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Historical fiction for 8-10... long shot I know.


Postby rebecca191 » Tue March 10th, 2009, 11:40 pm

Here are some ideas, not sure of her reading level so some of these may be too hard or too easy. They all are somewhere in the 7-12 age range but I read many of them years ago so I don't remember the specifics of each one.

American Girls series
History Mysteries series
Girls of Many Lands series
Hoofbeats series by Kathleen Duey if she likes horses (they are about young girls and their horses and set in the 1700-1800s)
Angel on the Square by Gloria Whelan
Nory Ryan's Song by Patricia Reilly Giff
Dear America, Royal Diaries, and My America series
The Little House books
The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
Bound for Oregon and Hannah of Fairfield by Jean Van Leeuwen
Dancing through Fire by Kathryn Lasky
Soft Rain by Cornelia Cornelissen
Journey to Nowhere by Mary Jane Auch
I Remember the Alamo by D. Anne Love
American Sisters series by Laurie Lawlor
The Puppeteer's Apprentice by D. Anne Love
The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed by Heather Vogel Frederick
The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz
Saddles, Stars, and Stripes series
The Lacemaker and the Princess by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Hope this helps!

Location: South Carolina

Postby SusannaG » Thu June 25th, 2009, 10:08 pm

Has she read Caddie Woodlawn?
South Carolina is too large for a mental asylum, and too small for a republic. - James Pettigru, 1856

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Postby zsigandr » Thu June 25th, 2009, 10:43 pm

My daughter was 9 when she started to read The Royal Diaries and she loves them. Here is some info http://www.scholastic.ca/titles/royaldiaries.

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Postby Anna Elliott » Fri June 26th, 2009, 2:43 am

I second the Caddie Woodlawn recommendation! One of my favorites!

Also Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
After the Dancing Days by Margaret Rostkowski

I loved all of them when I was 8-10 and love them still!
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Postby Chatterbox » Mon August 17th, 2009, 11:13 pm

Late to the game, but...

Geoffrey Trease wrote wonderful HF books; some are for younger readers, some teeter on the children/YA market. Check out Cue for Treason. I'm a girl, and I adored them at that age.

Henry Treece & Rosemary Sutcliffe; most set during the Roman occupation of Britain or 'ancient' times generally.

If you can find them, Jean Plaidy wrote two books for young readers -- The Young Elizabeth (about Elizabeth I) and The Young Mary Queen of Scots. Both great for that age.

Eloise Jarvis McGraw wrote several excellent HF novels for younger readers. My favorite is The Golden Goblet, set in ancient Egypt, which I read at 8 or 9. (Some of them, like Mara, Daughter of the Nile, are probably for ages 10-13 or thereabouts).

A couple of writers whose books are set in pre-revolutionary Russia: E.M. Almedingen -- Katia, Fanny, Ellen, etc. (Some of hers are YA to adult, so keep an eye out, but these are very good.) And Mara Kay, Masha, and The Youngest Lady in Waiting. Both are surreally expensive to buy, but they are in many library collections.

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Postby Carla » Tue August 18th, 2009, 12:11 pm

Try Theresa Tomlinson. She writes books for children and young adults, and there's a list of titles on her website: http://www.theresatomlinson.com/
PATHS OF EXILE - love, war, honour and betrayal in Anglo-Saxon Northumbria
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Postby Veronica » Tue August 18th, 2009, 12:18 pm

Has anyone mentioned Sue Reid? Her books seem really good for that age. Reckon I could read them now!
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Postby parthianbow » Tue August 18th, 2009, 1:59 pm

"Chatterbox" wrote:Late to the game, but...

Henry Treece & Rosemary Sutcliffe; most set during the Roman occupation of Britain or 'ancient' times generally.

Thanks, Chatterbox - I couldn't second these more.
Eagle of the Ninth, an iconic book by Rosemary Sutcliffe, is one of the reasons I write Roman HF. It's currently being adapted to film by the director of Dog Soldiers, starring Dominic West (The Wire) and Michael Fassbender (Hunger). The loosely linked sequel was The Silver Branch, and the third book was The Lantern Bearers, about when the Romans leave Britain.

Treece's books were about Vikings and Crusaders, if I remember correctly.

I read both sets from about the age of 9.
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Postby SusannaG » Tue August 18th, 2009, 3:52 pm

The Rosemary Sutcliffe I had was The Armourer's House, which has a Tudor setting. I loved it at 9 or so.

At 12 I adored A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver, which is a novel about Eleanor of Aquitaine, by E.L. Konigsberger.
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Postby Veronica » Wed August 19th, 2009, 4:58 am

Maria Gripe is swedish author who write somewhat historical novels. I absolutely loved her books when I was young and do consider to buy them and read again.
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