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Herstorical JFIC

Hello, jFIC fans,

In celebration of Women’s History Month, here’s a list of 40+ historical fiction juvenile books with girl protagonists (all written by women, of course).

Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

Birchbark House (The) and sequels by Louise Erdrich

Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose

Breadwinner (The) and sequels by Deborah Ellis

Countdown, Book 1 of The Sixties Trilogy by Deborah Wiles

Devil’s Arithmetic (The) by Jane Yolen

Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia (The) by Esther Hautzig

Esperanza Rising and sequel by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (The) and sequel by Jacqueline Kelly

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hinton

Gifts from the Sea by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood

Green Glass Sea (The) by Ellen Klages

Here Today by Ann M. Martin

I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjory Algosin

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Last Cherry Blossom (The) by Kathleen Burkinshaw

Lily’s Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff

Lions of Little Rock (The) by Kristin Levine

Lyddie by Katherine Paterson

Mad Wolf’s Daughter (The) and sequel by Diane Magras

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Night Diary (The) by Veera Hiranandani

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

One Crazy Summer and sequels by Rita Williams-Garcia

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban

Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Skylark’s War (The) (Love to Everyone) by Hilary McKay

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

Stolen Girl by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

War That Saved My Life (The) and sequel by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

Witch of Blackbird Pond (The) by Elizabeth George Speare

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon

Happy reading!

“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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Reading about Human Rights

Hi, Sweeteas,

December is Human Rights Month. Here’s a link to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (check out the cool illustrated version).


Many outstanding middle grade books explore human rights topics.

For example:

1- Historical fiction books such as:

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

Geronimo by Joseph Bruchac

The Game of Silence by Louise Erdrich

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli

The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín

Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang

Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata

Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin

2- Books about current human rights issues such as:

Sold by Patricia McCormick

Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafsai

The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney

George by Alex Gino

3- Dystopian novels such as:

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

4- And many more:



One of my favorites from the historical fiction list is Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt, a novel based on a dark chapter in the history of Maine:

In 1911, the racially-mixed residents of Malaga Island were cruelly evicted from their homes. All evidence of inhabitation was promptly removed or destroyed, including the village’s cemetery. Some villagers perished during the process of floating their homes downriver, searching for a place to relocate, and some others were sent to a home for the “feeble-minded,” where they soon died. The whole ordeal was a shameful tragedy. Schmidt does an excellent job of presenting this sad historical incident in a way that’s appropriate for the middle grade audience. When asked why he writes books that are very serious, Schmidt answers: “Living is a serious business. Funny is good, of course. We all like to laugh. But I want more than that. Much more.”

Perhaps we could take a little break from all the fun and laughter of the holiday season and learn about how people all over the world–including here in our own country–have suffered and are suffering from human rights violations, and about how we can participate in the promotion and protection of human rights.


Happy holidays!

“Tea and honey is a Very Grand Thing.” –from Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

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