Submitted by jbraun on

If you love history, take the next 5 days to explore some historical fiction selections from our catalog as we continue the countdown to the Winter Reading Challenge on February 1! From meeting a mobster in Alcatraz to a night onboard the Titanic, travel through time as you explore these true life tales.

Full of Beans
by Jennifer L. Holm

Ten-year-old Beans Curry, a member of the Keepsies, the best marble playing gang in Depression-era Key West, Florida, engages in various schemes to earn money while "New Dealers" from Washington, D.C., arrive to turn run down Key West into a tourist resort.

Al Capone Does My Shirts
by Gennifer Choldenko

A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

Esperanza Rising
by Pam Munoz Ryan

Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
by Christopher Paul Curtis

When Byron gets to be too much trouble, his family heads south to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up. And they happen to be there when Grandma's church is blown up.

I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
by Lauren Tarshis

Ten-year-old George Calder can't believe his luck-he and his little sister Phoebe are on the famous Titanic , crossing the ocean with their aunt Daisy. The ship is full of exciting places to explore, but when George ventures into a first class storage cabin, a terrible boom shakes the entire boat. Suddenly, water is everywhere, and George's life changes forever.