they will be able to remain a family. Sequel to Sarah, Plain and Tall.
1994 86 p.

Manuel, Lynn LUCY MAUD AND THE CAVENDISH CAT
Daffy was Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved gray cat and her Constant companion while she wrote Anne of Green Gables.
1997 unpaged

McCully, Emily THE BALLOT BOX BATTLE
Elizabeth Cady Stanton explains how she came to feel so strongly about a woman's right to vote through this explanation of her childhood to a young, horse-riding protégé. 1880's.
1996 unpaged

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

McCully, Emily Arnold ANNIE QUINN IN AMERICAN
In the 1860s, a wild little girl nicknamed Squirrel meets John Muir, later to become a famous naturalist, when he arrives at her parents' hotel in Yosemite Valley seeking work and knowledge about the natural world.
2004 unpaged

McMullan, Kate AS FAR AS I CAN SEE
MEG'S PRAIRIE DIARY

In 1856, a cholera outbreak forces nine-year-old Meg Wells to leave her family and comfortable life in St. Louis to live with relatives in frontier Kansas.
2001 93 P.

Medearis, Michael DAISY AND THE DOLL
Daisy, an 8-year-old black girl living in rural Vermont in the 1890's, is given a black doll by her teacher and becomes uncomfortable that her skin is a different color from that of her classmates until she finds the courage to speak from her heart.
2000 unpaged

Moskin, Marietta DAY OF THE BLIZZARD
Eager to accomplish an errand for her sick mother, Katie braves one of New York City's severest snowstorms in history, the blizzard of 1888.
1978 79 p.

Moss, Marissa RACHEL’S JOURNAL
The Story of a Pioneer Girl

In her journal, Rachel chronicles her family’s adventures traveling by covered wagon on the Oregon Trail in 1850.
1998 unpaged

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Nixon, Joan Lowery LUCY’S WISH
ORPHAN TRAIN CHILDREN
1866 Missouri.10-year-old Lucy, an orphan who wants a little sister more than anything, finds a very special one in the less than perfect family which she joins.
1998 91 p.

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Partridge, Elizabeth ORANGES ON GOLDEN MOUNTAIN
When hard times fall on his family, Jo Lee is sent from China to San Francisco, where he helps his uncle fish and dreams of being reunited with his mother and sister. post 1850's.
2001 unpaged

Porter, Connie ADDY'S LITTLE BROTHER
After her brother joins the family in Philadelphia at the end of the Civil War, Addy wants to be with him as much as possible, so she is jealous when he starts spending time with her friend's cousin.
2000 32 p.

Porter, Connie HIGH HOPES FOR ADDY
The American Girls series
Addy's new life in Philadelphia in the late 1860's continues to hold surprises, as she competes in a kite festival and her teacher recommends her for the Institute for Colored Youth. Includes informational pages about the Institute for Colored Youth and how to make a kite.
1999 31 p.

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Rand, Gloria SAILING HOME
A STORY OF A CHILDHOOD AT SEA

This story is based on a real family's life aboard a four-masted sailing bark, the John Edna,which carried cargo all over the world between 1896-1910. Under the command of Captain Mads Albert Madsen, he was accompanied on most of these voyages by his wife Anna marie and their children, Matilda, Albert, Dagmar and Ena.
2000 unpaged

Rappaport, Doreen FREEDOM RIVER
Describes an incident in the life of John Parker, an ex-slave who became a successful businessman in Ripley, Ohio, and who repeatedly risked his life to help other slaves escape to freedom. 1850+.
2000 unpaged

Rappaport, Doreen TROUBLE AT THE MINES
Rosie and her family are caught up in the Arnot, Pennsylvania, mining strike of 1899-1900, led by the union organizer, Mother Jones.
1987 81 p.

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.
2000 40 p.

Roop, Peter GRACE’S LETTER TO LINCOLN
On the eve of the 1860 presidential election, as war clouds gather and the South threatens to secede, 11-year-old Grace decides to help Abraham Lincoln get elected by writing and advising him to grow a beard.
2000 74 p.

Roop, Peter KEEP THE LIGHTS BURNING, ABBIE.
In the winter of 1856, a storm delays the lighthouse keeper's return to an island off the coast of Maine, and his daughter Abbie must keep the lights burning by herself.
1985 unpaged


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San Souci, Robert KATE SHELLEY: BOUND FOR LEGEND
July in Iowa. A biography of the 15-year-old Iowa teenager who helped avert a train disaster in 1881 and became a national heroine.
1995 unpaged

Sanders, Scott AURORA MEANS DAWN
After traveling from Connecticut to Ohio in 1800 to start a new life in the settlement of Aurora, the Sheldons find that they are the first family to arrive there and realize that theywill be starting a new community by themselves.
1989 unpaged

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

Shaw, Janet KRISTEN ON THE TRAIL
American Girls Short Stories
Nine-year-old Kirsten keeps her friendhsip with a Sioux Indian girl a secret until Kirsten's little brother becomes lost in the woods. Includes a section on Sioux Indians and a project related to the story.
1999 29 p.

Shaw, Janet KIRSTEN SNOWBOUND!
American Girls Short Stories
In 1856, Kirsten and her cousins look after the farm while the adults go to town for supplies and everything is fine - until a blizzard surprises them.
2001 29 p.

Sperry, Portia Howe 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.

Stevens, Carla LILY AND MISS LIBERTY
A little girl makes crowns and sells them to help raise money for the pedestal needed for mounting France’s gift to this country of the Statue of Liberty.
1992 58 p.

Stanley, Diane THE TRUE ADVENTURE OF DANIEL HALL
Adaptation of: ARCTIC ROVINGS, OR, THE ADVENTURES OF A NEW BEDFORD BOY ON SEA AND LAND/DANIEL WESTON HALL, 1861.
1995 unpaged

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Tada, Joni Eareckson I’LL BE WITH YOU ALWAYS
A disillusioned artist, who feels his talent will never match that of his father, is restored by the older man’s love and faith. Boston/Paris.
1998 31 p.

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 JOSEPHINA'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 JOSEPHINA’S 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.

