What are the best Native American historical fiction books?

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    #1The Last of the Mohicans (Leatherstocking Tales)

    The Last of the Mohicans (Leatherstocking Tales)
    The Last of the Mohicans is a historical fiction novel by James Fenimore Cooper, first published in 1826. It is set in 1757, during the Seven Years' War. It is the second book in the Leatherstocking Tales series.
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    Martín Meléndez
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "The Last of the Mohicans (Leatherstocking Tales) is a highlight and a gem in the world of Native American historical fiction books. There is just something magical about the way Cooper creates stories. I felt completely immersed as I read The Last of the Mohicans. I definitely recommend this book if you like Native American historical fiction books. "
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    #2Fools Crow

    Fools Crow
    Fools Crow is a historical fiction novel written by James Welch. Set in the year 1870, it tells the story of the Lone Eaters tribe of Blackfeet Indians, whose way of living were irrevocably changed by the arrival of the white men.
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    Divya Tata
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "If you only read one new book this year, make it this one. We did the Native American people a terrible disservice when we came to their lands, and this book shows the true depth of what they experienced at that time in history. Truly a must-read for anyone interested in Early American Historical Fiction. My only problem with the book is that it tends to drag in the middle part; slog through that, and you'll be rewarded."
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    #3People of the Earth (The First North Americans)

    People of the Earth (The First North Americans)

    People of the Earth is a historical fiction novel by archeologists Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear. It tells the story of the migration of the Uto-Aztecan people. It is the third book in the First North Americans series.

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    Kevin Weaver
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "Native american historical fiction is a specific genre so I was hard pressed to find many good examples, however the People of the Earth series is a great example. The third book tells a timeless tale of a love triangle while still adhering to the native american theme. I Liked the specific blend of the historical elements and the fictitious elements."
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    #4The Children of First Man

    The Children of First Man

    The Children of First Man is a historical fiction novel by James Alexander Thorn. Set in the 12th century, it tells the story of a Welsh king who brought his people over to the American continent, where they met the natives.

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    Emily Hansen
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "Two Rivers by Zoe Saadia, Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Clair Robson, At Road's End by Zoe Saadia,"
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    #5The Red Heart

    The Red Heart
    The Red Heart is a historical fiction novel by James Alexander Thom. Set during the Revolutionary War, it tells the story of Frances, a Quaker girl who embraced the Indian way of living when she was abducted as a child.
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    Heather Ortiz
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "I loved this book! It has such a compelling story and relatable characters; once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys historical fiction."
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    #6Follow the River

    Follow the River
    Follow the River is a historical fiction novel by James Alexander Thom. It tells the story of Mary Ingles, who escapes captivity and tries to find her way back home after being captured by Shawnee Indians.
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    Chan Wang
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "This is a very interesting book about Native Americans. It is a fiction book with adventure, and discovery."
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    #7Wind Warrior

    Wind Warrior
    Wind Warrior is a historical romance novel by Constance O'Banyon. It tells the story of Wind Warrior and the depth of his love for Marianne, or Rain Song. His love for the white settler ignites the wrath of his people.
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    James Harper
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "Amazing story to read"
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    #8I Heard The Owl Call My Name

    I Heard The Owl Call My Name

    I Heard the Owl Call My Name is a historical fiction novel by Margaret Craven. It tells the story of the ancient Indian village of Kingcome, where the inhabitants are caught between two different worlds.

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    George Gardner
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "The description tells me that is it historical fiction and which native american village it relates to. It shortly tells about the plot, but does not expand on it. Without further explanation I do not feel compelled to read it."
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    #9Ride the Wind

    Ride the Wind

    Ride the Wind is Lucia Robson's romantic story about Cynthia Parker, a nine-year-old woman kidnapped and raised by Comanche people, and later found love among the people she resented while growing up.

