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Book recommendations pertaining to the Industrial Age (1840-1899).

1840s | 1850s | 1860s | 1870s | 1880s | 1890s

1840s

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Rebel QueenMoran, Michelle2015YA
A
Industrial Age1840–1919AsiaIndia
Great Britain
Queen LakshmiFN
You Wouldn't Want to Be an American PioneerMorley, Jacqueline2012LE
MG
Industrial Age1840-1859North AmericaUnited StatesWestward ExpansionNFPB
A World of Her Own: 24 Amazing Women Explorers and AdventurersRoss, Michael Elsohn2014YA
A
Industrial Age1840-2010North AmericaUnited StatesExplorersNF
Bio
B
The Last American Aristocrat: The Brilliant Life and Improbable Education of Henry AdamsBrown, David S.2020AIndustrial Age1838-1918North AmericaUnited StatesHenry Adams
Gilded Age
NF
Bio
N
Women of the Frontier: 16 Tales of Trailblazing Homesteaders, Entrepreneurs, and Rabble-RousersMiller, Brandon Marie2013YA
A
Industrial Age1841–1868North AmericaUnited StatesWestward Expansion
Prairie Life
NF
Bio
B
You Wouldn't Want to be a Victorian Mill WorkerMalam, John2007LE
MG
Industrial Age1842EuropeGreat BritainVictorian EraNFPB
Juba!: A NovelMyers, Walter Dean2016UMGIndustrial Age1842-1854North AmericaUnited StatesDance
William Henry Lane
F
Bio
CB
Nory Ryan's SongGiff, Patricia Reilly2000MGIndustrial Age1845EuropeIrelandIrish Potato FamineFCB
The Gods of GothamFaye, Lyndsay2012YA
A
Industrial Age1845North AmericaUnited StatesNew York City
Irish Immigration
NYPD
FB
Seven for a SecretFaye, Lyndsay2014YA
A
Industrial Age1846North AmericaUnited StatesNew York City
Slavery
NYPD
FB
The Snow Fell Three Graves DeepWolf, Allan2020YA
A
Industrial Age1846–1847North AmericaUnited StatesWestward Expansion
Donner Party
FN
The Indifferent Stars AboveBrown, Daniel James2015YA
A
Industrial Age1846–1847North AmericaUnited StatesWestward ExpansionNFB
Donner Dinner PartyHale, Nathan2013MG
UMG
Industrial Age1846–1847North AmericaUnited StatesWestward Expansion
Donner Party
NF
Bio
GN
Hunger: A Tale of CourageNapoli, Donna Jo2019MGIndustrial Age1846EuropeIrelandIrish Potato FamineFCB
What Miss Mitchell SawBarrett, Hayley2019LEIndustrial Age1847North AmericaUnited StatesAstronomy
Women in Science
NFPB
The Fatal FlameFaye, Lyndsay2015YA
A
Industrial Age1847North AmericaUnited StatesNew York City
NYPD
FB
The Birchbark HouseErdrich, Louise2002MG
UMG
Industrial Age1847North AmericaUnited StatesOjibwe Nation
Indigenous Americans
Plagues
F
OV
CB
The California Gold Rush: An Interactive History AdventureRaum, Elizabeth2016MGIndustrial Age1848–1855North AmericaUnited StatesWestward Expansion
California Gold Rush
NFCB
The Underground AbductorHale, Nathan2014MG
UMG
Industrial Age1849-1860North AmericaUnited StatesHarriet Tubman
Underground Railroad
NF
Bio
GN
The Ballad of Lucy WhippleCushman, Karen1996UMG
YA
Industrial Age1849North AmericaUnited StatesWestward Expansion
California Gold Rush
FCB

