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Good historical fiction that is appropriate for middle grades on up to adult. The setting is a small town in Kansas during the Great Depression. It goes back and forth between WWI and the 1930s as a child and a town find their history and their future.
Number the Stars: Lois Lowry
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Sara Louise Bradshaw is sick and tired of her beautiful twin Caroline. Ever since they were born, Caroline has been the pretty one, the talented one, the better sister. Even now, Caroline seems to take everything: Louise's friends, their parents' love, her dreams for the future. For once in her life, Louise wants to be the special one. But in order to do that, she must first figure out who she is . . . and find a way to make a place for herself outside her sister's shadow.
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley (Jan 14, 2014)
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo