Historical fiction for kids

 Read reviewBeyond the Bright Sea

Beyond the Bright Sea

Lauren Wolk

Crow has lived her whole life on a tiny, starkly beautiful island. Her only companions are Osh, the man who rescued her from a washed-up skiff as a baby and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their neighbour across the sandbar.

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52 Mondays

52 Mondays

Anna Ciddor

A new historical novel from Anna Ciddor, in the same beautiful, classic storytelling tradition as The Family With Two Front Doors.

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 Read reviewCloud and Wallfish

Cloud and Wallfish

Anne Nesbet

Slip behind the Iron Curtain into a world of smoke, secrets, and lies in this stunning novel where someone is always listening and nothing is as it seems.

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 Read reviewThe Skylarks' War

The Skylarks' War

Hilary McKay

An evocative and heartbreaking novel of family and friendship in wartime.

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 Read reviewCatch a Falling Star

Catch a Falling Star

Meg McKinlay

This coming-of-age story by multiple-award-winner Meg McKinlay is about loss and grief, dealing with change and fighting to hold on to what you can, while letting go of what you can't.

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Our Castle by the Sea

Our Castle by the Sea

Lucy Strange

England is at war. Growing up in a lighthouse, eleven-year old Pet's world has been one of storms, secret tunnels and stories about sea monsters. But now the clifftops are a terrifying battleground, and her family is torn apart...

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Swallow's Dance

Swallow’s Dance

Wendy Orr

Leira's family flee to the island of Crete just before a huge volcanic eruption destroys their island and sends a tsunami to where they thought they had found safety. Another thrilling adventure by acclaimed author Wendy Orr.

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Winnie's Great War

Winnie’s Great War

Lindsay Mattick, Sophie Blackall, Josh Greenhut

Everyone has heard of Winnie-the-Pooh, but not everyone knows about the real Canadian bear who lent him her name. Find out all about how she travelled from Canada to London during WW1 and went on to meet Christopher Robin Milne in...

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A Great Escape

A Great Escape

Felice Arena

It's a great escape, but will Peter survive it? When Peter's family leaves for a trip across the border, he stays behind. So when the government builds a wall through the city, guarded by soldiers, tanks and ferocious dogs, he's...

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My Australian Story: Our Race for Reconciliation

My Australian Story: Our Race for Reconciliation

Anita Heiss

Mel Gordon loves running, and watching Seinfeld, but mostly she loves Cathy Freeman. It's 2000 and the Olympics are going to be held in Australia. In a year of surprises, Mel finds out that ..

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 Read reviewLenny's Book of Everything

Lenny’s Book of Everything

Karen Foxlee

Winner of the 2019 Indie Book Award for children's booksLenny, small and sharp, has a younger brother Davey who won't stop growing - and at seven is as tall as a man. Raised by their single mother, who...

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Sweet Adversity

Sweet Adversity

Sheryl Gwyther

There's never a good time to be orphaned - or abandoned ... especially when you are twelve years old, and it's the Great Depression. In 1928, Shakespearean actors, the McAllisters, are forced to leave their daughter...

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The War I Finally Won

The War I Finally Won

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

A tale of courage set in England during the dark days of World War II and the sequel to the much-loved 2016 Newbery Honor Book, The War That Saved My Life.

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My Brigadista Year

My Brigadista Year

Katherine Paterson

Newbery Medal-winning author of Bridge to Terebithia follows a young Cuban teenager as she volunteers for Fidel Castro's national literacy campaign and travels into the impoverished countryside to teach others how to read....

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Louisiana's Way Home

Louisiana’s Way Home

Kate DiCamillo

Louisiana Elefante's granny wakes her up in the middle of the night and tells her they need to leave home immediately, and this time Granny intends for them never to return.

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The Dollmaker of Krakow

The Dollmaker of Krakow

R. M. Romero

A timeless fantasy set in the Second World War that weaves together magic, folklore and history, perfect for fans of The Book Thief, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Goodnight Mister Tom. One night a little doll...

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 Read reviewInheritance

Inheritance

Carole Wilkinson

Historical fiction for middle grade readers at its compelling, shocking, fascinating best. Nic is left in the care of her grandfather at the remote family property that was once her mother's childhood home; a place with 30...

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The Orphan Band of Springdale

The Orphan Band of Springdale

Anne Nesbet

It's 1941, and tensions are rising in the United States as the Second World War rages in Europe. Eleven-year-old Gusta's life, like the world around her, is about to change.

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 Read reviewSwimming on the Lawn

Swimming on the Lawn

Yasmin Hamid

This is a beautifully descriptive story of growing up in Sudan as told from the perspective of an observant young girl.

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 Read reviewThe Boy and the Spy

The Boy and the Spy

Felice Arena

Life has never been easy for Antonio, but since the war began there are German soldiers on every corner, fearsome gangsters and the fascist police everywhere, and no one ever has enough to eat.But when Antonio decides...

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Once And Then

Once And Then

Morris Gleitzman

Felix escapes from an orphanage, only to learn that Poland is a dangerous place for a Jewish boy on his own. He manages to look after himself and another orphan, Zelda. But when the Nazis uncover their hiding place, they must once...

