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If you liked the I Survived series…

If you like the you-are-there historical adventures of Lauren Tarshis’s I Survived… series, try these thrilling adventure stories.

Click here to view books in the Brownsburg Public Library collection, and place holds.

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Little House on the Prairie Series

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Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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  1. Little House in the Big Woods
  2. Little House on the Prairie
  3. Farmer Boy
  4. On the Banks of Plum Creek
  5. By the Shores of Silver Lake
  6. The Long Winter
  7. Little Town on the Prairie
  8. These Happy Golden Years
  9. The First Four Years

Little House Chapter Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder/Roger MacBride

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Caroline Years series by Maria Wilkes/Celia Wilkins

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  1. Little House in Brookfield by Maria D Wilkes
  2. Little Town At the Crossroads by Maria D Wilkes
  3. Little Clearing in the Woods by Maria D Wilkes
  4. Frontier Family by Roger Lea MacBride & Maria D Wilkes
  5. Brookfield Days by Maria D Wilkes
  6. Missouri Bound by Maria D Wilkes
  7. Brookfield Friends by Maria D Wilkes
  8. Caroline & Her Sister by Maria D Wilkes
  9. On Top of Concord Hill by Maria D Wilkes
  10. A New Little Cabin by Maria D Wilkes
  11. Across the Rolling River by Celia Wilkins
  12. Little City By the Lake by Celia Wilkins
  13. A Little House of Their Own by Celia Wilkins

Rose Years series by Roger MacBride

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  1. Little House On Rocky Ridge
  2. Little Farm in the Ozarks
  3. In the Land of the Big Red Apple
  4. On the Other Side of the Hill
  5. Little Town in the Ozarks
  6. New Dawn On Rocky Ridge
  7. On the Banks of the Bayou
  8. Bachelor Girl

Martha Years series by Melissa Wiley

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  1. The Little House in the Highlands by Melissa Wiley
  2. The Far Side of the Loch by Melissa Wiley
  3. Down to the Bonny Glen by Melissa Wiley
  4. Beyond the Heather Hills by Melissa Wiley

Charlotte Years series by Melissa Wiley

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  1. Little House By Boston Bay by Melissa Wiley
  2. On Tide Mill Lane by Melissa Wiley
  3. The Road from Roxbury by Melissa Wiley
  4. Across the Puddingstone Dam by Melissa Wiley
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If you liked Little House on the Prairie…

PicMonkey Collage…here are some historical novels (and a couple of biographies) about kids growing up in America’s frontier country.

Click here to view catalog records for the list and place holds

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1000+ Lexile books in Tween Fiction: Historical Fiction

For more information about Lexile measures, click here.

For more information about BPL’s new children’s fiction categories, click here.

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Sweetgrass Basket by Marlene Carvell (1000)

Sweetgrass basket

Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1000)

Understood Betsy

One-Eyed Cat by Paula Fox (1000)

One-eyed cat : a novel

Across the Lines by Carolyn Reeder (1000)

Across the lines

Little Cricket by Jackie Brown (1010)

Little Cricket

Victory by Susan Cooper (1010)

Victory

The White Stag by Kate Seredy (1020)

Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Gray Vining (1030)

Adam of the road

Bigger by Patricia Calvert (1040)

Bigger

Call Me Francis Tucket by Gary Paulsen (1050)

Call me Francis Tucket

Gib Rides Home by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (1060)

Gib rides home

The Cookcamp by Gary Paulsen (1070)

The cookcamp

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (1080)

The boy in the striped pajamas : a fable

Atticus of Rome: Rome 30 BC by Barry Deneberg (1100)

Atticus of Rome : 30 B.C.

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt (1100)

Across five Aprils
The Blind Colt by Glen Rounds (1130 NC)

The blind colt
The Dark Frigate  by Charles Boardman Hawes  (1230)

The dark frigate

Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman (1240)

The midwife's apprentice

Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott (1260)

The Bears of the Blue River by Charles Major (1260)

The bears of Blue River

An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott (1290)

An old-fashioned girl

Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott  (1360)

Rose in bloom

Alida’s Song by Gary Paulsen (1460 NC)

Alida's song

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New Call Numbers, New Books: Kids vs. Tween Fiction

As we continue our children’s department  reorganization, you might have noticed that our chapter books are in two different places now…Kids and Tweens!

