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Children's Fiction Set in Michigan

Compiled by Evelyn Leasher
September 1997

MmThis is an annotated list of Michigan related children's books found in the Lucile Clarke Memorial Children's Library, a component part of the Clarke Historical Library. The books selected here deal with individuals who live or lived in Michigan, stories that that relate to our state, or books set in Michigan and the Great Lakes area. This listing is not complete bibliography of children's books dealing with Michigan. Rather, it reflects the holdings in this library. We have chosen to exclude textbooks from the list. Arrangement of the list is by author.
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Aaron, Jan. Gerald R. Ford, President of Destiny. NY: Fleet Press Corp., 1975. 103 pages.
  • Ford was the 38th President of the United States. This book traces his life from his boyhood in Grand Rapids, through his student days at the University of Michigan, through his first one hundred days as President.
Adoff, Arnold. Malcolm X. NY: Harper & Row, 1970. 41 pages.
  • Malcolm X was raised in the Lansing, Michigan area. This book relates briefly his rise from a convict through self-education and love of his black brothers to become a leader of the black people of the United States.
Aird, Hazel. Henry Ford, Boy with Ideas. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill, 1959. 192 pages.
  • An easy to read book about Ford's childhood.
Anderson, William. Michigan's Marguerite De Angeli: The Story of Lapeer's Native Author and Illustrator. Lapeer, MI: Marquerite De Angeli Library, 1987. 60 pages.
  • An easy to read biography of DeAngeli with emphasis on her Lapeer roots.
Arundel, Louis. Motor Boat Boys on the Great Lakes: or, Exploring the Mystic Isle of Mackinac. Chicago, IL: M.A. Donohue, 1912. 227 pages.
  • One of the Motor Boat Boys series, set on Mackinac Island.


Barnes, James. The Hero of Erie (Oliver Hazard Perry). NY: Appleton, 1898. 167 pages.
  • "Young Heroes of the Navy" series. Perry defeated the British on Lake Erie in the War of 1812.
Beamish, Richard. The Boy's Story of Lindbergh, the Lone Eagle. Philadedphia, PA: John C Winston Co., 1928. 320 pages.
  • Lindbergh's family lived in the Detroit area, although he was raised in Minnesota. This is a hero worshiping account of his life.
Bellairs, John. The House with a Clock in its Walls. NY: Dell, 1973. 179 pages. [Illustrated by Edward Gorey]
  • A ghost story set in Marshall, Michigan.
Biggs-Bunting, Jane. Laddie of the Light. Oxford, MI: Black River Trading Co., 1997. 41 pages.
  • A little girl comes to terms with her parents' divorce during a summer spent with her grandfather and a special dog named Laddie. Set on the Great Lakes.
Bird, Dorothy. Granite Harbor. Marquette, MI: Peter White Public Library, 1987. [reprint of 1944 edition] 211 pages.
  • Skiing, winter sports, and the usual high-school activities among a group of boys and girls in a town on Lake Superior.
Bird, Dorothy. Mystery at Laughing Water. NY: Macmillan, 1946. 203 pages.
  • Fiction about a girl's summer camp experiences near Copper Harbor, Michigan.
Blos, Joan. Brothers of the Heart: A Story of the Old Northwest, 1837-1838. NY: Scribner, 1985. 162 pages.
  • Alone in the Michigan wilderness a young man learns from an elderly Ottawa Indian woman how to survive physically and spiritually.
Bonvillain, Nancy. The Huron. NY: Chelsea House, 1989. 111 pages.
  • The Hurons are one of the Native American groups of Michigan.
Bowman, James Cloyd. Adventures of Paul Bunyan. NY: Century, 1927. 286 pages.
  • Tales of the legendary logger.
Brandt, Keith. Rosa Parks: Fight for Freedom. Mahwah, NJ: Troll Associates, 1993. 48 pages.
  • A biography of Rosa Parks, a pioneer in the Civil Rights movement, for young readers. Rosa Parks lives in Detroit.
Brill, Ethel. Copper Country Adventure. Iron Mountain, MI: R.W. Secord Press, 1987. 273 pages.
  • A young man learns about geology and copper mining in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Brill, Ethel. When Lighthouses are Dark: A Story of a Lake Superior Island. NY: Henry Holt & Co., 1921. 292 pages.
  • Three children are stranded over the winter on a deserted island on Lake Superior.
Browning, Norma Lee. Joe Maddy of Interlochen. Chicago, IL: H. Regnery Co., 1963. 297 pages.
  • A biography of the man who started the Inerlochen Music Camp near Traverse City.
Burger, Louisa. Swing that Pail: One Room School Days. Point Reyes Station, CA: Floating Island Publications, 1992. 67 pages.
  • Childhood adventures on a Mecosta County farm in the days of World War I.
Burgess, Barbara. The Fred Field. NY: Bantan, 1995. 180 pages.
  • Teenagers reclaim an empty field to make a ball park in Detroit.
Burnett, Nicholas. The Best Adventure Yet. St. Ignace, MI: Upper Peninsula Diving Council, 1995. 89 pages.
  • A teen tells his story of learning to scuba dive on a real shipwreck in Lake Superior. Along the way he meets people who share lessons about maritime history, archeology, ecology, and adventure. Written for grades 6-12.
Burns, Virginia. Lewis Cass, Frontier Soldier. Bath, MI: Enterprise Press, 1980. 176 pages.
  • Cass, 1782-1866, was Governor of Michigan Territory and United States Secretary of State. This biography was written for young people.
Burns, Virginia. Tall Annie. Bath, MI: Enterprise Press, 1987. 108 pages.
  • Ana Clemenc, 1888-1956, was a leader of the 1913-1914 Copper Miners' Strike in the Upper Peninsula. The book is written for young readers.
Burns, Virginia. William Beaumont, Frontier Doctor. Bath, MI: Enterprise Press, 1978. 159 pages.
  • Beaumont, 1785-1853, and his work at Mackinac Island and elsewhere are introduced to young readers in this book.


