Resources for Younger Readers

Colonial and Revolutionary Virginia – a few websites and additional sources of historic fiction for further education and for fun

Websites Chaplin-The_Game_of_Lotto-1865– Colonial Williamsburg’s “Kids Zone”- lots of fun things. – Mount Vernon’s website pages for students includes videos, searchable digital encyclopedia, virtual tour. – From Gunston Hall, fun activities and lesson plans about George Mason, the Bill of Rights, and aspects of 18th century life. – The website of Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, has enormous detail on Jefferson and his times.

Historical Fiction

Amanda’s Secret – living on a plantation near Williamsburg, twelve-year-old Amanda is excited to be going to her very first Twelfth Night Ball. Little does she know, however, that her life is about to change forever – a twelfth night charm and a spiteful servant send her on a quest to find out the truth about her past, a secret that’s been hidden from her all along.

Caesar’s Story: 1759 – part of the Colonial Williamsburg Young Americans Book Series, this tells the story of young Caesar, a slave, who wants to be with his family but when the master selects him to be a personal servant in the big house, Caesar has to obey. Others in the series – Nancy’s Story: 1765, Will’s Story: 1771John’s Story: 1773, and Maria’s Story: 1775.

Meet Felicity – in the first of the American Girl Felicity series, Felicity falls in love with a horse and names her Penny. But Penny is owned by a cruel man who beats his animals. When Penny’s life is in danger, Felicity knows she must help.

Shadows in the Glass House – part of American Girl’s History Mystery series, this tells the story of twelve-year-old Merry Shipman, kidnapped from the streets of London and taken to the Jamestown Settlement in 1621. She’s put to work making glass – the most magical thing she’s ever seen. Problems arise, however, when a midnight intruder makes trouble and tries to frame her only friend.

The Sign of the Beaver – Although he faces responsibility bravely, thirteen-year-old Matt is more than a little apprehensive when his father leaves him alone to guard their new cabin in the wilderness. When a renegade white stranger steals his gun, Matt realizes he has no way to shoot game or to protect himself. When Matt meets Attean, a boy in the Beaver clan, he begins to better understand their way of life and their growing problem in adapting to the white man and the changing frontier.

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