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The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

Megan Shepherd, Levi Pinfold

December 1941; Britain is at war. Emmaline has been evacuated away from the bombs to Briar Hill Hospital in Shropshire. When she gets there she discovers a secret. It's not to be shared, not to be told to anyone, even her friend...

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The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid

The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid

Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis

From the creators of the New York Times bestselling Wildwood Chronicles comes an original, humorous, and fast-paced middle grade novel about a band of child pickpockets-imagine The Invention of Hugo Cabret meets Oliver Twist.

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 Read reviewThe Blue Cat

The Blue Cat

Ursula Dubosarsky

From the multi-award-winning author of The Red Shoe comes a haunting story about a boy who can't - or won't - speak about his past in war-torn Europe, and his friendship wth a young Australian girl.

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Tarin of the Mammoths: The Exile (Book 1)

Tarin of the Mammoths: The Exile (Book 1)

Jo Sandhu

Tarin of the Mammoths is a thrilling Stone Age epic for ages 8-12.

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Playing Beatie Bow

Playing Beatie Bow

Ruth Park

A thrilling adventure story for children and young adults by Park Ruth, Playing Beatie Bow follows Abigail as she suddenly finds herself in the Sydney of a hundred years ago as the result of a scary game.

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 Read reviewWhen the Lyrebird Calls

When the Lyrebird Calls

Kim Kane

When Madeleine is shipped off to stay with her eccentric grandmother for the holidays, she expects the usual: politics, early-morning yoga, extreme health food, and lots of...

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Our Australian Girl: The Ruby Stories

Our Australian Girl: The Ruby Stories

Penny Matthews

It's 1930 . . . and Ruby Quinlan lives in a big house in Adelaide with her parents and her fox terrier, Baxter. As she prepares for her twelfth birthday party, Ruby has never been happier, but the world outside is experiencing...

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Dragonkeeper 1

Dragonkeeper 1

Carole Wilkinson (Author)

The first part of the internationally award-winning Dragonkeeper series.

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Do You Dare? The Last Horse Race

Do You Dare? The Last Horse Race

James Moloney

Do You Dare fills a much-needed gap for engaging Australian historical fiction for boy readers aged 8 to 12. These fast-paced, adventure-driven stories effortlessly bring to life so many facets of our past. From popular author,...

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Raymie Nightingale

Raymie Nightingale

Kate DiCamillo, David Litchfield

New York Times bestselling author Kate DiCamillo returns to her roots with a moving yet witty story of an unforgettable summer friendship.

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 Read reviewDo You Dare?: The Bushranger's Boys

Do You Dare?: The Bushranger’s Boys

Alison Lloyd

Do You Dare fills a much-needed gap for engaging Austraian historical fiction for boy readers aged 8 to 12. These fast-paced, adventure-driven stories effortlessly bring to life so many facets of our past.

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Do You Dare? Eureka Boys

Do You Dare? Eureka Boys

Penny Matthews

Do you dare ...Join a rebellion? Stand up to a bully? Risk your life for a friend? It's an adventure in history.

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Do You Dare? Jimmy's War

Do You Dare? Jimmy’s War

Sherryl Clark

Do You Dare...Leave school to support your family? Save your big brother? Stand up to the local crims? It's an adventure in history.

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 Read reviewJourney to the River Sea

Journey to the River Sea

Eva Ibbotson

A new cover edition edition of this much-loved Ibbotson classic.

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I, Coriander

I, Coriander

Sally Gardner

Luxury anniversary edition of this glorious novel set in seventeenth-century London and the fairy world, from a CARNEGIE and COSTA-winning author.

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Letters from the Lighthouse

Letters from the Lighthouse

Emma Carroll

After months of bombing raids in London, twelve-year-old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to...

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India Dark

India Dark

Kirsty Murray

Madras 1910. A troupe of child performers are stranded, having staged a strike against their manager. Their fate now depends on the outcome of a court case, and an alliance with gentlemen of the British Raj. Based on a true story,...

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 Read reviewThe Truth About Verity Sparks

The Truth About Verity Sparks

Susan Green

An adventure/mystery with a dash of the supernatural thrown in; The Truth About Verity Sparks is packed with chases through the dark alleys of London, seances in high-class dining rooms, pet pythons named Anthony and Cleopatra,...

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Dragonfly Song

Dragonfly Song

Wendy Orr

There are two ways of looking at Aissa's story. She's the miracle girl who escaped the raiders. Or she's the cursed child who called the Bull King's ship to the island.

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 Read reviewLoyal Creatures

Loyal Creatures

Morris Gleitzman

In 2014 Morris Gleitzman promises to captivate his fans yet again with another heart-rending and compelling novel set in wartime. Once, Then, After and Now took us inside young people in World War Two. Loyal Creatures is the story...

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Murder Most Unladylike: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery Book 1

Murder Most Unladylike: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery Book 1

Robin Stevens

When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia's missing tie....

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The War that Saved My Life

The War that Saved My Life

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

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