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Suggested Historical Fiction for Third Grade


Interested in reading a story that takes place in a different time period? Try checking out one of these historic tales. Books are suggested for Third Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

All-of-a-kind family by Sydney Taylor

Follow the adventures of five sisters growing up in a Jewish family in New York in the early twentieth century.

Bo-Bo's cave of gold by Pamela Berkman

In 1852 California, stray mutt Bo-Bo and his friend, ten-year-old gold prospector Sheng, must risk great danger seeking a rumored treasure after Bo-bo's kindness leads Sheng into debt.

Eight-year-old Henry and nine-year-old Chin love to read about heroes in popular "penny dreadful" novels, until they both witness real courage while trying to survive the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

In 1892, eight-year-old Kitty learns about writing and the world beyond her Dummerston, Vermont, home when she befriends her new neighbors, author Rudyard Kipling and his family, who have recently arrived from England.

Sarah, plain and tall by Patricia MacLachlan

When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.

Saving Hanno by Miriam Halahmy

Nine-year-old Rudi and his beloved daschhund, Hanno, face peril as they are being sent from Nazi Germany to England on the special trains called Kindertransports during World War II.

In 1925, fourteen-year-old Ida Bidson secretly takes over as the teacher when the one-room schoolhouse in her remote Colorado area closes unexpectedly.

This celebration of the 50th anniversary of the momentous Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in tells the story of how four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing civil rights movement.

Strawberry girl by Lois Lenski

Two Florida farm families face poverty and other hardships, and deal with them in sharply contrasting ways.

In her diary, ten-year-old Hope writes about her life as a patriot in 1777 Philadelphia, as the Redcoats try to take over her city and defeat the Continental Army.