Carr, Harriet. Where the Turnpike Starts. NY: Macmillan, 1955. 216 pages.
  • Story of a resourceful girl who took an active part in the struggles of Michigan for statehood in the 1830's.
Catton, Bruce. Waiting for the Morning Train: An American Boyhood. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1972. 260 pages.
  • An autobiographical account of Catton's young years, 1895-1946, in the Benzonia area. For older readers.
Chaput, Donald. Michigan Indians; A Way of Life Changes. Hillsdale, MI: Hillsdale Educational Publishers, 1970. 71 pages.
  • Tells of the way of life of the Native Americans in Michigan before and after the Europeans arrived.
Chase, Leah. The Song of the Maples: A Novel. NY: Exposition Press, 1958. 87 pages.
  • Fiction about a Michigan farm girl and her attempt to become an artist.
Chipman, William. Roy Gilbert's Search: A Tale of the Great Lakes. NY: A.L.Burt, 1889. 277 pages.
  • 16 year old boys on a trip around the Great Lakes in the 1880's.
Clifton, James A. The Potawatomi. NY: Chelsea House Publishers, 1987. 98 pages.
  • Examines the history, changing fortunes, and current situation of the Potawatomi Indians. Includes a picture essay on their crafts.
Cloutier, Helen. Isle Royale Calling. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1957. 215 pages.
  • A novel set on Isle Royale involving a park ranger and his family and their interest in ham radio operation.
Cory, David. Chippewa Trail. NY: Grosset and Dunlap, 1939. 143 pages.
  • A Souix Indian boy travels with a Council of Peace to the Chippewas in the Great Lakes area.
Curtis, Christopher. The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963. NY: Delacorte Press, 1995. 210 pages.
  • Birmingham, Alabama in the summer of 1963 when racial tensions ran high is the scene of this story of a Flint family.
Curtis, Rebecca. Charlotte Avery on Isle Royale. Mount Horeb, WI: Midwest Traditions, 1995. 191 pages.
  • A ten year old girl's year on Isle Royale with her family in the 1870's.


Davis, Verne. The Runaway Cattle. NY: Morrow, 1965. 128 pages.
  • Teenagers attempt to recapture a runaway herd of cattle in Western Michigan in the 1890's.
De Angeli, Marguerite. Butter at the Old Price; the Autobiography of Marguerite De Angeli. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1971. 258 pages.
  • DeAngeli was born in Lapeer and moved with her family to Philadelphia when she was 13. This is a book for older readers that includes information about the background for many of her stories.
De Angeli, Marguerite. Copper-Toed Boots. NY: Doubleday, 1938. 92 pages.
  • Set in central Michigan, this is the story of a little boy who wants most of all to own a pair of copper-toed boots and a dog. He works hard to earn his boots and finds a dog too.
Derleth, August. The Captive Island. NY: Aladdin Books, 1952. 189 pages.
  • A father and son help American forces during the British siege of Mackinac Island in 1812.
Derleth, August. Sweet Land of Michigan. NY: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1962. 142 pages.
  • In the 1830's a young man joins the Michigan militia and takes part in the fight for Toledo territory. He takes part in a spying mission and then is given an opportunity to survey parts of the Upper Peninsula.
Detzer, Karl. Pirate of the Pine Lands: Being the Adventures of Young Tom Lansing Afloat and Ashore on the Michigan Frontier in the Years 1852-1854 and particularly his part in the historic matter of King James Strang, the notorious Great Lakes pirate, told here by himself from memory...Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill, 1929. 302 pages.
Deur, Lynne. Settling in Michigan: And Other True Pioneer Stories. Spring Lake, MI: River Road Publications, 1992. 79 pages.
  • Simplified presentation of early settler's stories.
Donohoe, Kitty. Bunyan and Banjoes: Michigan Songs and Stories. St. Johns, MI: Kidfolk Press, 1987. 35 pages.
  • A potpourri of folklore, songs, Indian legends, recipes, puzzles, mazes, and other Michigan-based activities for children. Includes a cassette tape of songs performed by Kitty Donohoe, a talented and well-known folk singer.
Douglas, Amanda. A Little Girl in Old Detroit. NY: Dodd, Mead, 1902. 362 pages.
  • Fictionalized account of Detroit in the days of Cadillac.
Ducey, Jean Sparks. The Bittersweet Time. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1995. 109 pages.
  • Set in Niles in the Depression years. The fictionalized diary of 13 year old Jane records the day-to-day changes in her family's circumstances when her father loses his job.
Dye, Jacob. Lumber Camp Life in Michigan: An Autobiographical Account. Hicksville, NY: Exposition Press, 1975. 48 pages.
  • An eyewitness account of what life was like in the lumber camps of Michigan.


Egan, Louise. Thomas Elva Edison: Great American Inventor. NY: Barron's Educational Series, 1987. 165 pages.
  • As a seven year old Edison moved with his family to Port Huron, Michigan. This biography is written for young readers.
East, Ben. The Last Eagle: The Story of Khan. NY: Crown, 1974. 144 pages.
  • An American bald eagle and his life cycle in the northern Michigan woods.
Elliott, Frank. When the Railroad was King: The Nineteenth Century Railroad Era in Michigan. Lansing, MI: Michigan Historical Commission, 1966. 68 pages.
  • A brief account of the railroad era in Michigan's history.
Ellis, Edward. Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawas: A Tale of the Siege of Detroit. NY: E.P. Dutton, 1897. 300 pages.
  • A fictionalized account of Pontiac for older readers.
Emery, Anne. A Spy in Old Detroit. Chicago, IL: Rand McNally, 1963.
  • A young man becomes a spy for the English during the Detroit siege of 1763 and has to decide about his conflicting emotions about the French, English, and Indian inhabitants of the area.


Farley, Carol. Mystery of the Fog Man. Mt. Pleasant, MI: Pleasant Graphics, 1994. 116 pages.
  • This mystery, set in Ludington, involves the car ferries which crossed Lake Michigan.
Fenner, Carol. Yolanda's Genius. NY: Aladdin, 1997. 211 pages.
  • After moving from Chicago to Grand River 5th grader Yolanda determines to prove her younger brother is not a slow learner but a true musical genius.
Fernald, Helen. The Shadow of the Crooked Tree. NY: McKay, 1965. 324 pages.
  • In 1900 a young school teacher has a first assignment in the homeland of the Ottawa Indians in northwestern Michigan.
Ferry, Charles. O Zebron Falls. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1977. 213 pages.
  • In the 1940's a young girl in Rochester, Michigan deals with the effects of the Detroit Riot, a conflict with her father, high school graduation, and World War II.
Sojourner Truth portrait Ferris, Jeri. Walking the Road to Freedom: A Story about Sojourner Truth. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, 1988. 64 pages.
  • Traces the life of Truth who was a great orator speaking out against slavery in New England and the Midwest.
Fife, George. Lindbergh, the Lone Eagle, his Life and Achievements. NY: World Syndicate, 1927. 247 pages.
  • A biography for teenage readers. The book includes copies of the cables and telegrams he received after his trans Atlantic solo flight.
Fischler, Stan. Motor City Muscle. Toronto: Warwick Pub., 1996. 159 pages.
  • The 1950's Detroit Red Wings. For older readers.
Fisher, Aileen. Timber! Logging in Michigan. NY: Aladdin Books, 1955. 191 pages.
  • An accurate picture of lumbering during the 1880's in the Escanaba area.
Fleischer, Jane. Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawas. Mahwah, NJ: Troll Associates, 1979. 47 pages.
  • A biography of Pontiac for young readers.
Ford, R. Clyde. Heroes and Hero Tales of Michigan. Milwaukee, WI: E. M. Hale, 1930. 152 pages.
  • Twelve biographical and historical sketches from Marquette to Henry Ford.
Ford, R. Clyde. Sandy MacDonald's Man, A Tale of the Mackinaw Fur Trade. Lansing, MI: Michigan School Service, Inc., 1929. 207 pages.
  • Life as it was lived in the era of fur trading in Michigan.
Fox, Frances M. Betty of Old Mackinaw. Boston, MA: Page, 1901. 109 pages.
  • Three children stay with their aunt for a summer on Mackinac Island.
Fox, Frances M. Little Mossback Amelia. Traverse Bay, MI: Little Traverse Regional Historical Society, 1967. 73 pages.
  • Petoskey in 1870's. Originally published in 1939.
Fox, Frances M. The Magic Canoe: A Frontier Story of the American Revolution.Chicago, IL: Laidlaw Brothers, 1930. 271 pages.
  • Old Fort Mackinaw in Revolutionary War days as seen by two small Indian captives.
Fritz, Jean. Champion Dog, Prince Tom. NY: Scholastic Book Services, 1958. 120 pages.
  • A boy and his cocker spaniel and their adventures near Adrian, Michigan.