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    Annie Zhang
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "This book is very interesting, thought provoking historical fiction. It is easy to understand and easy to follow it. It based on love story and how they felt on the culture. The book does tell the good and bad in both indians and white people."
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    #10Fallen Hopes, Taken Dreams

    Fallen Hopes, Taken Dreams

    Fallen Hopes, Taken Dreams is a historical novel by J.M. Barlog. It tells the story of Canton Indian Insane Ayslum, where Native Americans were "cured" of their heritage and their way of living.

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    Dhruv Rangan
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "GOOD"
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    #11The Highlander (The Rise of The Aztecs)

    The Highlander (The Rise of The Aztecs)
    The Highlander is the first book in Zoe Saadia's exciting adventure series for young adults, the Rise of the Aztecs. It was published on September 6, 2012. 
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    Diane Riley
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Highlander grabs your attention with its account of the friendship between two boys from different tribes, drawing you into the obviously well-researched world of re-Columbian South America. The writing is beautiful, it's a departure from the stuff I usually read, but I'll be picking up more of Zoe Saadia's work."
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    #12One Thousand White Women

    One Thousand White Women

    One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus is a historical fiction novel originally published in 1998. This book follows the journey of May Dodd and the other thousand women. The first edition of this novel was released by St. Martin's Griffin.

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    Andy Wen
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "One Thousand White Women tells the story of the secretive Brides for Indians program implemented by president Ulysses S. Grant in the 1800's. The plan to have Indians get used to the white man's world as their land was taken from them and they were forced to adapt. It's a riveting story of a controversial subject that still gets talked about today."
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    #13Abraham's Well: A Novel

    Abraham's Well: A Novel

    Abraham's Well is a historical fiction written by Sharon Ewell Foster. Originally published in 2006, it offers authentic slave narratives provided by Black Cherokee during America's expansion in 1838.

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    James Murray
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I HAVE SOME INDIAN BLOOD IN ME AND ANYTHING CORRELATING TO THAT SUBJECT INTRIGUES ME. SOME DAY I HOPE TO RESEARCH MY BLOODLINE MORE AND FOUND OUT JUST HOW CLOSE IT IS. NATIVE INDIANS ARE REALLY THE TRUE ORIGINAL AMERICANS."
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    #14The Memoirs of Wild Bill Hickok

    The Memoirs of Wild Bill Hickok

    The Memoirs of Wild Bill Hickok by Richard Matheson is a historical western fiction novel originally published in 1996. This book tells the story of a legendary U.S marshal - James Butler Hickok.

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    Micky Yu
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I am a huge fan of history books and I am always looking for great ones. I picked this one up and it is such a fun book. I gave it to a friend and they enjoyed it too."
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    #15Only the Names Remain: The Cherokees and The Trail of Tears

    Only the Names Remain: The Cherokees and The Trail of Tears

    Only the Names Remain: The Cherokees and The Trail of Tears is a book about Cherokee Indians that is written by Alex W. Bealer. Originally published in 1996, it focuses on the struggles of the Cherokee Indians during America's expansion.

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    Laura Freeman
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "When reading this book I experienced many emotions. The treatment of the Cherokees was horrific and this book showed the struggle as well as the determination they have faced. This is a great book for even the young one's too to teach them about this country's history. It was informative and written extremely well."
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    #16Creek Mary's Blood

    Creek Mary's Blood

    Creek Mary's Blood is a historical fiction written by Dee Brown. Originally published in 1983, it focuses on the struggles of a Cherokee woman and her decendants during the events in the book Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee.

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    Kathryn Vargas
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This book is a novel rich in Native American History and I personally think should be part of our children's education whether given in school or at home as a reading assignment. The story was beautifully written and the author did a wonderful job at being accurate in the details of the real life history of Native Americans. I recommend this book to anyone who loves history and to all Americans who need to learn more about our history."
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    #17Trail of Tears (Step-Into-Reading, Step 5)

    Trail of Tears (Step-Into-Reading, Step 5)

    The Trail of Tears is a non-fiction book about the Cherokee people by Joseph Bruchac and illustrated by Diana Magnuson. Published in 1999, it recounts the struggles of the Cherokee people when they were driven away from their homelands.