Van Nutt, Julia A COBTOWN CHRISTMAS
12-year-old Lucky Hart’s diary entries convey Christmas in 1845.
1998 unpaged

Van Nutt, Julia SKYROCKETS AND SNICKERDOODLES
A Cobtown Story from the diaries of Lucky Hart
12-year-old Lucky Hart’s diary entries describe July 4th activities of 1845 .
2001 unpaged

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Wetterer, Margaret KATE SHELLEY AND THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
15-year-old Kate risks her life in a storm to prevent a train disaster.
1990 47 p.

Wetterer, Margaret THE SNOW WALKER
12-year-old makes snowshoes and procures supplies for family and neighbors during blizzard. March 1888 - The Bronx, New York.
1996 48 p.

Whalen, Sharla BEST FRIENDS UNDER THE SUN
Faithful Friends Collection Book 4
When a sculpture comemorating the pioneer spirit is finally unveiled, the subject matter amazes everyone in town, even the young visitor from England who has been dazzling the local girls.
1997 64 p.

Whalen, Sharla FRIENDS ON ICE
Faithful Friends Collection Book Two
In the 1890’s in Illinois, Beth is dismayed to find her friendship with Maggie in trouble as the Winter Entertainment approaches.
1997 64 p.

Whalen, Sharla MEET THE FRIENDS
Faithful Friends Collection Book One
Each of four girls knows what it feels like to be different, and as they become friends, they discover something important about themselves and each other. 1890’s Illinois.
1997 64 p.

Whelan, Gloria HANNAH
Hannah, a blind girl living in Michigan in the late 19th century, doesn’t go to school, until a new teacher tells her about the Braille method of reading for the blind.
1991 63 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.

Whelan, Gloria NIGHT OF THE FULL MOON
When she sneaks away to visit her friend, a young girl living on the Michigan frontier is caught up in the forced evacuation of a group of Potawatomi Indians from their tribal lands in the 1840's.
1993 62 p.

Whelan, Gloria SHADOW OF THE WOLF
In 1841, 13-year-old Libby and her family begin a new life on the shores of Lake Michigan, where her father works as a surveyor for the Ottawa Indians and Libby is reunited with her Indian friend Fawn.
1997 79 p.

White, Tekla THE FLIGHT OF THE UNION
Relates the story of Homan Walsh, a 15-year-old boy who in 1847 successfully flew a kite over the Niagara River from Canada to the United States, enabling work to begin on a suspension bridge near Niagara Falls.
1998 47 p.

Wilkie, Katharine GEORGE ROGERS CLARK
BOY OF THE NORTHWEST FRONTIER

Young Patriots Series
Childhood of the explorer and soldier who won the Northwest Territory for the United States during the Revolutionary War.
2004 110 p.

Wilkes, Maria BROOKFIELD FRIENDS
Caroline #4. A Little House Chapter Book
Caroline Quiner, who grows up to become the mother of Laura Ingalls Wilder, spends time with neighbors, makes a new friend, and attends the Maple Frolic in the frontier town of Brookfield, Wisconsin.
1998 68 p.

Winnick, Karen MR. LINCOLN’S WHISKERS
The true story of Grace Bedell who suggested that Abraham Lincoln grow a beard. 1860.
1996 unpaged

Wyeth, Sharon FREEDOM'S WINGS
Corey's Diary: Kentucky to Ohio, 1857. My America. A Dear America book.
A 9-year-old slave keeps a diary of his journey to freedom along the Underground Railroad in 1857.
2001 92 p.

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Yates, Elizabeth CAROLINA’S COURAGE
1850's New Hampshire/trip west via covered wagon Carolina, Mark and their parents join the trail west. Fortunately, there is room to bring Carolina's beloved doll, who plays and important part in dealing with the Indians they encounter.
1964 96 p.

Yee, Paul GHOST TRAIN
A poverty-sticken Chinese family must dismantle when Father sails to America to find employment as a railroad builder. His one-armed daughter gradually follows, but learns her father has just been killed. Her dreams bring his legacy to her.
1996 unpaged


5th Grade and Up

Adler, Elizabeth CROSSING THE PANTHER'S PATH
16-year-old Billy Calder, son of a British soldier and a Mohawk woman, leaves school to join tecumseh in his efforts to prevent the Americans from taking any more land from the Indians in the Northwest Territory.
1999 153 p.

Anderson, Margaret CHILDREN OF SUMMER
HENRI FABRE’S INSECTS
10-year old Paul describes how he and his sisters learned insects from the observations and writings of their father, the 19th century French entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre.
1997 89 p.

Auch, Mary Jane FROZEN SUMMER
sequel to Journey to Nowhere. In 1816, 12-year-old Mem’s new home in the wilderness of western New York is disrupted when the birth of another baby sends her mother into “spells” that disconnect her reality.
1998 196 p.

Auch, Mary Jane THE ROAD TO HOME
In 1817, after her mother has died and her father abandoned his children, 13-year-old Mem searches for a new home for Joshua, herself, and their little sister. End of trilogy.
2000 211 p.

Avi THE BARN
In an effort to fulfill their dying father's last request, 9-year-old Ben and his brother and sister construct a barn on their land in the Oregon territory in 1855.
1994 106 p.

Avi LORD KIRKLE’S MONEY
Book II Beyond the Western Sea
Driven from their impoverished Irish village, 15-year-old Maura and her younger brother meet their landlords runaway son in Liverpool while all three wait for a ship to America; their fates continue to intertwine on board ship and in the New World.
1996 380 p.

Avi PUNCH WITH JUDY
An outcast 8-year-old boy, orphaned by the Civil War, is taken in by the owner of a traveling medicine show and despite the doubts of others, years later he confirms the man’s faith in him.
1993 167 p.

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.

Ayers, Katherine SILVER DOLLAR GIRL
In 1885, unhappy living with her aunt and uncle in Pittsburgh, Valentine Harper disguises herself as a boy and runs away to Colorado determined to find her father, who has gone there in search of gold.
2000 191 p.


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Beard, 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.

