7th Grade U. S. History Historical Fiction and NonFiction Tie-ins Native American Culture

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Colonization (1700-1763)

Bruchac, Joseph. Winter people. 2002. Fourteen-year-old Saxso, a member of the Abenaki tribe in Canada, embarks on a dangerous rescue mission when his mother and two younger sisters are taken hostage during an attack by the British on their unprotected village in 1759. 1759. Grades 6-9, F&P-V, RL 5.7

& Cooney, Caroline B. The ransom of Mercy Carter. 2001. In 1704, in the English settlement of Deerfield, Massachusetts, eleven-year-old Mercy and her family and neighbors are captured by Mohawk Indians and their French allies, and forced to march through bitter cold to French Canada, where some adapt to new lives and some still hope to be ransomed. Deerfield, MA. 1704. Grades 6-9, F&P-, RL 5.1, 5.9
Curry, Jane Louise. A Stolen Life. 1999. In 1758 in Scotland, teenaged Jamesina MacKenzie finds her courage and resolution severely tested when she is abducted by "spiriters" and, after a harrowing voyage across the Atlantic, sold as a bond slave to a Virginia planter. Virginia, 1758. Grades 5-8, F&P-, RL 5.7, 6.0
Dalgliesh, Alice. The Courage of Sarah Noble. 1954. Remembering her mother's words, an eight-year-old girl finds courage to go alone with her father to build a new home in the Connecticut wilderness and to stay with the Indians when her father goes back to bring the rest of the family. Connecticut. 1707. Grades 3-5, F&P-O, RL 3.9

& Delano, Marfe Ferguson. Master George’s People: George Washington, his slaves, and his revolutionary transformation. 2013. Remembering her mother's words, an eight-year-old girl finds courage to go alone with her father to build a new home in the Connecticut wilderness and to stay with the Indians when her father goes back to bring the rest of the family. Nonfiction – 973.41 DEL. Mount Vernon, VA. Grades 5-8, F&P-, RL 10.7

& Draper, Sharon. Copper Sun. 2006. RED TAG Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves. South Carolina, 1738. Grades 9-12, F&P-, RL 4.8
& Durrant, Lynda. Echohawk. 1996. A twelve-year-old white boy, adopted and raised by Mochicans in the Hudson River Valley during the 1730's, is sent with his younger brother to an English settlement for schooling. Hudson Valley, 1730s. Grades 5-9, F&P-X, RL 4.8
& Durrant, Lynda. Turtle clan journey. 1999. As the captive white boy Echohawk and his Mohican father and brother make a perilous journey from the Hudson River Valley to a settlement on the Ohio River, Echohawk feels the conflicting pulls of his dual heritage. Hudson Valley, 1730s. Grades 5-9, F&P-X, RL 4.8, 6.5
Field, Rachel. Calico Bush. 1931. Thirteen-year-old Marguerite, orphaned in 1742 after moving to America from France with her grandmother and uncle, enters a contract to serve the Sargents for six years in return for food and shelter, and must endure the threat of Indian attacks, the harshness of life in northern Maine, and the loneliness of knowing she is without family. Maine, 1743. Grades 5-8, F&P-V, RL 6.0, 6.4

Kirkpatrick, Katherine. Trouble’s Daughter: the story of Susanna Hutchinson, Indian Captive. 1998. When her family is massacred by Lenape Indians in 1643, nine-year-old Susanna, daughter of Anne Hutchinson, is captured and raised as a Lenape. New York and Delaware, 1643. Grades 5-8, F&P-, RL 4.2

