I’m part of the Between the Lines by Claudia Whitsitt blog tour, a historical fiction chapter book. Today, I have Claudia posting on her Top 10 favorite historical fiction chapter books for kids. This came about because my 10-year-old son in 4th grade has been on a steady diet of action adventure chapter books, mostly by Rick Riordan.
His teacher this year wanted him to branch out into different genres and he discovered that he also likes historical fiction after reading The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis, So Far From Home: The Diary of Mary Driscoll, An Irish Mill Girl, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1847 (Dear America Series) by Barry Denenberg, and Joshua’s Song by Joan Hiatt Harlow. We will be picking summer reading books from this list!
How about you and your kids? What favorite historical fiction chapter books have you enjoyed? Please share!
Top Ten Historical Fiction for Kids from Claudia Whitsitt
10. Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Spears
In this tale of survival, thirteen-year-old Matt is left alone in the wilderness during colonial times. The details about living in the wild and the relationships that form between Matt and the Native Americans of the 1700s are both fascinating and educational and provide opportunities for great discussions.
9. Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy by Seymour Reit
In this true story, Emma Edmonds, posing as a man, enlists in the Union Army and as a cunning master of disguise risks discovery and death behind Confederate Lines. This is one of my absolute favorite works of historical fiction. Both captivating and realistic, Emma is a wonderful example of a strong, brave woman.
8. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Based on the actual epidemic of yellow fever in Philadelphia, readers are swept into Mattie Cook’s world and her desperation when she and her grandfather must flee their town. I love the vivid details and the depth of character in this novel. A must-read for all!
7. The Keeping Room By Anna Meyers
A coming of age story, The Keeping Room showcases the bravery of twelve-year-old Joseph Kershaw when he is left as the man of the house while his father goes off to lead the American Rebels against the British. I love this book for the strong messages it offers about war.
6. Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
Ten-year-old Lyddie and her younger brother must help pay their family’s debts and Lyddie goes to work in the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, only to realize her dreams of returning to the family farm will never come true. This story is a rich tale of determination and personal growth, devastating at times, but ultimately a tale of strength and fortitude.
5. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spears
Sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler leaves her beloved Barbados to live in Connecticut in 1697. Faced with an impossible decision, she must decide between her heart and her duty. Her one true friend, a woman whom the town believes to be a witch, is more hated than she could have imagined. This is a story of bravery, friendship, and honor. One of my all-time favorites!
4. Blood on the River by Elisa Carbone
Twelve-year-old orphan Samuel Collier meets his fortune in Captain John Smith and makes his way by ship to Jamestown, but with the journey comes hardship and confusion like he’s never known. This is one of my favorites, too, because it so actually portrays Indian life. I lived this journey with young Samuel, it was that realistic!
3. Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver
Wolf Brother tells the story of twelve-year-old Torak who live six thousand years ago during the New Stone Age. I love this harrowing tale a boy and his wolf who set out to save the world. It’s a compelling read!
2. Lily’s Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff
During World War II, Lily makes a new friend, Albert, a refugee from Hungary. They share secrets and Lily tells a lie that may cost Albert his life. A coming of age story, I love Giff’s writing. Everyone I know loves the suspense, emotional tugs, and well-crafted prose of this tale.
1. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
A story of life during the Depression, the motherless Bud sets off to search for his father, following the only clues his mother left behind. This book is laugh-out-loud funny, and has some of my favorite characters to date.
Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the middle grade book, “Between the Lines” by Claudia Whitsitt from May 18 to 31, 2015.
About the Book
Title: Between the Lines | Author: Claudia Whitsitt | Publication Date: March, 2015 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 318 | Recommended Ages: 9+
Summary: Between the Lines tells the story of three girls who become friends during the racially-charged aftermath of the 1967 Detroit Riots.
Hattie Percha is crushed when the riots start on her tenth birthday, and when she must move away from her treasured childhood home and friends, attending public school for the first time, she’s afraid her life is over. Then, she meets Beverly Jo Nichols, her first black friend, and Crackers, a fearless tomboy. Despite opposition from Hattie’s mother and a racist teacher, the unlikely friends join forces. As the self-proclaimed Dream Girls, they challenge bigotry and intolerance, willing to do whatever it takes to hold onto what’s most precious to them all, their friendship.
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“Between the Lines is a powerful piece of historical fiction that must be added to the reading list of every middle grade student.“~ 5 Stars, Lori L., Goodreads
“Teachers and parents need to purchase this novel… Parents could use this novel to engage their kids in discussions to help develop a sense of social responsibility, friendship, and morality… Ultimately, this story is inspirational.” ~ 5 Stars, Amazon Customer
“This book is a must read for everyone, no matter what age … I would recommend it highly to be in the curriculum of every 5th and 6th grade classroom. ” ~ 5 Stars, Sandra W., Amazon
“My daughter and I read this book together and loved it. It is a story that will stay with both of us for many years to come!” ~ 5 Stars, aleblanc, Amazon
“Between the Lines tells a really heartbreaking but uplifting story, about race and loyalty and friends, in a way that any kid will relate to. A perfect gift book for that hard-to-please youngster!” ~ 5 Stars, Jimmy, Amazon
About the Author: Claudia Whitsitt
Claudia Whitsitt spent a lifetime teaching special education and writing before becoming a full-time author. She believes in the power of friendship, small acts of kindness, and paying it forward. Nothing makes her happier than spending time with her children, which includes not only the five she raised but the countless students who touched her life over the years.
“Between the Lines” Blog Tour Schedule (2015)
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Sher A Hart: Written Art (Review)
My Soul Called Live (Review)
Oh My Bookness (Review)
Pragmatic Mom (Guest Post)
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