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Topic: Historical book suggestion for an 8th grader, please/UPDATED

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Subject: Historical book suggestion for an 8th grader, please/UPDATED
Date Posted: 2/18/2010 7:47 PM ET
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My 8th grade daughter needs to read a historical fiction novel set in the timeframe of somewhere between the late 1800s to about 1920s. Does anyone have any suggestions of a book she could read. She's already done one related to slavery and one with a Civil War connection, so she wants something different. Also, she does not want any romances.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've posted this in the Historical Fiction board, but I'm putting it here as well.



Thanks, everyone! I ended up ordering:

Breaker by N.A. Perez from Amazon as it wasn't available here. It's about a kid who works in the mines of northeastern PA and gets into the Industrial Revolution,

I also found one Never Jam Today by Carole Bolton about a teen girl and her involvement in the women's suffrage movement.

She'll end up reading one or both and writing her report on the one she finds most interesting.

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Date Posted: 2/19/2010 3:46 PM ET
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Hi Carolyn,

A few questions for you first. 

1.  How late 1800s are we talking?  After the westward movement 1800s (i.e. more Victorian/modern)? 

2.  No historical romances, but if it's a historical book that happens to have some romance in it, is that okay? 

3.  How historically accurate does it need to be?  Should it be historical fiction based on an actual person/event or can it be fiction with a historical setting?

4.  American history only, or other countries ok? 

Sorry, a lot of questions I know, but I want to make sure that I don't post any suggestions that won't be of use to you.  :)

Date Posted: 2/21/2010 9:37 PM ET
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Have her try "The Diary of Mattie Spenser" by Sandra Dallas.  It's about a young couple that moves west to the Colorado Territories.  It's really good, not overly "romancey" but really shows life in that time period.

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Date Posted: 2/23/2010 12:53 PM ET
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Ann Rinaldi writes a lot of good historical YA fiction.  Many of them have female characters about your daughter's age.  Sometimes there is some romance, but not always.

Date Posted: 3/5/2010 8:10 PM ET
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The Dear America Series has many choices for your timeline and daughter's age.  It explores episodes in history around the world, offering variety.  Good luck!