Beatty, Patricia BE EVER HOPEFUL, HANNALEE
In 1865 with the war recently over 14-year-old Hannalee and her recently reunited family decide to start a new life in Atlanta where, because of the need to rebuild the devastated city, jobs are plentiful. Sequel to Turn Homeward, Hannalee.
1988 207 p.

Beatty, Patricia BEHAVE YOURSELF, BETHANY BRANT
A preacher's daughter with lots of curiosity and a penchant for getting into trouble has an eventful year and a half, as all the predictions of a fortune-teller at a Texas county fair in 1898 come true.
1986 166 p.

Beatty, Patricia THE NICKEL-PLATED BEAUTY
In the Washington Territory of 1886, the seven resourceful Kimball children devote themselves to earning enough money to buy their mother a new stove.
1964 225 p.

Beatty, Patricia SARAH AND ME AND THE LADY FROM THE SEA
When, in 1894, their father’s business failure forces the family to live in their beach home on the peninsula just above the Oregon border, 12- year-old Marcella and her younger brother and sister find the experience much more rewarding than they imagined, especially when they become friends with the numerous members of the Kimball family.
1989 177 p.

Berry, James AJEEMAH AND HIS SON
In 1807, at the height of the slave trade, Ajeemah and his 18-year-old son Atu are snatched in mid stride by slave traders from their home in Africa, while en route to deliver a dowry to Atus bride-to-be. Ajeemah and Atu are then taken to Jamaica and sold to neighboring plantations, never to see one another again.
1991 83 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.

Buckey, Sarah Masters THE SMUGGLER'S TREASURE
American Girls History Mysteries
Sent to live with relatives in New Orleans during the War of 1812, 11-year-old Elisabet determines to find a smuggler's treasure to ransom her imprisoned father.
1999 153 p.

Burks, Brian RUNS WITH HORSES
16 years old in 1886, Run with Horses trains to become a warrior with Geranium’s band of Apaches in the American Southwest.
1995 116 p.

Carbone, Elisa STORM WARRIORS
In 1895, after his mother's death, 12-year-old Nathan moves with his father and grandfather to Pea Island off the coast of North Carolina, where he hopes to join the all-black crew at the nearby lifesaving station, despite his father's objections.
2001 166 p.

Burkes, Brian SOLDIER BOY
A boy who grew up in the slums of late 19th century Chicago runs away, joins the cavalry, and fights with General Cutter in the Battle of Little Big Horn.
1997 148 p.

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Cannon, A.E. CHARLOTTE'S ROSE
As a 12-year-old Welsh immigrant carries a motherless baby along the Mormon Trail in 1856, she comes to love the baby as her own and fear the day the baby's father will reclaim her.
2002 240 p.

Collier, James Lincoln WILD BOY
Twelve-year-old Jesse runs away from home and tries to survive on his own in the nearby mountains.
2002 159 p.

Culvert, Patricia BETRAYED
sequel to Bigger and Sooner
In 1867, after his father's death and his mother's remarriage, 14-year-old Tyler and his black friend Isaac set out on the Missouri river headed West to seek their fortunes, encountering an unsavory keelboat captain and Sioux chief along the way.
2002 209 p.

Culvert, Patricia SOONER
sequel to Bigger
With the realization that his father may not return now that the Civil War is over, 13-year-old Tyler finds himself the man of their Missouri farm and the master of a new dog, the strikingly-colored Sooner.
1998 168 p.

Conrad, Pam MY DANIEL
1885 Nebraska. Julia Create and her brother Daniel are living on a lonely farm. Daniel, who has always been interested in fossils, is inspired by the tales of a pair of dinosaur prospectors to search for his very own cache of dinosaur bones. Once he has found them, his next challenge is to preserve them for an honorable paleontologist by keeping them away from a thief and possible murderer.
1989 137 p.

Cornelissen, Cornelia SOFT RAIN
The Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears

Soft Rain, a 9-year-old Cherokee girl, is forced to relocate, along with her family, from North Carolina to the West.
1998 109 p.

Cullen, Lynn NELLY IN THE WILDERNESS
In the Indiana wilderness in 1821, 12-year-old Nelly Vandorn and her older brother hold fast to their rough frontier ways when their father brings home a vancy new city wife not long after burying their mother.
2002 184 p.

Cushman, Karen THE BALLAD OF LUCY WHIPPLE
California Morning Whipple, who is called Lucy for short, does not want to move from Massachusetts to California in 1849. But she encounters some unusual situations in the process.
1996 195 p.

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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 THE APPRENTICESHIP OF LUCAS WHITAKER
1850's Connecticut. After Lucas' mother dies of consumption (tuberculosis) he apprentices himself to a doctor who is very traditional.
1996 151 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.

Denenberg, Barry SO FAR FROM HOME
The diary account of Mary Driscoll, and Irish mill girl

In the diary account of her journey from Ireland in 1847 and of her work in a mill in Lowell, Massachusetts, 14-year-old Mary reveals a great longing for her family.
1997 140 p.

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.

Duey, K and K.A. Bale SURVIVAL! TRAIN WRECK. Kansas, 1892
In 1892 Max and Jodi, young employees of a traveling circus, find their lives endangered when their train wrecks in a storm.
1999 172 p.

Durbin, William THE BROKEN BLADE
When an injury prevents his father from going into northern Canada with fur traders, 13-year-old Pierre decides take his father’s place as a voyageur. Spring 1800.
1997 163 p.

Durbin, William THE JOURNAL OF SEAN SULLIVAN
A Transcontinental Railroad worker

My Name is America series
In 1867, 15-year-old Sean experiences both hardships and rewards when he joins his father in working on the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.
1999 184 p.

Durbin, William WINTERING
In 1801, 14-year-old Pierre returns towork for the North West Company and makes the long and difficult journey to a winter camp where he learns both from the other voyageurs and from the Ojibwa Indians whose land they share. sequel to: The Broken Blade
1999 191 p.

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Eckert, Allan INCIDENT AT HAWK'S HILL
A shy, lonely 6-year-old wanders into the Canadian prairie and spends a summer under the protection of a badger.
1971 207 p.

Ellsworth, Loretta THE SHROUDING WOMAN 2002 151 p.

Erdrich, Louise THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE
Omakayas, a 7-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.
1999 239 p.

