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The Best in Historical Fiction for Young People

Adding to your list

A new middle grade historical fiction series, Ancient Elements, recently published the third and final book of its series (October 2016). The series especially relates to the 6th grade social studies curriculum when students study ancient civilization. Written by Dr. Marie Sontag, a veteran middle school teacher for over 15 years, the series follows orphaned twelve-year-old Samsuluna (Sam), who, accompanied by his lucky bronze dagger, searches to find a place to call home in Babylonia. In book one, The Bronze Dagger, Sam and his new friends try to unravel the mystery of the stolen jewels.In book two, The Alabaster Jar, Sam's newly-adoptive father, a court physician in Babylon, is sent by Hammurabi to Egypt to gain more medical knowledge. While in Egypt, Sam and his adoptive sister work to solve the mystery of a hidden tomb and a plot to overthrow the pharaoh.

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In book three, The Silver Coin, Sam, now fifteen, grieves the death of his adoptive father who died in a tomb cave-in. Sam and a friend sail from Egypt to Tyre in search of Sam's uncle, his last living relative. On the way, Sam's ship is attacked by Mycenaean pirates. Rescued by Minoans, Sam and his friend later discover they must now escape the labyrinth of the Knossos Palace. Once in Tyre, Sam falls into the clutches of his vengeful father, recently released from a Babylonian prison. In order to save his uncle's life, as well as his own, Sam must solve the mystery of a bronze box that can only be opened by a special silver coin.

Book Submission

Hi! I would like to submit a book for your historical fiction list: Moon Tears. It is the story of an American girl's survival during World War II and is based on true events. More info can be found here: www.tenstorybooks.com. I do school visits with middle graders and would love to have it available to those looking for a good MG WWII book. Thanks so much for your consideration!

Thank you for this list

As a homeschooling parent, I wanted to let you know that I appreciate this list of great historical fiction and look forward to seeing it kept updated.

Updating

Yes, updating is on our to-do-list. Thanks for letting us know you appreciate the list. 

a few books to consider

Thank you.  I wanted to suggest two to consider for your list that we especially loved.  Icefall by Matthew Kirby and Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac.  Both were great in their audio versions (hearing the Navajo language in Code Talker really added another dimension to that one).Thanks again!

Thanks for the suggestions!

I'll add these books this weekend. Those are wonderful suggestons. I'm ashamed to have missed them. And, thank you for making me ponder how to add a place for suggestions in our lists. I'll think how I can work it in within the limits of our website. Perhaps the easiest way is through the comments.

Updating and adding to your list

 A new middle grade historical fiction series, Ancient Elements, recently pubished the third and final book of its series (October 2016). The series especially relates to the 6th grade social studies curriculum when students study ancient civilization. Written by Dr. Marie Sontag, a veteran middle school teacher for over 15 years, the series folllows orphaned twelve-year-old Samsuluna (Sam), who, accompanied by his lucky bronze dagger, searches to find a place to call home in Babylonia. In book one, The Bronze Dagger, Sam and his new friends try to unravel the mystery of the stolen jewels. In book two, The Alabaster Jar, Sam's newly-adoptive father, a court physcian in Babylon, is sent by Hammurabi to Egypt to gain more medical knowlege. While in Egypt, Sam and his adoptive sister work to solve the mystery of a hidden tomb and a plot to overthrow the pharaoh. In book three, The Silver Coin, Sam, now fifteen, grieves the death of his adoptive father who died in a tomb cave-in. Sam and a friend sail from Egypt to Tyre in search of Sam's uncle, his last living relative. On the way, Sam's ship is attacked by Mycenaean pirates. Rescued by Minoans, Sam and his friend later discover they must now escape the labarynth of the Knossos Palace. Once in Tyre, Sam falls into the clutches of his vengeful father, recently released from a Babylonian prison. In order to save his uncle's life, as well as his own, Sam must solve the mystery of a bronze box that can only be opened by a special silver coin.

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