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Based on Real People

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 Teen Fiction Based on Real People or Events


Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch

  •  Pub Date: 2010
  • Middle school interest 
  • See also: Historical
  • Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire


Girl in a Cage by Jane Yolen

  • Pub Date: 2002
  • Middle and high school interest
  • See also: Historical
  • Eleven-year-old Princess Marjorie, daughter of the newly crowned Scottish king, Robert the Bruce, is captured by England's King Edward Longshanks and held in a cage on public display. 


Loving Will Shakespeare by Carolyn Meyer

  • Pub Date: 2008
  • Middle and high school interest 
  • See also: Historical Fiction 
  • Anne Hathaway's life before and after Will.


Where the Broken Heart Still Beats by Carolyn Meyer

  • Pub Date: 1992
  • Middle and high school interest 
  • The story of Cynthia Ann Parker, who was kidnapped by Comanches as a child and "rescued" as an adult.


Caravaggio Signed in Blood by Mark David Smith

  • Pub Date: 2016
  • Middle and high school interest 
  • See also: Historical


Angelmonster by Veronica Bennett

  • Pub Date: 2006
  • High school interest 
  • See also: Writers, Historical
  • A fictionalized account of the life of Mary Shelley.


Your Own Sylvia by Stephanie Hemphill

  • Pub Date: 2007
  • High school interest 
  • Sylvia Plath's life in poems from her childhood to her marriage to Ted Hughes to her eventual suicide.


In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

  • Adult novel with interest to teens 
  • Las Marisposas were real revolutionaries in the Dominican Republic in the 1960's.


Audacity by Melanie Crowder


Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez

  • Pub Date: 2015
  • High school interest
  • On the blog: Based on a True Story  
  • See also: Historical
  •  Loosely based on a school explosion that took place in New London, Texas in 1937


X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon

  • Pub Date: 2015
  • High school interest
  • Based on the life of Malcolm X 


A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

  • Pub Date: 2003
  • High school Interest
  • Based on a real murder case in 1906 New York
  • See also: Historical, Writers


Into the Dim by Janet Taylor

  • Pub Date: 2016
  • High school interest
  • See also: Secrets 
  • Hope travels back in time and meets Eleanor of Aquitane.


The Musician's Daughter by Susanne Dunlap


Through the Barricades by Denise Deegan


Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Tonya Bolden

  • Pub Date: 2017
  • Middle and High School interest
  • Mariah and Caleb fall in love after they meet on Sherman's March to the Sea. 


Forged in the Fire by Ann Turnbull

  • Pub Date: 2007
  • High school interest
  • 1665 London
  • Sequel to: No Shame No Fear 
  • See also: Historical FictionMarriage
  • Will and Susanna deal with the Plague in London and the Great Fire. 



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