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    Arjun Powar
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Reader BEWARE. This book may be fiction, but the Native American tales feel very real in your heart. "
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    #18Mountain Windsong: A Novel of the Trail of Tears

    Mountain Windsong: A Novel of the Trail of Tears

    Mountain Windsong: A Novel of the Trail of Tears is a historical fiction by Robert J. Conley. Published in 1995, it recounts the struggles of the Cherokee people after they were driven away from their homelands during America's expansion.

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    Helen Silva
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This book captured every bite of my attention. I don't usually enjoy reading books, but as soon as I began reading each chapter, I was rilled in like a fish on a fishing rod."
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    #19Walking the Trail: One Man's Journey along the Cherokee Trail of Tears

    Walking the Trail: One Man's Journey along the Cherokee Trail of Tears

    Walking the Trail: One Man's Journey along the Cherokee Trail of Tears is a memoir written by Jerry Ellis. Originally published in 1991, it focuses on the author's experiences in retracing the Cherokee Trail of Tears.

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    Julia Montgomery
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This is an actual memoir that Jerry Ellis wrote about himself retracing the Trail of Tears. It was a 900 mile journey that the Native Americans walked as the Cherokee Indians were exiled out of their territory by white settlers. During his travels he encounters beautiful nature and some memorable people that he talked to among the trail."
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    #20Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears

    Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears

    Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears is a historical fiction written by Cornelia Cornelissen. Originally published in 1999, it focuses on the struggles of the Cherokee people during America's expansion in 1837-1838.

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    Victoria Delgado
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "A reality check of a book. A wonderful but haunting look into this time frame. I loved the read while I hated the reality of the story. "
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    #21Pocahontas

    Pocahontas
    Pocahontas is a historical fiction novel written by Joseph Bruchac. It tells a story based on real events that occurred in 1607 between English colonists and the Powhatan Indians, told from the .perspectives of Pocahontas and John Smith.
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    Dennis Walters
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I like this type of fiction books. The fiction books are interesting. "
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    #22The Gun Fight

    The Gun Fight

    The Gun Fight is a western fiction novel written by award-winning author Richard Matheson. This book was originally published in 1993. It follows the story of a gunman in the wild west - John Benton.

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    Patricia Barnes
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I don't think there are any books out there, unless they're written by the natives. I dislike when other races of people try to write about this topic when they could never feel what the natives felt."
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    #23Comanche Moon (Lonesome Dove)

    Comanche Moon (Lonesome Dove)

    Comanche moon is the last book in Lonesome Dove tetralogy written by Larry McMurtry. It is a historical fiction novel first published in 1997 and follows the story of Gus and Call with their comrades. 

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    Philip Hicks
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Comanche Moon was a really good historical account of Gus and Call. I would think that most people have heard of Lonesome Dove and this is the last book in the series. This book was very good and I will probably read it again in the future. I think you will like it as well."
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    #24The Princess Pocahontas

    The Princess Pocahontas
    The Princess Pocahontas is a historical fiction novel written by Virginia Watson and illustrated by George Wharton Edwards, first published in 1916. It is a reimagined telling of Pocahontas' life during the colonial period.
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    Ni Zeng
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "There are many varieties of Historical fiction. I personally wish there were more examples of Native American Historical fiction because that area has such a rich history to deal with. This book goes back into the story of Pocahontas and reimagines it. This book is just what I'm looking for. "
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    #25Blood 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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    Jacqueline Brown
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book made me want to visit James Town myself and research more of the history. I also feel this book would be a great teaching book for children on history and how things used to be. "

Summary

Best What are the best Native American historical fiction books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Last of the Mohicans (Leatherstocking Tales)Books 43 Paid
2Fools CrowBooks 40 Paid
3People of the Earth (The First North Americans)Books 34 Paid
4The Children of First ManBooks 34 Paid
5The Red HeartBooks 33 Paid
6Follow the RiverBooks 30 Paid
7Wind WarriorBooks 28 Paid
8I Heard The Owl Call My NameBooks 26 Paid
9Ride the WindBooks 24 Paid
10Fallen Hopes, Taken DreamsBooks 21 Paid
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