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HelenGraves

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Greetings,
I was just lunching with a friend who is writing a middle grade historical fiction novel. I was urging her to read some more. Can anyone give me a list of 5-10 more recently published middle grade historical fiction books? I only know YA and not historical stuff.
Thanks so much,
hg
#1 - April 19, 2010, 11:43 AM

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You could simply refer her to recent Scott O'Dell Award winners--here's an information page from my site, which lists winners going back more than 10 years, and also llinks to the Award's website.
#2 - April 19, 2010, 11:45 AM
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Bud not Buddy, Candy Bombers Series, The Watsons go to Birmingham, are the ones that immediately come to mind.  I am sure others will have plenty more.
#3 - April 19, 2010, 11:50 AM

My 10-year-old daughter set her alarm for 6 this morning so she'd have an hour before school to read Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson . She's going to read Chains by the same author next. Both are supposed to be excellent.
#4 - April 19, 2010, 12:08 PM

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Chains was the 2009 Scott O'Dell winner. I've read Fever 1793--it's excellent.
#5 - April 19, 2010, 12:11 PM
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The Book of the Maidservant!

Also, not exactly recent but Mara, Daughter of the Nile is a FABULOUS novel set in ancient Egypt.
#6 - April 19, 2010, 12:23 PM

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WHEN THE WHISTLE BLOWS by Fran Cannon Slayton.
#7 - April 19, 2010, 12:24 PM
VAMPIRINA IN THE SNOW (Disney-Hyperion, 2018)
BUSY-EYED DAY (Beach Lane Books, 2018)
GROUNDHUG DAY (Disney-Hyperion, 2017)
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I don't know if it is as current as you're looking for, but Ashes of Roses by Auch (2002) is still in print and it's a good read.  My daughters loved The Wednesday Wars.  However, it did take my wrinkles to a whole new level to realize that the late 1960's are considered historical fiction.
#9 - April 19, 2010, 02:29 PM

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It seems like yet another post where I'm pushing Richard Peck, but, um, Richard Peck's novels are excellent.

Also:

Escaping the Tiger, by our very own Laura Manivong (LRM)
Catherine Called Birdy, by... somebody
Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse

Those last two aren't terribly recent, but they're not ancient, and hey, quality transcends time, right?
#10 - April 19, 2010, 03:42 PM

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Oh, and I totally second Wednesday Wars. Loved this book!
#11 - April 19, 2010, 03:42 PM

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Alisa Libby's THE BLOOD CONFESSION and THE KING'S ROSE are amazing!
#12 - April 19, 2010, 06:04 PM
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I LOVED The Wednesday Wars!

I'd also recommend A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park (Newbery winner) and  Al Capone Does My Shirts.
#13 - April 19, 2010, 06:08 PM
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A Thousand Never Evers, by Shana Burg

disclaimer: I know the author through SCBWI,  :) but it is a beautifully written book about the civil rights movement and it presents the subject in a approachable way to kids. It was also thoroughly researched and I'm pretty sure she has some information about the research she did on her blog.
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I thought Ellen Klages' GREEN GLASS SEA (a Scott O'Dell Award winner) was wonderful. It's set in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project and the main character's father is a scientist. She's fascinated by science, too.

Speaking of girls and science, I haven't read but have read great things about Jacqueline Kelly's THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE.
#15 - April 19, 2010, 06:37 PM

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The first book that came to mind was THE WEDNESDAY WARS, which I see mentioned. I'd also recommend another book by Gary D. Schmidt: LIZZIE BRIGHT AND THE BUCKMINSTER BOY, which is set in 1912.
#16 - April 19, 2010, 06:51 PM
NERVE  ~Truth or Dare, without the Truth~ Dial, Fall 2012
CHARISMA ~Gene Therapy Gone Bad~ Dial, Winter 2015
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Neil Armstrong is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me
One Crazy Summer
#17 - April 19, 2010, 10:14 PM
Stephanie J. Blake
MY ROTTEN FRIEND (Albert Whitman, September 1, 2015)
THE MARBLE QUEEN (Two Lions, December 1, 2012)

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Really anything by Eva Ibbotson is going to knock your socks off. Just read Dragonfly Pool... Awesome! :cupcake
#18 - April 20, 2010, 05:29 AM

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I love Richard Peck!  A Year Down Yonder, A Long Way from Chicago, A Season of Gifts, On the Wings of Heroes, of course the others escape me at the moment.  All set around the time of World War II, all excellent.  Great voice.

