Harold B. Lee Library

History Smart: Civil War Historical Fiction Books

May 11, 2011 in Beginning Readers 5-8, Book Lists, Teen 13+, Tween 9-12


Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis, Scholastic, 2009, Ages 9-12.

Buxton is a settlement in Canada populated by free slaves who escaped on the Underground Railroad. Elijah is the first free black born in Buxton and is trying to disprove that he is ‘fragile.’

Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder, Aladdin, 1999, Ages 9-12.

A confederate boy is sent to live with his uncle after his whole family dies in the Civil War. He struggles forgiving his uncle for not believing in the cause of the war and thus not fighting.

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt, Berkley, 2002, Young Adult.

Jethro is just a care-free child when the Civil War begins. By the time it ends, baptized by the toll war has taken on his family, Jethro has become a man at the age of eleven.

The Last Full Measure by Ann Rinaldi, Harcourt Children’s Books, 2010, Young Adult.

Before Gettysburg was ever a battle it was a quiet Union town where Tacey grew up. When Gettysburg does become the home of the worst battle of the war, Tacey will be a victim too.

–Lauren McMullan, BYU Student, School of Education

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