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Historical Fiction - North America: Industrial Revolution (1876 - 1900)
Buck, a dog that has been forced into the harsh life of a sled dog, befriends a man seeking his fortune in the Klondike gold fields, and must ultimately decide whether to stay with his master or obey his instinct to join the wolves.
Runs with Horses by Brian Burks
Call Number: FIC BUR
Publication Date: 1995-11-01
Sixteen years old in 1886, Runs With Horses trains to become a warrior with Geronimo's band of Apaches in the American Southwest.
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Call Number: FIC KEL
Publication Date: 2009-05-12
In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.
A Distant Trumpet by Paul Horgan; C. P. Snow (Introduction by)
Call Number: FIC HOR
Publication Date: 1991-07-01
A magnificently sweeping tale of the American West in the aftermath of the Civil War that is heroic in scale, rich in dramatic action, and filled with brilliant characterizations. Horgan's three-dimensional pageant of the daring and dangerous frontier life has been termed "the finest historical novel in American literature" (Gorham Munson) and "the finest novel yet on the Southwest" (New York Times).
Shadow-Catcher by Betty Levin
Call Number: FIC LEV
Publication Date: 2000-05-31
Although he often fancied himself a detective, Jonathan must become a real sleuth when he attempts to solve a mystery while accompanying his grandfather, a Civil War veteran and traveling photographer in Maine.
Penelope Bailey Takes the Stage by Susanna Reich
Call Number: FIC REI
Publication Date: 2006-04-01
Against the wishes of her disapproving aunt, with whom she lives in 1889 San Francisco while her parents are on a scientific expedition, eleven-year-old Penny tries to prepare herself for an acting career.
Call Number: FIC BOL
As a young black woman in 1880s Savannah, Essie's dreams are very much at odds with her reality. Ashamed of her beginnings, but unwilling to accept the path currently available to her, Essie is trapped between the life she has and the life she wants. Until she meets a lady named Dorcas Vashon, the richest and most cultured black woman she's ever encountered. When Dorcas makes Essie an offer she can't refuse, she becomes Victoria. Transformed by a fine wardrobe, a classic education, and the rules of etiquette, Victoria is soon welcomed in the upper echelons of black society in Washington, D. C. But when the life she desires is finally within her grasp, Victoria must decide how much of herself she is truly willing to surrender.
City of Orphans by Avi; Greg Ruth (Illustrator)
Call Number: FIC AVI
Publication Date: 2011-09-06
In 1893 New York, thirteen-year-old Maks, a newsboy, teams up with Willa, a homeless girl, to clear his older sister, Emma, from charges that she stole from the brand new Waldorf Hotel, where she works. Includes historical notes.
The Lynching of Louie Sam by Elizabeth Stewart
Call Number: FIC STE
Publication Date: 2012-06-21
A fictionalized account of the 1884 lynching of fourteen-year-old Louie Sam, a Native American, by a group of men from the Washington Territory, told from the point of view of fifteen-year-old George Gillies and his best friend, whose fathers were part of the lynch mob that traveled into British Columbia to get what they saw as justice for the murder of a white Washington settler
A Road We Do Not Know by Frederick J. Chiaventone
Call Number: FIC CHI
Publication Date: 2002-03-22
In 1876 in the Dakota Territory, many of the Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Indians have fled a reservation and are being pursued by General Custer and his Seventh Cavalry--leading to the Battle of Little Bighorn.
The Last Stand by Edwin P. Hoyt
Call Number: FIC HOY
Publication Date: 1995-07-01
Fictional account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, where George Armstrong Custer lost his life in a fight against the Plains Indians for control of the land.
The Boxer by Kathleen Karr; K. Karr
Call Number: FIC KAR
Publication Date: 2000-10-18
Having learned how to box while in prison, fifteen-year-old Johnny sets out to discover if he can make a decent living as a fighter in late nineteenth-century New York City.
Legend Days by Jamake Highwater
Call Number: FIC HIG
Publication Date: 1984-03-01
Abandoned in the wilderness after smallpox devastates her tribe, eleven-year-old Amana acquires from Grandfather Fox a warrior's courage and a hunter's prowess, gifts that sustain her as she watches the progressive disintegration of her people.
The Ambrose Bierce Project is an online forum and resource for the study of this American soldier, topographer, journalist, and writer. Explores his life, writings, and culture.
Fair Weather by Richard Peck
Call Number: FIC PEC
Publication Date: 2001-09-10
In 1893, thirteen-year-old Rosie and members of her family travel from their Illinois farm to Chicago to visit Aunt Euterpe and attend the World's Columbian Exposition which, along with an encounter with Buffalo Bill and Lillian Russell, turns out...
Nell's Quilt by Susan Terris
Call Number: FIC TER
Publication Date: 1996-10-29
Urged at the age of eighteen to marry a man she doesn't want, Nell delays the event by working on a quilt, slowly starving herself, and observing the unhappy lot of many women in turn-of-the century Massachusetts before arriving at a decision to rescue herself from the brink of death and take charge of her life.
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer DonnellyFrom Jennifer Donnelly, the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of A Northern Light and Revolution, comes a mystery about dark secrets, dirty truths, and the lengths to which people will go for love and revenge. For fans of Elizabeth George and Libba Bray, These Shallow Graves is the story of how much a young woman is willing to risk and lose in order to find the truth. Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon--like all the girls in her class--she'll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo dreams of becoming a writer--a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly. Wild aspirations aside, Jo's life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort shot himself while cleaning his pistol. One of New York City's wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was a partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun. The more Jo hears about her father's death, the more something feels wrong. Suicide is the only logical explanation, and of course people have started talking, but Jo's father would never have resorted to that. And then she meets Eddie--a young, smart, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father's newspaper--and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. But now it might be too late to stop. The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and this time the truth is the dirtiest part of all. Praise for These Shallow Graves: "These Shallow Graves delivered all that I adore: lovely prose, historical intrigue, unique characters and setting. I devoured this book!"-Ruta Sepetys, New York Times bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy "An intelligent, personable heroine-Jo Montfort's hopes for an enlightened future uncover a dark past, resulting in a splendidly hair-raising tour of the brightest and darkest corners of Victorian New York."-Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity and Black Dove, White Raven "A fast-paced Gilded Age crime thriller that plunges its intrepid investigative-journalist heroine into the sordid underworld of nineteenth-century New York City and into her own family's dark secrets."-Julie Berry, award-winning author of All the Truth That's In Me "Jo Montfort is a gutsy modern heroine in a beguiling tale of old New York. Money, murder, betrayal, and family secrets....I loved spending time in this world!"-Elizabeth Ross, author of William C. Morris Award finalist Belle Epoque [STAR] "Fast-paced and thrilling...a smart, insightful, timely depiction of a young woman poised on the brink of a new world after the shattering of another."-Booklist, Starred [STAR] "Action-packed chapters propel this compelling mystery...[and] the injustices Donnelly highlights remain all too relevant."-Publishers Weekly, Starred [STAR] "A riveting historical mystery-thriller...[that] succeeds as a wonderfully paced thriller, a heart-pounding romance and an unflinching look at the hard choices one young woman must make when society disparages her dreams."-Shelf Awareness, Starred "A beautifully written mystery."-School Library Journal "[A] fast-paced thriller...the story races to its surprising conclusion."-Kirkus Reviews "A heroine you can't help cheering on."-The Horn Book