What are the best children's historical fiction?

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    #1Vincent and Theo

    Vincent and Theo

    Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers is a biography written by National Book Award finalist Deborah Heiligman. The book was released in 2017 and won the Printz Honor book, the YALSA Nonfiction Award, and SCBWI Golden Kite.

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    Lori Castillo
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a fantastic title for kids and teens, and even adults alike. I learned a lot from this book about the Van Gogh Brothers and it gave me a new appreciation for art."
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    #2The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

    The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

    Not every adolescent girl is accused of killing, send to trial and found guilty. But this is exactly the story of Charlotte Doyle. A girl whose strong ideas and actions may offend you, but this is her truth. 

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    Catherine Phillips
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Children's historical fiction is a great category to read. My daughter enjoyed The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle."
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    #3Johnny Tremain

    Johnny Tremain

    Johnny Tremain is a book by Esther Hoskins Forbes that tells the story of Johnny. He is a young apprentice silversmith whose caught up in the danger and excitement of 1775 Boston. He will have an important discovery he makes in his own life.

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    Bruce Douglas
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "My son fell in love with this book the first day he got it. I'm happy I picked it up for him because it seems to be a great novel set in the period of the Revolutionary War. So not only is he getting entertained by reading, he's also learning a bit of history along the way. That sounds like a win-win to me!"
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    #4On the Banks of Plum Creek

    On the Banks of Plum Creek

    Based on the real life of Laura Ingalls, 'On the banks of plum creek' is the 4th book of the Little House series. The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family that captivated readers in America and around the globe. 

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    Stephanie Reyes
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I have always been a big fan of the Little House series and "On the Banks of Plum Creek is no exception to that. This the 4th book and one of my persona; favorites that I recommend to practically anybody. "
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    #5The Figure In the Shadows

    The Figure In the Shadows
    The Figure In the Shadows by John Bellairs is a classic fantasy and mystery novel published in 1975. This book tells the story of Lewis and his lucky coin that holds dark and evil secrets within.
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    Gabriela Duarte
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "The Figure in the Shadows is a bit of a classic, but in terms of best historical fiction, I'd say it's up there, but not one of the best. It's a bit on the scarier side for a children's book, so it's not going to appeal to everyone."
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    #6Farmer Boy

    Farmer Boy

    The Little House series by Laura Ingalls captivated the imagination of generations of American and World Wide readers. Laura grew up in a little house while Almanzo and his brother help with the summer planting and with the fall harvest. 

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    Sara Scott
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "Farmer Boy is a great little historical piece that I and my family enjoy reading. It's old fashioned but classic, too!"
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    #7Heidi

    Heidi

    Heidi is a classic novel about a young girl who lives with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. She is a playful and contented girl, and just like any kids, she experiences typical struggles that she learns how to overcome. 

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    Lawrence Dean
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is pretty good."
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    #8Little House in the Big Woods

    Little House in the Big Woods
    Little House in the Big Woods is an autobiographical children's book by Laura Ingalls Wilder, based on her own experiences as a child in a pioneer family in the American frontier. This is the first book in the Little House series.
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    Bryan Bailey
    Written on April 26, 2018
    " Little House in the Big Woods is the best children's historical fiction book you will ever read. I got this book, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, to read with my children and it kept their attention for a long time. This is the first book in the Little House series and I intend to keep reading the rest."
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    #9The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.
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    Donna Harris
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is a holocost themed book that will hold your attention. It shows how people go on through times of adversity and that it is possible to accomplish anything. It was well written. Great read."
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    #10Number the Stars

    Number the Stars
    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry follows the journey of a Jewish family escaping from Copenhagen during the ruthless days of World War II. This novel also shows the strong power of friendship and how solid bonds can move people.
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    Jane Campbell
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Another amazing book by Lois Lowry. I enjoyed the Giver as a child and decided to pick this book up and it did not disappoint. The book too me in to the friendships and relationships of the characters like I was really there. "
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    #11Cross My Heart

    Cross My Heart

    Cross My Heart is the first book in the young adult historical fiction series of the same name written by Sasha Gould which centers on 16-year-old Laura della Scala. 

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    Pamela Nelson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Cross My heart is a heart warming and tragic tell. It had me glued to reading it. I love historical romance books. Sasha Gould did a good job on this book. The main character captivated me ."
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    #12America's White Table

    America's White Table

    Americas White Table is a historical fiction book written by Margot Theis Raven with illustrations from Mike Benny. This children's picture book was originally published in 2005.

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    Willie Cox
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is great fiction for children to learn a bit about military tradition, and it's also quite touching. My son is the first child in a long line of the family that doesn't have military parents, so I thought it'd be a good idea to read it with him so he would get a sense of the bravery and sacrifice that our service men and women go through, and it had a positive effect while deepening his understanding."
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    #13Zen Shorts

    Zen Shorts
    Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth is a children's illustration book that depicts the Zen philosophy in the character of the giant panda named Stillwater. This book is a good read even for adults.
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    #14Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

    Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

    Where Have All the Flowers Gone?: The Diary of Molly MacKenzie Flaherty is a historical fiction novel written by Ellen Emerson White. This was originally published in 2002.

