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Colonial America and the Revolution
All history can seem "ancient" unless you connect to it personally. Understand the American colonies and American Revolution by choosing a book to help you connect with the times. This list includes fiction and nonfiction books about life in the American colonies and during the American Revolution as well as books about leaders and major locations of this historic period.

Preschool and Picture Books

Pilgrim Cat - Carol Antoinette Peacock, (978-0807565322), Fiction
Interest level: 0-3
A girl newly arrived to the American Colonies finds comfort in the presence of the cat she discovered while traveling.

Early Elementary Books

Samuel's Choice - Richard Berleth, (978-0807572191), Fiction
Interest level: 2-5
This book shows the naval dimension of the American Revolution through the eyes of a slave who has boating expertise.

Molly Pitcher - Larry Dane Brimner, (978-0756508920), Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-2
This biography tells the story of Molly Pitcher, a female revolutionary war hero.

The Boy Who Carried the Flag - Jana Carson, (978-1601152480), Fiction
Interest level: 2-3
A young boy carries the flag on a risky mission during the Revolution.

When Washington Crossed the Delaware - Lynne Cheney, (978-1442444232), Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-12, Lexile: 860
In this book, George Washington leads his army on a secret assault on the day before Christmas across the Delaware.

John Greenwood's Journey to Bunker Hill - Marty Rhodes Figley, (978-0761361343), Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-3, Lexile: 50
This book depicts John Greenwood's view of the days of the American Revolution through his eyes as an army fifer.

Problems in Plymouth - Marianne Hering, (978-1589976320), Fiction
Interest level: 2-4
Cousins patrick and Beth time travel to the Plymouth Colony where they meet a host of historical personalities including the Native American Squanto.

Yankee Doodle America: The Spirit of 1776 from A to Z - Wendell Minor, (978-0399240034), Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-5
The pages of this alphabet book contain interesting facts about the American Colonial Period and the subsequent revolution.

Revolutionary War on Wednesday - Mary Pope Osborne, (978-0679890683), Fiction
Interest level: 2-4, Lexile: 320
Jack and Annie voyage via their magic tree house to the U.S. during its revolution and assist General Washington cross the Delaware.

They Called Her Molly Pitcher - Anne Rockwell, (978-0553112535), Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-3
Molly Pitcher assisted George Washington's army with many battles, offering support, water, and even firearm assistance after her husband was wounded.

Upper Elementary to Middle School Books

The Fighting Ground - Avi, (978-0064401852), Fiction
Interest level: 3-12, Lexile: 580
Jonathan, a young teen, is fighting in two wars, the American Revolution, and the battle within himself.

Sophia's War - Avi, (978-1442414426), Fiction
Interest level: 2-8, Lexile: 730
Sophia becomes a spy for the Americans after she sees Nathan Hale executed in occupied NY City.

Sleds on Boston Common - Louise Borden, (978-0689828126), Fiction
Interest level: 2-6, Lexile: 640
Henry's plans to sled on Boston Common are thwarted due to an encampment of British soldiers during colonial times, but he brings his problem to the governor, General Thomas Gage.

Daniel at the Siege of Boston - Laurie Calkhoven, (978-0142417508), Fiction
Interest level: 2-7, Lexile: 710
Daniel's pride in being the man in the family as he works for the Revolution is shaken when he sees the ugly side of war and realizes a man he trusted is a spy.

Blood on the River - Elisa Carbone, (978-0142409329), Fiction
Interest level: 2-9, Lexile: 820
Samuel Collier works as an assistant to John Smith in new world James Town, even though he is only 12 years old.

Attack of the Turtle - Drew Carlson, (978-0802853387), Fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 640
Nathan assists his inventor cousin David Bushnell in creating a wartime submarine.

By the Sword - Selene Castrovilla, (978-1590784273), Fiction
Interest level: 4-7
A young teacher who enlists in George Washington's army experiences some of the harsher side of battle and the uncertainty of victory in this book based on original sources.

The Sacrifice - Kathleen Duble, (978-0689876516), Fiction
Interest level: 4-9, Lexile: 720
The mother of two pre-teen girls tries to prove her daughters' innocence after they are imprisoned for witchcraft.

The Prison-Ship Adventure of James Forten, Revolutionary War Captive - Marty Rhodes Figley, (978-0761370758), Fiction
Interest level: 3-5, Lexile: 410
African American James Forten is fighting for the Colonies in 1781 when his ship is captured by the British, causing him great stress.