Gauch, Patricia. Night Talks. NY: Putnam, 1983. 156 pages.
  • Teenage girls at summer camp and their troubles and adventures.
George, Mary K. The Rise and Fall of Toledo, Michigan...The Toledo War. Lansing, MI: Michigan Historical Commission, 1971. 84 pages.
  • The events which led to the Toledo War in 1835.
Georgiady, Nicholas. Michigan Men. Milwaukee, WI: Franklin, 1967. 32 pages.
  • Nine biographies of men of importance in Michigan's history.
Georgiady, Nicholas. Michigan Women. Milwaukee, WI: Franklin, 1967. 32 pages.
  • Seven women of importance in Michigan's history.
Georgiady, Nicholas. Michigan's First Settlers: The Indians. Milwaukee, WI: Franklin, 1967. 31 pages.
  • Simple history of Michigan's Native Americans.
Gilchrist, Marie. The Story of the Great Lakes. NY: Harper and Brothers, 1942. 32 pages.
  • Simply written text of history and geography of the Great Lakes area.
Girard, Hazel. A Giant Walked Among Them: Half-tall Tales of Paul Bunyan and His Loggers. Francestown, NH: Marshall Jones Company, 1977. 168 pages.
  • A collection of the author's original tales concerning life in the lumber camps with Paul Bunyan and his group of hand picked lumberjacks.
Gordy, Berry. Movin' Up: Pop Gordy Tells His Story. NY: Harper & Row, 1979. 144 pages.
  • Berry Gordy moved from Georgia to Detroit in 1922. For ages 10 and up.
Goss, Willard. Isle of the Lake, an 'Outing' Story for Boys. Elgin, IL: David C. Cook, 1903. 95 pages.
  • Boys' adventures following a ship wreck when they are stranded on an island in Lake Huron for a year.
Greene, Merritt. Curse of the White Panther; A Story of the Days of the Toledo War. Hillsdale, MI: Hillsdale School Supply, 1960. 191 pages.
  • The story begins with the United States attempting to purchase Indian lands in Michigan and ends with the events of the Toledo War of 1835.
Greene, Merritt. Forgotten Yesterdays: A Tale of Early Michigan. Hillsdale, MI: Hillsdale School Supply, 1964. 173 pages.
  • Southern Michigan in 1838 as Native Americans and white settlers interact.
Greene, Merritt. The Land Lies Pretty = "Op-Jah-Mo-Mak-Y-A": A Story of the Great Sauk Trail in 1832. Hillsdale, MI: Hillsdale School Supply, 1959. 195 pages.
  • The Great Sauk Trail is now the major highway between Detroit and Chicago. This books depicts the Pottawatomi Indian life along the trail in 1832.
Greenman, Emerson. The Indians of Michigan. Lansing, MI: Michigan Historical Commission, 1961. 46 pages.
  • Brief, but informative information about Michigan's various Native American groups.
Gringhuis, Dirk. The Eagle Pine. Hillsdale, MI: Hillsdale Educational Pubs., 1958. 181 pages.
  • Set at the close of the nineteenth century in the woods and logging camps of north central Michigan.
Gringhuis, Dirk. The Great Parade; Tall Tales and True of Michigan's Past. Hillsdale, MI: Hillsdale Educational Publishers, 1970. 102 pages.
  • History, geography, economics, and legends of Michigan.
Gringhuis, Dirk. Hope Haven: A Tale of a Dutch Boy and Girl who Found a New Home in America. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans, 1947. 148 pages.
  • A family's journey from the Netherlands to Holland, Michigan in 1846.
Grinhuis, Richard. Lore of the Great Turtle: Indian Legends of Mackinac Retold.Mackinac Island, MI: Mackinac Island State Park Commission, 1970. 89 pages.
  • Native American legends from the Mackinac area about animals, places, and folklore.
Gringhuis, Dirk. Moccasin Tracks: A Saga of the Michigan Indian. East Lansing,MI: Michigan State University, 1974. 32 pages.
  • A brief account of Native American migration and culture in the Michigan area.
Gringhuis, Dirk. Open Door to the Great Lakes. NY: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1966. 141 pages.
  • A survey of the Great Lakes which includes their history through prehistoric times to the present and includes lore and legends.
Gringhuis, Dirk. Tulip Time. Chicago, IL: A. Whitman, 1951. 30 pages.
  • A story of the Tulip Festival held each year in Holland, Michigan.
Gringhuis, Dirk. Were-Wolves and Will-O-The-Wisps; French Tales of Mackinac Retold. Mackinac Island, MI: Mackinac Island State Park Commission, 1974. 105 pages.
  • Tales of the French fur traders of the Mackinac region.
Gringhuis, Richard. The Young Voyageur: Trade and Treachery of Michilimackinac.NY: Whittlesey House, 1955. 202 pages.
  • Fourteen-year-old Danny O'Hara runs away from home near Fort Detroit, joins the voyaguer, Jacques le Blanc, and becomes a "commis" at Fort Michilimackinac in the winter of 1762.
Gross, Stuart. Indians, 'jacks and Pines: A History of Saginaw. N.p., 1962. 92 pages.
  • A history of the Saginaw region.


