Historical Fiction

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This page was among the handouts at Grace Nall’s “Technology Presentation” at the California Council for the Social Studies Conference, March 2014

Please visit the author websites who are listed in this page for more information. Thank you!

The Kite that Bridge Two Nations 

        Author:  Alexis O’Neill  (http://www.alexisoneill.com/)


Paper Son:  Lee’s Journey to America (Tales of Young Americans)

Author:  Helen Foster James (http://www.helenfosterjames.com/)

               and Dr. Virginia Shin-Mui Loh (http://virginialoh.com/)


The Gold-Threaded Dress


Take Me With You

Sahwira:  An African Friendship

Moon Runner

All the above books are by author, Carolyn Marsden (http://www.carolynmarsden.com/)

Civil War Stories for Young People

·          My Brother’s Keeper

Author:  Nancy Johnson (http://www.nancy-johnson.com/)

Eliza’s Cherry Trees:  Japan’s Gift to America

Author:  Andrea Zimmerman (http://www.andreaanddavid.com/eliza_s_cherry_trees_106631.htm)


Thanks to Children’s Book Author, Edith Hope Fine, for contributing the titles of the following books:

 The Spotlight Biography eBook series includes these three titles so far, through eFrog Press (eFrogPress.com)

·          These books were originally published in hardcover.

Barbara McClintock: Nobel Prize Geneticistby Edith Hope Fine  (http://www.edithfine.com/)

        (SLJ …  “This is what every good biography should be.”)

Gary Paulsen: Adventurer and Author by Edith Hope Fine  (SLJ said Those who have read Paulsen’s books are sure to enjoy this brilliant biography, and those who have not will definitely be inspired to look for them.”)

Jesse Owens: Legendary Gold Medal Olympian by Judith Pinkerton Josephson (SLJ calls it “well-written, absorbing.”)

Armando and the Blue Tarp School, Lee & Low Books, is a picture book biography–spotlight on the real David Lynch who has founded 4 schools at the Tijuana dump and is now working at the Matagalpa, Nicaragua dump.



Nitty-Gritty Grammar  by Edith Hope Fine (http://www.edithfine.com/)

More Nitty-Gritty Grammar         Both books are from Ten Speed Press (a division of Random House)    

       by Edith Hope Fine and Judith Pinkerton Josephson

 Cryptomania: Teleporting into Greek and Latin with the CryptoKids by Edith Hope Fine, Park Dale Press (200 basic Greek and Latin roots)

 Can-Do Cursive and Can-Do Print, by Jan Olsen and Edith Hope Fine, hwtears.com  (student workbooks that cover handwriting, grammar, basic Greek and Latin roots, writing)

 Cryptomania Workbook by Edith Hope Fine, Park Dale Press (a student workbook for third through sixth graders with 300 basic Greek and Latin roots)

From Author Susan Traugh (http://www.susantraugh.com/)

        Primary Sources and Songs

       The series uses first person quotes coupled with songs of the time to teach about major events in U.S. History. Each lesson contains a quote, a song, and a narration explaining its significance on an MP3 file so students can hear it. A listening guide is included. Written worksheets are included which include comprehension, vocabulary, mapping and timeline skills tied to CCS. Suggested readings and CCS-aligned questions for essays/debates/projects are also included. A previous incarnation of the work was adopted by the State of California.

Author Debbie Vilardii submitted the following historical fiction books:

     Books by Author Selene Castrovilla (http://www.selenecastrovilla.com/books.html).   Books are upper elementary to middle school non-fiction and published by Calkins Creek:  1)  By the Sword, 2)  Upon Secrecy, and 3)  Revolutionary Friends


Authors whom I have created teacher resources for their books.


Snoring Beauty

By, Bruce Hale   Website:  http://brucehale.com/ (Mystery, fractured fairy tales) 


The Night Olympic Team

By, Caroline Hatton   Website:  http://www.carolinehatton.com/


Seven Moon Circus

By, Randy Morrison     Website:  http://7mc.com/


Penguin and Pinecone

By, Salina Yoon    Website:  http://salinayoon.com/Home.html

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