Books & Reading

U.S. Historical Fiction-Pilgrims and Colonial Times 1600-1775

J Fic Avi Night Journeys. (gr. 4+)
Two young indentured servants escape into Pennsylvania in the late 1700’s and receive help from an unexpected source.

J Fic Bulla, Clyde Robert A Lion to Guard Us (gr. 3+)
 Left on their own in seventeenth-century London, three impoverished children draw upon all their resources to stay together and make their way to the Virginia colony in search of their father.

J Fic Bulla, Clyde Robert Charlie’s House (gr. 3+)
A poor, friendless English boy, shipped to America as an indentured servant in the early eighteenth century, runs away from a cruel master and dreams of building a house of his own.

J Fic Clapp, Patricia Constance: A Story of Early Plymouth (gr. 5+)
Constance Hopkins, a young girl traveling on the Mayflower to the New World, keeps a journal that records her feelings and observations about the journey and the events in the struggling colony.

J Fic Carbone, Elise Lynn Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 (gr. 5+)
Traveling to the New World in 1606 as the page to Captain John Smith, twelve-year-old orphan Samuel Collier settles in the new colony of James Town, where he must quickly learn to distinguish between friend and foe.

J Fic Dalgliesh, Alice The Courage of Sarah Noble (gr. 2+)
Eight-year-old Sarah accompanies her father into the Connecticut wilderness in the early 1700’s to help him while he builds a house for the family who will come later.

J Fic Edmonds, Walter The Matchlock Gun (gr. 4+)
A young boy protects his mother and sister from Indian attacks in the Hudson Valley during the French and Indian War in 1756.

J Fic Fritz, Jean The Cabin Faced West (gr. 4+)
Ten-year-old Ann overcomes loneliness and learns to appreciate the importance of her role in settling the wilderness of western Pennsylvania.

J Fic Hermes, Patricia Our Strange New Land (gr. 3+)
Nine-year-old Elizabeth keeps a journal of her experiences in the New World as she encounters Indians, suffers hunger and the death of friends, and helps her father build their first home.

J Fic Kirkpatrick, Katherine Trouble’s Daughter (gr. 4+)
When her family is massacred by Lenape Indians in 1643, nine-year-old Susanna, daughter of Anne Hutchinson, is captured and raised as a Lenape.

J Fic Koller, Jackie French The Primrose Way (gr. 5+)
A recent arrival to the New World in 1633, sixteen-year-old Rebekah, a missionary’s daughter, befriends a Native American woman and begins to question whether these “savages” need saving after all.

J Fic Krensky, Stephen The Printer’s Apprentice (gr. 4+)
A young apprentice learns the importance of freedom of speech when Peter Zenger is arrested and tried for articles criticizing the British governing of the American colonies.

J Fic Nixon, Joan Lowery Caesar’s Story (gr. 4+)
After having been a slave on Carter’s Grove plantation near Williamsburg, Virginia, since childhood, Caesar finally finds a way to plan his own future.

J Fic O’Dell, Scott The Serpent Never Sleeps: A Novel of Jamestown and Pocahontas (gr. 4+)
 In the early seventeenth century, Serena Lynn, determined to be with the man she has loved since childhood, travels to the New World and comes to know the hardships of colonial life and the extraordinary Princess Pocahontas.

J Fic Speare, Elizabeth The Sign of the Beaver (5+)
Left alone to guard the family’s wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.

J Fic Speare, Elizabeth The Witch of Blackbird Pond (gr. 5+)
In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.


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