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Title: Recommendations for good middle grade historical fiction
Post by: asingrey on November 13, 2015, 12:52 PM
Hi everyone,

I get a lot of time off over Christmas, and I'd love some good recommendations for middle grade historical fiction. Know of any good ones that have come out recently? I'm working on a list to buy or check out from the library to get some good reading in!
Title: Re: Recommendations for good middle grade historical fiction
Post by: annemleone on November 13, 2015, 04:26 PM
I'm totally enamored with Kate Milford's historical fantasies, though she is definitely upper MG.
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Post by: dewsanddamps on November 13, 2015, 04:58 PM
I love John Flanagan, though his books aren't set when he thinks they are. But if absolute historical accuracy isn't required, they're fun reads.
Title: Re: Recommendations for good middle grade historical fiction
Post by: mrh on November 13, 2015, 05:03 PM
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz.

The Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt.

These are my favorites. They're a few years old rather than brand-new releases.

Title: Re: Recommendations for good middle grade historical fiction
Post by: Mike Jung on November 13, 2015, 08:20 PM
A lot of people consider Rita Williams-Garcia to be the gold standard.
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Post by: HaroldU on November 13, 2015, 09:10 PM
If you haven't read it yet--A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park.
Title: Re: Recommendations for good middle grade historical fiction
Post by: jancoates on November 14, 2015, 05:55 AM
THE BLACKTHORN KEY (Kevin Sands, I think) - it's new, set in the 1600s, intricately plotted and researched, with a lot of MG appeal.
Title: Re: Recommendations for good middle grade historical fiction
Post by: wolfie712 on November 14, 2015, 10:12 AM
I loved MOON OVER MANIFEST by Clare Vanderpool.

Jeannie Mobley's SEARCHING FOR SILVERHEELS is also excellent.  Both beautifully examine life in rural America during WWI.
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Post by: lauriew on November 14, 2015, 02:28 PM
Wheels of Change by Darlene Beck-Jacobson
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Post by: ButterflyGirl on November 14, 2015, 02:51 PM
One of my favorites is FEVER 1793, by Laurie Halse Anderson. It's not a new release (2000), but it's so compelling and well written that I thought I would mention it, just in case you have not yet had a chance to read it.
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Post by: kateindc on November 14, 2015, 04:49 PM
Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose is wonderful. Here's my review of it: http://www.kidbooklist.com/blue-birds-by-caroline-starr-rose/.
Title: Re: Recommendations for good middle grade historical fiction
Post by: Barbara Etlin on November 15, 2015, 08:44 AM
THE WEDNESDAY WARS, by Gary D. Schmidt, is one of my favourites. Funny, tragic, full of heart. About the U.S. in 1967, with the repercussions of the Vietnam War in the background. (Newbery honor)

A SINGLE SHARD, Linda Sue Park (ancient Korea) (Newbery) Stunning writing. It made me cry.

QUEST, Kathleen Benner Duble (Canada, Henry Hudson's last voyage, 1610)

COUNTDOWN, Deborah Wiles (U.S. cold war era)

Title: Re: Recommendations for good middle grade historical fiction
Post by: asingrey on November 15, 2015, 05:40 PM
Thank you so much, everyone! You've given me a lot of wonderful recommendations! I ordered three of them on Amazon, and I'm sure I'll end up getting more.
Title: Re: Recommendations for good middle grade historical fiction
Post by: Claudine Gueh on November 15, 2015, 06:23 PM
If you haven't read it yet--A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park.

Ooh yes, A SINGLE SHARD, and WHEN MY NAME WAS KEOKO, both by Linda Sue Park, are excellent. I'd recommend Karen Hesse's books, too, though these aren't recent MGs.
Title: Re: Recommendations for good middle grade historical fiction
Post by: Christine B. on November 22, 2015, 06:29 AM
Many great suggestions above!

Also look at authors Karen Cushman and Avi.
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Post by: AmyD on November 22, 2015, 10:39 AM
I just finished ECHO by Pam Munoz Ryan. It is kind of historical fiction meets magical realism, and I loved it.
Title: Re: Recommendations for good middle grade historical fiction
Post by: rab on November 22, 2015, 05:41 PM
I loved Laura Amy Schlitz's new book, THE HIRED GIRL, set in 1911, first in rural and then urban America. I think it's being marketed as YA, but the main character is 14, and I've heard that 6th graders have enjoyed it. To me, it feels like upper-MG. One of the things I appreciated about it is that instead of making its characters feel too contemporary, it portrays a character with the prejudices of her time, She also struggles with her faith, something we don't see that often in MG (she's Catholic and works for a Jewish family, which creates some fascinating tension). Schlitz has won the Newbery in the past (for GOOD MASTERS, SWEET LADIES, and a Newbery Honor for SPLENDORS & GLOOMS, I think), and I keep hearing about this book as a contender for this year's medal.