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These books are fiction for ages 9–12.
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Fiction 9–12

Escape to Freedom
National Geographic's I Am American series continues with this book, by Barbara Brooks Simon, about the Underground Railroad. In this installment, Escape to Freedom, we follow young Callie Taylor and William Ballard, as they escape from the evils of slavery to the North and Canada. Their journeys are not without peril and even coincide at one significant point. The book is a vivid portrait of the dangers that those trying to escape slavery faced at the hands not only of those who favored slavery but also those who opposed it.

The Eve of Revolution
Follow the adventures of young Benjamin Wilcox as he sees first-hand the people and the events that built the American Revolution. This wonderful book focuses on life in the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies, as seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy whose father, a ship's captain, shows him the colonies as a whole and their agitations as a cause.

Girl in a Cage
Jane Yolen, one of this age's finest writers, has spun another excellent yarn straight from the pages of history. This book, Girl in a Cage, is the story of Marjorie, only daughter of Robert the Bruce, who struggled mightily to keep his country free from England's King Edward I in the late 13th and early 14th Centuries.

Gold Rush Fever
Go along for the ride as young Tim Olsen discovers gold in the Yukon! See his dog, Pal, help him all along the way. Learn how hard it is to find gold at all.

Hoping for Rain
The latest book in National Geographic's great I Am American series is Kate Connell's Hoping for Rain. As with other books in the series, it is historical f with a good ring of truth to it. The subject this time is the Dust Bowl days and years of the 1930s, and the main characters are Patty and Earl, members of the Buckler family living in Oklahoma.

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