Ernst, Kathleen WHISTLER IN THE DARK
American Girl History Mysteries
In 1867, 12-year-old Emma and her widowed mother move to a tiny mining town in Colorado Territory to start a newspaper, but someone is determined to scare them away.
2002 155 p.

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Fleischman, Sid BANDIT’S MOON
12-year-old Annyrose relates her adventures with Joaquin Murieta and his band of outlaws in the California gold-mining region during the mid-1800’s.
1998 132 p.

Fleischman, Sid BY THE GREAT HORN SPOON
1849 California Gold Rush. As the side-wheeler Lady Wilma put out from Boston for San Francisco, two stowaways huddled in potato barrels in the hold. Jack Flagg, an orphan bound for California to regain a fortune for his aunt, and Praisworthy, the family’s loyal butler.
1963 193 p.

Fleischman, Sid MR. MYSTERIOUS AND COMPANY
The adventures of a family of magicians traveling across the western deserts and plains in the 1880s.
1997 154 p.

Fox, Paula THE SLAVE DANCER
1840. New Orleans, a slave ship en route to Africa and back, and the Mississippi coast. 13-year-old Jessie Bollier, kidnapped from his New Orleans home to provide music while slaves on a slave ship exercise, learns of human cruelty and of friendship and trust.
1973 176 p.

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Gaeddert, LouAnn BREAKING FREE
In 1800, shortly before his 12th birthday, Richard is sent to live with his uncle on a farm in upper New York State, where he teaches a young slave to read and encourages her dream of freedom.
1994 136 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 the hardships her family and other residents of the “Texas colonies” endure when they decide to face the Mexicans in a fight for their freedom.
1998 177 p.

Garland, Sherry VALLEY OF THE MOON: The Diary of Maria Rosalia De Milagros
Dear American series
Sonoma Valley, Alta California, 1846. The 1845-1846 diary of 13-year-old Maria, servant to the wealthy Spanish family which took her in when her Indian mother died.
2001 191 p.

Gibson, Fred OLD YELLER
late 1860’s Salt Licks, Texas on the Birdsong Creek 14-year-old Travis Coats manages the homestead while his father drives the cattle to market with the help of a stray dog whose courage saves his life.
1956 158 p.

Gregory, Kristiana ACROSS THE WIDE AND LONESOME PRAIRIE: THE OREGON TRAIL DIARY OF HATTIE CAMPBELL, 1847
Dear America series
In her diary, 13-year-old Hattie chronicles her familys arduous 1847 journey from Missouri to Oregon on the Oregon Trail.
1997 149 p.

Gregory, Kristiana SEEDS OF HOPE
THE GOLD RUSH DIARY OF SUSANNA FAIRCHILD, CALIFORNIA TERRITORY, 1849

Dear America series A diary account of 14-year-old Susanna Fairchild's life in 1849, when her father succumbs to gold fever on the way to establish his medical practice in Oregon after losing his wife and money on their steamship journey from New York.
2001 158 p.

Gregory, Kristiana A JOURNEY OF FAITH
Prairie Riverseries
Nessa can't remember a home other than the orphanage, and she has no choice but to leave. Her plan is to escape on the next stagecoach west, one headed toward Prairie River, Kansas.
2003 213 p.

Griffin, Peni SWITCHING WELL
Two 12-year-old girls in San Antonio, Texas, Ada in 1891 and Amber in 1991, switch places through a magic well and try desperately to return to their own times.
1993 218 p.

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Haas, Jessie WESTMINSTER WEST
Two sisters struggle with their roles as women within the family and within society as an arsonist threatens their post-Civil War Vermont community.
1997 164 p.

Hausman, Gerald TOM CRINGLE
THE PIRATE AND THE PATRIOT

In 1813, a 14-year-old British navy lieutenant records in his logbook, a perilous journey as he and his men attempt to return a group of slaves to the Jamaican plantation from which pirates stole them: pirates who are determined to reclaim their bounty.
2001 137 p.

Hedstorm, Deborah FROM EAST TO WEST WITH LEWIS AND CLARK
My American Journey series
Get set for a true adventure - eat bear steaks, meet Indian tribes, & survive the wilderness of America's early west. And, if you listen carefully, you may even hear the dock boards creak as the crew loads supplies, & the Missouri River laps against the bottom of their keelboat.
1997 45 p.

Heisel, Sharon PRECIOUS GOLD, PRECIOUS JADE
A young woman befreinds a Chinese family despite the racism and fear that overwhelm the residents of her small western mining town at the end of the gold rush.
2000 184 p.

Henty, G. A A TALE OF THE WESTERN PLAINS or REDSKIN AND COWBOY
1851. A young boy leaves England for adventure in the West--becoming a lumberjack, hunter, cowboy, Indian fighter, and gold miner and finds out the truth about his "uncle" in England.
1997 425 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.

Hermes, Patricia CALLING ME HOME
12-year old Abbie struggles to accept her father’s desire to make a new home for his family on the Nebraska prairies of the late 1850’s.
1998 138 p.

Hermes, Patricia ON WINTER’S WIND
As she struggles to make ends meet while maintaining her family’s dignity, 11-year-old Genevieve faces the possibility of turning in a slave for the bounty. Pre-civil war New Bedford, MA.
1995 163 p.

Hermes, Patricia WESTWARD TO HOME
JOSHUA'S DIARY
The Oregon Trail, 1848

My America series

In 1848, 9-year-old Juoshua Martin McCullough writes a journal of his family's journal from Missouri to Oregon in a covered wagon.
2001 99 p.

Hermes, Patricia THE WILD YEAR
JOSHUA'S OREGON TRAIL DIARY
The Oregon Trail, 1848

My America series
vol. 3
Oregon 1849. Joshua continues to chronicle the pioneering life as he and his family continue to grow and thrive out West, in Oregon. Throughout these times of hardship and happiness, Joshua is always courageous and thoughtful.
2003 108 p.

Hickman, Janet SUSANNAH
After her mother’s death, 14-year-old Susannah is taken by her father to live in a Shaker community in Ohio, but she does not find the same sense of peace there that he does. 1810 Lebanon, Ohio.
1998 138 p.

Hill, Donna SHIPWRECK SEASON
In 1880, forced to work with his uncle at a lifeguard station on Cape Cod, 16-year-old Daniel finds himself maturing as he encounters unexpected comradeship, challenges, and danger.
1998 215 p.

Hobbs, Will DOWN THE YUKON
sequel to Jason's Gold
In the wake of Dawson City's Great Fire of 1899, 16-year-old Jason and his girlfriend jamie canoe the Yukon River across Alaska in an epic race from Canada's Klondike to the new gold fields at Cape Nome.
2001 187 p.

Hobbs, Will JASON'S GOLD
When news of the discovery of gold in Canada's Yukon in 1897 reaches 15-year-old Jason, he embarks on a 5,000-mile journey to strike it rich.
1999 216 p.

Holland, Isabelle PAPERBOY
In 1881 in New York City, 12-year-old Kevin O'Donnell, ever conscious of the prejudice against the Irish poor, struggles to support his sick father and young sister by working as a messenger for a prominent newspaper but finds his job threatened when he is falsely accused of stealing from his employer.
1999 137 p.

Holm, Jennifer OUR ONLY MAY AMELIA
As the only girl in a Finnish American family of seven brothers, May Amelia Jackson resents being expected to act like a lady while growing up in Washington state in 1899.
1999 247 p.

Hoobler, Dorothy and Thomas JULIE MEYER
THE STORY OF A WAGON TRAIN GIRL

Julie and her family join a wagon train traveling from Indiana to Oregon during the 1800s, enduring many challenges while on the difficult five-month journey.
1997 124 p.

Hughes, Holly HOOFBEATS OF DANGER
American Girl History Mysteries
In 1860, 11-year-old Annie, who lives at the Red Buttes Pony Express station in the Nebraska Territory, asks Pony Express rider Billy Cody to help her find the person responsible for sabotaging her favorite pony Magpie.
1999 123 p.

Hurst, Carol Otis THROUGH THE LOCK
Etta, a 12-year-old orphan in 19th century Connecticut, meets a boy living ina an abandoned cabin on the New Haven and Northampton Canal and has adventures with him while trying to be reunited with her sibilings.
2001 160 p.

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Irwin, Hadley JIM-DANDY
Living after the Civil War on a Kansas homestead with his stern stepfather, 13-year-old Caleb raises a beloved colt and becomes involved in General Custer's raids on the Cheyenne.
1994 133 p.

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Johnston, Norma LOTTA’S PROGRESS
In 1848 when Lotta's family immigrates to Boston from Germany, they face all sorts of difficulties until they are befriended by the Alcott family who have set themselves up as missionaries to the poor.
1997 149 p.

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Karr, Kathleen OH, THOSE HARPER GIRLS
1869 Texas. Forclosure on Lily Harper’s daddy’s ranch forces Lily and her five older sister into participating in her father’s desperate money- making schemes. After their failure to rob a train, a New York theater manager sees a write-up about them in the paper and is convinced he can make stars of them.
1992 182 p.

Karwoski, Gail SEAMAN: THE DOG WHO EXPLORED THE WEST WITH LEWIS AND CLARK
Seaman, a Newfoundland, proves his value as a hunter, navigator, and protector while serving with the Corps of Discovery when it explores the West under the leadership of Lewis and Clark.
1999 183 p.

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.

Kimmel, E. Cody THE ADVENTURES OF YOUNG BUFFALO BILL
After the death of his brother, 8-year-old Bill Cody and his family set out from Iowa to make a new home for themselves in the volatile Kansas Territory.
2002 179 p.

Klass, Sheila LITTLE WOMEN NEXT DOOR
Recounts the efforts of Louisa May Alcott's family to establish a utopian community known as Fruitlands in Massachusetts in 1843, as seen through the eyes of the shy 11-year-old girl next door.
2000 188 p.

Klass, Sheila A SHOOTING STAR: A NOVEL ABOUT ANNIE OAKLEY
As one who prefers hunting over sewing, Annie Oakley breaks free from conventional behavior for girls and goes on to develop her talent as a sharpshooter and entertainer.
1996 173 p.

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Lasky, Kathryn ALICE ROSE & SAM
Alice Rose, an irrepressible 12-year-old, share adventures with Mark Twain, an outlandish reporter on her father’s newspaper in Virginia City, Nevada, during the 1860’s.
1998 246 p.

Lasky, Kathryn BEYOND THE DIVIDE
In 1949, 14-year-old Amish girl defies convention by leaving her secure home in Pennsylvania to accompany her father across the continent by wagon train.
1983 293 p.

LaFaye, A. WORTH
When an accident crushes Nathaniel's leg, his father brings home an orphan to work their farm in Nebraska. At first, the two boys are resentful of each other and their situations, but they slowly learn to help each other face the future.
2004 144 p.
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.
1988 376 p.

Lasky, Kathryn THE JOURNAL OF AUGUSTUS PELLETIER
The Lewis and Clark Expedition

My Name is America series

A fictional journal kept by 12-year-old Augustus Pelletier, the youngest member of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery.
2000 149 p.

Laurgaard, Rachel PATTY REED'S DOLL
The Story of the Donner Party

An account of the numerous difficulties, hair-breadth escapes, moritfications and privations which Patty Reed and her family experienced on their 10-month journey from Springfield, Illinois to California, the Land of Promise. 1846.
1984 143 p.

Lawlor, Laurie Down the Rio Grande
American Sisters1829. 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.

Lawlor, Laurie EXPLORING THE CHICAGO WORLD'S FAIR
It's the most fabulous sight the girls have ever seen…the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, with its dazzling electric lights and incredible sights, sounds, smells, crowds. But in the chaos of the White City, 12-year-old Dora Pomeroy yearsn for Nebraska and the secure life she left behind. Her father has joined Buffalo Bill cody's Wild West show, leaving Mrs. Pomeroy and her chidren on their own.
2001 210 p.

Lawlor, Laurie GEORGE ON HIS OWN
Addie’s 12-year-old brother, George, doesn’t think anyone appreciates his musical talent, and when his father threatens to sell his trombone, George decides to run away from the family’s prairie home. 1887.
1993 191 p.

Lawton, Wendy RANSOM'S MARK
A Story Based on the Life of the Pioneer Olive Oatman
Daughters of the Faithseries
When thirteen-year-old Olive Oatman's wagon train is raided by outlaw Indians, she and her sister are captured, only to be ransomed later by a band of Mohaves.
2003 131 p.

Levine, Ellen THE JOURNAL OF JEDEDIAH BARSTOW
AN EMIGRANT ON THE OREGON TRAIL

My Name is America series
In his 1845 diary, 13-year-old orphan Jedediah describes his wagon train journey to Oregon, in which he confronts rivers and sandy plains, bears and rattlesnakes, and the challenges of living with his fellow travelers.
2002 156 p.

Luttrell, Wanda REUNION IN KENTUCKY
Sarah's Journey series

sequel to STRANGER IN WILLIAMSBURG
Hearing that her mother and new bay sister are seriously ill, 13-year-old Sarah leaves her Williamsburg relatives and travels to rejoin her family in the dangerous Kentucky wilderness.
1994 205 p.

Lutz, Norma ESCAPE FROM SLAVERY
A Family's Fight for Freedom

The American Adventure
In 19th century Cincinnati, 14-year-old Tim allerton finds his anti-slavery views tested when he and his younger sister Pam save the life of a slave baby whose mother has recently been murdered.
2000 143 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 son’s suspicious death.
1997 160 p.

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MacBride, Roger LITTLE TOWN IN THE OZARKS
When drought and fire afflict Rocky Ridge Farm, 11-year-old Rose Wilder and her parents temporarily move to Mansfield and try to adjust to a new life in town. 5th in series of 8.
1996 336 p.

Major, Charles THE BEARS OF BLUE RIVER
Little Balser, a pioneer boy growing up in early nineteenth-century Indiana, has many adventures and dangerous encounters with bears while learning the ways of the woods.
1984 177 p.

Marzolo, Jean HALFWAY DOWN PADDY LANE
15-year old Kate finds herself transported where she must adjust to the prejudices against Irish immigrants, working long hours in a cotton mill, and tragically, falling in love with a boy who believes he is her brother.
1981 178 p.

Mazzio, Joann LEAVING ELDORADO
In 1896-97, after her gold-mad father abandons her in the small New Mexico Territorymining town of Eldorado, 14-year-old Maude struggles to survive and to hold onto her dream of becoming an artist.
1993 170 p.

McDonald, Megan ALL THE STARS IN THE SKY
The Santa Fe Trail Diary of Florrie Mack Ryder
Dear Americaseries
A girl's diary records the year 1848 during which she, her brother, mother and stepfather traveled the Santa Fe trail from Independence, Missouri, to Santa Fe.
2003 172 p.

McGill, Alice MILES' SONG
In 1851 in South Carolina, Miles, a 12-year-old slave, is sent to a "breaking ground" to have his spirit broken but endures the experience by secretly taking reading lessons from another slave.
2000 213 p.

McKissack, Patricia RUN AWAY HOME
In 1886 in Alabama, an 11-year-old African-American girl and her family befriend and give refuge to a runaway Apache boy.
1997 170 p.

Meltzer, Milton UNDERGROUND MAN
A courageous young white man aids slaves escaping from Kentucky in pre-Civil War days.
1972 261 p.

Murrow, Liza WEST AGAINST THE WIND
1850 Independence, Missouri to the Pacific. 14-year-old Abby seeks both her father and the secret of a handsome but mysterious boy during an arduous journey by wagon train from the middle of the country to the Pacific coast in 1850.
1987 232 p.

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.
1995 125 p.

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.
1999 128 p.

Myers, Walter Dean THE RIGHTEOUS REVENGE OF ARTEMIS BONNER
15-year-old Artemis journeys from New York City To Tombstone, Arizona in 1880, to avenge the murder of his uncle Ugly Ned Bonner And find the gold mine he sketched from memory as he lingered on his deathbed.
1992 140 p.

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Nixon, Joan Lowery AGGIE’S HOME
Book #3 of the ORPHAN TRAIN QUARTET, 1866
A clumsy 12-year-old, Aggie is sure no one will want to adopt her when she rides the orphan train out west, but when she meets the eccentric Brandon family she begins to have some hope. Includes historical information about orphan trains and the woman’s suffrage movement.
1998 92p.

Nixon, Joan Lowery CAUGHT IN THE ACT
Book #2 of the ORPHAN TRAIN QUARTET, 1860-1880
11-year-old Michael Patrick Kelly from New York City is sent to a foster home, a Missouri farm with a sadistic owner, a bullying son, and a number of secrets, one of which may be murder.
1988 150 p.

Nixon, Joan Lowery CIRCLE OF LOVE
The Orphan Train Adventures
Recounts the efforts of Louisa May The Civil War has just ended. 19-year-old Frances Mary Kelly, an orphan train rider six years before, returns to New York and agrees to escort a group of orphans west to find new homes.
1997 167 p.

Nixon, Joan Lowery A DANGEROUS PROMISE
The Orphan Train Adventures
After being taken in by Captain Taylor and his wife in Kansas, 12-year-old Mike Kelly and his friend Todd Blakely join the Union army as musicians and see the horrors of war firsthand in Missouri 1861.
1994 148 p.

Nixon, Joan Lowery DAVID’S SEARCH
Orphan Train Children
1866. 11-year-old orphan train rider David Howard settles with a strict Texas farm family, and his best friend is an ex-slave who is threatened by the growing presence of the Ku Klux Klan.
1998 103 p.

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.
1991 168 p.

Nixon, Joan Lowery IN THE FACE OF DANGER
Book #3 of the ORPHAN TRAIN QUARTET 1860-1880
Deeply unhappy about her family's separation because of poverty, Megan gradually finds contentment and purpose in her new home on the Kansas prairie with a kind and loving adopted family.
1988 151 p.

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.
1991 168 p.

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.
1991 168 p.

Nixon, Joan Lowery WILL’S CHOICE
Orphan Train Children Sent away on an orphan train by his self-centered father, Jesse, Will keeps hoping Jesse will return to claim him, even though the people he lives with care for him far more. 1866 train ride to Missouri.
1998 95 p.