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#19 - April 20, 2010, 07:24 AM

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Recent and wonderful: A DROWNED MAIDEN'S HAIR.

Less recent but still wonderful: anything by Ann Rinaldi.

Many of Katherine Paterson's books are historicals. My own favorite is LYDDIE.
#20 - April 20, 2010, 08:43 AM

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I'm enchanted by the books of Patricia Reilly Giff: MAGGIE'S DOOR, NORY RYAN'S SONG, LILY'S CROSSING
#21 - April 20, 2010, 10:24 AM
Jennifer Mckissack:
SANCTUARY, Scholastic Press
 
Jenny Moss:
TAKING OFF, Bloomsbury
SHADOW, Scholastic Press
WINNIE'S WAR, Bloomsbury

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My favorite Richard Peck is THE RIVER BETWEEN US, which takes place in the civil war era. It also has a fascinating frame story that interacts with the main narrative in a way that will knock your socks off!

Diane, CATHERINE CALLED BIRDY is by Karen Cushman, who also wrote THE MIDWIFE'S APPRENTICE and THE BALLAD OF LUCY WHIPPLE, all of which are superb.
#22 - April 21, 2010, 11:58 AM

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Jeff,

I loved The River Between Us, too, although the duo of A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder get more attention. I think I was expecting a souped-up Across Five Aprils when I started it, but it wasn't anything like that. The way he handles the mystery element is just masterful, I think.

And thanks for providing the author on Catherine, Called Birdy. It's not on my bookshelf at the moment and I was too lazy to look it up on Amazon. :)
#23 - April 21, 2010, 01:56 PM

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A note about the scott o'dell award -- it's only for novels set in North America -- so it excludes all sorts of great books set in Europe or elsewhere. I'd also recommend Crispin by Avi (Newbery winner).

#25 - April 21, 2010, 05:58 PM

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HATTIE BIG SKY by Kirby Larson.

THE MISADVENTURES OF MAUDE MARCH by Audrey Couloumbis

#26 - April 26, 2010, 12:26 PM

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A note about the scott o'dell award -- it's only for novels set in North America -- so it excludes all sorts of great books set in Europe or elsewhere. I'd also recommend Crispin by Avi (Newbery winner).

That's interesting. The O'Dell Award website doesn't say that in the information provided about the award, but the last 20 years of winners the only book that's even set outside the borders of the US is Morning Girl--which is set in the Bahamas.

Do you have a source for that information? I'd like to make a note of it on my site.
#27 - April 26, 2010, 12:52 PM
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Glad to help -- it's actually New World -- which is a wacky distinction!

http://www.scottodell.com/Pages/ScottO'DellAwardforHistoricalFiction.aspx   (scroll way down to the bottom of the screen!)


To be eligible for the award, a book must have been published as a book intended for children or young people, it must be set in the New World (Canada, Central or South America, or the United States), it must be published by a publisher in the United States, and it must be written in English by a citizen of the United States.

The Scott O'Dell Award committee is now chaired by Hazel Rochman, Editor, YA Books, Booklist. She is assisted by Ann Carlson, Librariarn, Oak Park and River Forest High School, and Roger Sutton, Editor-In-Chief, The Horn Book.

To submit a book for the next Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, click here.

 

#28 - April 26, 2010, 01:04 PM

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Thanks! That's pretty well hidden. I enjoyed Crispin too, by the way. IMO there isn't enough HF published that's set outside the US, though A Single Shard certainly proved that a good story by a not-yet-famous author in an unfamiliar setting can still do well....
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Bumping this up to add-- HATTIE BIG SKY- by Kirby Larson
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