Revolutionary War

American Historical Fiction






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Anderson, Laurie Halse.   Ashes

As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down. With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on, fiercely determined to find Isabel's little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state. (Seeds of America: Book 3)


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Avi.   Sophia’s War

In 1776, after witnessing the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, newly occupied by the British army, young Sophia Calderwood resolves to do all she can to help the American cause, including becoming a spy.


Anderson, Laurie Halse.   Forge
Separated from his friend Isabel after their daring escape from slavery, fifteen-year-old Curzon serves as a free man in the Continental Army at Valley Forge until he and Isabel are thrown together again, as slaves once more. (Seeds of America: Book 2)


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Calkhoven, Laurie.   Daniel at the Siege of Boston, 1776

In 1776 Boston, twelve-year-old Daniel Prescott enjoys assuming his father's role in taking care of his mother and sister, as well as his work as a spy and messenger for the American revolutionaries, but the pleasure ends when he witnesses the horrors of war firsthand, and learns that a trusted patriot is actually a British spy. Includes historical notes, timeline, and glossary. (Boys of Wartime Series)


Paulsen, Gary.   Woods Runner
From his 1776 Pennsylvania homestead, thirteen-year-old Samuel, who is a highly-skilled woodsman, sets out toward New York City to rescue his parents from the band of British soldiers and Indians who kidnapped them after slaughtering most of their community. Includes historical notes.


Klass, Sheila Solomon.   Soldier’s Secret: the story of Deborah Sampson
During the Revolutionary War, a young woman named Deborah Sampson disguises herself as a man in order to serve in the Continental Army.


Anderson, Laurie Halse.   Chains
In the spring of 1776, Isabel, a teenage slave, and her sister, Ruth, are sold to ruthless, wealthy loyalists in Manhattan.  While running errands, Isabel is approached by rebels, who promise her freedom (and help finding Ruth, who has been sent away) if she agrees to spy. (Seeds of America: Book 1)


Anderson, M.T.   The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing
After escaping a death sentence in the summer of 1775, Octavian and his tutor find shelter but no safe harbor in British-occupied Boston and, persuaded by Lord Dunmore's proclamation offering freedom to slaves who join his counterrevolutionary Royal Ethiopian Regiment, Octavian and his friends soon find themselves engaged in naval raids on the Virginia coastline as the Revolutionary War breaks out in full force.


Rinaldi, Ann.   Or Give Me Death
With their father away most of the time advocating independence for the American colonies, the children of Patrick Henry try to raise themselves, manage the family plantation, and care for their mentally ill mother.


Blackwood, Gary.   The Year of the Hangman 
In 1777, having been kidnapped and taken forcibly from England to the American colonies, fifteen-year -old Creighton becomes part of developments in the political unrest there that may spell defeat for the patriots and change the course of history.


Pryor, Bonnie.   Thomas in Danger
Having lost their home when the Revolutionary War reached their part of rural Pennsylvania, Thomas and his family start a new life running an inn in Philadelphia, where Thomas finds new danger that takes him into captivity among the Iroquois.


Pryor, Bonnie.   Thomas
In the early years of the Revolutionary War, eleven-year-old Thomas and his family escape a bloody massacre at Wyoming Valley and endure innumerable hardships as they try to make their way to Philadelphia.


Clapp, Patricia.   I’m Deborah Sampson: a soldier in the War of the Revolution
Relates the experiences of the woman who disguised herself as a man in order to enlist and fight in the American Revolution.



Myers, Anna.   The Keeping Room
Left in charge of the family by his father who joins the Revolutionary war effort, thirteen-year-old Joey undergoes such great changes that he fears he may be betraying his beloved parent. 



Gregory, Kristiana.   The Winter of Red Snow: the Revolutionary War diary of Abigail Jane Stewart
Eleven-year-old Abigail presents a diary account of life in Valley Forge from December 1777 to July 1778 as General Washington prepares his troops to fight the British.


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.


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.


Reit, Seymour.   Guns for General Washington: a story of the American Revolution
Frustrated with life under siege in George Washington’s army, nineteen-year-old Will Knox and his brother Colonel Henry Knox undertake the task of moving 183 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston in the dead of winter.



Avi.   The Fighting Ground
Twenty-four hours in the life of a young farm boy who enlists to fight the British and finds a war very different from what he expected. 


Collier, James Lincoln.   War Comes to Willy Freeman
Disguised as a boy, a young Black girl must make her way alone in New York, where she believes her mother has been taken.


O’Dell, Scott.   Sarah Bishop
Left alone after the deaths of her father and brother who take opposite sides in the War for Independence, and fleeing from the British who seek to arrest her, Sarah Bishop struggles to shape a new life for herself in the wilderness.


Steele, William O.   The Man With the Silver Eyes
Talatu, a young Cherokee boy, is forced by his great-uncle to live with a Quaker trader for a year. Set against the backdrop of the Revolution and the tensions of frontier living in Tennessee in 1780.


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Collier, James Lincoln.   My Brother Sam is Dead
The Meeker family lives the conflicts and tragedies of the Revolution. 



Forbes, Esther.   Johnny Tremain
A gifted silversmith’s apprentice becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty. Newbery Medal winner.