Indiana

Fiction:

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Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant (2018)

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Times in Rosetown, Indiana were 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 in the 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)

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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)

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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)

Paperback | Hardcover

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)

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

  • Reading age : 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (February 1, 1997)
  • ISBN-10 : 0689812361
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0689812361

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

Hardcover | Paperback

Set in 1815, the story of this picture book follows one family’s journey to Indiana on the Ohio River. (out of print)


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

Paperback | Hardcover

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

Reading age : 6 – 9 years
Publisher : Atheneum; 1st edition (June 1, 1997)
ISBN-10 : 0689804709
ISBN-13 : 978-0689804700


Nonfiction:

H is for Hoosier: An Indiana Alphabet by Cynthia Furlong Reynolds and illustrated by Bruce Langton (2001) 

Kindle | Hardcover

Indiana is called the Hoosier State although historians don’t really know why. Find out some of the theories and much more.

  • Reading age : 6 – 9 years
  • Publisher : Sleeping Bear Press; First Edition (September 19, 2001)
  • ISBN-10 : 1585360414
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1585360413

Indiana (Hello USA) by Gwenyth Swain (2002)

Paperback | Library Binding

Introduction to the history and geography of Indiana.

  • Reading age : 9 – 10 years
  • Publisher : Lerner Pub Group; Revised, Expanded edition (May 1, 2002)
  • ISBN-10 : 0822540819
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0822540816

Indiana by Tamra B. Orr

Paperback | Library Binding

A look at the history, culture and geography of Indiana.

  • Reading age : 8 – 10 years
  • Publisher : Children’s Press (February 1, 2018)
  • ISBN-10 : 0531247155
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0531247150

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