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I'm having trouble getting results in a search, I think my words are too general. :/ I'm looking for book recommendations, especially history-based fiction, for the ancients. I have loads for younger kids, but my 8yo is over Magic Treehouse and storybooks and the like.


He's read a fiction series about the Greek gods...I can't think of the name at the moment. I have some of the classics in middle-grade versions (The Odyssey, etc). But he'd love some general adventure books based in ancient times or during big events, or about individuals we'll study in the coming weeks. We're working our way through SOTW, heading into Egypt's middle kingdom, but anything after that is great, too!! He is reading at an 8th grade level so mostly we just try to monitor content.

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Black Ships Before Troy - Sutcliffe

Egyptian Diary

Archimedes and the Door of Science



Look at the Sonlight website. Check the fifth or sixth grade reading lists. I don't know which year they do ancients again but it will have ideas.


ETA. I looked it up. Click on 6th grade package and then the tab for What's Included.

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Long Ago People  is one of the few prehistoric novels in the public domain that many people would still find appropriate to use. London is called Llyn-dun.



Tales and Customs of the Ancient Hebrew really has some interesting info about daily life and early farming and is lots more than Bible stories.



Librivox has free audio of


Peeps at Ancient Egypt



Cat of Bubastes



Famous Men of Greece



Famous Men of Rome



A Wonder Book



Tanglewood Tales



The beginning chapters for Story of Mankind



The beginning chapters of Our Island Story



On the Shores of the Great Sea



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You don't need to buy the ebooks from Heritage History to use their lists. Here is the historical fiction novel list.



You can also browse the Yesterdays's Classics lists by subject and acquire the books elsewhere.



Rosegate Harbour's Henty chronological list.


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Some of our favorites:

Ludmilla Zeman's Gilgamesh picture-books

Hittite Warrior

The Golden Goblet


Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Lancelyn Green

D'aulaire's Greek Myths

Black Ships before Troy

The Wanderings of Odysseus by Rosemary Sutcliff

or The Children's Homer in place of the Sutcliff

Theras and His Town

Lysis Goes to the Play

The Bronze Bow

Detectives in Togas

The Mystery of the Rkman Ransom

The Aeneid for Boys and Girls by Church

Modern Rhymes for Ancient Times


The Ides of April

The Eagle of the Ninth

Julius Caesar, a story version


Plus picturebooks listed in the SOTW AG

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I'm not entirely sure what constitutes the "middle grades" but perhaps something here will be helpful.  Copying an older post of mine ~



First a general note about my list, we're quite liberal so some of the videos on the list as well as a few books (i.e., Gonick's the Cartoon History ...) might not suit all families.   I enlisted my husband to watch all of the videos with my daughter.  It gave them something to enjoy together and also involved my husband in homeschooling.


Bear in mind that my daughter was a voracious reader; I suspect that one might happily use far fewer books.  We also were homeschooling on a serious budget our first few years of homeschooling, and so I basically used what I could locate at the library and thrift stores.


This list covers the time period from prehistory to 500AD.  


My daughter used the following materials in 7th grade:



Selections from The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World by Charlotte Evans et al.


The Young People's Story of Our Heritage: The Ancient World, Pre-history to 500BC by V. M. Hillyer and E. G. Huey


The Young People's Story of Our Heritage: The Ancient World, 500BC to 500AD by V. M. Hillyer and E. G. Huey


A Bone from a Dry Sea by Peter Dickinson


Cave of the Moving Shadows by Thomas Milstead


Spirit on the Wall by Ann O'Neal Garcia


Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw


Pharaoh's Daughter by Julius Lester


Video:  David Macaulay's World of Ancient Engineering:   Pyramid


Black Ships before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff


Dateline: Troy by Paul Fleischman


Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McClaren 


The Curse of King Tut by Patricia Netzley


The Golden Fleece by Padraic Colum


Escape from Egypt by Sonia Levitin


Troy by Adele Geras   


The Wanderings of Odysseus by Rosemary Sutcliff


The Cat of Bubastes by G. A. Henty


City of Gold and Other Stories from the Old Testament by Peter Dickinson


Gods and Goddesses by John Malam


The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone by James Cross Giblin


Selections from  Cultural Atlas for Young People:  Ancient Greece by Anton Powell


Selections from Then and Now by Stefania and Dominic Perring


Selections from Usborne Book of Famous Lives


Selections from  Heroines by Rebecca Hazell


Selections from A Picturesque Tale of Progress, Volume 2 by Olive Beaupre Miller


The Story of the World, History for the Classical Child: Ancient Times by Susan W. Bauer


Niko: Sculptor's Apprentice by Isabelle Lawrence


How Would You Survive as an Ancient Greek? by Fiona Macdonald


Calliope Magazine: Taharqo


Calliope Magazine: Ancient Celts


Alexander the Great by Peter Chrisp


Video: Alexander the Great (The History Makers)


Men of Athens by Olivia Coolidge


Selections from Mathematicians are People, Too by Luetta and Wilbert Reimer


Science in Ancient Greece by Kathlyn Gay


Selections from A Day in Old Athens by William S. Davis


Your Travel Guide to Ancient Greece by Nancy Day


The Librarian who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Lasky


The Emperor's Silent Army by Jane O'Connor


Selections from Ancient Japan by J. E. Kidder


Hannibal's Elephants by Alfred Powers


The Story of the Romans by H. A. Guerber


Galen: My Life in Imperial Rome by Marissa Moss


Caesar's Gallic War by Olivia Coolidge


Selections from Ancient Inventions by Peter James and Nick Thorpe


Video:  Anthony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1974)


Videos:  I, Claudius (Volumes 1-7)


Augustus Caesar's World by Genevieve Foster


City by David Macaulay


The Wadjet Eye by Jill Rubalcaba


Video:  David Macaulay's World of Ancient Engineering:   Roman City


Song for a Dark Queen by Rosemary Sutcliff


Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfield


Video:  Ancient Mysteries:  Pompeii, Buried Alive


The Capricorn Bracelet by Rosemary Sutcliff


The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff


Selections from Wonders of Ancient Chinese Science by Robert Silverberg


The White Stag by Kate Seredy


Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges


Selections from The Dark Ages by Tony Gregory


Lady Ch'iao Kuo:  Warrior of the South by Laurence Yep


The Dancing Bear by Peter Dickinson


Video:  Africa (Ancient Civilizations for Children)


The Cartoon History of the Universe II, From the Springtime of China to the Fall of Rome by Larry Gonick



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