Hale, Anna. Mystery on Mackinac Island. Tuscon, AZ: Harbinger House, 1989. 183 pages.
  • Thirteen-year-old Hunter Martineau, an Ottawa Indian, and his tourist friends, Rusty and Jancy, investigate the mystery of stolen bicycles on Mackinac Island.
Hamil, Fred. Michigan in the War of 1812. Lansing, MI: Michigan Historical Commission, 1960. 44 pages.
  • Brief account of the war which was partially fought on the Great Lakes.
Harrison, Sue. Sisu. N.p.: Thunder Bay Press, 1997. 198 pages.
  • SISU, an untranslatable Finnish word means roughly a little bit of never saying die and a general idea of looking life right in the teeth and seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. This is exactly what Elwood discovers he needs after he is hurt in a softball game and wakes up to find himself in the hospital where he learns he has Type I diabetes. Elwood slips away from the hospital and plans to hide in a remote forest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula but his journey becomes far more perilous than he could have forseen. Elwood learns he has to live with his diabetes and that SISU is the key to success.
Holbrook, Florence. Hiawatha Alphabet. Chicago, IL: Rand McNally, 1910. 31 pages.
  • An alphabet book with a woodlands Native American theme.
Holling, Holling. Paddle-to-the-Sea. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1941. 63 pages.
  • A toy canoe, carved by an Indian boy, travels all the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River to the Atlantic Ocean.
Hollman, Clide. Pontiac, King of the Great Lakes. NY: Hastings House, 1968. 151 pages.
  • A biography of Pontiac who aided the French in the French and Indian War, united the Great Lakes Indian tribes in the first organized resistance to the Europeans, and led the Indians' siege of Fort Detroit.
Holman, J. Alan. Mystery Mammals of the Ice Age: Great Lakes Region. Hillsdale, MI: Hillsdale Educational Pubs., 1972. 46 pages.
  • Characteristics of the prehistoric mammals who inhabited the Great Lakes region in the Ice Age.
Hyde, Dayton. The Bells of Lake Superior. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, 1995. 48 pages.
  • Thirteen year old boy in Northern Michigan in 1898, working as a chimney sweep, composes a symphony for the town's church bells.


Jackson, C. Paul. Rookie First Baseman. NY: Crowell, 1950. 266 pages.
  • A young baseball player with the Detroit Tigers.
Jackson, C. Paul. Rose Bowl All-American. NY: Dell, 1967 [c 1949] 224 pages.
  • Follows the University of Michigan football team through their season to the Rose Bowl Tournament in California.
Jenks, Albert. The Childhood of Ji-shib, the Ojibwa. Madison, WI: American Thresherman, 1900. 130 pages.
  • Based on Ojibwa childhood ways before the Europeans arrived in the Great Lakes area.
Johnson, Ida. The Michigan Fur Trade. Lansing, MI: Michigan Historical Commission, 1919. 201 pages.
  • Depicts the fur trade posts within Michigan.
Judson, Clara. The Mighty Soo: Five Hundred Years at Sault Ste. Marie. Chicago, IL: Follett, 1955. 192 pages.
  • History of the square mile of land and water influenced by the Soo.


Kellogg, Steven. Johnny Appleseed: A Tall Tale. NY: Morrow Junior Books, 1988. 41 pages.
  • In picture book format a charming retelling of the legend of the man who planted apple trees throughout the Midwest.
Kelly, Regina. Henry Ford. Chicago, IL: Follett, 1970. 191 pages.
  • Biography of Ford and his manufacturing and labor practices.
Kjelgaard, Jim. The Explorations of Pere Marquette. NY: Random House, 1951. 181 pages.
  • Covers Marquette's missionary work and life among the Native Americans of Michigan as well as his explorations.
Knapp, Mary. Powwow at Old Arbre Croche. Grand Rapids, MI: Blueberry Trail Publishing, 1987. 28 pages.
  • The story of Pow wows at this site in Michigan with photographs.
Kornegay, Francis. They Made It - So Can You. Detroit, MI: Detroit Urban League, 1977. 190 pages.
  • Eighty successful Afro-Americans from Michigan share their biographies in an effort to provide successful role models for students.


Lange, D. The Gold Rock of the Chippewa. Boston, MA: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1925. 272 pages.
  • In Sault Ste Marie in 1775 two young American brothers have many adventures.
Lange, D. The Silver Island of the Chippewa. Boston, MA: Lee & Shepard, 1913. 246 pages.
  • Two brothers look for silver at Isle Royale.
Larrie, Reginald. Black Experiences in Michigan History. Lansing, MI: Michigan History Division, 1975. 29 pages.
  • Collection of the real experiences of Afro-Americans in Michigan.
Larrie, Reginald. Makin' Free: African American in the Northwest Territory. Detroit, MI: B. Ethridge Books, 1981. 133 pages.
  • Short biographies of some of the Afro-American settlers in the Northwest Territory.
Larry, Charles. Peboan and Seegwun. NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1993. Unpaged.
  • Picture book format for the retelling of the Ojibwa legend of the transition from winter to spring.
Leekley, Thomas. The World of Manabozho: Tales of the Chippewa Indians. NY: Vanguard Press, 1965.128 pages.
  • Tales of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians retold. The tales reflect the beliefs, fears and aspirations of the Native Americans of Michigan.
Hiawatha Longfellow, Henry W. The Song of Hiawatha. Boston, MA: Ticknor & Fields, 1855. 316 pages. [many editions printed]
  • This well known poem is set on the shores of Lake Superior.
Lytle, Robert. Mackinac Passage: A Summer Adventure. Lansing, MI: Thunder Bay Press, 1995. 178 pages.
  • Teenagers adventures in the 1950's.
Lytle, Robert. Mackinac Passage: The Boathouse Mystery. Holt, MI: Thunder Bay Press, 1996. 176 pages.
  • Pete Jenkins and his friends investigate the looting of boathouses in the Les Cheneaux Islands resort community. Unknown to them, an escaped murderer lurks in the shadows plotting a fiendish scheme of revenge.


