Middle Grade Immigration Stories

You'll never understand a person's hardships until you walk a mile in their shoes. For most of us, the closest we can get is through a book that tells their story. From the difficult journey to the cultural barriers to the racism, immigrants must have guts of steel to make it in a new land. …

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Middle Grade Medieval Books

  Medieval historical fiction is a hard sell for most kids. For a "sure thing" try Jennifer Nielsen's The False Prince. For reluctant readers who need a quick read try either of Karen Cushman's books or Sid Fleischman's The Whipping Boy. They are short and full of humor. The rest are for true historical fiction …

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Middle Grade Cold War Historical Fiction

The Cold War is a vague historical event to most kids. Because of that, it's a hard sell. But there are some great historical fiction books out there needing to be read. All of these books deal with some aspect of Communism. Exposing truths in order to help kids understand the clash of ideology between …

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Middle Grade Refugee Historical Fiction

Although refugee stories exist all across the globe, in all time periods, this group of books focuses on the tragedies in the Middle East and Africa. Almost always it is the result of a corrupt government or hatred between different ethnic or religious groups. Some of these books are newly published and some of them …

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Middle Grade Stories in Verse

Stories in verse are great for understanding complex historical events and encouraging the reluctant reader. These selections are some of my favorites from authors who have already established themselves as exceptional writers. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse Told from the perspective of a young girl who recounts the frequent struggles against the dust …

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Middle Grade WW2 Historical Fiction

No horror story matches that of the German and Soviet attempts at ethnic cleansing that occurred during World War 2. The attempt to control the lives of the innocent citizens continued well into the Cold War. These are some of the best written recreations of what happened during that time. Number the Stars by Lois …

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Middle Grade American Historical Fiction

There are so many excellent choices for American historical fictions reads. Here are a few of my favorites. American Frontier Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse Told from the perspective of a young girl who recounts the frequent struggles against the dust storms and the resulting crop failures that bring poverty to a land …

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Civil Rights Historical Fiction

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia 11-year-old Delphine is excited to spend the summer in California with her sisters. She quickly learns that her mother has no intention of taking care of them. It’s up to Delphine to be the adult and entertain herself. The Black Panthers movement plays prominently in the story. Brown Girl …

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