Children's Fiction:
The Old West, Gold Rush, Frontier and Pioneer Life

Printable book list: [Part 1] [Part 2]

J FIC ARRINGTO
Bluestem (1870s prairie)

J FIC AUCH
Journey to Nowhere (1815 rural New York)
Frozen Summer

J FIC AVI
Hard Gold: The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859: A Tale of the Old West

J FIC BEATTY
Bonanza Girl (1880s Idaho Gold Rush)
Lacy Makes a Match (early 1900s California, mining town)
A Long Way to Whiskey Creek (1879 trek across Texas)
Melinda Takes a Hand (1893 Colorado, small town)
Wait for Me, Watch For Me, Eula Bee (1860s Texas frontier, taken by Comanche)

J FIC BRADLEY
Weaver's Daughter (1791 Tennessee)

J FIC BRINK
Caddie Woodlawn (1860s Wisconsin)

J FIC BULLA
Riding the Pony Express

J FIC BYARS
Trouble River (prairie)

J FIC CALVERT
Bigger (1865 Missouri to Texas)

J FIC CANNON
Charlotte's Rose (Mormon Trail 1856)

J FIC CARBONE
Last Dance on Holladay Street (Colorado 1878)

J FIC CONRAD
Prairie Songs (Nebraska)

J FIC COULOUMB
The Misadventures of Maude March, or Trouble Rides a Fast Horse (Missouri)
Maude March on the Run!, or Trouble is Her Middle Name

J FIC DANNEBER
Family Reminders (1890s Cripple Creek, Colorado, mining)

J FIC DERBY
Away to the Goldfields! (California 1848)

J FIC DEFELICE
Weasel (1839 Ohio)
Bringing Ezra Back

J FIC DURBIN
Blackwater Ben (1898 logging in Minnesota)
The Journal of Sean Sullivan: A Transcontinental Railroad Worker (1867)
Song of Sampo Lake (1900 Minnesota wilderness)

J FIC DURRANT
The Sun, the Rain, & the Apple Seed: A Novel of Johnny Appleseed’s Life (1790s)

J FIC ERNST
Secrets in the Hills: A Josephina Mystery (1820s New Mexico)
The Runaway Friend: A Kirsten Mystery (1850s Minnesota)

J FIC FLEISCHM
Jim Ugly (1894 Nevada to San Francisco)

J FIC GARLAND
The Buffalo Soldier (Army late 1800s)
Valley of the Moon: The Diary of Maria Rosalia de Milagros (1845-46 early settlement in California)

J FIC GIBLIN
The Boy Who Saved Cleveland (1798 Malaria epidemic)

J FIC GIPSON
Old Yeller (Texas Hill Country 1860s and 1870s; also on audiobook)
Savage Sam
Little Arliss

J FIC GREER
Max and Me and the Wild West (time travel)

J FIC GREGORY
The Great Railroad Race: The Diary of Libby West (Denver to Cheyenne 1868)
Jenny of the Tetons (1870s wagon train)
The Legend of Jimmy Spoon
Jimmy Spoon and the Pony Express
My Darlin' Clementine (1866 Idaho)
Seeds of Hope: The Gold Rush Diary of Susanna Fairchild (1849 California) (Dear America)

J FIC HAHN
The Gentleman Outlaw and Me — Eli: A Story of the Old West (1887 traveling to Colorado)

J FIC HEISEL
Precious Gold, Precious Jade (Oregon gold rush, prejudice against Chinese immigrants)

J FIC HEMPHILL
The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones (Reconstruction in Texas, cowboys, race relations)

J FIC HERMES
Calling Me Home (late 1850s going to Nebraska)
Westward to Home (Oregon Trail in 1848)
A Perfect Place (in Oregon Territory in 1848)

J FIC HILL
Dancing at the Odinochka (1860s when Alaska is bought by the US)

J FIC HOLM
Boston Jane series (Boston to Washington Territory in 1850s)
Boston Jane: An Adventure
Boston Jane: Wilderness Days
Boston Jane: The Claim

May Amelia series (Washington state 1890s-1900s)
Our Only May Amelia
The Trouble with May Amelia

J FIC HOOKS
Pioneer Cat

J FIC HOWARD
The Log Cabin Wedding (Michigan frontier)

J FIC LAFAYE
Worth (Orphan Train, Nebraska)

J FIC LAWLOR
The Addie series (1883 Dakota Territory)
Addie Across the Prairie
Addie's Dakota Winter
Addie's Long Summer
George on His Own (Addie's brother)
Down the Rio Grande (1829)
The School at Crooked Creek (1820s Indiana)

J FIC LILES
Rebecca of Blossom Prairie: Grandmother of a Vice-President (1851 wagon trip from Tennessee to Texas)
Kitty of Blossom Prairie (life on the Texas prairie)
The Boy of Blossom Prairie, Who Became Vice-President (1880s Texas)
Willer and the Piney Woods Doctor (East Texas in the early 1900s)

J FIC LOVE
A Year Without Rain (late 1800s in the Dakotas and Georgia)

J FIC MACLACHL
Sarah, Plain and Tall (late 1800s Kansas)
Skylark
Caleb's Story
Audiobook of Sarah, Plain and Tall, Skylark and Caleb's Story
More Perfect than the Moon

