After the Civil War 1865-1900

American Historical Fiction






Date Pub

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Coats, J. Anderson.   The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming
Jane is excited to be part of Mr. Mercer’s expedition to bring orphans and Civil War widows to Washington Territory, but life out west isn’t at all what she expected.



Klass, Sheila Solomon.   A Shooting Star: a novel about Annie Oakley
As one who prefers hunting over sewing, Annie Oakley breaks free from conventional behavior for girls and goes on to develop her talent as a sharpshooter and entertainer. (Paperback Collection)


McCaughrean, Geraldine.   The Glorious Adventures of the Sunshine Queen
When a diphtheria outbreak forces twelve-year-old Cissy to leave her Oklahoma hometown in the 1890s, she and her two classmates embark on a wild adventure down the Missouri River with a team of traveling actors who are living on a dilapidated paddle steamer.


Kelly, Jacqueline.   The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.


Avi.   The Seer of Shadows
In New York City in 1872, fourteen-year-old Horace, a photographer's apprentice, becomes entangled in a plot to create fraudulent spirit photographs, but when Horace accidentally frees the real ghost of a dead girl bent on revenge, his life takes a frightening turn.


Bruchac, Joseph.   Geronimo
For this historical novel, the acclaimed author of “Sacajawea” now turns his attention to the great Apache warrior and spiritual leader.


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Clark, Clara Gillow.   Hill Hawk Hattie
Angry and lonely after her mother dies, eleven-year-old Hattie pretends to be a boy and joins her father on an adventure-filled rafting trip down the Delaware River in the late 1800s to transport logs from New York to Philadelphia.


Cushman, Karen.   Rodzina
A twelve-year-old Polish American girl is boarded onto an orphan train in Chicago with fears about traveling to the West and a life of unpaid slavery.


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Osborne, Mary Pope and Will Osborne.   A Time to Dance           
Virginia records the events of her life as her family moves to New York City in the aftermath of the Civil War, and she begins to dream of a life in the theater.



Yep, Laurence.   The Traitor: Golden Mountain Chronicles, 1885
In 1885, a lonely illegitimate American boy and a lonely Chinese American boy develop an unlikely friendship in the midst of prejudices and racial tension in their coal mining town of Rock Springs, Wyoming.



Carbone, Elisa.   Storm Warriors
In 1895, after his mother's death, twelve-year-old Nathan moves with his father and grandfather to Pea Island off the coast of North Carolina, where he hopes to join the all-black crew at the nearby lifesaving station, despite his father's objections.



Hobbs, Will.   Down the Yukon
In the wake of Dawson City's Great Fire of 1899, sixteen-year-old Jason and his girlfriend Jamie canoe the Yukon River across Alaska in an epic race from Canada's Klondike to the new gold fields at Cape Nome.


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Lawlor, Laurie.   Exploring the Chicago World’s Fair
While her mother works long hours, twelve-year-old Dora is left in charge of her three younger sisters during the summer of the World’s Columbian Exposition, where they discover strange new foods, foreign cultures, and incredible inventions.



MacLachlan, Patricia.   Caleb’s Story
The stranger lurking on the Witting family's prairie farm turns out to be their long-lost grandfather, whose presence plus prodding from Sarah forces Jacob to deal with his past. Sequel to Skylark.


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Peck, Richard.   Fair Weather
In 1893, thirteen-year-old Rosie and members of her family travel from their Illinois farm to Chicago to visit Aunt Euterpe and attend the World’s Columbian Exposition which, along with an encounter with Buffalo Bill and Lillian Russell, turns out to be a life-changing experience for everyone.



Taylor, Mildred D.   The Land
After the Civil War Paul, the son of a white father and a black mother finds himself caught between the two worlds of colored folks and white folks as he pursues his dream of owning land of his own.


Yin.   Coolies
A young boy hears the story of his great-great-great-grandfather and his brother who came to the United States to make a better life for themselves helping to build the transcontinental railroad.



Hobbs, Will.   Jason’s Gold
When news of the discovery of gold in Canada's Yukon Territory in 1897 reaches fifteen-year-old Jason, he embarks on a 10,000-mile journey to strike it rich.