The difference between the two sections is less about the “reading level” or “grade level” of the book, and more about whether a younger child or a tween (ages 10-12 or so) would be interested in reading it.  Stories in the Kids section will be less intense than those in the same category in the Tween section.  The Kids section is great for younger kids who are reading above grade-level but not ready for “older kid” books.  The Tween section is great for upper elementary readers of all reading abilities who find shorter, “easier” chapter books too “babyish”.  Books for teens (grade 6 and up) will remain in their own area separate from the Kids and Tween collections.

Both sections will now be organized by genre.  Kids Fiction will include:

  • General Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Frightful Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Science Fiction
  • Sports & Adventure
  • Tales (folktales, fairy tales, traditional tales)
  • Poetry
  • Puzzles & Humor (I Spy and other picture puzzle books, jokes, riddles, brain teasers, Encyclopedia Brown, etc.)

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Leveled readers and easy/beginning chapter books will still have their own section.

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The Tween section will include:

  • Fantasy
  • General Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Science Fiction
  • Sports & Adventure
  • Supernatural Stories

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Click on the book covers to see new additions to our collection in these new categories!

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Little Readers <3 Westerns

shutterstock_30247798Whether they’re about the explorers of the Louisiana Purchase, the pioneers on the Oregon Trail, or the cowboys of the Old West, these stories have heaps of old-fashioned Western adventure!

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Charles Bohner.  Bold Journey: west with Lewis and Clark.

Private Hugh McNeal relates his experiences accompanying Captains Lewis and Clark on their 1804-1806 expedition in search of a northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean.

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Neta Frazier. The Stout-Hearted Seven: orphaned on the Oregon Trail.The stout-hearted seven : orphaned on the Oregon Trial [sic]

Recounts the adventures of the seven Sager children, orphaned during their journey to Oregon where they were adopted by Marcus and Narcissa Whitman.

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Sid Hite. Stick and Whittle.Stick and Whittle

In 1872, while journeying from Texas to Kansas, a Civil War veteran named Melvin meets a sixteen-year-old orphan, another Melvin, and they give each other nicknames and become partners and traveling companions on an exciting adventure.

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Laura Hunt.  The Abernathy Boys.The Abernathy boys

A fictionalized account of the adventurous 1909 journey of nine-year-old Bud Abernathy and his five-year-old brother, Temp, who traveled alone, mostly on horseback, from their home in Oklahoma to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and back again, crossing the vast, desertlike no-man’s-land in the Texas Panhandle known as the caprock.

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David Ives. Scrib.Scrib

In 1863, a sixteen-year-old boy nicknamed Scrib travels around the West making his living writing and delivering letters, an occupation that leads to him nearly getting killed, being jailed as a criminal, joining up with the notorious Crazy James Kincaid, and delivering a letter from President Abraham Lincoln to a Paiute Indian.

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Veda Boyd Jones. Nellie the Brave: the Cherokee Trail of Tears.Nellie the brave : the Cherokee Trail of Tears

Nellie Starr, a young Cherokee girl, and her family are forced by U.S. soldiers to leave their home in Tennessee and travel the “Trail ofTears” to a new home in the western Indian territory.

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Deborah Kent. Riding the Pony Express.Riding the Pony Express

Fifteen-year-old Lexie follows the Pony Express Trail in search of her brother.

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Eloise McGraw.  Moccasin Trail.Moccasin trail

A pioneer boy, brought up by Crow Indians, is reunited with his family and attempts to orient himself in the white man’s culture.

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Bryce Milligan.  Lawmen: Stories of Men Who Tamed the West.

Bear River Tom Smith, Willie Kennard, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Charlie Siringo, and Wild Bill Hickock tangle with Western badmen.

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Marissa Moss.  Rachel’s Journal.Rachel's journal : the story of a pioneer girl

In her journal, Rachel chronicles her family’s adventures traveling by covered wagon on the Oregon Trail in 1850.

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Gary Paulsen.  Tucket series.Mr. Tucket

In 1848, while on a wagon train headed for Oregon, fourteen-year-old Francis Tucket is kidnapped by Pawnee Indians and then falls in with a one-armed trapper who teaches him how to live in the wild.

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Jean Van Leeuwen. Bound for Oregon.

A fictionalized account of the journey made by nine-year-old Mary Ellen Todd and her family from their home in Arkansas westward over the Oregon Trail in 1852.