McGuire, Frances. Indian Drums Beat Again. NY: Dutton, 1953. 123 pages.
  • Fiction set on Mackinac Island.
McKissack, Pat. Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? NY: Scholastic, 1992. 186 pages.
  • Biography of a former slave who became famous as an abolitionist and advocate of women's rights.
Magoon, Marian. Ojibway Drums. NY: Longmans, Green, 1955. 146 pages.
  • Adventures of a 12 year old Ojibwa boy.
Martin, Rafe. the rough-face girl. NY: Putman's, 1992. Unpaged picture book.
  • Algonquin Indian version of the Cinderella story.
Meserve, Arthur. Trapper Joe; or, The Outlaw of Lake Huron. Cleveland, OH: Arthur Westbrook, 1909. 96 pages. [Beadle's Frontier Series, no. 55]
  • Adventures on Lake Huron.
Michigan Magic by the Fourth and Fifth Grade Students of the McMagic Room, Williamston Elementary School. Davisburg, MI: Wilderness Adventure Books, 1993. 91 pages.
  • A two year project which identified and profiled Michigan artists and authors.
Mitchell, Barbara. We'll Race You, Henry: A Story about Henry Ford. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, 1986. 56 pages.
  • A brief biography of Henry Ford with emphasis on how he came to develop fast, sturdy, and reliable racing cars that eventually gave him the idea for the Model T.
Mitchell, John. Great Lakes and Great Ships: An Illustrated History for Children. Suttons Bay, MI: Suttons Bay, 1991. 48 pages.
  • An oversized book with the history of the Great Lakes from earliest times.
Mitchell, John. Indians of the Great Lakes: An Illustrated History for Children. Suttons Bay, MI: Suttons Bay, 1994. 47 pages.
  • In an oversized format.
Mitchell, John. Michigan: An Illustrated History for Children. Suttons Bay, MI: Suttons Bay, 1987. 3rd ed. 1991. 45 pages.
  • Oversized format written for young readers.
Monroe, Kirk. At War with Pontiac; or, The Totem of the Bear; A Tale of Redcoat and Redskin. NY: C. Scribner's Sons, 1895.
  • Teenage boys adventures in the Northwest Territory.
Murray, Lloyd. Adventures of Andy Ayres. Six Lakes, MI: Pine Crest Publishing, 1982. 154 pages.
  • A young boy's trip around Michigan in the 1930's.


Neitzel, Shirley. From the Land of the White Birch. Spring Lake, MI: River Road Publications, 1997. 30 pages.
  • Three Ojibwa legends with pictures by Daniel Powers.


Ojibway Indians Coloring Book with drawings by Chet Koziak. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society, 1979. 32 pages.
  • The drawings depict the Chippewa as they were in the 1800's.
Oldenburg, E. Williams. Potawatomi Indian Summer. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans, 1975. 134 pages.
  • Children enter a cave along Lake Michigan and find themselves 300 years back in time.
Ortiz, Victoria. Sojourner Truth: A Self-Made Woman. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 1974. 157 pages.
  • Sojourner Truth, a former slave, was a fighter for the rights of African Americans and women. She made her home in Battle Creek after the Civil War.
Osinski, Alice. The Chippewa: A New True Book. Chicago, IL: Childrens Press, 1992. 45 pages.
  • Presents a brief history of the Chippewa Indians describing their customs and traditions and how they are maintained in the modern world.
Osofsky, Audrey. Dreamcatcher. NY: Orchard Books, 1992. Unpaged picture book.
  • An Ojibwa legend in picture book format.
Otis, James. The Boy Spies at the Siege of Detroit: A Story of the Ohio Boys in the War of 1812. NY: A.L. Burt, 1904. 351 pages.
  • Adventure story for boys set on the Michigan frontier.
Otto, Simon. Grandmother Moon Speaks. Lansing, MI: Thunder Bay Press, 1995. 100 pages.
  • Essays, history, tales, and personal history written by a Native American storyteller.
Otto, Simon. Walk in Peace: Legends and Stories of the Michigan Indians. Grand Rapids, MI: Michigan Indian Press, 1990.
  • 50 pages. Legends and stories of the Michigan Native Americans as told by a Native American author.
Overly, Charles. Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan. Dearborn, MI: The Museum, 1967. 24 pages.
  • A picture story book for coloring.


Panagopoulos, Janie. North to Iron Country: A Dream Quest Adventure. Spring Lake, MI: River Road Pubs., 1996. 216 pages.
  • A dream quest takes a school boy back to the Upper Peninsula in the mid 1800's.
Patterson, Lillie. Lumberjacks of the North Woods. Champaign, IL: Garrard Pub. Co., 1967. 96 pages.
  • A true account of life in the logging camps of the Great Lakes region.
Paul Bunyan. Santa Rosa, CA: Classic Press, 1968. 247 pages.
  • A collection of tall tales about the giant logger and Babe, his blue ox. Includes definitions of colloquial and rare words used in the stories.
Polacco, Patricia. Meteor! NY: Dodd, Mead, 1987. 32 pages.
  • A picture book set in Union City. A quiet rural community is dramatically changed when a meteor crashes down in the front yard of the Gaw family.
Pollacco, Patricia. My Ol' Man. NY: Philomel Books, 1995. Unpaged.
  • A young girl recalls the special summer spent in Michigan with her yarn-spinning father and a magic rock.
Polack, W. G. Shegonaba: A Tale of Mission Work Among the Chippewas. Constance: Book and Art Pub. Co., 19--. 94 pages.
  • The German Lutheran missionary work at St. Louis, Michigan. Title is the name of the son of the chief when the missionaries arrived.