1850s

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
LyddiePatterson, Katherine1995UMGIndustrial Age1843-1846North AmericaUnited StatesMill GirlsFCB
Rebels of the Heavenly KingdomPatterson, Katherine1995UMG
YA
Industrial Age1850-1865AsiaChinaTaiping RebellionFCB
The Game of SilenceErdrich, Louise2005MG
UMG
Industrial Age1850North AmericaUnited StatesOjibwe Nation
Indigenous Americans
F
OV
CB
Maggie's DoorReilly Giff, Patricia2005UMGIndustrial Age1850-1859Europe
North America
Ireland
United States
ImmigrationFN
Bound for OregonVan Leeuwen, Jean1996MGIndustrial Age1852North AmericaUnited StatesOregon Trail
Westward Expansion
FCB
The Porcupine YearErdrich, Louise2010MG
UMG
Industrial Age1852North AmericaUnited StatesOjibwe Nation
Indigenous Americans
F
OV
CB
Commodore Perry in the Land of the ShogunBlumberg, Rhoda2003UMGIndustrial Age1852-1854AsiaJapanTradeNFPB
Orphan Trains: An Interactive History AdventureRaum, Elizabeth2011MGIndustrial Age1854–1929North AmericaUnited StatesWestward Expansion
Orphan Trains
NFCB
Eliza's Freedom Road: An Underground Railroad DiaryNolen, Jerdine2017MGIndustrial Age1854North AmericaUnited StatesUnderground RailroadFCB
Two Miserable Presidents: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the Civil WarSheinkin, Steve2015YA
UMG
Industrial Age1856-1865North AmericaUnited StatesAbraham Lincoln
American Civil War
NFB
She Caught the Light: Williamina Stevens Fleming: AstronomerLasky, Kathryn2021LEIndustrial Age1857-1911North AmericaScotland
United States
Science
Space
Williamina Fleming
NF
Bio
PB
Day of TearsLester, Julius2007UMG
YA
Industrial Age1859North AmericaUnited StatesPhillis Wheatley
Slavery
FER

1860s

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Elijah of BuxtonCurtis, Christopher Paul2009UMGIndustrial Age1860North AmericaUnited States
Canada
Slavery
Underground Railroad
FCB
You Wouldn't Want to Work on the RailroadGraham, Ian2013LE
MG
Industrial Age1860-1869North AmericaUnited StatesWestward Expansion
Building
NFPB
The Detective's AssistantHannigan, Kate2015UMGIndustrial Age1860North AmericaUnited StatesPinkerton DetectivesFCB
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Victorian MinerMalam, John2014LE
MG
Industrial Age1860EuropeGreat BritainVictorian EraNFPB
Pink and SayPolacco, Patricia1994LE
MG
Industrial Age1860-1865North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil WarFPB
Blood and Germs: The Civil War Battle Against Wounds and DiseaseJarrow, Gail2020UMGIndustrial Age1860-1865North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil War
Medicine
NFB
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Pony Express RiderRatliff, Tom2013LE
MG
Industrial Age1860-1861North AmericaUnited StatesWestward ExpansionNFPB
Henry's Freedom BoxLevine, Ellen2007LEIndustrial Age1860-1865North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil War
Underground Railroad
NF
Bio
PB
Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War HeroMoss, Marissa2016LE
MG
Industrial Age1860-1865North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil War
Sarah Edmond
NF
Bio
PB
In the Footsteps of Crazy HorseMarshall III, Joseph2015MG
UMG
Industrial Age1860-1877North AmericaUnited StatesLakota Nation
Indigenous Americans
F
OV
CB
MarchBrooks, Geraldine2005YA
A
Industrial Age1861-1865North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil War
Abolition
FN
Little WomenAlcott, Louisa May1868UMG
YA
Industrial Age1861-1865North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil WarFN
This Republic of SufferingFaust, Drew Gilpin2008YA
A
Industrial Age1861-1865North AmericaUnited StatesDeath
American Civil War
NFB
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Civil War SoldierRatliff, Thomas2013LE
MG
Industrial Age1861–1865North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil WarNFPB
The Bloody CountryCollier, James Lincoln
Collier, Christopher
2005UMG
YA
Industrial Age1861-1865North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil WarFCB
Cixi: Evil Empress of China?Price, Sean2009YA
UMG
Industrial Age1861-1908AsiaChinaBoxer RebellionNF
Bio
CB
Bull RunFleischman, Paul1995MGIndustrial Age1861North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil WarFCB
Fields of Fury: The American Civil WarMcPherson, James M.2002UMG
YA
Industrial Age1861-1865North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil WarNFPB
Big Bad Ironclad!Hale, Nathan2012MG
UMG
Industrial Age1861-1865North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil WarNFGN
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Nurse During the American Civil WarSenior, Kathryn2010LE
MG
Industrial Age1861–1865North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil WarNFPB
Guts & Glory: The American Civil WarThompson, Ben2015UMGIndustrial Age1861-1865North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil WarNFCB
The Boys' WarMurphy, Jim1993UMG
YA
Industrial Age1861-1865North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil WarNFCB
FingersmithWaters, Sarah2002AIndustrial Age1862EuropeGreat BritainVictorian England
LGBTQ+
FN
97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York TenementZiegelman, Jane2010AIndustrial Age1863-1935North AmericaUnited StatesFoodNFB
Crossing Ebenezer CreekBolden, Tonya2018YA
A
Industrial Age1864North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil War
Sherman's March
F
OV
CB
March Towards The ThunderBruchac, Joseph2009UMGIndustrial Age1864North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil War
Abenaki Nation
FN
Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American DreamImani, Blair2020YA
A
Industrial Age1865-1979North AmericaUnited StatesGreat MigrationNFCB
All Different Now: Junteenth, the First Day of FreedomJohnson, Angela2014LEIndustrial Age1865North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil War
Emancipation
NF
OV
PB
ChickadeeErdrich, Louise2013MG
UMG
Industrial Age1866North AmericaUnited StatesOjibwe Nation
Indigenous Americans
F
OV
CB
MakoonsErdrich, Louise2013MG
UMG
Industrial Age1866North AmericaUnited StatesOjibwe Nation
Indigenous Americans
F
OV
CB
You Wouldn't Want to Live in a Wild West TownHicks, Peter2013LE
MG
Industrial Age1866-1879North AmericaUnited StatesWestward ExpansionNFPB
Dragon's GateYep, Lawrence1993UMGIndustrial Age1867North AmericaUnited States
China
Transcontinental Railroad
Chinese Immigration
F
OV
N
The Story of Marie CurieKatz, Susan B.2020MGIndustrial Age1867-1934Europe
North America
Poland
United States
Chemistry
Women in Science
NFCB
CooliesYin
Soentpiet, Chris
2003LE
MG
Industrial Age1867North AmericaUnited States
China
Transcontinental Railroad
Chinese Immigration
F
OV
PB
Grigory Rasputin: Holy Man or Mad Monk?Itzkowitz, Norman2008YA
UMG
Industrial Age1869-1916AsiaRussiaRussian HistoryNF
Bio
CB
Major ImpossibleHale, Nathan2018MG
UMG
Industrial Age1869North AmericaUnited StatesGrand CanyonNF
Bio
GN