Who's Saying What in Jamestown, Thomas Savage? - Jean Fritz, (978-0142414019), Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-5, Lexile: 810
This biography follows Thomas Savage, who settled in early Jamestown, as he learns Algonquin and interprets during the Colonial Era.

Storyteller - Patricia Reilly Giff, (978-0440421757), Fiction
Interest level: 2-8, Lexile: 610
Twentieth century Elizabeth delves into her Revolutionary War ancestor after she begins to hear the elder's story while looking at her picture.

Friends of Liberty - Beatrice Gormley, (978-0802854186), Fiction
Interest level: 4-7
Sally and Kitty, former best friends, find their friendship challenged as their family's differing views about the Revolution tear them apart.

Cannons at Dawn - Kristiana Gregory, (978-0545213196), Fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 740
Abigail and her family trail their father's army unit during the Revolutionary war; they suffer from difficult weather, starvation, and war danger.

Secret Weapons: A Tale of the Revolutionary War - J. Gunderson, (978-1434208484), Fiction
Interest level: 3-5, Lexile: 470
Daniel reluctantly agrees to stay out of the Revolutionary fighting and help his father in his blacksmith shop, but when he discovers weapons there, he works to keep their presence a secret.

The Starving Time - Patricia Hermes, (978-0439369022), Fiction
Interest level: 2-4
Elizabeth Barker's diary reveals the deteriorating conditions in colonial Jamestown as hunger and illnesses ravage the population.

Surviving Jamestown - Gail Karwoski, (978-1561452453), Fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 820
John Smith's page, Sam Collier, lives through the voyage to America and the difficult conditions during the first years of Colonial America.

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, (978-0792265580), Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-12
This famous poem depicts Paul Revere on his famous ride to warn the Colonists of the Brits imminent arrival.

The Secret of the Sealed Room: A Mystery of Young Benjamin Franklin - Bailey MacDonald, (978-1416997603), Fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 1050
Patience, an indentured slave, enlists the help of young Benjamin Franklin to help defend her after an accusation of thievery.

1609: Winter of the Dead - Elizabeth Massie, (978-0812590937), Fiction
Interest level: 3-7
Two orphans, dreaming of an ideal city, find their dreams in collapse as they view the realities of colonial life in a failing Jamestown.

Haym Salomon - Shirley Gorson Milgrim, (978-0827600737), Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-5
Haym Salomon, a Jewish immigrant, helped to finance the great American Revolution.

An Angry Drum Echoed - Pamela Mueller, (978-0968509784), Fiction
Interest level: 6-9
A Creek Indian from Georgia served as an interpreter in colonial America, epitomizing the spirit of cooperation between the Native Americans and the English.

Spy! - Anna Myers, (978-0802797421), Fiction
Interest level: 2-8, Lexile: 710
Jonah, a school boy, discovers he has conflicting loyalties when he wants to support the Continental Army but finds Nathan Hale, his teacher, has been deceiving him.

The Scarlet Stockings Spy - Trinka Hakes Noble, (978-1585362301), Fiction
Interest level: 2-6, Lexile: 1020
A young woman helps her mother in her sewing shop by day, but by night she sends signals about the presence of questionnable ships in Philadelphia's harbor during Revolutionary Times.

The Fifth of March: A Story of the Boston Massacre - Ann Rinaldi, (978-0152050788), Fiction
Interest level: 4-12, Lexile: 600
From the eyes of Rachel Marsh, John and Abigail Adams' servant, readers view the development of the unease in Massachusetts before the Boston Massacre.

Or Give Me Death - Ann Rinaldi, (978-0152050764), Fiction
Interest level: 4-12, Lexile: 530
Patrick Henry's family struggles without their father home during the Revolutionary War, faced with an ill mother, a huge plantation, and the backdrop of the conflict.

George Vs. George - Rosalyn Schanzer, (978-1426300424), Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-6, Lexile: 1120
This book compares the two Georges of Revolutionary History, King George III of England and George Washington.

Oh Say, I Can't See - Jon Scieszka, (978-0142408087), Fiction
Interest level: 2-5, Lexile: 560
The Time Warp Trio travel to Pennsylvania in 1776 to help Washington surprise the Hessions in New Jersey in an important surprise attack.

The Devil's Door - Paul Thompson, (978-0766033870), Fiction
Interest level: 4-5
Sarah's father ends up in prison after the two of them move to Salem, MA to view the witch trials, and Sarah tries to help him get out of his confinement.