Ralphson, G. Harvey. Boy Scouts on Old Superior; or, The Tale of the Pictured Rocks. Chicago, IL: M. A. Donohue, 1913. 162 pages.
  • Part of the Boy Scouts series, this one set on Lake Superior where there are many adventures and lessons for the scouts.
Randall, Kenneeth C. Wild Hunter. NY: F.Watts, 1951. 236 pages.
  • A story of dogs, hunting, and the out-of-doors set in the Thumb area.
Rankin, Carroll. Dandelion Cottage. NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1946. 229 pages.
  • An eventful summer in the lives of four girls in northern Michigan.
Rathborne, St. George. Camp Mates in Michigan, or With Pack and Paddle in the Pine Woods. Chicago, IL: M. A. Donohue, 1913. 251 pages.
  • Three boys adventures in early Michigan.
Rathborne, St. George. Pioneer Boys on the Great Lakes; or, On the Trail of the Iroquois. Boston, MA: L. C. Page, 1912. 345 pages.
  • Two pioneer boys learn much about life in the open from French Traders on the Great Lakes.
Ratigan, William. Tiny Tim Pine. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1958. 85 pages.
  • A modern story of a small pine in the big woods who is finally chosen for Christmas.
Ratigan, William. Young Mister Big: The Story of Charles Thompson Harvey, the Young Traveling Salesman Who Built the World's Mightiest Canal. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1955. 152 pages.
  • Biography of the builder of the Soo Canal.
Reeder, Red. Sheridan, the General Who Wasn't Afraid to Take a Chance. NY: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1962.
  • Sheridan was a Civil War general from Michigan.
Reynolds, Quentin J. Custer's Last Stand. NY: Random House, 1951. 185 pages.
  • George Armstrong Custer was one of Michigan's most famous soldiers. He was killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana in 1876.
Roberts, Willo Davis. Secrets at Hidden Valley. NY: Atheneum, 1997. 150 pages.
  • Set in a Michigan RV park. After the death of her father, Steffi lives with her disagreeable grandfather in a recreational vehicle park where everyone seems to have a secret.
Robertson, Keith. In Search of a Sandhill Crane. NY: Viking, 1973. 201 pages.
  • During a summer spent in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan a young boy discovers he can be still and silent and not bored.
Rummel, Jack. Malcolm X: Militant Black Leader. NY: Chelsea House Publishers, 1989. 110 pages.
  • Malcolm Little, who became Malcolm X, lived with his family in the Lansing area when he was young.


St. Nicholas. Stories of the Great Lakes: Retold from St. Nicholas. NY: Century Co., 1922. 185 pages.
  • Nine stories which first appeared in St. Nicholas, a magazine for children.
San Souci, Robert D. Sootface: An Ojibwa Cinderella Story. NY: Doubleday, 1994. Unpaged
  • picture book.
Schoolcraft, Henry R. The Fire Plume; Legends of the American Indians. NY: Dial Press, 1969. 90 pages.
  • These legends were collected by Schoolcraft in the Lake Superior region and are the stories of the Chippewa Indians.
Seelye, Elizabeth. Tecumseh and the Shawnee Prophet. Chicago, IL: M.A. Donohue, 1906. 332 pages.
  • A history of Tecumseh and his brother, the Prophet, for the general reader. Slanted heavily towards the superiority of 'civilization'.
Stanley, Jerry. Big Annie of Calumet: A True Story of the Industrial Revolution. NY: Crown, 1996. 102 pages.
  • Annie Clemc was one of the leaders of the 1913 miners' strike in the Upper Peninsula.
Stevens, Bryna. Frank Thompson: her Civil War Story. NY: Macmillan, 1992. 144 pages.
  • A biography of the woman who, disguised as a man, moved behind Confederate lines to spy for the Union during the Civil War.
Stevens, James. Paul Bunyan. NY: Garden City Pub. Co., 1925. 245 pages.
  • A collection of the legends about this lumberjack hero.
Stone, Caroline. Inga of Porcupine Mine. NY: Holiday House, 1942. 208 pages.
  • A story of the iron ore country and the Finns in the Upper Peninsula.
Stone, Nancy. Dune Shadow. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1980. 108 pages.
  • 19th century abandoned lumber camp threatened by advancing sand dunes.
Stone, Nancy. Whistle Up the Bay. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1966. 219 pages.
  • Three young Swiss boys are orphaned in 1870 near Antrim City and forced to make their own way on their struggling farm, working in lumber camps, and loading ships.
Stone, Nancy. The Wooden River. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1973. 192 pages.
  • A young girl in an 1870's Saginaw Valley lumber camp.
Stories of the Great Lakes. Grand Rapids, MI: Black Letter Press, 1976. 185 pages.
  • Reprint of St. Nicholas, the children's periodical, stories set on the Great Lakes. Nine stories.
Stuart, Gordon. The Boy Scouts of the Air on the Great Lakes. Chicago, IL: Reilly & Britton, 1914. 224 pages.
  • Early airplane adventures for boy scouts on the Great Lakes.
Swarthout, Glendon. The Melodeon. NY: Doubleday, 1972. 129 pages.
  • The Depression years near Howell are remembered.