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    Nicholas Dixon
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Where Have All The Flowers Gone? is an interesting book that balances a woman's anti-war stance with her love for her brother. This is a good book especially for junior high girls. The format of the story is a bit confusing at times, but it makes the point. My niece loves the book and has shared it with many of her friends. "
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    #15The Well: David's Story

    The Well: David's Story

    The Well: David's Story is the second book in the Logans series written by Mildred D. Taylor. This historical fiction novel for children and young adult readers was originally published in 1995.

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    Muhammad Mittal
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The Well is more racial tolerance propaganda for children. Of course the author is black. What do you expect? It's just more hatred of whites."
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    #16Glory Be

    Glory Be
    Glory Be is a children's historical novel written by Augusta Scattergood, first published in 2012. Set in 1964 in the American South, it tells the story of Glory June Hemphill and the troubles she faced for being a person of color.
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    Elizabeth Russell
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I really enjoyed reading this novel, and so did my kids. It is a well-written story that is also very educational."
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    #17The Double Life of Pocahontas

    The Double Life of Pocahontas
    First published in 1983, The Double Life of Pocahontas is an award-winning historical fiction novel for children by Jean Fritz. It chronicles Pocahontas's life and the worlds she inhabited: that of the British settlers' and her own.
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    #18No Moon

    No Moon

    No Moon is a historical fiction and children's book written by Irene N. Watts. It was published on April 13, 2010 by Tundra Books. It follows the story of Louisa Gardener, a young daughter born to an affluent family.

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    Michael Richardson
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Though not the subject of the book, I'll check out anything that features the Titanic in it. The story is about Luisa who ends up end charge of two kids while they are aboard the Titanic. The story is easy to read (a little too simple for my personal taste_ and moves along quickly. I could easily see No Moon inspiring teens to do more research of the events leading up to and the fallout in the days, weeks and years following the sinking of the Titanic."
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    #19Caddie Woodlawn

    Caddie Woodlawn

    Caddie Woodlawn is an adventurer and brave girl, and her story it's based on the real life of Carol Ryrie's grandmother. Her spirit and sense of fun and like convert this book into a classic for more than 70 years. 

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    Emma Baker
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "Children's historical fiction is unique. It is simple and fun."
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    #20The Castle Corona

    The Castle Corona

    The Castle Corona is a children's historical fantasy novel by the acclaimed author of juvenile fiction, Sharon Creech, first published in 2007. Set in the medieval ages, it tells the story of two peasant children, Pia and Enzio.

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    Joan Banks
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I have read parts of this to my children and they loved it! It is a great solution for this topic"
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    #21A Family Apart

    A Family Apart

    A Family Apart is a dramatic historical adventure novel for pre-teens and teenagers written by Joan Lowery Nixon. It was first published in 1995. It is about a family separated by poverty and the upcoming Civil War in the mid-1800s.

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    Wayne Adams
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "This dramatical novel is very unique, it has a very special story to tell, with different charachters and times goes so fast while reading it, because the story absorbs you into it. "
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    #22Snow White: A Graphic Novel

    Snow White: A Graphic Novel
    Snow White: A Graphic Novel is a historical fiction and a fairy tale book catered to young adults and middle grade children written by the award-winning writer Matt Phelan. It was published on September 13, 2016 by Chandlewick Press.
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    #23Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan

    Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan

    Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan is a picture book by Mary Williams and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. The book was first published in 2005 by Lee & Low Books under ISBN 1584302321.

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    Janice Thomas
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The topic is a bit adult for kids to read. It does give perspective on what it's like to grow up in less well-off parts of the world."
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    #24A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin, Fenwick Island, Delaware 1861 (Dear America Series)

    A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin, Fenwick Island, Delaware 1861 (Dear America Series)

    A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin, Fenwick Island, Delaware 1861 (Dear America Series) is a historical fiction book written by Karen House. This book was published on November 1, 2003 by Scholastic.

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    #25The Door in the Wall

    The Door in the Wall

    The Door in the Wall is a children's literature graphic novel written and illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli. This picture book was originally published in 1949. It won the John Newbery Medal award.

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    Wang Luo
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is such an awesome book. It is a total classic, but completely underrated and under-read. "
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    #26The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.
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    Julie Wells
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I think every child when I was young had this book read to them. Great book and great back story."
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    #27Patty Reed's Doll: The Story of the Donner Party

    Patty Reed's Doll: The Story of the Donner Party

    Patty Reed's Doll: The Story of the Donner Party is a historical fiction novel for children written by Rachel K. Laurgaard with illustrations by Elizabeth Michaels. This was originally published in 1989.

