Auckland Libraries: If you like fiction based on true events...for tweens

If you like fiction based on true events...for tweens

Mēnā he pai ki a koe te kōrero paki mō ngā mahi pono... mā te taiohi

​Sometimes, the truth is stranger than fiction. If you can’t get your ‘reluctant’ reader (usually son) to read fiction, ease their way gently, with this list of novels based on true events and real people. 

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A long walk to water

Linda Sue. Park

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When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, 11 year-old Salva is separated from his family. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.

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Heart of a samurai

Margi Preus

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In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his companions castaways on a remote island, 14 year-old Manjiro learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese to set foot in the US.

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India dark

Kirsty Murray

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Madras 1910: Poesy and Tilly are caught up in a scandal that will change their lives forever. India Dark is a story of things kept secret, of conflicting wills and desires, set against the heat and dust of the lost empire.

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Hachiko waits

Lesléa Newman

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Story of a faithful dog in Tokyo who met his master at the train station every day and continued to wait for him for ten years after his master's death.

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The elephant thief

Jane Kerr

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When pickpocket Danny accidentally bids for Maharajah the elephant at an Edinburgh auction, he's swept up on an unforgettable journey.

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The tin snail

Cameron McAllister

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Set in pre-Second World War and occupied France, The Tin Snail is the story of the invention of the Citroen 2CV car - the first car to be affordable to the ordinary person.

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Journey to Tangiwai

David Hill

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It's 1953, in Napier, and Peter Cotterill starts the year writing in a journal given to him by his Great Aunt. We follow him through a year of many changes and to Auckland by train on Christmas Eve, a journey that he will never forget.

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Run, boy, run

Uri Orlev

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Based on the true story of a nine-year-old boy who escapes the Warsaw Ghetto and must survive throughout the war in the Nazi-occupied Polish countryside.

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Soldier bear

Bibi Dumon Tak

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An orphaned Syrian brown bear cub is adopted by Polish soldiers during World War II and serves for five years as their mischievous mascot in Iran and Italy. Based on a true story.

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Salt river

Elizabeth Hegarty

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Based on the true story of the Pook family in the early 1920s living in a remote area of the Kaipara Harbour. Tom and his younger sister are left in charge and must complete all the daily tasks as well as take care of their younger siblings.

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Book list by:

Annie

LibrarianHelensville Library