Tanner, Helen. The Ojibwa. NY: Chelsea House, 1992. 119 pages.
  • Scholarly record of the Ojibwa in Michigan and the surrounding areas.
Thorndyke, Helen. Honey Bunch: Her First Trip on the Great Lakes. NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 1930. 184 pages.
  • Adventures of a young girl on a Great Lakes vacation with her family.
Thwing, Eugene. The Man from Red Keg. NY: Dodd, Mead, 1905. 431 pages.
  • A fictionalized account of the lumbering era in the Midland area. For older readers.
Tomlinson, Everett T. Tecumseh's Young Braves: A Story of the Creek War. Boston, MA: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1896. 356 pages.
  • A fictionalized account of the War or of 1812.
Towle, Wendy. The Real McCoy: The Life of an African-American Inventor. NY: Scholastic, 1993. Unpaged picture book format.
  • McCoy was a real inventor who lived in Ypsilanti and Detroit.


Voight, Virginia. Pontiac, Mighty Ottawa Chief. Champaign, IL: Garrard Pub. Co., 1977. 80 pages.
  • A story of Pontiac, the famous Great Lakes area Indian leader. It is told from the Indians' point of view.


Wadsworth, Wallace. Paul Bunyan and His Great Blue Ox. NY: Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1941. 238 pages.
  • The stories are retold for children.
Wah-be-gwo-nese. Ojibwa Indian Legends. Marquette, MI: Northern Michigan University Press, 1972. 20 pages.
  • Beautifully illustrated Algonqian legends retold by the author.
Walker, Louise. Beneath the Singing Pines. Hillsdale, MI: Hillsdale Educatinal Pubs., 1967. 134 pages.
  • Michigan Indians before European arrival.
Walker, Louise. Legends of Green Sky Hill. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1959. 204 pages.
  • Ojibwa folklore retold.
Walker, Louise. Woodland Wigwams. Hillsdale, MI: Hillsdale School Supply, n.d. 121 pages.
  • Ojibwa folklore retold.
Boy Pilot Webster, Frank. The Boy Pilot of the Lakes; or Nat Morton's Perils. NY: Cupples & Leon, 1909. 201 pages.
  • Adventures on the Great Lakes for a poor, but brave and honest teenage boy.
Weddon, Willah. Michigan's Governors Growing Up. Lansing, MI: NOG Press, 1994. 185 pages.
  • Mini-biographies for younger readers of Michigan's governors from Stevens T. Mason to John M. Engler.
Wexstaff, Bernice. The Black Panther of the Great Lakes. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1957. 83 pages.
  • A young boy has many adventures in a boat on the Great Lakes.
Whelan, Gloria. The Indian School. NY: Harper Collins, 1996. 89 pages.
  • In 1839, newly orphaned eleven-year-old Mary goes to live with her missionary aunt and uncle who run a school for Indian children in northern Michigan.
Whelan, Gloria. Next Spring an Oriole. NY: Random House, 1987. 60 pages.
  • In 1837 ten-year-old Libby and her parents journey by covered wagon to the Michigan frontier, where they make themselves a new home near friendly Indians and other pioneers.
Whelan, Gloria. Once on This Island. NY: Harper Collins, 1995. 186 pages.
  • Twelve-year-old Mary and her older brother and sister tend the family farm on Michigan's Mackinac Island while their father is away fighting the British in the War of 1812.
Whelan, Gloria. The Pathless Woods. NY: Lippincott, 1981.181 pages.
  • A fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway's 16th summer, during which love for his family, need for independence, and responsibility for decisions vie with each other, moving him from boyhood to manhood.
Whelan, Gloria. The Secret Keeper. NY: Knopf, 1990. 186 pages.
  • Sixteen-year-old Ali comes face to face with murder and kidnapping during what promised to be a pleasant summer on Lake Michigan.
Whelan, Gloria. Shadow of the Wolf. NY: Random House, 1997. 78 pages.
  • In 1841 thirteen year old Libby and her family begin a new life on the shores of Lake Michigan, where her father works as a surveyor for the Ottawa Indians and Libby is reunited with her Indian friend Fawn.
Whelan, Gloria. That Wild Berries Should Grow: The Diary of a Summer. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1994. 125 pages.
  • Elsa dreads spending the summer at her grandparents' house on Lake Huron, but she discovers the excitement of nature and the riches of friendship.
Whelan, Gloria. A Time to Keep Silent. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1993. 124 pages.
  • When thirteen-year-old Clair's relationship with her minister father changes after her mother's death, she stops speaking, and the subsequent events change both their lives.
Whittier, Charles. In the Michigan Lumber Camps. NY: F. Tennyson Neely Co., 1900. 137 pages.
  • Boys' Vacation Series. Three boys go on a vacation to a lumber camp on the AuSable River.
Winfield, Arthur. The Rover Boys on the Great Lakes, or, The Secret of the Island Cave. NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 1901. 252 pages.
  • Three school friends go on a pleasure tour, and while on Lake Erie, fall in with an old enemy, who concocts a scheme for kidnaping one of them, who has fallen overboard from in his yacht in storm. This scheme leads the boys on many adventures.


Yorty, Jeane. Far Wilderness. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1966. 224 pages.
  • Adventures of a family traveling from New York to Michigan in 1835.

This information was written in March 1998.