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"You have been my friend, that in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my web for you because I liked you. After all, what's a life, anyway? We're born, we live a while, we die.... By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle, Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that!" [Tell Me!]

Kids Read at the Library

United States, to 1700     View List as Printable PDF

Chapter Books (J Fiction) -- Grades 3-8

I WALK IN DREAD

I WALK IN DREAD
Series Title: Dear America
by Fraustino, Lisa
J FICTION FRA
Subtitle: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691
12-year-old Deliverance Trembley writes in her diary about the fears and doubts that arise during the 1692 witch hunt and trials in Salem Village, Massachusetts, especially when her pious friend, Goody Corey, is condemned as a witch.

JOURNEY TO THE NEW WORLD

JOURNEY TO THE NEW WORLD
Series Title: Dear America
by Lasky, Kathryn
J FICTION LAS
Subtitle: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower/Plimoth Colony, 1620
12-year-old Mem presents a diary account of the trip she and her family made on the Mayflower in 1620 and their first year in the New World.

LION TO GUARD US

LION TO GUARD US
by Bruchac, Joseph and Bulla, Clyde Robert

Left on their own in 17th-century London, three impoverished children draw upon all their resources to stay together and make their way to the Virginia Colony in search of their father.

OUT OF MANY WATERS

OUT OF MANY WATERS
by Greene, Jacqueline Dembar

Kidnapped from their parents during the Portuguese Inquisition and sent to work as slaves at a monastery in Brazil, two Jewish sisters attempt to make their way back to Europe to find their parents, but instead one becomes part of a group founding the first Jewish settlement in the U.S.
Sequel is ONE FOOT ASHORE

SATURNALIA

SATURNALIA
by Fleischman, Paul

In 1681 in Boston, 14-year-old William, a Narraganset Indian captured in a raid six years earlier, leads a productive and contented life as a printer's apprentice but is increasingly anxious to make some connection with his Indian past.

SQUANTO'S JOURNEY: THE STORY OF THE FIRST THANKSGIVING

SQUANTO'S JOURNEY: THE STORY OF THE FIRST THANKSGIVING
by Bruchac, Joseph

Squanto recounts how in 1614 he was captured by the British, sold into slavery in Spain, and ultimately returned to the New World to become a guide and friend for the colonists.

THE SACRIFICE

THE SACRIFICE
by Dorris, Michael and Duble, Kathleen

Two sisters, aged 10 and 12, are accused of witchcraft in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1692 and await trial in a miserable prison while their mother desperately searches for some way to obtain their freedom.

WEETAMOO: Heart of the Pocassets

WEETAMOO: Heart of the Pocassets
Series Title: Royal Diaries
by Smith, Patricia Clark
J FICTION SMI
The 1653-1654 diary of a 14-year-old Pocasset Indian girl, destined to become a leader of her tribe, describes how her life changes with the seasons, after a ritual fast she undertakes, and with her tribe's interaction with the English "Coat-men" of the nearby Plymouth Colony (New England area.)

 

Books for Teens (YA Fiction)

BEYOND THE BURNING TIME

BEYOND THE BURNING TIME
by Lasky, Kathryn

When, in the winter of 1691, accusations of witchcraft surface in her small New England village, 12-year-old Mary Chase fights to save her mother from execution.

WITCH CHILD

WITCH CHILD
by Rees, Celia

In 1659, 14-year-old Mary Newbury keeps a journal of her voyage from England to the New World and her experiences living as a witch in a community of Puritans near Salem, Massachusetts.