Early Modern

Late Renaissance/Early Modern: 1600 A.D. - 1850 A.D.

Grammar: 
Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove (African Ethnology)

The Eagle's Song: A Tale from the Pacific Northwest by Kristina Rodanas (Native American Folktale)


The Landmark History of the American People by Daniel J. Boorstin (from Plymouth to the West)

Children's Encyclopedia of American History by Smithsonian 

The Jews of New Amsterdam by Eva Deutsch Costabel (1500s-early 1700s)


Pocahontas and the Strangers by Clyde Robert Bulla (1607)

Stink Alley by Jamie Gilson (Holland/Puritans--1614)

Molly Bannaky by Alice McGill (Maryland/Indentured servant/interracial marriage--late 1600s)

Blackbeard: A Notorious Pirate in the Caribbean by Tim Cooke (Virginia/North Carolina--late 1600s-1700s)

Om-kas-toe by Kenneth Thomasma (early 1700s)

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare (Maine--1700s)

The Great Little Madison by Jean Fritz (James Madison/Virginia--1751-1836)

Phoebe the Spy by Judith Griffin (late 1700s)

The Arrow Over the Door by Joseph Bruchac (United States--1777)

Shh! We're Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz (Philadelphia--1787)

What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? by Jean Fritz (late 1700s)

The Lewis and Clark Expedition by Richard L. Neuberger (1804-1806)

Bound for Oregon by Jean Van Leeuwen (Oregon Trail--1811-1840)

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (mid 1800s)

Dialectic: 
The Story of Exploration by Anna Claybourne (from 2270 B.C.-2003 A.D.)

Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum by Ashley Bryan (Nigerian Folk Tales)

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (Chinese Fairy Tale)

Anne Hutchinson: Puritan Protester by Darlene R. Stille (England/Massachusetts--1591-1643

Horrible Jobs in Colonial Times by Louise Spilsbury (1600-1775)

Sam Samurai by Jon Scieszka (Japan/Samurai/Haiku--1600s)

The Ring of Wind by Chris Bradford [7th and 8th grades] (Japan/Samurai--1600s)

1607: A New Look at Jamestown by Karen E. Lange (1607)

Blood on the River: James Town 1607 by Elisa Carbone (Virginia--1607)

The Tempest by William Shakespeare (Island in the Mediterranean Sea/however-it has been suggested that the wreck of the Sea Venture on Bermuda influenced the writing of the play--1610-1611)

Miracle: The True Story of the Wreck of the Sea Venture by Gail Langer Karwoski (Nonfiction - Shipwreck/Bermuda--1609)

Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior by Chris Bradford (Japan--1611)

Stink Alley by Jamie Gilson (Holland/Puritans--1614)

The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty (Nonfiction - America--1620)

Guests by Michael Dorris (Algonquin youth/first Thanksgiving--1621)

The Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat (England--1640s)

John Winthrop, Oliver Cromwell, and the Land of Promise  by Marc Aronson [7th and 8th grades] (Nonfiction - England/Massachusetts/Puritan rule--1642-1660)

Trouble's Daughter: the Story of Susanna Hutchinson, Indian Captive by Katherine Kirkpatrick (Anne Hutchinson's daughter/Delaware Indian captive--1643)

Peter Stuyvesant: Dutch Military Leader by Joan Banks (Nonfiction - New Netherlands--mid 1600s) 

I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Barton de Trevino (Spain--mid 1600s)

Salem Witch - Elizabeth's Story; Salem Witch - George's Story (Massachusetts--mid-1600s)

The King's Shadow by Elizabeth Alder (Wales--1663: Historically anachronistic--Harold absolutely decimated the Welsh population. Tell your child it is very unlikely a Welshman, no matter how disadvantaged, would have willingly served Harold. I list this novel only because culturally it fills a void in a reading list for this level.)

Master Cornhill by Eloise Jarvis McGraw (London--1665)

Jolliet and Marquette: Explorers of the Mississippi River by Daniel E. Harmon (Nonfiction - 1673)

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (Massachusetts--1687)

Witch-hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials by Marc Aronson [7th and 8th grade] (Nonfiction - Massachusetts--1688)

Madeleine Takes Command by Ethel C. Brill (French Canada--1690s)

Who Was Blackbeard? by James Buckley, Jr. (Virginia/North Carolina--late 1600s-early 1700s)

The Master Puppeteer by Katherine Paterson (Japan--1700s)

The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn by Dorothy Hoobler (Japan/Kabuki theater/mystery--1700s)

In Darkness, Death by Dorothy Hoobler (Japan/Ninja/Samurai/mystery--1700s)

The Shipbuilders by Leonard Everett Fisher (Nonfiction - Colonial America--1700s)

The Ballad of the Pirate Queens by Jane Yolen (early 1700s)

Danger in the Harbor by JoAnn A. Grote (Boston/Queen Anne's War--1702-1713)

The European Industrial Revolution by Michael Burgan (1704-1864)

Smallpox Strikes! by Norma Jean Lutz (Boston--1721)

Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates (Massachusetts--1725-1801)

The Ravenmaster's Secret: Escape from the Tower of London by Elvira Woodruff (England--1730s)

A Pickpocket's Tale by Karen Schwabach (London/New York City/indentured servant/Jews--1731)

The Printer's Apprentice by Stephen Krensky (New York City--1735)

