What are the best Civil War fiction for middle grade readers?

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    #1Mary Chesnut's Civil War

    Mary Chesnut's Civil War
    Written by a Southern aristocrat, this book narrates the American Civil War from a very personal point of view, recording the downfall and destruction of the Confederacy and the abolition of slavery. 

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    Sara Hansen
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I highly recommend the book Mary Chesnut's Civil War, especially for educators. It's one of the best Civil War fiction books for middle-grade teachers available. It covers a lot of the questions kids have about the Civil War without being crass or overly shocking. Its just a sober look at the life and times of people in the era. "
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    #2Cain at Gettysburg (The Battle Hymn Cycle)

    Cain at Gettysburg (The Battle Hymn Cycle)

    Cain at Gettysburg is the first book in the Battle Hymn Cycle, a historical fiction series for young adults written by Ralph Peters. It was published in 2012 and won the ALA W.Y. Boyd Award for Excellence in Military Fiction.


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    Catherine Ford
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I teach history to middle schoolers, and it is not always easy to get them interested in the Civil War. This book is usually a hit though. It has a lot of accurate historical information, but more importantly, it gets the kids interested and hungry for more."
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    #3A Savage Thunder

    A Savage Thunder

    A Savage Thunder: Antietam and the Bloody Road to Freedom is a historical novel for pre-teens and young adults written by Jim Murphy. It attempts to portray the day when the Civil War cost America almost 23,000 lives in one day.


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    Sanvi Patel
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "If you are looking for a captivating, entertaining, and educational Civil war fiction that would be perfect for middle grade readers, A Savage Thunder is your book. It's the best Civil War fiction book you'll find and it's perfect for pre-teens and young adults."
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    #4I Shall Be Near to You

    I Shall Be Near to You

    I Shall be Near to You is a historical fiction novel written by Erin Lindsay McCabe which centers on Rosetta Wakefield after her husband Jeremiah enlist to fight for the Union leaving her without a proper goodbye. 


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    Aanya Jindal
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This book is an amazing read. It would be great for middle grade readers, and is great for any level. It is quite the interesting historical fiction about a very strong-willed woman who disguises herself as a male just so she can be by her husband during the Civil War."
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    #5The Red Badge of Courage

    The Red Badge of Courage
    Praised by both Union and Confederate veterans as a very accurate representation of the Civil War, this 1895 book is written under a soldier's perspective. In it, he narrates the Battle of Chancellorsville, and the consequences this traumatic event had in his posterior life. 


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    Adam Wallace
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book is required reading in middle school in probably every school in the country. But usually that is a turn off, but not so much in this case. It's actually an enjoyable story which stands the test of time even on a re-read. "
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    #6The Girls of Gettysburg

    The Girls of Gettysburg

    The Girls of Gettysburg is an adventure and coming-of-age novel for pre-teens and teens written by Bobbi Miller. It is set in the peak of the Civil War and revolves around three girls who joined the war effort for various reasons.


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    Pamela Riley
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "A fabulous story of three very different girls who lives get interwoven due to the war. It is interesting to see how each one is affected and changed by the war. I would recommend it for any middle school student to read. "
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    #7The Last Silk Dress

    The Last Silk Dress

    The Last Silk Dress is a dramatic novel for pre-teens and teens written by Ann Rinaldi. The story is set during the Civil War and the main character is working for the Confederacy. It was published in October 1999.


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    Cynthia Bishop
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "A very well written book based on the turmoil of the Civil War. Indeed, it is fiction, but could be based on real-life events. Compelling and kept my attention throughout. "
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    #8Shades of Gray

    Shades of Gray

    Shades of Gray is a coming-of-age, dramatic, historical novel written for pre-teens and young adults written by Carolyn Reeder and illustrated by Tim O'Brien. It was first published on May 1, 1999, and won the Scott O'Dell award.


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    James Carr
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a perfect example of a Civil War book for middle grade readers. It deals with a twelve year old boy living his life after the Civil War ends."
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    #9Two Girls of Gettysburg

    Two Girls of Gettysburg

    Two Girls of Gettysburg is a dramatic historical novel written by Lisa Klein for pre-teens and young adults. It was first published in 2008. It is about cousins who are on either side of the Civil War. 


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    #10Come Juneteenth

    Come Juneteenth
    Come Juneteenth is a book by Ann Rinaldi that tells the story of Sis Goose. She is a slave that was loved dearly by the family she serves, but she will discover a secret that will ruin her relationship with the family.  

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    Jesse Mendoza
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book is a small subset of history that is not touched upon that much. It is about what happened with slaves after the freedom. The main character is lovable and treated well but still a salve, the polt is her not knowing that she is free. Goes over some deep issues at the time and is very readable. Some parts make the slave owner seem too good,which is hard to read at parts, ut overall it Brings home a point that slavery is salvery no matter what. "
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    #11Gods and Generals (The Civil War Trilogy)

    Gods and Generals (The Civil War Trilogy)

    Renowned historical novelist Jeff Shaara's Gods and Generals is the first novel from his Civil War Trilogy. The novel served as a prequel to his father Michael Shaara's 1974 novel The Killer Angels. The book was published in the year 2000 by Birlinn. 


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    Zachary Bates
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is an interesting case of a son writing a prequel to his father's story. It is well written but not as good as his father's books. It may not be the best for middle grade readers either in my opinion."
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    #12Retreat from Gettysburg

    Retreat from Gettysburg

    Retreat from Gettysburg is a dramatic but action-packed novel for pre-teens authored by Kathleen Ernst. It is set on the days after the Confederate Army lost at Gettysburg.The book contains actual photos of the time period.


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    Jordan Day
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "As a fan of some Civil War stuff, I like the approach this book has by being an easier read than it looks. An interesting thing is the way the book entails the events of the Battle of Gettysburg. Kathleen Ernst dedicated some time to make it pretty good overall. I like the pictures that were included and they were of good quality. "
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    #13A Full Blown Yankee of the Iron Brigade

    A Full Blown Yankee of the Iron Brigade
    A Full Blown Yankee of the Iron Brigade: Service with the Sixth Wisconsin Volunteers is a biography based on the diaries of Rufus R. Dawes. It was released in March 2014. It is about the Union officer who fought in Gettysburg.

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    Heather Perry
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Excellent read! The title and content appear boring and dull, but the writer is engaging and interesting. I learned more than I'll ever need to know about Dawes and was personally touched by the story. "
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    #14The American

    The American

    The American is a historical drama novel written by renowned American-born British writer Henry James. It was originally released in 1877. It is about the collision of cultures in the New World and its visitors from Europe.


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    Johnny Ortiz
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "The American is a fantastic civil war fiction book for my middle schooler. He loves talking about the book with me after reading each chapter and is highly engaged with it. Highly recommended to anyone of any age who is interested in this genre!"


Best What are the best Civil War fiction for middle grade readers
1Mary Chesnut's Civil WarBooks 49 Paid
2Cain at Gettysburg (The Battle Hymn Cycle)Books 45 Paid
3A Savage ThunderBooks 43 Paid
4I Shall Be Near to YouBooks 40 Paid
5The Red Badge of CourageBooks 37 Paid
6The Girls of GettysburgBooks 35 Paid
7The Last Silk DressBooks 33 Paid
8Shades of GrayBooks 31 Paid
9Two Girls of GettysburgBooks 11 Paid
10Come JuneteenthBooks 7 Paid

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