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O'Dell, Scott SING DOWN THE MOON
Arizona, Canyon de Chelly, 1864. A young Navajo girl recounts the events of 1864 when her tribe was forced to march to Fort Sumter as prisoners of the white soldiers.
1970 137 p.

O'Dell, Scott STREAMS TO THE RIVER, RIVER TO THE SEA
A Novel of Sacagawea
A young Indian woman, accompanied by her infant and cruel husband, experience joy and heart-break when she joins the Lewis and Clark Expedition seeking a way to the Pacific.
1986 191 p.

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.
1992 126 p.

Osborne, Mary Pope ADALINE FALLING STAR
Fictionalized account of the life of Kit Carson's daughter, Adaline.
2000 169 p.

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Paulsen, Gary THE LEGEND OF BASS REEVES
Paulsen's dramatic fictionalized account of the life of Bass Reeves, a slave turned frontier hero, is based on stories both real and imaginary.
2006 137 p.

Paulsen, Gary MR. TUCKET
In 1848, while on a wagon train headed for Oregon, 14-year-old Francis Tucket is kidnapped by Pawnee Indians and then falls in with a one-armed trapper who teaches him how to live in the wild.
1994 166 p.

Paulsen, Gary TUCKET'S GOLD
15-year-old Francis and the two children he has adopted travel across the Old West, evade Comancheros, discover a treasure, and wind up rich beyond their wildest dreams. Book IV in series.
1999 97 p.

Paulsen, Gary TUCKET’S RIDE
1848. When 15-year-old Francis and two younger children lose their way in the wilderness of the Southwest, they face capture during the Mexican War.
1997 86 p.

Pfeffer, Susan Beth AMY MAKES A FRIEND
Portraits of Little Women
Desperate for art lessons, Amy hopes to manipulate her friendship with two other girls to get what she wants. Massachusetts 1850’s.
1998 90 p.

Pfeffer, Susan Beth AMY’S STORY
Portraits of Little Women Because she desperately wants to have her picture taken, 10-year-old Amy finds a way to accumulate the necessary five dollars but then decides to spend it in another way.
1997 69 p.

Pfeffer, Susan Beth BETH MAKES A FRIEND
Portraits of Little Women Beth tries to help an impoverished Irish immigrant boy and his family by stealing a silver bowl from her great-aunt and giving it to the O’Neills to sell.
1998 87 p.

Pfeffer, Susan Beth BETH’S STORY
Portraits of Little Women
Relates 10-year-old Beth's exciting trip to pre-Civil War New York City with Marmee and Father.
1997 76 p.

Pfeffer, Susan Beth A GIFT FOR BETH
Portraits of Little Women
Beth March receives a mysterious, but welcome, gift of new sheet music for the piano.
1999 76 p.

Pfeffer, Susan Beth A GIFT FOR AMY
Portraits of Little Women
Pretty Amy March intends to marry a wealthy man when she’s all grown up. But she worries that her family’s lack of money will scare suitors away. Rich boys marry rich girls – at least, that’s what the snobby girls at school say. So Amy encourages the attentions of Robert Lloyd, a classmate whose family is well-to-do. When he surprises her with an expensive gift, Amy must face her true feelings – and her heart’s real dreams for the future.
1999 91 p.

Pfeffer, Susan Beth A GIFT FOR MEG
Portraits of Little Women
Meg treasures the bolt of Belgian lace that Aunt March brings her from a tip to Europe. The exquisite lace is to be used on her wedding day, far in the future. For now, Meg wants only to admire it and, above all, to safeguard it from jealous Jo.
1999 84 p.

Pfeffer, Susan Beth JO MAKES A FRIEND
Portraits of Little Women
At the request of her great-aunt, 10-year-old Jo tries to befriend a sad and lonely blind girl who is visiting the neighborhood.
1998 92 p.

Pfeffer, Susan Beth MEG’S STORY
Portraits of Little Women
When 10-year-old Meg receives an invitation to a friend’s picnic but Jo does not, Meg must decide whether to decline out of loyalty to her sister or to follow her heart and attend.
1997 71 p.

Pryor, Bonnie LUKE: 1849, ON THE GOLDEN TRAIL
American Adventures series
In 1849 eleven-year-old Luke leaves his family's farm home in Iowa, accepts his uncle's offer of a chance for an education, and travels with his relative to Boston.
1999 163 p.

Pryor, Bonnie LUKE ON THE HIGH SEAS
American Adventures series
sequel to Luke: 1849, On the Golden Trail
In 1850, Luke and Toby set sail from Boston to California on a voyage featuring shady characters, a story of a lost gold mine, and a cabin boy with a secret.
2000 165 p.
Putnam, Alice WESTERLING
Traveling with his family in a wagon train from Missouri to Oregon in 1850, 11-year-old Jason finds a stray dog during the dangerous journey.
1990 90 p.

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Rawlings, Marjorie THE YEARLING
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.
1938 400 p.

Rinaldi, Ann AN ACQUAINTANCE WITH DARKNESS
When her mother dies and her best friend’s family is implicated in the assassination of President Lincoln, 14-year-old Emily Pigbush must go live with an uncle she suspects of being involved in stealing bodies for medical research. Washington, D.C./Maryland.
1997 291 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.

Rinaldi, Ann MINE EYES HAVE SEEN
In the summer of 1859, 15-year-old Annie travels to the Maryland farm where her father, John Brown, is secretly assembling his provisional army prior to their raid on the United States arsenal at nearby Harpers Ferry.
1998 273 p.

Roberts, Willo Davis JO AND THE BANDIT
En route to stay with her uncle in Texas in the late 1860's, 12-year-old Jo experiences a stagecoach robbery and becomes involved with a reluctant young outlaw aiming to change his ways.
1992 185 p.

Robinet, Harriette CHILDREN OF THE FIRE
A young black girl named Hallelujah lives through the great Chicago fire of 1871 with courage and resourcefulness.
1991 132 p.