Nixon, Joan Lowry. Caesar’s Story, 1759. 2000. After having been a slave on Carter's Grove plantation near Williamsburg, Virginia, since childhood, Caesar finally finds a way to plan his own future. Williamsburg, 1759. Grades 4-6, F&P-, RL 4.9
& Richter, Conrad. A light in the forest. 1953. After being raised as an Indian for eleven years following his capture at the age of four, John Butler is forcibly returned to his white parents but continues to long for the freedom of Indian life. 1765. Grades 9-12, F&P-Y, RL 5.8, 7.6
Rinaldi, Ann. A break with charity: a story about the Salem witch trials. 1992. While waiting for a church meeting in 1706, Susanna English, daughter of a wealthy Salem merchant, recalls the malice, fear, and accusations of witchcraft that tore her village apart in 1692. Salem, MA. 1706. Grades 7-10, F&P-X, RL 6.9
Rinaldi, Ann. Hang a thousand trees with ribbons: the story of Phillis Wheatley. 1996. A fictionalized biography of the eighteenth-century African woman who, as a child, was brought to New England to be a slave, and after publishing her first poem when a teenager, gained renown throughout the colonies as an important African-American poet. Massachusetts. Grades 7-12, F&P-, RL 4.8

 Walker, Sally M. Written in bone: buried lives in Jamestown and Colonial Maryland. 2009. Reports on the work of forensic scientists who are excavating grave sites in James Fort, in Jamestown, Virginia, to understand who lived in the Chesapeake Bay area in the 1600s and 1700s; and uncovers the lives of a teenage boy, a ship's captain, a colonial officer, an African slave girl, and others. Virginia & Maryland, 1600s-1700s. Nonfiction - 614 WAL Grades 6-9, F&P-X, RL 11.4


Conflict in the Colonies (1760-1776)

 Anderson, Laurie Halse. Chains. 2010. After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War. New York, 1776. Grades 6-9, F&P-Z, RL 4.7, 5.2


Avi. Night Journeys. 1994. Orphan Peter York, taken in by the taciturn Quaker Mr. Shinn in 1768, is confused by the mixed signals he receives from his guardian and decides he must take matters into his own hands when the community is roused to search for two young indentured servants who have escaped. Pennsylvania, 1768. Grades 6-9, F&P-U, RL 6.5
 Blair, Margaret. Liberty or Death: The surprising story of runaway slaves who sided with the British during the American Revolution. 2010. Recounts the experiences of the slaves who answered Lord Dunmore's 1775 promise that any slave who left his master and fought for the British would have their freedom. 1775-1783. Nonfiction - 973.346 BLA Grades 5-8, F&P-, RL 11.6
 Durrant, Lynda. Beaded moccasins: the story of Mary Campbell. 1998. After being captured by a group of Delaware Indians and given to their leader as a replacement for his dead granddaughter, twelve-year-old Mary Campbell is forced to travel west with them to Ohio. Delaware, Ohio. 1759. Grades 5-8, F&P-, RL 4.8, 5.6

Elliott, Virginia. Give me liberty. 2006. Thirteen-year-old Nathaniel Dunn becomes a servant to a Williamsburg carriage maker and is introduced to a world of music and books; but when the colonists rise up against British oppression, Nathaniel must make a choice. Virginia, 1774. Grades 5-8, F&P-V, RL 5.8

Fast, Howard. April Morning. Adam Cooper signs up on the muster roll of the Lexington Militia on April 19th, 1775, and then lives through the first day of conflict with the British, during which his father is killed. Virginia, 1775. Grades YA-Adult, F&P-X, RL 7.8
Forbes, Ester. Johnny Tremain. 1971. After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution. Boston, MA. 1773. Grades 6-9, F&P-Z, RL 5.3
 Freedman, Russel. Becoming Ben Franklin: how a candlemaker’s son helped light the flame of liberty. 2013. A biography of Benjamin Franklin that follows him from his childhood in Boston, where he was the son of a poor soap and candle maker with seventeen children, to his death, describing how Franklin became a self-made man who died a renowned statesman, scientist, printer, author, and inventor. Nonfiction – 921 FRA. 1775. Grades 6-9, F&P-, RL 11.6
Fritz, Jean. Early Thunder. 1967. In pre-revolutionary Salem, fourteen-year-old Daniel begins to re-examine his loyalty to the King as the conflict between Tories and patriots increasingly divides the townspeople. Salem, MA. 1775. Grades 4-6, F&P-, RL 5.9