Liberty's Son - Paul Thompson, (978-0766036543), Fiction
Interest level: 4-6
After Oliver begins working for the Sons of Liberty who fight the British, he finds out that his boss is a traitor.

The Salem Witch Trials - Jane Yolen, (978-0689846205), Non-fiction
Interest level: 1-6
This book gives background on the happenings surrounding the Salem Witch Trials in colonial America.

Middle School to Young Adult Books

Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson, (978-1416905868), Fiction
Interest level: 4-12, Lexile: 780
Isabel, an American slave, tries to help the cause of the Revolution by spying for the rebels.

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation - M.T. Anderson, (978-0763636791), Fiction
Interest level: 8-12, Lexile: 1090
Letters and other writings comprise this novel which tells the story of an African American boy heavily involved in a science experiment during the American Revolution.

Freedom Bound - Jean Baxter, (978-1553801436), Fiction
Interest level: 5-10
Charlotte leaves Canada to rescue her husband Nick in South Carolina, and, in the process, frees several young slaves.

Pocahontas - Joseph Bruchac, (978-0152054656), Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-12, Lexile: 970
This biographical account describes the relationship between Pocahontas and John Smith and the surrounding culture.

My Brother Sam is Dead - James Lincoln Collier, (978-0439783606), Fiction
Interest level: 7-9, Lexile: 770
A young man's view of the glories of war changes when his brother is killed; his family has tried to avoid taking sides but finds it cannot remain uncommitted.

My Name is Phyllis Wheatley - Afua Cooper, (978-1553378129), Fiction
Interest level: 5-9, Lexile: 790
This fictionalized account of the life of African American poet Phyllis Wheatley includes her childhood, slave capture, and publication of her works.

The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne, (978-0486280486), Fiction
Interest level: 7-12
This classic of American literature tells the story of Hester Prynne who bore a child out of wedlock in the Puritan era but refused to reveal the name of her lover.

Five 4ths of July - Pat Hughes, (978-0142421123), Fiction
Interest level: 4-12, Lexile: 710
Although Jake celebrates the new U.S. independence in 1777, he still faces battles with the British and living as a captured teen on a prison ship.

Soldier's Secret: The Story of Deborah Sampson - Sheila Solomon Klass, (978-0805097399), Fiction
Interest level: 6-10, Lexile: 790
Deborah Sampson, a real-life fighter in the Continental Army, must dress up as a man in order to participate in the fighting during the Revolutionary War.

My Lady, Pocahontas - Kathleen Kudlinski, (978-1477817117), Fiction
Interest level: 6-10
Nuttagwon and Pocahontas bond as they work to help their people find peace with the colonists.

Death and Taxes - Alexander Lagos, (978-0375856686), Fiction
Interest level: 7-12
In this graphic novel depiction of historic times, escaped slaves have to decide where their loyalties lie when Philadelphia becomes riotous.

Woods Runner - Gary Paulsen, (978-0375859083), Fiction
Interest level: 7-10, Lexile: 790
After Samuel's parents are kidnapped by British soldiers, he goes to NY City to try and find them.

Witch Child - Celia Rees, (978-0763642280), Fiction
Interest level: 5-12, Lexile: 760
Mary Newbury travels from England to Massachusetts and becomes a witch in Salem in this story seen through journal entries.

The Family Greene - Ann Rinaldi, (547-260679), Fiction
Interest level: 7-12, Lexile: 710
Mother and daughter mix with Revolutionary War heroes, but their flirting leads to complications.

The Scarlet Letter - P.Craig Russell, adapter, (978-1597071628), Fiction
Interest level: 7-11
This graphic novel retells the story of Hester Prynne who bore a child out of wedlock in the Puritan era but refused to reveal the name of her lover.

The Notorious Benedict Arnold - Steve Sheinkin, (978-1250024602), Non-fiction
Interest level: 6-9
Learn the truth about the complex character of Benedict Arnold in this enlightening biography.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Elizabeth George Speare, (978-0547550299), Fiction
Interest level: 7-10, Lexile: 850
A Barbados transplant encounters difficulties adjusting to Puritan life in Connecticut.

The Mourning Wars - Karen Steinmetz, (978-1596432901), Fiction
Interest level: 5-12, Lexile: 910
This fictionalized account of a Mohawk Indian attack on Deerfield, Massachusetts portrays the kidnapping of a young girl and many other residents.