Historical Fiction Books for 5th Graders

How a nation progressed towards revolution and freedom and what kind of crucial problems were faced by the ancestors? For any nation history is really much important. Here is the list of the best historical fiction books for 5th graders that will not only enhance their historical understanding, but also help them to keep the matters in their mind for a longer period of time. By the help of the fiction, these reading and novels will make it easier for the kids to get the grip on history. All of them will definitely help a lot in getting the better understanding of the events that have happened in the past and left their impact on our future.

5th Grade Historical Fiction Books


Time-Travel Adventures
With Exceptional Americans Book Series

4 Books

by Rush Limbaugh
Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 4 – 7

5 stars

This exception book series was written by one of the most popular and #1 radio talk-show host, Rush Limbaugh. This is a fictional story that every kid should read if they are serious enough to know about the popular heroes of United States.

In this book the story goes like a rush. A history teacher travels back in time, with the help of his talking horse called Liberty and a portal to go back to the past. By going back in time, students will learn how the country evolved in the older days and how the great men helped in creating this nation what it is now. The Time Travel Adventures Series consist of 4 great books for 5th graders.


The Sign of the Beaver

by Elizabeth George Speare
Age Range: 10 – 12 years
Grade Level: 5 – 7

4_5 stars

“The Sign of the Beaver”, written by Elizabeth George Speare, is about a 13-year-old Matt, who left behind to survive in wilderness, by his father. Although he was responsible and brave enough to guard their cabin, the real problem began when a stranger steal his gun and he found himself at a loss. Then Matt meets Attean, a boy that makes him to understand the way of life and growing problems with it. He learns to survive in the wilderness and bring everything in the favor of him too.


Johnny Tremain

Age Range: 10 – 12 years
Grade Level: 5 – 7

author: Esther Hoskins Forbes
4 stars

“Johnny Tremain” is great historical book that won the 1944 Newbery medal. It is the story about a the 14-year-old silversmith boy, who started working as a horse riding messenger, at a patriotic newspaper, The Boston Observer. At his job, he met Samuel Adams, Dr. Joseph, and John Hancock. Gradually, he gets into fundamental events of the American Revolution. As a whole, the novel is a reading about the events of America Revolution that makes it a perfect history package.


Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos

Age Range: 8 – 11 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7

author: Robert Lawson
4_5 stars

In the book Robert Lawson provided a new version of American History and Benjamin Franklin. He describes that what the source of ideas is for the inventors and how it feels when the source is… a mouse named Amos. The novel will change your perception about the general stuff you have studied about the inventions.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

by Elizabeth George Speare
Age Range: 10 – 12 years
Grade Level: 5 – 7

4_5 stars

Elizabeth George Speare presented “The Witch of Blackbird Pond”, the story about a girl, Kit Tyler, who is dejected and forced to leave her family and move to Island of Barbados, towards the family she never met. Struggling with her quest for belonging and desire to be true to herself, she tried hard to survive at the place. When she was about to fall back she met Hanna Tupper, who turn into her one of the amazing friends. Hanna was perceived as a witch by the colonists that put Kit into a situation of selection between her heart and duty.


Toliver’s Secret

by Esther Wood Brady
Age Range: 10 – 12 years
Grade Level: 5 – 7

4_5 stars

Esther Wood Brady wrote “Toliver’s Secret” subjecting the story of a girl, Ellen Toliver, who is just 10 years old and is masked as a boy, just to reach the General George Washington by replacing her injured grandfather, on a top-secret patriotic mission. The story simply defines the struggle and determination of a little soul, in making every possible move, to make sure, she could serve in the best of the nation, even at the cost of life. It is the perfect approachable historical fiction for 5th graders.

Number the Stars

by Lois Lowry
Age Range: 10 – 12 years
Grade Level: 5 – 7

4_5 stars

“Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry, is the best piece of historical writing that explain, how Danish Resistance transferred the completely Jewish population of Denmark to Sweden, through the sea. It is about the story of Annemarie Johansen’s family that provides shelter Annemarie’s friend and marked her as a part of the family. The whole novel depicts the view point of Annemarie and shows the heroism of the nation and the humanism, even at the time of war and terror all over the globe.


Serafina and the Black Cloak

by Robert Beatty
Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 4 – 7

4_5 stars

Among the great historical fiction books for fifth graders, “Serafina and the Black Cloak” is an amazing one. It is about a hidden girl, who lives and grows in the basement of Biltmore Estate. No one in the mansion knows about her, but she proves to be brave and powerful, when she quest to find out the missing kids of the mansion and explore the forgotten legacy of magic.



Time Travel Adventure
Book Series

by Elvira Woodruff
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7

4_5 stars

The “Time Travel Adventure” proves to be the most amazing fiction, action, and adventurous series, which revolve about the five characters: Matthew, Quentin, Hooter, Tony and Katie. It is about their journey, backward to the eve of the Battle at Trenton, by the help of a mysterious rowboat. At their destination, they experience the Hessian soldiers’ revolutionaries and the George Washington himself. It provided them a better and clear stance on the history of revolution. At present, it is an amazing writing for the people, who want to know about the history with a realistic approach.


Guns for General Washington:
A Story of the American Revolution

Age Range: 10 – 12 years
Grade Level: 5 – 7

author: Seymour Reit
4_5 stars

This is one of the finest books for boys that are based on the true events of the American Revolution; the book recreated the story of a 19 year old boy, named Will Knox, who took the charge of transporting the 183 cannons to Boston from NY’s Fort Ticonderoga. He struggle hard to deliver the Cannons on time and to make the George Washington able to win the important battle in the dead winter.

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