Gunderson, Jessica. Ropes of Revolution: The tale of the Boston Tea Party. 2008. A graphic novel adaptation of the events leading up to the Boston Tea Party in December 1773, about fifteen-year-old Benjamin and his friend, Joseph, who try to figure out a way to join the Sons of Liberty in the action. Boston, MA. 1773. Grades 4-6, F&P-Q, RL 3.1

& Hegamin, Tonya. Pemba’s Song. 2008. As fifteen-year-old Pemba adjusts to leaving her Brooklyn, New York, home for small-town Connecticut, a history researcher helps her understand the paranormal experiences drawing her into the life of a girl who was once a slave in her house. Connecticut, 1775-1865. Grades 7-10, F&P-Y, RL 4.7
Keehn, Sally M. I am Regina. 1991. In 1755, as the French and Indian War begins, ten-year-old Regina is kidnapped by Indians in western Pennsylvania, and she must struggle to hold on to memories of her earlier life as she grows up under the name of Tskinnak and starts to become Indian herself. Pennsylvania, 1755-1763. Grades 8-10, F&P-U, RL 4.5, 6.0
& Osborne, Mary Pope. Standing in the light: the captive diary of Catherine Carey Logan. 1998. A Quaker girl's diary reflects her experiences growing up in the Delaware River Valley of Pennsylvania and her capture by Lenape Indians in 1763. Pennsylvania,1763. Grades 6-9, F&P-T, RL 4.8
& Paulsen, Gary. Woods Runner. 2010. From his 1776 Pennsylvania homestead, thirteen-year-old Samuel, who is a highly-skilled woodsman, sets out toward New York City to rescue his parents from the band of British soldiers and Indians who kidnapped them after slaughtering most of their community. Pennsylvania, 1776. Grades 6-9, F&P-, RL 5.5, 5.6

Rinaldi, Ann. Fifth of March. 1993. Fourteen-year-old Rachel Marsh, an indentured servant in the Boston household of John and Abigail Adams, is caught up in the colonists' unrest that eventually escalates into the massacre of March 5, 1770. Boston, MA. 1770. Grades 7-12, F&P-, RL 5.1

 Rinaldi, Ann. A ride into morning: the story of Tempe Wick. 1995. When unrest spreads at the Revolutionary War camp in Morristown, New Jersey, under the command of General Anthony Wayne, a young woman cleverly hides her horse from the mutinous soldiers who have need of it. 1770s. Grades 7-10, F&P, RL 4.8
 Rinaldi, Ann. The secret of Sarah Revere. 1995. Paul Revere's daughter describes her father's "rides" and the intelligence network of the patriot community prior to the American Revolution. 1770s. Grades 7-10, F&P, RL 4.8
Speare, Elizabeth George. Calico Captive. 1985. An Englishwoman, Miriam Willard, becomes a captive during the French and Indian War in 1754. After a harrowing march north to Montreal she discovers a city filled with the intrigue of war. Montreal, 1754. Grades 5-8, F&P-S, RL 6.9
 Speare, Elizabeth George. Sign of the Beaver. 1964. Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills. Maine, 1760s. Grades 6-9, F&P-T, RL 5.7

 Turner, Ann Warren. Love thy neighbor: the Tory Diary of Prudence Emerson. 2003. In Green Marsh, Massachusetts, in 1774, thirteen-year-old Prudence keeps a diary of the troubles she and her family face as Tories surrounded by American patriots at the start of the American Revolution. Massachusetts, 1774. Grades 4-8, F&P-V, RL 4.5
 Willis, Patricia. Danger along the Ohio. 1997. Lost in the Ohio River Valley in May 1793, twelve-year-old Clare and her two brothers struggle to survive in the wilderness and to avoid capture by the Shawnee Indians. Ohio, 1793. Grades 4-7, F&P-, RL 4.8




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