Holm, Jennifer L.   Our Only May Amelia
As the only girl in a Finnish American family of seven brothers, May Amelia Jackson resents being expected to act like a lady while growing up in Washington state in 1899.



Hopkinson, Deborah.   A Band of Angels: a story inspired by the Jubilee Singers
The daughter of a slave forms a gospel singing group and goes on tour to raise money to save Fisk University.



Myers, Walter Dean.   The Journal of Joshua Loper: a black cowboy
In 1871 Joshua Loper, a sixteen-year-old black cowboy, records in his journal his experiences while making his first cattle drive under an unsympathetic trail boss.



Rinaldi, Ann.   My Heart is on the Ground: the diary of Nannie Little Rose, a Sioux girl
In the diary account of her life at a government-run Pennsylvania boarding school in 1880, a twelve-year-old Sioux Indian girl reveals a great need to find a way to help her people.



Nixon, Joan L.   Aggie’s Home
A clumsy and unattractive twelve-year-old, Aggie is sure no one will want to adopt her when she rides the orphan train out west, but when she meets the eccentric Bradon family she begins to have some hope. Includes historical information about orphan trains and the woman's suffrage movement.



Nixon, Joan L.   Lucy’s Wish
Ten-year-old Lucy, an orphan who wants a little sister more than anything, finds a very special one in the less than perfect family which she joins.



Robinet, Harriette.   Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule
Born with a withered leg and hand, Pascal, who is about twelve years old, joins other former slaves in a search for a farm and the freedom which it promises.



Hansen, Joyce.   I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: the Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl
Twelve-year-old Patsy keeps a diary of the ripe but confusing time following the end of the Civil War and the granting of freedom to former slaves.



Paulsen, Gary.   Sarny: a life remembered
Continues the adventures of Sarny, the slave girl Nightjohn taught to read through the aftermath of the Civil War during which time she taught other Blacks and lived a full life until age ninety-four.



Thomas, Joyce Carol.   I Have Heard of a Land
Describes the joys and hardships experienced by an African-American pioneer woman who staked a claim for free land in the Oklahoma territory.



Lottridge, Celia Barker.   The Wind Wagon
Sam Peppard, a blacksmith in 1860s Kansas, builds a prairie schooner that sails to Denver, Colorado, powered by wind.  (Paperback Collection)



Holland, Isabelle.   Behind the Lines
During the New York Draft Riot of 1863, a young Irish Catholic girl helps an African American make a daring escape from an angry mob.



Moeri, Louise.   Save Queen of Sheba
Twelve-year-old King David and his little sister survive a Sioux Indian raid on their Oregon-bound wagon train and must try to survive against incredible odds.



Myers, Walter Dean.   The Glory Field
Follows a family's two hundred forty-one year history, from the capture of an African boy in the 1750's through the lives of his descendants, as their dreams and circumstances lead them away from and back to the small plot of land in South Carolina that they call the Glory field.



Lawson, Robert.   The Great Wheel
Eighteen-year-old Conn leaves Ireland and sails to America where he helps build the first Ferris wheel for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893.



Yep, Laurence.   Dragon’s Gate
When he accidentally kills a Manchu, a Chinese boy is sent to America to join his father, an uncle, and other Chinese working to build a tunnel for the transcontinental railroad through the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1867.



O'Dell, Scott and Elizabeth Hall.   Thunder Rolling in the Mountains
A young Nez Perce girl, Sound of Running Feet, relates how her people were driven off their land by the U.S. Army and forced to retreat north until their eventual surrender in 1877.



Reeder, Carolyn.   Shades of Gray
At the end of the Civil War, twelve-year-old Will, having lost all of his immediate family, reluctantly leaves his city home to live in the Virginia countryside with his aunt and the uncle he considers a "traitor" because he refused to take part in the war.



MacLachlan, Patricia.   Sarah, Plain and Tall
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.



O'Dell, Scott.   Sing Down the Moon
This story is told through the eyes of a young Navaho girl as she sees the lives of her people destroyed first by Spanish slavers and later by white soldiers.


Armstrong, William H.   Sounder
Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and with the help of the devoted dog Sounder.  Newbery Medal Winner 1970