In a similar but broader vein, my daughters -- 8 and 10 years old -- enjoyed the works of Howard Zinn, E.H Gombrich, etc as non-fiction sources, but we are a bit stuck when looking for specific time periods. In particular, the 10 year-old is asking for 'historical fiction literature' as night time reading. The key stipulation being a historical perspective which does not take too much liberty, and has a child's ear in mind but does not speak-down. If it reads well when spoken aloud, I am a certain buyer. Any time period is fine. All suggestions are welcome.