Early 1900ís

American Historical Fiction






Date Pub

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Ketchum, Liza.†† The Life Fantastic: a novel in three acts

In 1913, young Teresa dreams of leaving her life in Vermont and hitting the road to join a vaudeville troop and sing in theaters across the country. Once she does, however, she finds the job and the country is not as glamorous as she once believed.


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Latham, Jennifer.†† Dreamland Burning

When Rowan finds a skeleton on her family's property, investigating the brutal, century-old murder leads to painful discoveries about the past. Alternating chapters tell the story of William, another teen grappling with the racial firestorm leading up to the 1921 Tulsa race riot, providing some clues to the mystery.


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Wolk, Lauren.†† Beyond the Bright Sea

Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands off the coast of Massachusetts. Her only companions are Osh, the man who rescued her from a tiny skiff as an infant and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their neighbor across the sandbar. But it isn't until the night when a mysterious fire appears across the water that an unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart and an unstoppable chain of events is triggered. Using her bravery and perseverance, Crow must follow clues that not only lead to a personal treasure, but to uncovering her lost identity and, ultimately, understanding what it means to be a family.


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Gemeinhart, Dan.†† Some Kind of Courage
In 1890 Washington the only family Joseph Johnson has left is his half-wild Indian pony, Sarah, so when she is sold by a man who has no right to do so, he sets out to get her back--and he plans to let nothing stop him in his quest.


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Lee, Stacey.†† Outrun the Moon

On the eve of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, Mercy Wong--daughter of Chinese immigrants--is struggling to hold her own among the spoiled heiresses at prestigious St. Clare's School. When tragedy strikes, everyone must band together to survive.


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Winters, Cat.†† The Steep & Thorny Way

A sixteen-year-old biracial girl in rural Oregon in the 1920s searches for the truth about her fatherís death while avoiding trouble from the Ku Klux Klan in this YA historical novel inspired by Shakespeareís Hamlet.


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Schlitz, Laura Amy.†† The Hired Girl

Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of a woman with a future.


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Curtis, Christopher Paul.The Madman of Piney Woods
Even though it is now 1901, the people of Buxton, Canada (originally a settlement of runaway slaves) and Chatham, Canada are still haunted by two events of half a century before--the American Civil War, and the Irish potato famine, and the lasting damage those events caused to the survivors.


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Hill, Kirkpatrick.†† Bo at Ballard Creek

"It's the 1920s, and Bo was headed for an Alaska orphanage when she won the hearts of two tough gold miners who set out to raise her, enthusiastically helped by all the kind people of the nearby Eskimo village"--


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Holm, Jennifer L.†† The Trouble with May Amelia
Living with seven brothers and her father, who thinks girls are useless, a thirteen-year-old Finnish American farm girl is determined to prove her worth when a enterprising gentleman tries to purchase their cash-strapped family settlement in Washington State in 1900. (Sequel to Our Only May Amelia)



Bolden, Tonya.†† Finding Family
Raised in Charleston, West Virginia, at the turn of the twentieth century by her grandfather and aunt on off-putting tales of family members she has never met, twelve-year-old Delana is shocked when, after Aunt Tilley dies, she learns the truth about her parents and some of her other relatives.



Levine, Kristin.†† The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had
In Moundville, Alabama, in 1917, twelve-year-old Dit hopes the new postmaster will have a son his age, but instead he meets Emma, who is black, and their friendship challenges accepted ways of thinking and leads them to save the life of a condemned man.



Sedgwick, Marcus.†† Revolver
Teenaged Sig Andersson, who lives in an isolated cabin in the Arctic Circle, confronts a stranger who has come to take revenge on Sig's dead father for his actions when the two men knew each other during the Alaska Gold Rush.



Haddix, Margaret Peterson.†† Uprising
In 1927, at the urging of twenty-one-year-old Harriet, Mrs. Livingston reluctantly recalls her experiences at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory, including miserable working conditions that led to a strike, then the fire that took the lives of her two best friends, when Harriet, the boss's daughter, was only five years old. Includes historical notes.



