Historical Fiction for Middle Schoolers
Send your tween back in time with these retellings of historical events big and small.
by Pam Munoz Ryan
After her father's murder, 14-year-old Esperanza and her family flee to Great Depression America, where they trade their former life of privilege for a new one on a farm labor camp.
The Journal of Ben Uchida
by Barry Denenberg
My Name Is America series
By turns humorous and heartbreaking, this book tells the story of a 12-year-old prisoner in one of the Japanese internment camps of World War II.
Penny from Heaven
by Jennifer L. Holm
Get a glimpse of 1950s America in this coming-of-age tale about summer, family, and growing up Italian.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
by Mildred D. Taylor
Set in the 1930s South, this Newbery Award winner and its sequels follow an African-American girl and her family as they fight for the land that is rightfully theirs.
The Shakespeare Stealer
by Gary Blackwood
The first in a great series with boy appeal, this book takes readers back to the wacky &emdash; and often dangerous &emdash; world of theatre in Elizabethan England.