Here’s a list for those of you looking for Revolutionary War era books for your children:
The Fighting Ground (Grades 4-7)
13-year-old Jonathan goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and discovers the real war is being fought within himself.
Night Journeys (Grades 4-7)
In the spring of 1768, 12-year-old Peter, living with his Quaker guardian near the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border, joins in the search for two runaway indentured servants.
The Year of the Hangman (Grades 8-10)
and taken to the American colonies, a 15-year-old boy becomes part of a story that asks what would have happened if the British had defeated the Americans in 1777. England
Attack of the Turtle: a Novel (Grades 4-6)
During the Revolutionary War, 14-year-old Nathan joins forces with his older cousin, the inventor David Bushnell, to secretly build the first submarine used in naval warfare.
My Brother Sam is Dead (Grades 7-9)
James Lincoln Collier
A classic that recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while his family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town. (Note: This book is available on audio.)
The Journal of William Thomas Emerson, a Revolutionary War Patriot (Grades 4-8)
As tensions escalate in the period before the Revolutionary War, a boy surrounded by political rumblings and violence becomes a spy for the rebel colonists. (Dear
America/My Name is ) America
Betsy Zane, The Rose of
(Grades 5-8) Fort Henry
In 1781, 12-year-old Elizabeth Zane, great-great-aunt of novelist Zane Grey, leaves
Philadelphia to return to her brothers’ homestead near Fort Henry in what is now , where she plays an important role in the final battle of the American Revolution. West Virginia
(Grades 7-9) Liberty
13-year-old Nathaniel, an indentured servant in colonial
, and his master must decide whether or not to join in the fight for liberty as the American Revolution erupts. Virginia
Johnny Tremain: A Novel for Old and Young (Grades 4-6)
After injuring his hand, a silversmith’s apprentice in
becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution. Boston
Hope’s Crossing (Grades 5-8)
During the Revolutionary War, 13-year-old Hope finds herself enslaved in a Tory household on
Long Island and uses all her resources to escape and make it home.
The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart,
, 1777 (Grades 5-8) Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
During the winter of 1777-1778, 11-year-old Abigail Jane Stewart witnesses George Washington readying his young soldiers for battle on the frozen fields of
William Lavender (2005)
The 14-year-old orphaned daughter of an English earl arrives in
, in 1776 and finds her family divided over the question of American independence. Charleston, South Carolina
The Keeping Room (Grades 4-6)
Left in charge when his father leaves their
home to fight in the Revolutionary War, 13-year-old Joey finds himself tested when General Cornwallis comes to town and chooses their home as his headquarters. South Carolina
Joan Lowery Nixon
In 1765, just after the passage of the Stamp Act, the colonies are in turmoil, and Nancy herself is experiencing relationship issues with her stepmother.
Guns for General Washington: A Story of the American Revolution (Grades 4-7)
Frustrated with life under siege in George Washington’s army, 19-year-old Will Knox and his brother Colonel Henry Knox undertake the task of moving 183 cannons from
Fort Ticonderoga to in the dead of winter. Boston
The Fifth of March: A Story of the
Massacre (Grades 6-9) Boston
Ann Rinaldi (2004)
14-year-old Rachel Marsh, an indentured servant in the
household of John and Abigail Adams, is caught up in the colonists’ unrest that eventually escalates into the massacre of March 5, 1770. Boston
Finishing Becca: A Story about Peggy Shippen and Benedict Arnold (Grades 7-up)
14-year-old Becca takes a position as a maid in a wealthy Philadelphia Quaker home and witnesses the events that lead to General Benedict Arnold’s betrayal of the American forces during the Revolutionary War.
Or Give Me Death (Grades 7-9)
While their father is away advocating independence for the American colonies, the children of Patrick Henry try to raise themselves, manage the family plantation, and care for their mentally ill mother.
A Ride Into Morning: The Story of
Wick (Grades 7-9) Tempe
When unrest spreads at the Revolutionary War camp in
, under the command of General Anthony Wayne, a young woman cleverly hides her horse from the mutinous soldiers who have need of it. Morristown, New Jersey
An Eye for an Eye: A Story Of The Revolutionary War (Grades 5-9)
14-year-old Samantha, who should be wearing dresses, knows that in britches she can out-hunt her twin and out-sail her older brother. Can she use those skills when the American Revolution begins?
Young George Washington: The Making of a Hero (Grades 6-8)
The early life of the
Virginia farmer’s son who would become a Revolutionary War leader and the first President of the . United States
Love Thy Neighbor: The Tory Diary of Prudence Emerson, Green Marsh,
, 1774 (Grades 4-7) Massachusetts
The American Revolution is brought to life through the eyes of Prudence Emerson, who tells this story from the rarely heard perspective of a Tory. (Dear
G. Clifton Wisler
14-year-old Frank leaves his mountain home in
to help the Patriot cause during the Revolutionary War. South Carolina