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Bill Wallace.  Buffalo Gal.Buffalo gal

Fifteen-year-old Amanda’s refined life in early twentieth-century San Francisco is disrupted when she grudgingly accompanies her mother to the Oklahoma Territory on a crusade to save the buffalo.

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Kristiana Gregory. Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: the Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell (Dear America).Across the wide and lonesome prairie : the Oregon Trail diary of Hattie Campbell

In her diary, thirteen-year-old Hattie chronicles her family’s arduous 1847 journey from Missouri to Oregon on theOregon Trail.

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Kristiana Gregory. The Great Railroad Race: the diary of Libby West (Dear America).The great railroad race : the diary of Libby West

As the daughter of a newspaper reporter, fourteen-year-old Libby keeps a diary account of the exciting events surrounding her during the building of the railroad in the West in 1868.

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Patricia Hermes. Westward to Home: Joshua’s Journal (My America).Westward to home : Joshua's journal

In 1848, nine-year-old Joshua Martin McCullough writes a journal of his family’s journey from Missouri to Oregon in a covered wagon. Includes a historical note about westward migration.

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Kathryn Lasky. The Journal of Augustus Pelletier: the Lewis & Clark Expedition (My Name is America).The journal of Augustus Pelletier : the Lewis and Clark Expedition 1804

A fictional journal kept by twelve-year-old AugustusPelletier, the youngest member of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery.

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Ellen Levine. The Journal of Jedediah Barstow, an emigrant on the Oregon Trail (My Name is America).The journal of Jedediah Barstow, an emigrant on the Oregon Trail : Overland, 1845

In his 1845 diary, thirteen-year-old orphan Jedediahdescribes his wagon train journey to Oregon, in which he confronts rivers and sandy plains, bears and rattlesnakes, and the challenges of living with his fellow travelers. Includes historical notes.

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Walter Dean Myers. The Journal of Joshua Loper: a Black Cowboy (My Name is America).The journal of Joshua Loper : a Black cowboy

In 1871 Joshua Loper, a sixteen-year-old black cowboy, records in his journal his experiences while making his first cattle drive under an unsympathetic trail boss.

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Susan Patron. Behind the masks: the diary of Angeline Reddy (Dear America).Behind the masks : the diary of Angeline Reddy

In the “wild west” of an 1880s California gold-mining town, Angeline investigates the supposed murder of her father, a famous criminal lawyer, who she and her mother are certain is still alive. Includes historical notes and instructions for making a mask from muslin.

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Will James. Smoky, the Cowhorse.Smoky, the cowhorse

The experiences of a mouse-colored horse from his birth inthe wild, through his capture by humans and his work in therodeo and on the range, to his eventual old age.

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Caroline Lawrence. The Case of the Deadly Desperados.The case of the deadly desperados

In 1862 Nevada Territory, after finding his foster parents murdered and scalped, twelve-year-old Pinky Pinkerton, son of a railroad detective and a Sioux Indian, inherits a valuable deed and must hide from dangerous Whittlin Walt and his gang of desperados.

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Little House in the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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1. Little House in the Big Woods (1932)
2. Little House on the Prairie (1935)
3. Farmer Boy (1933)
4. On the Banks of Plum Creek (1937)
5. By the Shores of Silver Lake (1939)
6. The Long Winter (1940)
7. Little Town on the Prairie (1941)
8. These Happy Golden Years (1943)
9. The First Four Years (1971)

Little House in the Ozarks (1991)

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Newbery Winners by Lexile

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The Newbery Medal honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

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Book Brag: A Cheese for the White House: The True Tale of a Tremendous Cheddar by Candace Fleming

Based on a true event, this book tells the story of a town that wanted to make a wheel of their famous Cheshire cheese so big, President Thomas Jefferson would be able to serve it through his entire presidency when they gave it to him.

The process is filled with challenges…there are no presses big enough to handle the curds and no wheels wide enough to hold the 1275-pound cheese to age it.  The innovative townspeople devise ways to overcome each challenge (including transporting it to Washington, DC, and getting it into the White House!) and ignore the naysayers who warn at each step, “It can’t be done”.

But it was done, and the Cheshire Cheese in fact remained on display (and available for nibbling) for a full year in the White House East Room (it was dismantled and served from the kitchen for another 2 years even after that!)

A story about an unique event in our country’s history and about determination and persistence.

Candace Fleming. A Big Cheese for the White House: the true tale of a tremendous cheddar.

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