Robinet, Harriette FORTY ACRES AND MAYBE A MULE
Born with a withered leg and hand, Pascal, who is about 12 years old, joins other former slaves in a search for a farm and the freedom that it promises. April 1865 Reconstruction.
1998 127 p.

Robinet, Harriet MISSING FROM HAYMARKET SQUARE
Three children in Chicago in 1886 experience the Haymarket Riot in response to exploitative working conditions.
2001 142 p.

Robinet, Harriet THE TWINS, THE PIRATES, AND THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS
Old Afro-American twins attempt to escape in the face of pirates, an American army, and the British forces during the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.
1997 134 p.

Robinet, Harriet WASHINGTON CITY IS BURNING
In 1814 Virginia, a slave in President Madison's White House experiences the burning of Washington by the invading British army.
1996 149 p.

Ruby, Lois SOON TO BE FREE
Sacagawea's Story
13-year-old Dana investigates a mystery involbing the old Kansas house that her parents have turned into a bed and breakfast business; in a parallel story, a Quaker boy iving in the house in 1857 sets out to help some fugitive slaves to freedom.
2000 302 p.

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.
1998 134 p.

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Schneider, Mical ANNIE QUINN IN AMERICAN

To escape the Irish potato famine of the 1840s, 12-year-old Annie and her brother emigrate to New York City where they join their older sister as servants, earning money to bring their family to America, where they discover that borht food and hardship abound.TD>
2001 246 p.

Seeley, Debra GRASSLANDS
In the 1880's, 13-year-old Thomas moves west from the aristocratic Virginia home of his grandparents to a poor Kansas farm to live with a father he barely remembers and his new stepfamily.
2002 164 p.

Stahl, Hilda KAYLA O'BRIAN AND THE DANGEROUS JOURNEY A Kayla O'Brien Adventure; Book 1
Kayla O'Brian and her brother Timothy has expected to find happiness in the new land of America. But when their parents died during the vovage from Ireland, everything changed.
1990 126 p.

Stahl, Hilda TROUBLE AT BITTER CREEK RANCE A Kayla O'Brien Adventure; Book 2
Kayla and her little brother Timothy must sometimes rely on their faith in Jesus when they are shipped west on an orphan train and go to live with the Larsen family on their ranch.
1991 128 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.

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Taylor, Mildred THE LAND
prequel to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Paul-Edward, son of a white plantation owner and a slave mother of African-Indian heritage, follows his dream of owning his own land through hard work and determination. Mississippi 1880’s.
2001 305 p.

Taylor, Theodore WALKING UP A RAINBOW
Inheriting a flock of sheep and a huge debt when her parents die in the 1800s, fourteen-year-old Susan journeys west, hoping to sell the flock and capture the heart of the youngest drover who travels with her.
1996 282 p.

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.
1989 166 p.

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Van Leeuwen, Jean BOUND FOR OREGON
A fictionalized account of the journey made by 9-year-old Mary Ellen Todd and her family from their home in Arkansas westward over the Oregon Trail in 1852.
1994 164 p.

Voight, Cynthia THE CALLENDER PAPERS
1894. In 19th-century Massachusetts, orphan Jean, employed to sort out the family papers of a reclusive artist, becomes curious about the mysterious, long-ago death of his wife and the subsequent disappearance of their young child.
1983 214 p.

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Wallace, Barbara Brooks SECRET IN ST. SOMETHING
Fleeing from a cruel stepfather, 11-year-old Robin takes his baby brother and finds shelter with street boys living in a church in a tenement area of New York City.late 1800's.
2001 149 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.

Warner, Sally FINDING HATTIE
In 1882 Hattie, a 14-year-old orphan, joins her cousin Sophie in attending boarding school at Miss Bulkley's Seminary for Young ladies in Tarrytown, New York, and tries to find her place in the world.
2001 221 p.

Whelan, Gloria FAREWELL TO THE ISLAND
In 1816, 16-year-old Mary O’Shea accepts her married sister’s invitation to visit her in London and experiences much of the world beyond her beloved farm on Mackinac Island.
1998 200 p.

Whelan, Gloria MIRANDA'S LAST STAND
Because the Sioux had killed her papa at the Battle of Little Bighorn, 11-year-old Miranda struggles with her mama's prejudiceand her own experiences with Indians in the Wild West Show. 1885.
1999 131 p.

Whelan, Gloria THE WANIGAN
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.
2002 133 p.

White, Ellen Emerson KAIULANI. THE PEOPLE’S PRINCESS
The Royal Diaries
Follows the life of Victoria Kaiulani Cleghorn from 1889-1893 as she studies to be a better princess, even as Hawaii’s monarchy and her throne are being undermined by American businessmen.
2001 215 p.

Wiley, Melissa THE ROAD FROM ROXBURY
The Charlotte Years
7-year-old Charlotte Tucker begins to sense the big world around Roxbury, Massachusetts, and wonder when she will get to see it. End of the War of 1812.
2002 232 p.

Wilkes, Maria LITTLE HOUSE IN BROOKFIELD
Young Caroline Quiner, who would grow up to become Laura Ingalls Wilder's mother and her family survive their first year without father in the frontier town of Brookfield, Wisconsin. 1845.
1996 298 p.

Wilkes, Maria LITTLE TOWN AT THE CROSSROADS
The Brookfield Years
Young Caroline Quiner, who would grow up to become Laura Ingalls Wilder's mother, and her family have new adventures as the frontier outpost of Brookfield, Wisconsin, grows into a busting town.
1997 343 p.

Wisler, G. Clifton CALEB’S CHOICE
While living in Texas in 1858, 14-year-old Caleb faces a dilemma in deciding whether or not to assist fugitive slaves in their run for freedom.
1996 150 p.

Wisler, G. Clifton JERICHO’S JOURNEY
As his family makes the long and difficult journey from Tennessee to their new home in Texas in 1852, 12-year-old Jericho Wetherby, teased by his sister and brothers about his size, learns there are many ways to grow.
1993 135 p.

Woodruff, Elvira DEAR LEVI: letters from the Overland Trail
12-year-old Austin Ives writes letters to his younger brother describing his 3,000 mile journey from their home in Pennsylvania to Oregon in 1851.
1994 119 p.

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