Read and Learn: Even More Children’s Books Set in North Carolina

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Already burned through all the titles in our last Read and Learn post? Fear not, because there are even more middle-grade books set in and about North Carolina! Now is a great time to introduce your children to new books, so what better place to start than books that relate to their own backyard? These books may be available through your local public library or the NC Kids Digital Library, so you can read from your own devices. And be sure to take a look at the related NCpedia articles for more in-depth study!

Read: Crow by Barbara Wright

Book jacket of the book, Crow by Barbara Wright

In the summer of 1898, 11-year-old African American Moses is going through the growing pains of becoming a young adult and navigating his relationships with his parents. However, Moses experiences upheaval in his enfranchised and emancipated community in Wilmington, North Carolina when white supremacist politicians stage a coup d’etat.

Learn: Wilmington Race Riot | NCpedia

Set in Wilmington, the riot that occurs in Crow really happened.

Read: Ghosts of the Carolina Coasts by Terrance Zepke and Julie Rabun

Book jacket of the book, Ghosts of the Carolina Coasts by Terrance Zepke and Julie Rabun

Coastal North Carolina is home to many different ghost stories. This book collects some of the best-known and may make you want to sleep with one eye open.

Learn: Ghosts | NCpedia

North Carolina’s history is filled with the echoes of ghosts and other things that go bump in the night.

Read: Aim by Joyce Moyer Hostetter

Book jacket  of the book, Aim by Joyce Moyer Hostetter

Set during World War II, Aim follows fourteen-year-old Junior Bledsoe. Living in rural North Carolina, Junior, on the cusp of adulthood, deals with difficulties at school and clashes with his family. Throughout this coming-of-age story, Junior begins to understand what matters most to him and what he might want out of life.

Learn: World War II | NCpedia

Even though battle was happening many miles away, World War II still greatly impacted North Carolina.

Read: What I Came to Tell You by Tommy Hays

Book jacket of the book, What I Came to Tell You by Tommy Hays

After his mother dies, Grover finds his relationships with his family strained. Throughout this coming-of-age story set in Asheville, Grover creates new friendships, discovers new hobbies, and makes peace with what he has lost.

Learn: Asheville | NCpedia

Learn more about Asheville’s rich history.

Stephen Ashley, User Experience Librarian