Fiction: Historical Fiction/Fictionalized Biographies

A word on my age designations:
— I list no upper age limits because well-written books appeal to readers far beyond ages typically listed for children’s books.
— Children vary enormously in what they enjoy, appreciate, and are able to digest. Use your judgement and check my reviews for more specific recommendations.

Look for more fascinating history and biographies in the nonfiction subject indexes.

Ages 4 and up:

The Little Riders
Phoebe the Spy
Seesaw Girl

Ages 7 and up:

Adam of the Road
All-of-a-Kind Family
Around the World
A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket
The Birchbark House
Blue Willow
Bluffton: My Summers with Buster
Bo at Ballard Creek
The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale
The Detective’s Assistant
The Doll Shop Downstairs
Dreamer

Echo
The Friendship Doll
Fruitlands: Louisa May Alcott Made Perfect
The Great Wheel
Hakon of Rogen’s Saga
Heart of a Samurai
The House of Sixty Fathers
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse
Jackie and Me
Journey to Topaz
Keeping Score
Lincoln and His Boys

Little Leap Forward: A Boy in Beijing
Midshipman Quinn stories
Miss Emily
Mister Orange
Pancakes-Paris
A Picture for Marc
Sigurd and His Brave Companions
Snow Treasure
Twenty and Ten

Ages 10 and up

Beyond the Bright Sea
Breaking Stalin’s Nose
The Bronze Bow
An Elephant in the Garden
Five Children on the Western Front
The Great Trouble
Hidden
The Lions of Little Rock
Night on Fire
Odette’s Secrets
One Crazy Summer
Oranges in No Man’s Land

Revolution
Shadow on the Mountain
A Single Shard
Stella by Starlight
The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow
Towers Falling
The Trumpeter of Krakow
The Winged Girl of Knossos

Ages 12 and up:

Refugee
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad