Colonial Period

American Historical Fiction






Date Pub

blood on the river

Carbone, Elisa.   Blood On the River
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.


copper sun

Draper, Sharon M.   Copper Sun
Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.


Schwabach, Karen.   A Pickpocket’s Tale
When Molly, a ten-year-old orphan, is arrested for picking pockets in London in 1731, she is banished to America and serves as an indentured servant for a New York City family that expects her to follow their Jewish traditions. (Paperback Collection)



Duble, Kathleen Benner.   The Sacrifice
Two sisters aged ten and twelve, are accused of witchcraft in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1692 and await trial in a miserable prison while their mother desperately searches for some way to obtain their freedom.


winter people

Bruchac, Joseph.   The Winter People
As the French and Indian War rages in October of 1759, Saxso, a fourteen-year-old Abenaki boy, pursues the English rangers who have attacked his village and taken his mother and sisters hostage.


surviving jamestown

Karwoski, Gail Langer.   Surviving Jamestown: the adventures of young Sam Collier
Sam Collier, a twelve-year-old, serves as page to John Smith during the relentless hardship experienced by the founder at the first permanent English settlement in the New World.


Nixon, Joan Lowery.   Maria’s Story, 1773  
In Williamsburg, Virginia, two years before the start of the American Revolution, nine-year-old Maria worries that her mother will lose her contract to publish official reports and announcements of the British government because she prints anti-British articles in their family-run newspaper.


caesar's story

Nixon, Joan Lowery.   Caesar’s Story: 1759
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.                                                   


witch child

Rees, Celia.   Witch Child
In 1659, fourteen-year-old Mary Newbury keeps a journal of her voyage from England to the New World and her experiences living as a witch in a community of Puritans near Salem, Massachusetts.


journal of jasper jonathan pierce

Rinaldi, Ann.   The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce: a pilgrim boy, Plimoth Plantation, 1620 A fourteen-year-old indentured servant keeps a journal of his experiences on the Mayflower and during the building of Plimoth Plantation in 1620 and 1621.


mary geddy's day

Waters, Kate.   Mary Geddy’s Day: a day in Colonial Williamsburg
It’s May 15, 1776, and ten-year-old Mary waits to see if the colony of Virginia will vote for independence or loyalty to England.  Many photographs show details of colonial life.


beaded moccasins

Durrant, Lynda.   The Beaded Moccasins
After being captured by a group of Delaware Indians and given to their leader as a replacement for his dead granddaughter, twelve-year-old Mary Campbell is forced to travel west with them to Ohio.


standing in the light

Osborne, Mary Pope.   Standing in the Light: the captive diary of Catharine Carey Logan
A Quaker girl's diary reflects her experiences growing up in the Delaware River Valley of Pennsylvania and her capture by Lenape Indians in 1763.


once on this river

Wyeth, Sharon Dennis.   Once On This River
While on a trip with her mother from Madagascar to New York in 1760, eleven-year-old Monday learns the horrors of slavery and the truth about her "other" mother.



Shaik, Fatima.   Melitte
In 1772, years of mistreatment force thirteen-year-old Melitte to decide whether or not to run away from the Frenchman who has kept her as a slave on his poor Louisiana farm and leave the young girl who is the only person who ever loved her.



Durrant, Lynda.   Echohawk
A twelve-year-old white boy, adopted and raised by Mohicans in the Hudson River Valley during the 1730's, is sent with his younger brother to an English settlement for schooling.


second daughter

Walter, Mildred Pitts.   Second Daughter: the story of a slave girl
Aissa, the teen-age fictional sister of Elizabeth Freeman, struggles against a system which declares that she is property and that she is to remain silent.


printer's apprentice

Krensky, Stephen.   The Printer’s Apprentice
In 1735 in New York City, a young printer's apprentice learns about the importance of freedom of speech when the printer Peter Zenger is arrested and tried for writing articles criticizing the government.


journey to the new world

Lasky, Kathryn.   A Journey to the New World: the diary of Remember Patience Whipple: Mayflower/Plimoth Colony, 1620
Twelve-year-old Mem presents a diary account of the trip she and her family made on the Mayflower in 1620 and their first year in the New World.


secret of sarah revere

Rinaldi, Ann.   The Secret of Sarah Revere
Paul Revere's daughter describes her father's "rides" and the intelligence network of the patriot community prior to the American Revolution.


beyond the burning time

Lasky, Kathryn.   Beyond the Burning Time
When, in the winter of 1691, accusations of witchcraft surface in her small New England village, twelve-year-old Mary Chase fights to save her mother from execution.


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Lenski, Lois.   Indian Captive: the story of Mary Jemison
A novel based on the true story of a girl abducted from her frontier home by Seneca Indians; after much difficulty in adjusting to the Seneca way of life, she decides, when given the chance, not to return to the white world.


fifth of march

Rinaldi, Ann.   The Fifth of March: a story of the Boston Massacre
Fourteen-year-old Rachel Marsh, an indentured servant in the Boston household of John and Abigail Adams, is caught up in the colonists' unrest that eventually escalates into the massacre of March 5, 1770.


break with charity

Rinaldi, Ann.   A Break with Charity: a story about the Salem witch trials
While waiting for a church meeting in 1706, Susanna English, daughter of a wealthy Salem merchant, recalls the malice, fear, and accusations of witchcraft that tore her village apart in 1692.



i am regina

Keehn, Sally.   I Am Regina
In 1755, as the French and Indian War begins, ten-year-old Regina is kidnapped by Indians in western Pennsylvania, and she must struggle to hold onto memories of her earlier life as she grows up under the name of Tskinnak and starts to become Indian herself.



Fleischman, Paul.   Saturnalia
In 1681 in Boston, fourteen-year-old William, a Narraganset Indian captured in a raid six years earlier, leads a productive and contented life as a printer's apprentice but is increasingly anxious to make some connection with his Indian past.



serpent never sleeps

O'Dell, Scott.   The Serpent Never Sleeps: a novel of Jamestown and Pocahontas
In the early 17th century, Serena Lynn travels to the New World and comes to know the hardships of colonial life.



Clapp, Patricia.   Constance: a story of early Plymouth
The journal of a young girl tells of her daily life, hardships, romances and marriage during the first years of the Pilgrim settlement at Plymouth.


sign of the beaver

Speare, Elizabeth.   Sign of the Beaver
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.


Clapp, Patricia.   Witches’ Children: a story of Salem
During the winter of 1692, when the young girls of Salem suddenly find themselves subject to fits of screaming and strange visions, some believe that they have seen the devil and are the victims of witches.


encounter at easton

Avi.   Encounter at Easton
The doomed flight of two young indentured servants from their unkind master brings together an unlikely assortment of people in a mid-18th-century Pennsylvania town.


night journeys

Avi.   Night Journeys
Two young indentured servants escape into Pennsylvania in the late 1700's and receive help from an unexpected source.



Levitin, Sonia.   Roanoke: a novel of the lost colony
An English youth and an Indian girl are caught up in the events leading to the mysterious disappearance of the colony at Roanoke Island.



Petry, Ann.   Tituba of Salem Village
In the Salem Village of 1692, superstition and hysteria peaked with the Salem witch trials. One of the first three "witches" condemned is Tituba, a slave from Barbados.


Wibberly, Leonard.   John Treegate’s Musket
In 1769 Boston comes alive through the life of John Treegate, a Boston citizen and member of the American Colonial Militia, as he struggles against the British Redcoats and the Scottish Highlanders regiments. (Paperback Collection)


witch of blackbird pond

Speare, Elizabeth.   The Witch of Blackbird Pond
A high-spirited teenage girl rebels against the narrow-minded ways of Puritan Connecticut and befriends a lonely old woman who is subsequently accused of being a witch. Newbery Medal Winner 1959.


flaming arrows

Steele, William.   Flaming Arrows
An Indian attack on a fort in the Tennessee wilderness makes young Chad Rabun realize that it is wrong to condemn one person for the misdeeds of another.


calico captive

Speare, Elizabeth.   Calico Captive
Based on an actual narrative diary, this is the story of a young girl captured by Indians in 1754, sold to the French for ransom, and eventually returned home.


light in the forest

Richter, Conrad.   Light in the Forest
Though reared as a Lenni Lenape Indian, fifteen-year-old True Son, once called John Camera Butler, was ordered back to the white man. It was impossible for True Son to believe that his people were white and not Indian. He had learned to hate the white man. And now he learned to hate his new father, his new house, his new family. He hated the name John Butler. Where did he belong now—and where could he go?


matchlock gun

Edmonds, Walter.   The Matchlock Gun
In 1756, during the French and Indian War in upper New York state, ten-year-old Edward is determined to protect his home and family with the ancient, and much too heavy, Spanish gun that his father had given him before leaving home to fight the enemy. Newbery Medal Winner 1942.


calico bush

Field, Rachel.   Calico Bush
After the death of her relatives, an orphaned twelve-year-old French immigrant girl is forced to work as a servant for a family of settlers living on the Maine coast in the 1740s. Newbery Medal Honor Book 1932.


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Cooper, Susan.   Ghost Hawk

At the end of a winter-long journey into manhood, Little Hawk returns to find his village decimated by a white man's plague and soon, despite a fresh start, Little Hawk dies violently but his spirit remains trapped, seeing how his world changes.