Top 5 American History Children’s Novels

  1. Carry on Mr Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham 128048

Synopsis: Nathaniel Bowditch grew up in a sailor’s world—Salem in the early days, when tall-masted ships from foreign ports crowded the wharves. But Nat didn’t promise to have the makings of a sailor; he was too physically small. Nat may have been slight of build, but no one guessed that he had the persistence and determination to master sea navigation in the days when men sailed only by “log, lead, and lookout.” Nat’s long hours of study and observation, collected in his famous work, The American Practical Navigator (also known as the “Sailors’ Bible”), stunned the sailing community and made him a New England hero. (Adapted from Goodreads)

Carry on Mr Bowditch, HMH Books for Young Readers, 2003, ISBN 9780618250745

  1. Calico Bush by Rachel Field402127

Synopsis: Left orphaned and alone in a strange country, thirteen-year-old Marguerite Ledoux has no choice but to become a servant girl. She promises her services to the Sargent family for six long years in return for food and shelter. But life as a “bound-out girl” is full of more hardship than Maggie ever could have imagined. Living with the family in an isolated part of northern Maine, Maggie struggles through the harsh, hungry winter of 1743, the constant threat of Indian attacks, and worst of all, the loneliness she suffers knowing that her own family is lost forever. Will the Sargent’s house ever feel like home? (From Goodreads)

Calico Bush, Aladdin, 1998, ISBN 9780689822858

  1. Wait for Me, Watch for Me Eula Bee by Patricia Beatty498779

Synopsis: The heart-pounding story of a Texan boy’s transformation to a Comanche brave and back again.With Pa off fighting in the Civil War, Lewallen Collier and his little sister are captured in a bloody Comanche raid. Admiring Lewallen’s courage, the Indians give him the name Sings His War Song and try to teach him the ways of a young brave. But Lewie dreams only of escape — and of the day he can return to rescue little Eula Bee. (Adapted from Goodreads)

Wait for Me, Watch for Me Eula Bee, HarperCollins , 1978, ISBN 9780688100773

  1. The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare207569

Synopsis: Although he faces responsibility bravely, thirteen-year-old Matt is more than a little apprehensive when his father leaves him alone to guard their new cabin in the wilderness. When a renegade white stranger steals his gun, Matt realizes he has no way to shoot game or to protect himself. When Matt meets Attean, a boy in the Beaver clan, he begins to better understand their way of life and their growing problem in adapting to the white man and the changing frontier. (Adapted from Goodreads)

The Sign of the Beaver, Dell, 1993, ISBN 9780440779032

  1. Moonshiner’s Son by Carolyn Reeder613192

Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Tom Higgins is learning the craft of making whiskey. Even though Prohibition forbids the production and sale of alcoholic beverages, Tom is determined to be a good apprentice. He is, after all, a moonshiner’s son. Tom wants nothing more than to please this rough, distant man. Then a preacher comes to the wilds of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains to rid Bad Camp Hollow of the “evils of liquor.” This is when Tom and his father begin their campaign to match wits with the preacher and try to outsmart the law officers he calls in. (Adapted from Goodreads)

Moonshiner’s Son, Aladdin, 1993, ISBN 9780689855504

 

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