Who says a time machine doesn’t exist? These great historical fiction reads for tweens can take you on a trip to the past to see our nation being built from the ground up.

  • Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution
    Avi

    In 1776, after witnessing the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, newly occupied by the British army, young Sophia Calderwood resolves to do all she can to help the American cause, including be coming a spy.

  • Blue Birds
    Rose, Caroline Starr

    As tensions rise between the English settlers and the Native peoples on Roanoke Island, twelve-year-old Alis forms an impossible friendship with a native girl named Kimi

  • Chains
    Anderson, Laurie Halse

    After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

  • Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War
    Frost, Helen

    Twelve-year-olds Anikwa, of the Miami village of Kekionga, and James, of the trading post outside Fort Wayne, find their friendship threatened by the rising fear and tension brought by the War of 1812

  • The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
    Cushman, Karen

    In 1849, twelve-year-old California Morning Whipple, who names herself Lucy, is distraught when her mother moves the family from Massachusetts to a rough California mining town. Downloadable RBDigital AudioBook

  • The Girls of Gettysburg
    Miller, Bobbi

    Pickett's Charge, one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, is the climax of this Civil War adventure, told from the perspective of three girls: a Union loyalist, a free Black, and a girl from Virginia who disguised herself as a boy to fight in the Confederate Army

  • The Courage of Sarah Noble
    Dagliesh, Alice

    Remembering her mother's words, an eight-year-old girl finds courage to go alone with her father to build a new home in the Connecticut wilderness and to stay with the Indians when her father goes back to bring the rest of the family.

  • Calico Bush
    Field, Rachel

    An orphaned twelve-year-old French immigrant girl is forced to work as a servant for a family of settlers living on the Maine coast in the 1740s.

  • Johnny Tremain
    Forbes, Esther

    After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution.

  • The Fighting Ground
    Avi

    Thirteen-year-old Jonathan goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and discovers the real war is being fought within himself.

  • Sarah Bishop
    O'Dell, Scott

    Left alone after the deaths of her father and brother who take opposite sides in the War for Independence, and fleeing from the British who seek to arrest her, Sarah Bishop struggles to shape a new life for herself in the wilderness. RBDigital Downloadable AudioBook

  • The Sign of the Beaver
    Speare, Elizabeth George

    Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.

  • Rifles for Watie
    Keith, Harold

    The story of Jeff Bussey, a farm boy living in 1861, who joins the Union army and goes on an important mission to discover how Stand Watie and his Confederate Cherokee Rebels are receiving repeating rifles from northern manufacturers.

  • Shades of Gray
    Reeder, Carolyn

    At the end of the Civil War, twelve-year-old Will, having lost all his immediate family, reluctantly leaves his city home to live in the Virginia countryside with his aunt and the uncle he considers a traitor because he refused to take part in the war

  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
    Kelly, Jacqueline

    Growing up with six brothers in rural Texas in 1899, 12-year-old Callie realizes that her aversion to needlework and cooking disappoints her mother. She prefers to study the natural world with her grandfather, which leads to an important discovery.