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Historical Fiction

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Historical Fiction for Teens by Era 




Viking Warrior by Judson Roberts

  • Pub Date: 2006
  • High school interest
  • 9th Century Scandinavia
  • Halfdan begins the first book of the Strongbow Saga as a slave.




The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry




Girl in a Cage by Jane Yolen

  • Pub Date: 2002
  • Middle and high school interest
  • See also: Based on a Real Person
  • 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. 





Incantation by Alice Hoffman

  • Pub Date: 2006
  • High school interest
  • 1500s Spain 
  • See also: Religion, Secrets
  • Estrella's world changes when she finds out her family have been secretly practicing the Jewish faith during the Spanish Inquisition. 





No Shame No Fear by Ann Turnbull


Forged in the Fire by Ann Turnbull

  • Pub Date: 2007
  • High school interest
  • 1665 London
  • Sequel to: No Shame No Fear 
  • See also: Weddings/Marriage 


Seeking Eden by Ann Turnbull

  • Pub Date: 2012 (in the UK)
  • High school interest
  • 1683 Philadelphia
  • Sequel to: Forged in the Fire
  • Josiah, a young Quaker, struggles with the slavery her encounters in the New World.


At the Sign of the Star by Katherine Sturtevant

  • Pub Date: 2000
  • Middle and high school interest
  • 1677 London 
  • See also: Stepparents
  • When her father unexpectedly remarries, Meg's inheritance is in question. 
  • Sequel: A True and Faithful Narrative 


A True and Faithful Narrative by Katherine Sturtevant

  • Pub Date: 2006
  • Middle and high school interest
  • 1681 London 
  • See also: Writers, Guilt 


Loving Will Shakespeare by Carolyn Meyer


Caravaggio Signed in Blood by Mark David Smith




Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson


Pirates by Celia Rees


The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume One: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson


Sophia's War by Avi

  • Pub Date: 2012
  • Middle School interest
  • Sophia becomes a spy during the American Revolution 


The Musician's Daughter by Susanne Dunlap


The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

  • Pub Date: 2017
  • High school interest
  • 1700's Europe 
  • Monty and Percy get into a bit of trouble on their Grand Tour. 


Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi lee

  • Pub Date: 2018
  • High school interest
  • Sequel to The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue 
  • See also: Goal Oriented Girls
  • Also listed: Girls on their Own in the Past 
  • Felicity is determined to become a doctor at a time when women are not allowed to study medicine.




Angelmonster by Veronica Bennett


 The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

  • Pub Date: 2010
  • Middle and high school interest
  • See also: Disguised
  • Bet disguises herself as a boy to attend school. 


Bowery Girl by Kim Taylor

  • Pub Date: 2006
  • High school interest
  • See also: HistoricalSet in NYC, Pregnancy
  • Annabelle is a prostitute in 1880's New York, but when she finds herself pregnant, she tries to better her situation 


The Braid by Helen Frost

  • Pub Date: 2006
  • Middle and high school interest 
  • 1850s Scotland & Canada 
  • See also: Pregnancy & Childbirth, Multiple Narrators
  • Sarah stays behind in Scotland when her family emigrates to America, but soon she finds herself alone and pregnant. 


Newsgirl by Liza Ketchum


Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra

  • Pub Date: 2017
  • London, 1872
  • High school interest 


The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray


The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller

  • Pub Date: 2016
  • 1861 England & China
  • High school interest 
  • See also: Marriage 


The Devil's Paintbox by Victoria McKernan

  • Pub Date: 2009
  • 1866 Pacific Northwest
  • Middle and high school interest 


Son of Fortune by Victoria McKernan

  • Pub Date: 2013 
  • Late 1860s San Franscisco 
  • High school interest 
  • Sequel to The Devil's Paintbox 


Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee


Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel

  • 1800's, Badlands 
  • Pub Date: 2016
  • High School Interest 
  • See also: Marriage, Losing Virginity, Forbidden Romance 
  • Rachel and Samuel meet while in the Badlands searching for dinosaur bones. They have a secret relationship because their fathers are feuding, but they decide to get married despite their fathers' disapproval.


Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Tonya Bolden


Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

  • 1890, Boston & Ohio 
  • Pub Date: 2015
  • High school Interest
  • Grace is locked away in an asylum when she falls pregnant (by her father), but she finds a talent for crime solving gives her a chance to escape.


The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

  • 1890, Atlanta
  • Pub Date: 2019
  • Middle and high school interest 
  • Jo Kuan becomes an agony aunt and searches for her birth parents. 




Audacity by Melanie Crowder


A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly


Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller





Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch


Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson


Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson

  • 1919 San Francisco
  • Middle/High school interest
  • Sequel to Hattie Big Sky 


Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown


Through the Barricades by Denise Deegan





The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morill

  • Pub Date: 2017 
  • 1924 Chicago
  • Middle and high school interest 
  • See also: Goal Oriented Girls 


The Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin

  • Pub date: 2012
  • High school interest
  • 1926 Minnesota
  • See also: Set in MN, Making Decisions
  • Garnet spends a summer with distant family and decides what she wants from life. 




Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

  • Dust Bowl
  • Middle school interest 


Girl About Town by Adam Shankman

  • Pub Date: 2016 
  • 1930's LA
  • High school interest
  • Possible Read-Alikes: Dead to Me by Mary McCoy  
  • See also: Disguised 


Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez




The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  • World War II Germany
  • High school interest 


Breathing Room by Marsha Hayles

  • 1940 Minnesota
  • Middle school interest 
  • Possible Read-Alikes: Queen of Hearts by Martha Brooks 


Queen of Hearts by Martha Brooks


Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

  • World War II 
  • High school interest 


Wait for Me by Carolina Leech

  • Pub Date: 2017
  • High school interest 
  • World War II Scotland 
  • See also: Forbidden Romance, International Settings
  • Lorna begins a romance with Paul, a German POW working on her family's farm in Scotland.


Flygirl by Sherri Smith

  • Pub Date: 2009
  • Middle and high school interest
  • See also: Secrets, Goal Oriented Girls
  • Ida Mae Jones passes as white to join the WASP during WWII. 


Dead to Me by Mary McCoy

  • Pub Date: 2015
  • High school interest
  • 1948 Hollywood 
  • See also: Trust No One
  • When Alice's long-lost sister reappears but badly hurt in the hospital, Alice is determined to uncover the truth about what happened to her. 


Orphan Monster Spy by Matt killen




Accidents of Nature by Harriet McBryde Johnson


Rat Life by Tedd Arnold


Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

  • 1977, NYC
  • See also: Set in NYC
  • High school interest 


If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth

  • 1975, Upstate New York 
  • Middle school Interest 




This is Just a Test by Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang

  • Pub Date: 2017
  • Middle school interest
  • 1983 
  • See also: Religion 


A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd

  • 1984 Ireland
  • High school interest 


Show and Prove by Sofia Quintero

  • 1983, NYC
  • High school interest 
  • See also: Set in NYC  


We are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

  • 1982/83
  • High school interest 
  • See also: Pen Pals 


Scar Boys by Len Vlahos

  • Early 1980s 
  • High school interest 


Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet




Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You by Hanna Jansen

  • 1994 Rwanda
  • High school interest 


Supergirl Mixtapes by Megan Brothers

  • 1990s NYC
  • High school interest 


The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth

  • 1990s Montana
  • High school interest
  • Diversity: LGBT characters 


Grrrls on the Side by Carrie Pack

  • 1994, Chicago area 
  • Pub Date: 2017
  • High school interest
  • Diversity: LGBT & African-American characters
  • Possible Read-Alikes: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu 
  • See also: Mother-Daughter Relationship, Beauty/Self Image, Music
  • Tabitha discovers Riot Grrrl music and zines, and has her first romances & breakups. 


Swan Dive by Brenda Hasiuk

  • Pub Date: 2019
  • 1990s Canada
  • High School Interest
  • See also: Outcasts, Journals
  • Cris writes in his journal about his life after leaving Sarajevo. 




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