Historical Fiction

Grenade: On April 1, 1945 with the battle of Okinawa beginning, fourteen-year-old native Okinawan Hideki, drafted into the Blood and Iron Student Corps, is handed two grenades and told to go kill American soldiers; small for his age Hideki does not really want to kill anyone, he just wants to find his family, and his struggle across the island will finally bring him face-to-face with Ray, a marine in his very first battle--and the choice he makes then will change his life forever. FIC GRA

Maiden Voyage: a Titanic story: Three girls from different economic classes navigate dangerous secrets and their shifting views about loyalty while uncovering their unexpected ties to each other during the maiden voyage of the ill-fated Titanic. FIC JAN

Making bombs for Hitler:  In 1943 ten-year-old Lida is torn away from her home in the Ukraine, separated from her little sister Larissa, and sent to a slave labor camp in Germany, but when she is moved and set to making bombs she sees a way to strike back at the Nazis. FIC SKR

Code word Courage:  In September 1944 eleven-year-old Billie lives with her great aunt, Doff, eagerly waiting for her older brother Leo to return from boot camp, and desperate to find the father that left when she was little; but Leo brings a friend with him, a Navajo named Denny, and the injured dog they have rescued and named Bear--and when the two young men go off to war Bear becomes the thread that ties them all together, and helps Billie to find a true friend.  FIC LAR

Wait for me: It's 1945.  When Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand on Lorna's family farm, she is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country? But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she's always known. Now, Lorna must decide how much she's willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate. FIC LEE

Projekt 1065: It is 1943, and thirteen-year-old Michael O'Shaunessey, son of the Irish ambassador to Nazi Germany in Berlin, is also a spy for the British Secret Service, so he has joined the Hitler Youth, and pretending that he agrees with their violence and book-burning is hard enough--but when he is asked to find out more about "Projekt 1065" both his and his parents' lives get a lot more dangerous.  FIC GRA

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain: A young orphan ends up living in Hitler's home during WWII. FIC BOY

Prisoner 88:  In 1885, ten-year-old Jake is sent to prison for killing a man who threatened his father, and struggles to survive the harsh realities of prison life in the Idaho Territory.  FIC PIL

Caged Graves Returning to her hometown of Catawissa, Pennsylvania, in 1867 to marry a man she has never met, seventeen-year-old Verity Boone gets caught up in the mystery surrounding the graves of her mother and aunt and a dangerous hunt for Revolutionary-era gold.  FIC SAL

Soldier Dog:  After his dad disappears, thirteen-year-old Stanley joins the army during World War I and is assigned to the War Dog School, where he is partnered with a messenger dog named Bones and the two of them are sent to France.  FIC ANG

The Merchant's Daughter:  In 1352 England, seventeen-year-old Annabel, granddaughter of a knight and a would-be nun, eludes a lecherous bailiff but falls in love with Lord Le Wyse, the ferocious and disfigured man to whom her family owes three years of indentured servitude, in this tale loosely based on Beauty and the Beast.  FIC DIC

Leanin' Dog:  Eleven-year-old Dessa Dean, mourning the death of her mother, finds an injured dog on her porch, which allows both Dessa and the dog to heal together with a friendship that shapes both of their lives.  FIC NUZ

Sophia's War:  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 becoming a spy.  FIC AVI

R my Name Is Rachel:  Three city siblings, now living on a farm during the Great Depression, must survive on their own when their father takes a construction job miles away.  FIC GIF

Phantoms in the Snow:  Fifteen-year-old Noah Garrett, sent to live with his uncle in Camp Hale, Colorado, following the death of his parents in 1944, finds himself struggling between his upbringing as a pacifist, and life on a military base in the middle of World War II.  FIC DUB

Woods Runner:  From his 1776 Pennsylvania homestead, thirteen-year-old Samuel, who is a highly-skilled woodsman, sets out toward New York City to rescue his parents from the band of British soldiers and Native Americans who kidnapped them after slaughtering most of their community. Includes historical notes.  FIC PAU

I Pledge Allegiance (Vietnam #1):  Morris, Rudi, Ivan, and Beck are best friends for life, so when one of them is drafted into the Vietnam War, the others sign up too. Although they each serve in a different branch of the US military, they are fighting the war together--and they pledge to do all they can to come home together.  FIC LYN

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas : Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.   FIC BOY

Fever, 1793 : Sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793.   FIC AND

Ghost Girl : Eleven-year-old April is delighted when President and Mrs. Hoover build a school near her Madison County, Virginia, home but her family's poverty, grief over the accidental death of her brother, and other problems may mean that April can never learn to read from the wonderful teacher, Miss Vest.  FIC RAY

A Boy at War : While fishing with his friends off Honolulu on December 7, 1941, teenaged Adam is caught in the midst of the Japanese attack and through the chaos of the subsequent days tries to find his father, a naval officer who was serving on the U.S.S. Arizona when the bombs fell. (series)  FIC MAZ

Cracker!  The Best Dog in Vietnam : A young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing dog.  FIC KAD

Hitch : To help his family during the Depression and avoid becoming a drunk like his father, Moss Trawnley joins the Civilian Conservation Corps, helps build a new camp near Monroe, Montana, and leads the other men in making the camp a success.  FIC ING

The Boy Who Dared  : In October, 1942, seventeen-year-old Helmuth Hübener, imprisoned for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets, recalls his past life and how he came to dedicate himself to bring the truth about Hitler and the war to the German people.  FIC BAR

Hattie Big Sky : Sixteen-year-old Hattie Brooks inherits her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana in 1917 and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war in Europe.  FIC LAR

Lost:  In 1911 New York, sixteen-year-old Essie Rosenfeld must stop taking care of her irrepressible six-year-old sister when she goes to work at the Triangle Waist Company, where she befriends a missing heiress who is in hiding from her family and who seems to understand the feelings of heartache and grief that Essie is trying desperately to escape.  FIC DAV

Behind Enemy Lines:  Eight stories of real-life heroes who took risks for their country and others behind enemy lines.  NON-fiction stories.   SC DOY

The Romeo and Juliet Code:  During World War II, eleven-year-old Felicity is sent from London to Bottlebay, Maine, to live with her grandmother, aunt, uncle, and a reclusive boy who helps her decode mysterious letters that contain the truth about her missing parents.  FIC STO

The Trouble with May Amelia:  Living with seven brothers and her father, who thinks girls are useless, a thirteen-year-old Finnish American farm girl is determined to prove her worth when a enterprising gentleman tries to purchase their cash-strapped family settlement in Washington State in 1900.  FIC HOL

Finding Family:  Raised in Charleston, West Virginia, at the turn of the twentieth century by her grandfather and aunt on off-putting tales of family members she has never met, twelve-year-old Delana is shocked when, after Aunt Tilley dies, she learns the truth about her parents and some of her other relatives.  FIC BOL

Storyteller:  Forced to spend months at an aunt's house, Elizabeth feel a connection to her ancestor Zee, whose picture hangs on the wall, and who reveals her story of hardships during the Revolutionary War as Elizabeth comes to terms with her own troubles.  FIC GIF

The Wonder of Charlie Anne:  In a 1930s Massachusetts town torn by the Depression and other hardships, as well as racial tension, Charlie Anne and Phoebe, the black girl who moves to the farm next door, form a friendship that begins to transform their community.  FIC FUS