Historical Fiction

Written by Deborah Hopkinson, Illustrated By James Ransome

What if you were a child during the terrible time period of slavery?  How would you endure the hardship and challenges?

This book is a realistic portrayal of a young girl named “Sweet Clara”.  At the age of 12, she’s taken from her mother to work on another plantation as a field hand.  But her kind “aunt” Rachel has a plan to get her away from that difficult and back-breaking work.  She teaches young Clara how to sew.

As a young seamstress in the big house, Clara hears about many things in larger world around her, such as the Underground Railroad and the prospect of freedom in Canada.  But how can a young girl without a plan or a map hope to make it to freedom?

Clara finds a way to combine her sewing skills with both courage and patience and the chance to make a break toward freedom appears.  Can her quilt guide her and the ones she loves to a place of safety and peace?  Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt is an unforgettable story sure to inspire readers of any age or background.


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Written by Peter Roop
Abby and her four sisters are caring for their sick mother on a lighthouse island in New England when a terrible storm hits.  Abby’s Dad tells her she must keep the lights burning to save the passing ships.  This beautifully illustrated book tells Abbie’s heroic tale based on an actual 17 year old girl during a tremendous storm in 1856.  Exciting and inspiring reading.
Suggested Reading Level: Ages 4-8


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Written by Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrations by James E. Ransome
What might it feel like to be a slave running for your life toward freedom?  Deborah Hopkinson’s book captures all the urgency and suspense that a trip to freedom might entail as told through the eyes of a young girl.  Rich illustrations bring this historical fiction story to life and tell the tale of how quilts and other hidden signs made for meaningful markers on the Underground Railroad toward freedom.
Suggested Reading Level: Ages 4 – 8

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Written by Susan E. Goodman
10 year old Cora lives on the Prarie and loves nothing better then helping her dad, an old time doctor before the days of modern medicine.  She travels with him to meet the different people who have settled their area.  This true story based on a pioneer girl is exciting and eye-opening, especially when she and her Dad get caught in a huge, consuming prarie fire and Cora’s courage helps them to survive.
Suggested Reading Level: 6 – 9

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