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Readers Respond: Recommend the Best Books and Authors of Historical Fiction For Kids

Responses: 4


Many kids enjoy reading historical fiction, but what and who are the best books and authors of historical fiction for kids? Are their particular authors or books of historical fiction that your kids have enjoyed and that you want to recommend? Share several favorites and a little about them.

Great HF

If your kid likes Vikings, I have two words for you: Henry. Trreece. He wrote a long string of excellent YA novels about these seafaring warriors. If you have a girl who loves the Old West, point her at Patricia Beatty and turn her loose. Many of her characters are spunky girls. Anyone who has enjoyed "The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate" will like Beatty. Don't forget some of the classics: Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henty, Stephen W. Meader.

Out of the Ordinary by Michelle M.Barone

Based on author's grandmother, whose family lived in a boxcar in a mining town near Ludlow,CO during the 1913 massacre. Bravery,Danger,Bully,Mining. Excellent writing, historical,2004. ISBN:1-932663-08-08 Discovery Enterprises
—Guest Katharine Emsden

You can't beat Rosemary Sutcliff

Anything by Rosemary Sutcliff is good for older children. She mainly writes about Celtic and Roman Britain. Geoffrey Trease and Henry Treece are good, too.
—Guest grannyula

Another Recommendation

I'd like to recommend Chains and Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson. She calls her books historical thrillers, and they are terrific.
—Guest Fourth Musketeer

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