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Stanley, Diane. Thanksgiving on Plymouth Plantation.
Twins Liz and Lenny, along with their time-traveling grandmother, visit Plymouth Plantation to see how the Pilgrims lived and to celebrate a big feast with the Pilgrims and Native Americans.

Van Leeuwen, Jean. Across the Wide Dark Sea: The Mayflower Journey.
A boy and his family endure a difficult nine-week journey across the ocean and survive the first winter at Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts.

Yolen, Jane. Letting Swift River Go.
Relates Sally Jane's experience of changing times in rural America, as she lives through the drowning of the Swift River towns in western Massachusetts to form the Quabbin Reservoir.

J Fiction
Atkins, Jeannine. Becoming Little Women: A Novel of Louisa May at Fruitlands.
Relates events in author Louisa May Alcott's tenth year, 1843, when her family moved from Boston to a farm where, along with an odd assortment of idealists, they try to establish a community based on equality and love. (Gr. 4-7)

Avi. Emily Upham’s Revenge.
During the summer of 1875, a seven-year-old girl is sent to live with her wealthy uncle in Massachusetts and becomes involved in a very suspicious bank robbery. (Gr. 3-6) (J Paperback)

Bond, Nancy. The Voyage Begun.
Living in the not-so-distant future when the energy supply has been almost depleted, a teenage boy explores the deserted colonies near his father's Cape Cod research station and begins to understand the long-term effects of recent climate and weather changes and environmental pollution on the land and the people. (Gr. 5-8)

Dorris, Michael. Guests.
Moss and Trouble, an Algonquin boy and girl, struggle with the problems of growing up in the Massachusetts area during the time of the first Thanksgiving. (Gr. 3-6) (J Paperback)

Hoobler, Dorothy. Priscilla Foster: The Story of a Salem Girl.
Hannah hears Granny Priss recount her involvement in the Salem witch trials of 1692 and the terrible consequences that occured when Granny Priss, as a young girl, joined Ann Putnam in accusing many innocent women of being witches. (Gr. 3-6)

Hurst, Carol Otis. Torchlight.
In 1864, fifth-grader Charlotte befriends an Irish-American girl at school and tries to understand the prejudices between the Irish and the Yankees in her town of Westfield, Massachusetts. (Gr. 4-6)

Lasky, Kathryn. Beyond the Burning Time.
When, in the winter of 1691, accusations of witchcraft surface in her small New England village, twelve-year-old Mary Chase fights to save her mother from execution. (Gr. 5-9)

Lewis, Maggie. Morgy Coast to Coast.
After moving to Massachusetts and starting fourth grade, Morgy continues to experience a lot of changes in his life, including learning to play hockey and the trumpet, and adopting a greyhound named Dante. (Gr. 2-4)

McCully, Emily Arnold. The Bobbin Girl.
A ten-year-old bobbin girl working in a textile mill in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1830s, must make a difficult decision--will she participate in the first workers' strike in Lowell? (Gr. 3-6)

Paterson, Katherine. Lyddie.
Impoverished Vermont farm girl Lyddie Worthen is determined to gain her independence by becoming a factory worker in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1840s. (Gr. 5-8)

Smith, Patricia Clark. Weetamoo, Heart of the Pocassets.
The 1653-1654 diary of a fourteen-year-old Pocasset Indian girl, destined to become a leader of her tribe, describes how her life changes with the seasons, after a ritual fast she undertakes, and with her tribe's interaction with the English "Coat-men" of the nearby Plymouth Colony. (Gr. 5-8)

Turner, Ann Warren. Love Thy Neighbor: The Tory Diary of Prudence Emerson.
In Greenmarsh, Massachusetts, in 1774, thirteen-year-old Prudence keeps a diary of the troubles she and her family face as Tories surrounded by American patriots at the start of the American Revolution.
(Gr. 4-7)

Voigt, Cynthia. The Callender Papers.
In nineteenth-century Massachusetts, orphan Jean, employed to sort out the family papers of a reclusive artist, becomes curious about the mysterious, long-ago death of his wife and the subsequent disappearance of their young child. (Gr. 5-8)

J Nonfiction
Dolan, Edward. The Salem Witch Trials.
Historical overview of the events that took place during the Salem Witch Trials in 17th century Massachusetts. J 974.4 D

Lund, Bill. The Wampanoag Indians.
Provides an overview of the past and present lives of the Wampanoag Indians, covering their daily life, customs, relations with the government and others, and more. J 970.1 L

McNair, Sylvia. Massachusetts.
Describes the history, geography, ecology, people, economy, cities, and sights of the Bay State, Massachusetts. J 917.44 M

Peters, Russell. Clambake—A Wampanoag Tradition.
Steven Peters, a twelve-year-old Wampanoag Indian in Massachusetts, learns from his grandfather how to prepare a clambake in the tradition of his people. J 970.1 P

Pilgrim Voices: Our First Year in the New World.
What better way to understand the joys and sorrows of the Pilgrims than to read their own words? Nearly four hundred years after they were written, the Pilgrim's own writings are still the most dramatic account of their adventure in the New World. J 974.4 P

Raven, Margot Theis. M is for Mayflower: A Massachusetts Alphabet.
Presents information about the state of Massachusetts in an alphabetical arrangement. J 974.4 R

Roach, Marilynne K. In the Days of the Salem Witchcraft Trials.
With rich historical descriptions and detailed illustrations, the author reveals the world in which Salem witchcraft trials took place, showing how the ordinary lives of people formed the context for those extraordinary events. J 974.4 R

Sewall, Marcia. Thunder from the Clear Sky.
Sewall wrote about the settlement of the Plymouth colony in The Pilgrims of Plimoth and about the daily life of the Wampanoag Indians in People of the Breaking Day. This book illustrates what happened when these two people met. Told by a Wampanoag brave and a Pilgrim settler, Thunder from the Clear Sky shows two cultures with very different views of life. J 973.24 S

Waters, Kate. Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Feast.
The story of the First Thanksgiving is told from the points-of-view of a 14-year-old Wampanoag Indian boy and a 6-year-old English Pilgrim boy. J 394.2649 W

Whitehurst, Susan. The Colony of Massachusetts.
An introduction to the early days of the Massachusetts Colony, from the difficulties faced by the Pilgrims to the role of Massachusetts in the American Revolution. J 974.4 W

______. A Plymouth Partnership: Pilgrims and Native Americans.
In 1620, the Pilgrims sailed into Cape Cod. At first they were afraid of the Wampanoag, the Native Americans in the area. Thanks to the help of a Pawtuxet Indian named Squanto, the Pilgrims and Native Americans were able to make peace. J 974.4 W

Yolen, Jane. The Salem Witch Trials: An Unsolved Mystery from History.
In 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, witnessed one of the saddest and most inexplicable chapters in American history. When a group of girls came down with a horrible, mysterious bout of illness, everyone in town was saying the same thing: The girls were ill because they were under a spell, the spell of witchcraft! And still, the question remains: Why did the hysteria occur? J 974.4 Y