Paterson, Katherine.†† Bread and Roses Too
Jake and Rosa, two children, form an unlikely friendship as they try to survive and understand the 1912 Bread and Roses strike of mill workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts.



Schmidt, Gary.†† Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster boy
In 1911, Turner Buckminster hates his new home of Phippsburg, Maine, but things improve when he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from a poor, nearby island community founded by former slaves that the town fathers--and Turner's--want to change into a tourist spot.




Avi.†† The Secret School
In 1925, fourteen-year-old Ida Bidson secretly takes over as the teacher when the one-room schoolhouse in her remote Colorado area closes unexpectedly.



Hesse, Karen.†† Brooklyn Bridge
In 1903 Brooklyn , fourteen-year-old Joseph Michtom's life changes for the worse when his parents, Russian immigrants, invent the teddy bear and turn their apartment into a factory, while nearby the glitter of Coney Island contrasts with the dismal lives of children dwelling under the Brooklyn Bridge. (audiobook)



Hesse, Karen.†† Witness
A series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.



McKissack, Patricia.†† Color Me Dark: the diary of Nellie Lee Love, the great migration North
Eleven-year-old Nellie Lee Love records in her diary the events of 1919, when her family moves from Tennessee to Chicago, hoping to leave the racism and hatred of the South behind.



Snyder, Zilpha Keatley.†† Gib and the Gray Ghost
In 1909, after spending several months back at the Lovell House Home for Orphaned and Abandoned Boys, eleven-year-old Gib returns to live on the Thornton ranch, where his natural way with horses helps to make him feel at home.



Yep, Laurence.†† Dream Soul
In 1927, as Christmas approaches, fifteen-year-old Joan Lee hopes to get her parents' permission to celebrate the holiday, one of the problems of belonging to the only Chinese American family in her small West Virginia community.



Duey, K. and K.A. Bale.†† Flood Mississippi, 1927
When the raging Mississippi threatens their secret cache of hard-earned nickels and pennies, Molly and her white friend Garrett risk their lives to retrieve the money. (Paperback Collection)



Lasky, Kathryn.†† Dreams in the Golden Country:the diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish immigrant girl
Twelve-year-old Zippy, a Jewish immigrant from Russia, keeps a diary account of the first eighteen months of her family's life on the Lower East Side of New York City in 1903-1904.



White, Ellen Emerson.†† Voyage on the Great Titanic: the diary of Margaret Ann Brady
In her diary in 1912, thirteen-year-old Margaret Ann describes how she leaves her lonely life in a London orphanage to become a companion to a wealthy American woman, sails on the Titanic, and experiences its sinking.



Duey, K. and Karen A. Bale.†† Earthquake!
When two young strangers meet by chance on the day of the San Francisco earthquake, they struggle to survive the terror of crumbling buildings, fire, looting, and chaos. (Paperback Collection)



Taylor, Mildred.†† The Well: Davidís story
In Mississippi in the early 1900's, ten-year-old David Logan's family generously shares their well water with both black and white neighbors in an atmosphere of potential racial violence.



Hahn, Mary Downing.†† Time for Andrew: a ghost story
When he goes to spend the summer with his great-aunt in the family's old house, eleven-year-old Drew is drawn eighty years into the past to trade places with his great-great-uncle, who is dying of diphtheria.



Hesse, Karen.†† Letters from Rifka
In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family's flight from Russia in 1919 and her own experiences when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others emigrate to America.



Yep, Laurence.†† Dragonwings
In 1903 eight-year-old Moonshadow arrives in San Francisco from China and has to learn to adjust to life in America and a father who is a stranger to him.



Peck, Robert.†† A Day No Pigs Would Die
To a thirteen-year-old Vermont farm boy whose father slaughters pigs for a living, maturity comes early as he learns "doing what's got to be done."A story of the Shaker Way set in the 1920's.



Smith, Betty.†† A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Francie Nolan's childhood in Brooklyn is recorded in this classic.