What Do I Read Next?
- Calico Captive is Speare’s first novel, published in 1957. Set during the French Indian War in Charleston, New Hampshire, Calico Captive takes place prior to the American Revolution.
- Probably her most famous work, Speare’s second novel, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, garnered her the coveted Newbery Medal for “Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children” in 1958. It is the story of sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler and her life in Connecticut Colony during the hysteria of the witch trials.
- Not written until 1984, The Sign of the Beaver is Speare’s third Newbery winner. This novel returns to Speare’s American roots, with twelve-year-old Matt trying to survive on his own until his father returns to the family cabin in the Maine wilderness.
- Elizabeth Jarvis McGraw is also a Newbery winner for a novel of historical fiction called The Golden Goblet. The story’s protagonist, a young Egyptian boy, attempts to reshape his own destiny while solving a murder.
- For nonfiction works aimed at this age group, consider Daily Life at the Time of Jesus by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh. The author considers how much a shekel would buy and other common challenges of everyday life.
- Another nonfiction work accessible to young adults is Schulyer Brown’s The Origins of Christianity: A Historical Introduction to the New Testament. Brown recounts the life and death of Jesus as well as the origin of the movement that venerated him.