J FIC MAZER
My Brother Abe: Sally Lincoln's Story (1816 Indiana)

J FIC MCCAUGHR
Stop the Train! (Oklahoma 1893)

J FIC MCDONALD
All the Stars in the Sky: The Santa Fe Trail Diary of Florrie Mack Ryder (1848 Missouri to Santa Fe)

J FIC MCKISSAC
Away West (1879 St. Louis, Missouri and Kansas, African American cowboys)

J FIC MITCHELL
Journey to the Bottomless Pit: The Story of Stephen Bishop and Mammoth Cave (Kentucky 1838)

J FIC MOREY
Year of the Black Pony (Oregon in the early 1900s)

J FIC MURPHY
My Face to the Wind: The Diary of Sarah Jane Price, A Prairie Teacher (Nebraska 1881)
West to the Land of Plenty: The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi (going to Idaho 1883)

J FIC NAYLOR
Emily's Fortune

J FIC NIXON
The Orphan Train series (Missouri 1860s)
A Family Apart
Caught in the Act
In the Face of Danger
A Place to Belong
A Dangerous Promise
Keeping Secrets
Circle of Love

Orphan Train Children series
Lucy's Wish
Will's Choice
David's Search
Aggie's Home

J FIC ODELL
Carlota (1846 California during the war between the United States and Mexico)

J FIC OSBORNE
Ghost Town at Sundown (Magic Tree House)
Twister on Tuesday (Kansas 1870s)

J FIC OSWALD
Nothing Here But Stones (Colorado 1882)

J FIC PAULSEN
The Tucket Adventures series (Old West of 1840s)
Mr. Tucket
Call Me Francis Tucket
Tucket's Ride
Tucket's Gold
Tucket's Home

J FIC PEARSALL
Crooked River (1812 Ohio, relations with American Indians)

J MYS REISS
Riddle of the Prairie Bride (1878 Kansas)

J FIC ROSE
May B.: A Novel (Kansas prairie winter

J FIC RUCKMAN
In Care of Cassie Tucker (1899 Nebraska)

J FIC SEELY
Grasslands (1880s Kansas)

J FIC SHAW
Kirsten series (American Girl; 1854 Minnesota from Sweden)
Meet Kirsten, An American Girl
Kirsten Learns a Lesson: A School Story
Kirsten's Surprise: A Christmas Story
Happy Birthday, Kirsten!: A Springtime Story
Changes for Kirsten: A Winter Story
And more …

J FIC SHEFELMA
A Paradise Called Texas (mid-1800s in Texas)
Willow Creek Home
Spirit of Iron

J FIC STAHL
Sadie Rose Adventures series (Nebraska)
Sadie Rose and the Daring Escape
Sadie Rose and the Cottonwood Creek Orphan
Sadie Rose and the Outlaw Rustlers
Sadie Rose and the Mad Fortune Hunters
Sadie Rose and the Double Secret

J FIC STEELE
The Buffalo Knife (1782 down the Tennessee River)
Flaming Arrows (1700s Tennessee)

J FIC STEVENS
Trouble for Lucy (1843 Oregon Trail)

J FIC TALBOT
An Orphan for Nebraska (1872)

J FIC TRIPP
Josefina series (American Girl; New Mexico 1824)
Meet Josefina, An American Girl
Josefina's Surprise: A Christmas Story
Josefina Learns a Lesson: A School Story
Happy Birthday, Josefina!: A Springtime Story
Changes for Josefina: A Winter Story
Josefina Saves the Day: A Summer Story
And more …

J FIC TUNBO
Stay Put, Robbie McAmis (Texas 1848)

J FIC TURNER
Grasshopper Summer (Dakotas 1874)

J FIC VANLEEW
Cabin on Trouble Creek (Ohio Wilderness 1803)

J FIC WHELAN
Next Spring an Oriole (1837 Virginia to Michigan)
The Shadow of the Wolf

J FIC WILDER
Little House on the Prairie series (pioneers)
Little House in the Big Woods
Little House on the Prairie
Farmer Boy
By the Shores of Silver Lake
The Long Winter
On the Banks of Plum Creek
Little Town on the Prairie
These Happy Golden Years
The First Four Years
(All of these are are also available as audiobooks)

J FIC WILKES
On Top of Concord Hill (early 1800s Wisconsin)

J FIC WILLIS
Danger Along the Ohio (lost along the Ohio River 1793)

J FIC WILSON
Black Storm Comin' (Pony Express 1860)

J FIC WISLER
The Raid (1860s Texas)

J FIC WOODRUFF
Dear Levi: Letters from the Overland Trail (1851 Pennsylvania to Oregon)

J FIC WYSS
A Tale of Gold (1897 Alaska Gold Rush)

J FIC YATES
Sarah Whitcher's Story (New Hampshire wilderness)

J FIC YEP
The Traitor (Wyoming 1885, Chinese immigrants)
When the Circus Came to Town (Montana small pox outbreak early 20th century, Chinese immigrants)

J FIC YOUNG
Minnow and Rose: An Oregon Trail Story (mid-1800s)