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Rosetownby Cynthia Rylant (2018)

Timesin Rosetown, Indianawere stressful for nine-year-old Flora Smallwood. Her dog passed away, she had just started fourth grade, and her parents decided to separate. Good thing she had a new friend named Uri and a retreat inthe Wing and a Chair Used Book Shop.

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (May 8, 2018)
  • ISBN-10: 1534412778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1534412774

The Beef Princess of Practical County by Michelle Houts (2009)

Libby Ryan prepares her steers to show at the Practical County Fair, in a coming of age story. Is she ready to overcome the competition?

Reading level: Middle Grade/Young Adult

Hardcover: 240 pages

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 14, 2009)

ISBN-10: 0385735847

ISBN-13: 978-0385735841

A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter (2010)

Elnora Comstock lives by the Limberlost swamp with her widowed mother. She is afraid she won’t be able to go to school because of lack of money, but starts collecting butterflies and moths to sell and pay for her education. Written by Indiana native Gene Stratton-Porter in 1909, this is considered by many to be her best novel.

Reading level: Young adult

Hardcover: 492 pages

Publisher: Benediction Classics (November 30, 2010)

ISBN-10: 1849025800

ISBN-13: 978-1849025805

The Dark Didn't Catch Me by Crystal Thrasher (2004)

Seeley Robinson struggles to grow up in Greene County, Indiana during the Great Depression.

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: Indiana University Press (April 6, 2004)

ISBN-10: 0253216850

ISBN-13: 978-0253216854

Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix (1997)

Jessie thinks she's living in a frontier town in Indiana in 1840. But is she really?

The Floating House by Scott Russell Sanders and illustrated by Hele Cogancherry (1995)

Set in 1815, the story of this picture book follows one family's journey to Indiana on the Ohio River.

A Place Called Freedom by Scott Russell Sanders and illustrated by Thomas B. Allen (2001)

A picture book about freed slaves from Tennessee who move to Indiana and start a settlement called "Freedom."


H is for Hoosier: An Indiana Alphabet by Bruce Langton (2001)

Indiana (Hello USA) by Gwenyth Swain (2002)

Indiana (From Sea to Shining Sea) by Bettina Ling (2009)


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