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Keyword: historical fiction

Journey to Jo’burg: A South African Story

Naidoo, Beverly (Author)
Kopper, Lisa (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2008. 122 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Apartheid, country life, equality, family life, historical fiction, poverty, prejudice, racism, social change, South Africa
 
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When You Reach Me

Stead, Rebecca (Author)
Penguin Random House 2010. 200 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: First-person narration, friendship, game shows, historical fiction, mothers and daughters, mystery, New York City, space and time
 
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Tuk and the Whale

Rivera, Raquel (Author)
Gerber, Mary Jane (Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2008. 88 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Arctic, Canadian history, community, courage, family life, first contact, historical fiction, hunting, Indigenous peoples, point of view, survival, whales
 
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From Anna

Little, Jean (Author)
Scholastic Canada 2012. 214 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Acceptance, community, disabilities, family life, historical fiction, identity, love, overcoming adversity, self-esteem, social change, World War II
 
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Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

Robertson, Robbie (Author)
Shannon, David (Illustrator)
Abrams 2015. 48 pages + 1 CD
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Community, cooperation, empathy, forgiveness, historical fiction, Indigenous peoples, legends, magic, making peace, spirituality, storytelling
 
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Town Is by the Sea

Schwartz, Joanne (Author)
Smith, Sydney (Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2017. 52 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Coal, community, country life, family life, fathers and sons, first-person narration, historical fiction, mining, occupations, point of view, traditions
 
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The Valiant

Livingston, Lesley (Author)
HarperCollins 2017. 378 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Egypt, fantasy, female protagonist, first-person narration, freedom, gladiators, historical fiction, romantic relationships, Rome, slavery, war
 
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The Passion of Dolssa

Berry, Julie (Author)
Penguin Random House 2016. 482 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: 13th century, Catholicism, France, friendship, gender equality, heretics, historical fiction, Inquisition, multiple voices, persecution, point of view, religions, women
 
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The Lynching of Louie Sam

Stewart, Elizabeth (Author)
Annick Press 2012. 288 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: 19th century, British Columbia, Canadian history, discrimination, first-person narration, historical fiction, Indigenous peoples, justice, persecution, tragedy
 
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Compass South

Larson, Hope (Author)
Mock, Rebecca (Illustrator)
Macmillan 2016. 224 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Adventure, boats, brothers and sisters, historical fiction, journeys, pirates, survival, treasures, twins
 
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Fever, 1793

Anderson, Laurie Halse (Author)
Simon & Schuster 2002. 268 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: 18th century, city life, death, diseases, epidemics, first-person narration, historical fiction, loss, Philadelphia, poverty, self-reliance, survival, yellow fever
 
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Train to Somewhere

Bunting, Eve (Author)
Himler, Ronald (Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1996. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Adoption, families, historical fiction, hope, orphans, rejection, trains
 
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Saints

Yang, Gene Luen (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2013. 172 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: China, Chinese culture, Christianity, gender roles, historical fiction, Joan of Arc, magic realism, mythology, soldiers, war
 
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My Lady Jane

Hand, Cynthia (Author)
Ashton, Brodi (Author)
Meadows, Jodi (Author)
HarperCollins 2016. 500 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: England, female monarchs, gender roles, historical fiction, humour, monarchy, multiple authors, multiple narrators, queens, royal history
 
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Zahra’s Paradise

Soltani, Amir (Author)
Khalil (Illustrator)
Macmillan 2011. 272 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Democracy, freedom, historical fiction, human rights, illustrations (black and white), Iran, oppression, political regimes, protest movements, religions, violence
 
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The Nameless City

Hicks, Faith Erin (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2016. 240 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Adventure, belonging, city life, civilization, discrimination, friendship, historical fiction, identity
 
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Juba!

Myers, Walter Dean (Author)
HarperCollins 2015. 202 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: African Americans, dance, diversity, economic disparity, England, historical fiction, historical figures, New York City, poverty, primary documents, slavery
 
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Chains

Anderson, Laurie Halse (Author)
Simon & Schuster 2010. 320 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: American Civil War, equality, freedom, historical fiction, justice, overcoming adversity, prisoners, racism, revolution, slavery, United States
 
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Mercury

Larson, Hope (Author/Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2013. 236 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: 19th century, families, fantasy, historical fiction, illustrations (black and white), love, magic realism, Nova Scotia, parallel stories, time
 
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Boxers

Yang, Gene Luen (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2013. 330 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: China, Chinese culture, Christianity, historical fiction, magic realism, mythology, soldiers, war
 
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On a Medieval Day: Story Voyages Around the World

Arato, Rona (Author)
Ferguson, Peter (Illustrator)
Owlkids 2010. 96 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Adolescence, around the world, historical fiction, Middle Ages, multiple stories, narrative non-fiction
 
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The Harmonica

Johnston, Tony (Author)
Mazellan, Ron (Illustrator)
Charlesbridge 2008. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Concentration camps, Franz Schubert, historical fiction, Holocaust, hope, Jewish history, music, resilience, World War II
 
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