1870s

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
BrothersYin
Soentpiet, Chris
2006LE
MG
Industrial Age1870North AmericaUnited States
China
Chinese ImmigrationF
OV
PB
The Great FireMurphy, Jim2006UMG
YA
Industrial Age1871North AmericaUnited StatesFiresNFCB
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her MonsterAuxier, Jonathan2020MG
UMG
Industrial Age1874EuropeGreat BritainChild Labor
Victorian England
HFCB
Water StreetReilly Giff, Patricia2008UMGIndustrial Age1875North AmericaUnited StatesNew York CityFN
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Worker on the Statue of LibertyMalam, John2017LE
MG
Industrial Age1875-1886Europe
North America
France
United States
MonumentsNFPB
Lincoln's Grave RobbersSheinkin, Steve2018YAIndustrial Age1875-1876North AmericaUnited StatesAbraham LincolnNFN
Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic HistoryGetz, Trevor R.2016YA
A
Industrial Age1876Gold CoastGhanaSlaveryNF
Bio
GN
My Calamity JaneHand, Cynthia
Ashton, Brodi
Meadows, Jodi
2020YA
A
Industrial Age1876North AmericaUnited StatesCalamity JaneHF
Bio
N
Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to FreedomMacy, Sue2017MG
UMG
Industrial Age1876-1902North AmericaUnited StatesWomen's Suffrage
Bicycles
FPB
Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape DesignersLewis, Anna M.2014YA
A
Industrial Age1876-1980North AmericaUnited StatesBuildingNF
Bio
B

1880s

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Immigrant KidsFreedman, Russell1995MG
UMG
Industrial Age1880-1920North AmericaUnited StatesImmigrationNFPB
You Wouldn't Want to be a Victorian SchoolchildMalam, John2014LE
MG
Industrial Age1880-1889EuropeGreat BritainVictorian EraNFPB
Linnea in Monet's GardenBjork, Christina1985LE
MG
Industrial Age1880EuropeFranceMonetFPB
CB
Prairie LotusPark, Linda Sue2020MG
UMG
Industrial Age1880Dakota TerritoryUnited StatesPrairie LifeFCB
You Wouldn't Want to be a Victorian ServantMacDonald, Fiona2016LE
MG
Industrial Age1880-1889EuropeGreat BritainVictorian EraNFPB
Dread NationIreland, Justina2018YAIndustrial Age1880North AmericaUnited StatesReconstruction
LGBTQ+
HFN
Deathless DivideIreland, Justina2020YAIndustrial Age1880North AmericaUnited StatesReconstructionHFN
The Prairie ThiefWiley, Melissa2013MG
UMG
Industrial Age1880-1889North AmericaUnited StatesPrairie LifeHFCB
Mornings With MonetRosenstock, Barb2021LEIndustrial Age1880EuropeFranceMonetNFPB
RodzinaCushman, Karen2003MG
UMG
Industrial Age1881North AmericaUnited StatesWestward Expansion
Orphan Trains
FCB
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial AfricaHochschild, Adam1999YA
A
Industrial Age1885-1908AfricaBelgium
Congo
Congo Free State
Leopold II
NF
Bio
N
History Smashers: Women's Right to VoteMessner, Kate2020UMG
MG
Industrial Age1885-1920North AmericaUnited StatesWomen's Suffrage
Voting
NF
Bio
B
Alice Paul and the Fight for Women's RightsKops, Deborah2017UMG
YA
Industrial Age1885-1920North AmericaUnited StatesWomen's Suffrage
Voting
NF
Bio
B
Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper KillingsFaye, Lyndsay2009AIndustrial Age1888–1891EuropeGreat BritainJack the Ripper
Whitechapel Murders
FN
The Last Days of NightMoore, Graham2016YA
A
Industrial Age1888-1896North AmericaUnited StatesTechnology
Thomas Edison
George Westinghouse
Nikolas Tesla
FN
Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. MontgomeryFishbane, Melanie J.2017YA
A
Industrial Age1889-1892North AmericaCanadaL.M. MontgomeryF
Bio
N

1890s

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
A Slip of a GirlReilly Giff, Patricia2021MGIndustrial Age1890EuropeIrelandIrish Land WarsFN
These Shallow GravesDonnelly, Jennifer2015YA
A
Industrial Age1890North AmericaUnited StatesGilded AgeFN
The Devil in the White CityLarson, Erik2016AIndustrial Age1890-1895North AmericaUnited StatesGilded Age
Chicago's World Fair
FN
Ellis Island: An Interactive History AdventureBurgan, Michael2014MGIndustrial Age1892-1954North AmericaUnited StatesImmigrationNFCB
Angel Island: Gateway to Gold MountainFreedman, Russell2016UMG
YA
Industrial Age1892-1940North AmericaUnited States
China
Chinese ImmigrationNFB
The SherlockianMoore, Graham2011YA
A
Industrial Age1893-1901EuropeGreat BritainVictorian EraFN
The American HeiressGoodwin, Daisy2010AIndustrial Age1893EuropeGreat BritainDownton AbbeyFN
The Klondike Gold RushShepherd, Donna Walsh1998MG
UMG
Industrial Age1896North AmericaUnited StatesWestward Expansion
Alaska Gold Rush
NFPB
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English DictionaryWinchester, Simon2005YA
A
Industrial Age1896EuropeGreat BritainOxford English DictionaryNFN
Broken SongLasky, Katheryn2005UMGIndustrial Age1897RussiaRussiaRussian Pogroms
Immigration
Jewish History
FCB
AudacityCrowder, Melanie2016UMG
YA
Industrial Age1898-1950North AmericaUnited StatesGilded Age
Activism
FN
The Golem and the JinniWecker, Helene2013YA
A
Industrial Age1899North AmericaUnited StatesImmigrants
Gilded Age
Jewish History
HFN

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List of abbreviations:
Reading Age Genre Format
LE = lower elementary
MG = middle grade (8-12 yrs.)
UMG = upper-middle grade (11-14 yrs.)
YA = young adult (14+)
A = adult (18+)
NF - non fiction
F = fiction
Bio = biography
HF = historical fantasy
AH = alternate history
OV - own voices
M = mythology
S = spine book
PB = picture book
GN = graphic novel
ER = early reader
CB = chapter book
B = book (NF)
N = novel