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If You Liked Felicity Merriman, Try...

 

If you enjoyed reading about Felicity Merriman, the American Girl character who lives in Williamsburg, Virginia on the eve of the American Revolution in 1774, you might be interested in these titles.

Fiction

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Also available in: audiobook

After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

In 1776, after witnessing the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, newly occupied by the British army, young Sophia Calderwood resolves to do all she can to help the American cause, including becoming a spy.

Storyteller by Patricia Reilly Giff
Also available in: e-book

Forced to spend months at an aunt's house, Elizabeth feels a connection to her ancestor Zee, whose picture hangs on the wall, and who reveals her story of hardships during the Revolutionary War as Elizabeth comes to terms with her own troubles.

Viva, Rose! by Susan Krawitz

In El Paso, Texas, in 1915, fourteen-year-old Rose Solomon seeks her missing brother's return and inadvertently ends up running with Pancho Villa and his revolutionary army.

A fictionalized account of the sixteen-year-old girl, trained to handle a musket, who rode alone over forty miles in New York to bring out the militia before the Battle of Ridgefield.

In Greenmarsh, Massachusetts, in 1774, thirteen-year-old Prudence keeps a diary of the troubles she and her family face as Tories surrounded by American patriots at the start of the American Revolution.

Hope's crossing by Joan E Goodman

When kidnapped by English Loyalists during the Revolutionary War, thirteen-year-old Hope draws on every ounce of courage within her to respond to the ordeal.

From 1774 to 1776, Emma describes in her journal her stay in Boston, where she witnesses the British blockade and spies for the American militia. Features hand-printed text, drawings, and marginal notes.

Samphire song by Jill Hucklesby

Fourteen-year-old Jodie, a geeky loner dealing with family problems, forges a bond with her new horse, Samphire, but must find and rescue him when he goes missing.

Colonial madness by Jo Whittemore

Tori and her mother jump at the opportunity to inherit great-aunt Muriel's colonial manor by living without modern conveniences for two weeks, but Tori finds herself distracted by Caleb, a cute boy on staff.

Summer of lost and found by Rebecca Behrens

Nell is a city girl forced to spend her summer in Roanoke, North Carolina, but when she meets historical reenactor Ambrose, they explore for clues as to what really happened to the lost colonists, turning her once boring vacation into an adventure.

Nonfiction

Presents an adaptation of the author's adult book that highlights an engaging cast of revolutionary founding mothers, including Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Dolley Madison.

Details five true tales of the historical struggle for justice and freedom, from a fifteen-year-old who fought in the American Revolution to Cesar Chavez, who fought the injustices of racial discrimination on behalf of migrant laborers.

Recounts the experiences of the slaves who answered Lord Dunmore's 1775 promise that any slave who left his master and fought for the British would have their freedom.

In a powerful, dramatic narrative, critically acclaimed author Jim Murphy describes the illness known as yellow fever and the toll it took on the city's residents, relating the epidemic to the major social and political events of the day and to 18th-century medical beliefs and practices. 

A history of the American Revolution, focusing on the roles played by women and various other ethnic groups.

Introduction to U.S. history of the Colonial period, with projects to help readers in their understanding.

The colony of Virginia by Jackie Heckt

Describes Virginia's origins, industry, and early adoption of democratic traditions, as well as notable figures and events during its time as a colony.

Explores the impact England's taxation had on the colonies, with emphasis on the Stamp and Tea tax, to explain why the tea parties happened, their importance, and their role in the Revolution.

Biographies

Mumbet's Declaration of Independence tells the story of a Massachusetts slave from the Revolutionary era--in 1781, she successfully used the new Massachusetts Constitution to make a legal case that she should be free.

Introduces Suzy Wright, a Quaker who helped settle the Pennsylvania frontier, defended the rights of Native Americans, and provided legal counsel to her neighbors.

Looks at the life and opinions of the second First Lady of the United States, supplemented with excerpts from her letters to give direct examples of her thoughts.

Phillis's big test by Catherine Clinton

Story of Phyllis Wheatley of Boston, Mass., a slave, who published a book of poetry in 1773.

A biography of first lady Dolley Madison discusses her early life, time in the White House, and later life.

Betsy Ross by Ann Weil
Pocahontas by Joseph Bruchac

Told from the viewpoints of Pocahontas and John Smith, describes their lives in the context of the encounter between the Powhatan Indians and the English colonists of 17th century Jamestown, Virginia.

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