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    Steven Butler
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Patty Reed's Doll: The Story of the Donner Party is a great historical fiction book for children. This book tells the story of the hardships of Donner Party of 1846 from the perspective of a doll. A great way to incorporate learning about history."
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    #28Blood on the River: James Town 1607

    Blood on the River: James Town 1607
    Blood on the River: James Town 1607 is a historical fiction novel for children by Elisa Carbone. It tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy named Samuel who was Captain John Smith's page during the establishment of the James Town colony.
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    Michael Franklin
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "A good book to introduce American colonial history. The story follows the settings of 1607 and keeps the descriptions as accurate as possible, the books is great for kids 10+. The story is easy to follow and is interesting and is a good book to pickup some history information from. "
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    #29Jo's Boys (Collins Classics)

    Jo's Boys (Collins Classics)

    Jo's Boys is the final book in the Little Women trilogy written by Louisa May Alcott which follows centers on a Plumfield school in New England, which is still presided over by Jo and her husband, Professor Bhae. 

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    Madison Roberts
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I really love Lousia May Alcott's books. I think this one is really good and a great children's story. She really brings to live the era and the town in New England. It makes me feel like I am actually there with all the imagery and the characters are fun to read about. "
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    #30Fly by Night

    Fly by Night

    Fly by Night is a juvenile fiction novel by Frances Hardinge. First published in 2005, it is the first book in the series of the same name. It tells the story of a twelve-year-old girl who lives in a world where censorship reigns supreme.

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    Scott Moore
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "fly by night very interesting book."
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    #31As Far As I Can See (My America)

    As Far As I Can See (My America)

    My America: As Far As I Can See is the first book in the Meg's Prairie Diary series written by Kate McMullan. This book is part of the My America series which is a historical fiction for children. Published in 2002 by Scholastic.

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    Anthony Montgomery
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is the first book in Meg's Prairie Diary series and is a historical fiction for kids. It has a very nice storyline and tells of how people lived back in the 1850s. The details are very accurate and the book is so interesting. I highly recommend reading this if you are into history."
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    #32A House of Tailors

    A House of Tailors
    A House of Tailors is a standalone young adult fantasy novel written by Patricia Reilly Giff which centers on 13-year-old Dina who leaves Germany to join her uncle’s family in Brooklyn to work in another industry. 
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    Kevin Hudson
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I think the idea of this story, and I am not at all familiar with it prior to this, would be achieving your goals, and doing what you feel is best for you. I would like to consider this novel to be one of both motivation and entertainment."
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    #33A Time To Dance (My America)

    A Time To Dance (My America)
    A Time To Dance is the third book in the Virginia's Civil War Diary series written by Mary Pope Osborne. This book is part of the My America series which is a historical fiction for children. Published in 2003 by Scholastic.
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    Jane Tran
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "A Time to Dance (My America) is a wonderful book and last of the Trilogy written by the author Mary Pope Osborne. This book is a satisfying ending to the story of Virginia, whose family went through the Civil War. The book does portray Virginia as someone who is older than her age, so this may be difficult for some 3-5 graders to understand, but the book is a great ending to a fantastic series."
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    #34The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    One of Mark Twain's most beloved and respected novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer presents a tale of two young boys, their antics and adventures in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri.

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    Ayaan Rathore
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "My children are very interested in learning about the past and they love reading. So I've been searching for children's historical fiction books for them. We recently read "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and it was a great family book! I loved the literary style of Mark Twain. They loved the adventures of Tom Sawyer and his friends! It's overall a great book!"
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    #35Little House on the Prairie (Little House)

    Little House on the Prairie (Little House)

    Based on real-life experiences of Laura Ingalls, the Little House on the Prairie is the third book of the award-winning Little House series, that captivated generations of American and worldwide readers. 

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    Christine Contreras
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is absolutely one of the best books in children's historical fiction. I read it as a child and read it to my children. I look forward to reading the series to my granddaughters. It tells the story of Laura Ingalls, a little pioneer girl, growing up on a prairie during the days of covered wagons. It covers her adventures and the struggles the family faced trying to settle down on the frontier. "
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    #36Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
    During the Great Depression in Mississippi, this story talks about the struggle of a family to maintain pride, independence and integrity against the racism and social inequity. 
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    Walter Howell
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is a story about a struggling family during the Great Depression and the fight against racism, inequality, and independence. It's a very enlightening book, and one could say it's also empowering as it explores racial themes from the perspective of a girl who fights back. While it's not something you might be immediately interested in I recommend you take a look at it as I really enjoyed it and learned a lot from it."

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Best What are the best children's historical fiction
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1Vincent and TheoBooks 0 Paid
2The True Confessions of Charlotte DoyleBooks 0 Paid
3Johnny TremainBooks 0 Paid
4On the Banks of Plum CreekBooks 0 Paid
5The Figure In the ShadowsBooks 0 Paid
6Farmer BoyBooks 0 Paid
7HeidiBooks 0 Paid
8Little House in the Big WoodsBooks 0 Paid
9The Book ThiefBooks 0 Paid
10Number the StarsBooks 0 Paid
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