Fort Mose: and the story of the man who built the first free black settlement in colonial America by Glennette Tilley Turner (Nonfiction - Florida--1738)

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (England--1750s)

Enemy in the Fort by Sarah Masters Buckley (New Hampshire/Abenaki--1754)

Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski (Pennsylvania/Seneca Indian captive--1758)

The Split History of Westward Expansion in the United States by Nell Musolf (Native American/Settlers Perspectives--1763-1890)

The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter (Pennsylvania/Lenape Indian captive--1764)

The Industrial Revolution by Melissa McDaniel (America--1765-)

The Fifth of March: A Story of the Boston Massacre by Ann Rinaldi [7th-8th grade] (1770)

For Life and Liberty by Becky Levine (Causes and Effects: The Declaration of Independence - Philadelphia--1775)

The Split History of the American Revolution by Michael Burgan (Nonfiction - A Perspectives Flip Book--1775-1783)

My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier (Connecticut--1775-1783)

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (New York/Slavery/Revolutionary War/Spies--1775)

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (Boston--1775)

King George: What Was His Problem? Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Revolution by Steve Sheinkin (Nonfiction - Various locales--late 1770s-early 1780s)

Toiliver's Secret by Ester Wood Brady (New York--1776-1777)

Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold by Jean Fritz (New York/West Point--1780)

The Swamp Fox of the Revolution (Sterling Point) by Stewart H. Holbrook (Nonfiction - Revolutionary War/South Carolina--1780-1781)

The Great Little Madison by Jean Fritz (Philadelphia--1787)

The Scarlett Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy (Paris/London/French Revolution--1789)

The Industrial Revolution for Kids by Cheryl Mullenbach (Nonfiction--1791-1913)

Egotist: Napoleon, Emperor and Conqueror Kimberley Heuston (Nonfiction - A Wicked History series--1792)

Path of the Pale Horse by Paul Fleischman (Philadelphia/Yellow Fever--1793)

Fear in the Forest by Cateau de Leeuw (Ohio frontier--1794)

Carry on, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham (Massachusetts--late 1700s)

The Broken Blade by William Durbin (French Canada--1800)

The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier by Jakob Walter (Nonfiction - Napoleonic Wars--1800-1815)

Expanding a Nation by Elizabeth Raum (Nonfiction - Causes and Effects series--the Louisiana Purchace--1803)

Into the West by Terry Collins (Nonfiction - Causes and Effects series--the U.S. Westward Expansion--early to late 1800s)

Sacajawea by Joseph Bruchac (Alternating chapters: Sacajawea and William Clark--1804-1806)

Bound for Oregon by Jean Van Leeuwen (Oregon Trail--1811-1840)

Mr. Madison's War by Kassandra Radomski (Nonfiction - Causes and Effects series--1812)

Betsy and the Emperor by Staton Rabin (St. Helena/Napoleon's exile--1815-1821)

Classic Starts: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Europe--published in 1818)

To Preserve the Union by Kaavonia Hinton (Nonfiction - Causes and Effects series--the Missouri Compromise--1818)

They Loved to Laugh by Kathryn Worth (North Carolina--1830s)

Only the Names Remain by Alex W. Bealer (Cherokee Trail of Tears--1837-1838)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (Missouri--1840s)

Born in the Year of Courage by Emily Crofford (Japan--1841)

Nory Ryan's Song by Patricia Reilly Giff (Western Ireland/Brooklyn, New York--1845-1852)

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (Buxton, Ontario, Canada--1849)

Rhetoric:
Women of the Sea: Ten Pirate Stories by Myra Weatherly (Nonfiction - 1500s-1700s)

The Ring of Wind by Chris Bradford [9th and 10th grades] (Japan/Samurai--1600s)

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Massachusetts Bay Colony--1642)

John Winthrop, Oliver Cromwell, and the Land of Promise  by Marc Aronson (Nonfiction - England/Massachusetts/Puritan rule--1642-1660)

Puritanism: Opposing Viewpoints by William Dudley (mid to late1600s)

Witch Child by Celia Rees (Salem Puritans--1659)

Our America--The King Philip's War Adventure by Susan Kilbride (Massachusetts--1675-1676)

Witch-hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials by Marc Aronson (Nonfiction - Massachusetts--1688)

The Ransom of Mercy Carter by Caroline B. Cooney (Massachusetts/Canada Mohawk captives--1704)

Candide by Voltaire (Europe/South America--1750s)

Hang a Thousand Trees with ribbons: the story of Phillis Wheatley by Ann Rinaldi (1753-84)

The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie Antoinette by Carolyn Meyer (Young Royals - France/Revolution--1755-1793)

A Stolen Life by Jane Louise Curry (Virginia/Scottish bond slave girl--1758)

The Fifth of March: A Story of the Boston Massacre by Ann Rinaldi (1770)

Women Heroes of the Revolution: 20 Storie of Espionage, Sabotage, Defiance, and Rescue by Susan Casey (Nonfiction - Various locales--1775-1780s)

Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Part One:1808-Part Two: 1832)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Europe--published in 1818)

I've Got a Home in Glory Land: a lost tale of the Underground Railroad by Karolyn Smardz Frost (Nonfiction - Kentucky, USA/Ontario, Canada--1830s)

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (Mississippi River--1830s-1840s)

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (London--early 1840s)

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