American (Grades 2-4)
The following titles are found in the J Fiction
Antle, N HARD TIMES: A STORY OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION (1993) Charlie and his family are forced to leave their Oklahoma home and search for a new way of life during the Depression.
Anderson, J A WILLIAMSBURG HOUSEHOLD (1988) Focuses on events in the household of a white family and its black slaves in Colonial Williamsburg in the eighteenth century.
Bulla, C LION TO GUARD US (1981) Three impoverished children in London are determined to get to the Virginia Colony and find their father.
Bulla, C CHARLIE’S HOUSE (1983) A poor English boy is shipped to America as an indentured servant, but runs away from his cruel master and dreams of building a house of his own.
Cohen, M MIMMY AND SOPHIE ALL AROUND TOWN (2004) Describes the experiences of two sisters growing up in Brooklyn in the time of Shirley Temple movies and trolleys.
Dalgliesh, A COURAGE OF SARAH NOBLE (1954) A girl must find the courage to travel with her father to build a new home in the wilderness, and stay with the Indians while her father goes back for the rest of the family.
DeAngeli, M COPPER-TOED BOOTS (1938) A little boy works hard to make his dreams come true -- to own a dog and a pair of copper-toed boots.
Fritz, J CABIN FACED WEST (1958) Ten-year-old Ann overcomes loneliness and learns to appreciate the importance of her role in settling the wilderness of western Pennsylvania.
Gregory, K THE LEGEND OF JIMMY SPOON (1990) A young white boy has numerous adventures with the Shoshoni Indians during the early frontier days.
Harness, C THREE YOUNG PILGRIMS (1992) Mary, Remember and Bartholomew survive the harsh early years in America and see New Plymouth grow into a prosperous colony.
Hopkinson, D. PIONEER SUMMER (2002) At first reluctant to move to Kansas eight-year-old Charles has many adventures in his new home.
Jacobs, W MOTHER, AUNT SUSAN AND ME (1979) Sixteen-year-old Harriet Stanton watches her mother and Susan B. Anthony as they fight to win equal rights for women.
Krensky, S IRON DRAGON NEVER SLEEPS (1994) Winnie befriends a Chinese boy in a small California mining town and learns how the Chinese helped build the Transcontinental Railroad.
Kudilinski, K EARTHQUAKE: A STORY OF OLD SAN FRANCISCO (1993) Phillip struggles to save the horses in his family’s livery stable after an earthquake hits San Francisco in 1906.
Lovelace, M BETSY-TACY (1940) The first in a series of adventures of two young girls set in the early 1900’s.
Lasky, K SHE’S WEARING A DEAD BIRD ON HER HEAD (1995) Harriet Hemenway and Minna Hall establish the Massachusetts Audubon Society, to make an impact on the bird protection.
Liles, M KITTY OF BLOSSOM PRAIRIE (1992) Twelve-year-old Kitty and her family struggle to create a homestead on the Texas prairie in the mid-1800’s.
MacLachlan, P SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL (1985) Caleb and Anna are captivated by the father’s mail-order bride, and hope that she will stay.
McBride, R MISSOURI BOUND (1999) Even though she is sad to leave her home in South Dakota, Rose has many new experiences as her family makes its journey to Missouri.
McCully, E. BATTLE FOR ST. MICHAELS (2002) In 1813, nine-year-old Caroline, a fast runner, helps the residents of Saint Michaels, Maryland, as they defend their town against the British.
Minshull, E CORNHUSK DOLL (1987) Young Mary uses her cornhusk doll to foster a friendship between her family and an injured Indian and his daughter.
Naylor, P MAUDIE IN THE MIDDLE (1988) Growing up on an Iowa farm in the early 1900’s, Maudie seems to attract nothing but trouble.
Stevens, C ANNA, GRANDPA AND THE BIG STORM (1982) Anna’s Grandpa is bored with city life until they are stranded on the Third Avenue El during the blizzard of 1888.
Stevens, C LILY AND MISS LIBERTY (1992) A little girl helps to raise money for the pedestal needed for the new Statue of Liberty.
Strickland, B WHEN MACK CAME BACK (2000) When his brother leaves the family farm to join the army in 1943, Maury remains behind to deal with his angry father and to care for Ben's injured puppy.
Taylor, S ALL-OF-A-KIND FAMILY (1951) The adventures of five sisters growing up in a Jewish family in New York in the early 20th century.
Turner, A NETTIE’S TRIP SOUTH (1987) A ten-year-old northern girl encounters the ugly realities of slavery when she visits Richmond, Virginia, and sees a slave auction.
VanLeeuwen, J. HANNAH’S HELPING HANDS (1999) In 1779, in Connecticut, Hannah and her family try to maintain there way of life as the Revolutionary War rages around them.
Yep, L WHEN THE CIRCUS CAME TO TOWN (2002) An Asian cook and a Chinese New Year celebration help a girl at a Montana stage coach station to regain her confidence after smallpox scars her face.
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