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Historical fiction - 2nd grade
Historical fiction for 2nd grade
"Ben and Me" - story about Ben Franklin and a mouse.
Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
Boston Coffee Party by Doreen Rappaport
The Long Way to a New Land by Joan Sandin
Westward to Home: Joshua's Oregon Trail Diary by Patricia
The Birchbark House by Erdrich is a little lengthier than
"American Girls" but I think 2nd grade might be able to handle it at
this time of year. Also, the Native American perspective is refreshing
Sarah, Plain and Tall and the sequels
Candace Ransom's Fire in the Sky is short enough for 2nd
graders. It's about the Hindenburg explosion.
There is a segment of the Dear America series called My
America that often has young boys...the Dear America series, of course,
is also outstanding.
The Earth Dragon Awakes
Honeycake by Joan Betty Stuchner and Cynthia Nugent
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes, Lynd Ward ( Illustrator)
Lynd Ward Young hero's of History series
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman, Peter Sis
An Island Far from Home by John Donahue
Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury
Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury
The Kitchen Boy : A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
Street Child by Berlie Doherty
Bradley, Kimberly Brubak. One-of-a-kind Mallie and Ruthie's
Deutsch, Stacia and Rhody Cohon. Blast to the Past series.
Osborne, Mary Pope. The Magic Tree House series.
Rappaport, Doreen. The Boston Coffee Party.
Whelan, Gloria. Hannah.
" " Next Spring an Oriole; Night of the
Full Moon and Shadow of the Wolf.
MY AMERICA by Scholastic
(In order by historical chronology):
OUR STRANGE NEW LAND: Elizabeth's Diary; Jamestown, Virginia,
1609 by Patricia Hermes
THE STARVING TIME: Elizabeth's Diary; Book Two; Jamestown,
Virginia, 1609 by Patricia Hermes
SEASON OF PROMISE: Elizabeth's Jamestown Colony Diary; Book
Three; Jamestown, Virginia, 1611 by Patricia Hermes
FIVE SMOOTH STONES: Hope's Diary; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
1776 by Kristiana Gregory
WE ARE PATRIOTS: Hope's Revolutionary War Diary, Book Two;
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777 by Kristiana Gregory
WHEN FREEDOM COMES: Hope's Revolutionary War Diary, Book Three,
1778 by Kristiana Gregory
WESTWARD TO HOME: Joshua's Diary; Book One; The Oregon Trail,
1848 by Patricia Hermes
A PERFECT PLACE: Joshua's Oregon Trail Diary, Book Two, 1848 by
THE WILD YEAR: Joshua's Oregon Trail Diary, Book Three, 1849 by
AS FAR AS I CAN SEE: Meg's Prairie Diary; St. Louis to the
Kansas Territory, 1856 by Kate McMullan
FOR THIS LAND: Meg's Prairie Diary, Book Two, 1856 by Kate
A FINE START: Meg's Prairie Diary, Book Three, 1857 by Kate
FREEDOM'S WINGS: Corey's Diary; Kentucky to Ohio, 1857 by Sharon
Dennis Wyeth <
FLYING FREE: Corey's Underground Railroad Diary, Book Two;
Amherstburg, Canada, 1858 by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
MESSAGE IN THE SKY, 1859, Corey's Underground Railroad Diary,
Book Three by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
MY BROTHER'S KEEPER: Virginia's Diary; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania,
1863 by Mary Pope Osborne
AFTER THE RAIN: Virginia's Diary; Book Two; Washington, D.C.,
1864 by Mary Pope Osborne
A TIME TO DANCE: Virginia's Civil War Diary, Book Three,
1865-1866 by Mary Pope Osborne and Will Osborne
HOPE IN MY HEART: Sofia's Ellis Island Diary, Book One, 1903 by
HOME AT LAST: Sofia's Ellis Island Diary, Book Two, 1903 by
AN AMERICAN SPRING: Sofia's Immigrant Diary, Book Three, 1903 by
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