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Historical Fiction

Young Adult Historical Fiction
The Dark Unwinding
by Sharon Cameron

Traveling to her eccentric uncle's remote English estate to commit him to an asylum where he will not be able to squander their family's fortune, Katharine Tulman discovers that her uncle is actually a genius inventor who employs hundreds of people he has rescued from London workhouses.
by Laurie Halse Anderson

When her owner dies at the start of the Revolution, a greedy nephew keeps Isabel and her younger sister enslaved and sells them to Loyalists in New York, where Isabel is offered the chance to spy for the Patriots
A Great and Terrible Beauty
by Libba Bray

After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma Doyle returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.
What I Saw and How I Lied
by Judy Blundell

When Joe Spooner brings an old buddy back home with him from the battlefields of World War II, Evie finds herself in a complicated situation that becomes even more dangerous when their family's guest suddenly drowns as dark family secrets are revealed.
Fever, 1793
by Laurie Halse Anderson

In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.
Jepp, Who Defied the Stars
by Katherine Marsh

Imprisoned and compelled to be a court dwarf in a royal Spanish palace after leaving his countryside home, Jepp of Astraveld endures a humiliating existence along with his friend Lia before an escape attempt places him in the hands of an eccentric master devoted to uncovering the secrets of the stars.
The Wednesday Wars
by Gary D. Schmidt

Set during the 1967-1968 school year, Holling Hoodhood finds his seventh-grade year one filled with many challenges as he spends afternoons with Mrs. Baker discussing the plays of Shakespeare, defends his tasty cream puffs from a determined bully, and prepares for his big debut in the school play--all while the issue of Vietnam looms on a daily basis.
Fallen Angels
by Walter Dean Myers

Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.
All the Broken Pieces : A Novel in Verse
by Ann E. Burg

Although being raised by a loving family in the United States, Matt Pin struggles with the horrific things he saw during the Vietnam War before being airlifted to safety two years prior and now must find a way to come to terms with his past in order to find true happiness in the new life he lives.
Between Shades of Gray
by Ruta Sepetys

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil.
The Year We Were Famous
by Carole Estby Dagg

A novel based on the true story of Clara Estby's walk across America with her mother Helga, to save their farm with the ten thousand dollars promised by a New York City publisher-- if they can do it in eight months
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

Living with a foster family in Germany during World War II, a young girl struggles to survive her day-to-day trials through stealing anything she can get her hands on, but when she discovers the beauty of literature, she realizes that she has been blessed with a gift that must be shared with others, including the Jewish man hiding in the basement.
The Boy Who Dared
by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Raised during the rise of the Nazi party, Helmuth believed all that he was taught and so joined the Nazi party with all the pride in the world, yet as the country he once knew began to fall apart and he witnessed so many horrific events unfold, Helmuth found it increasingly difficult to remain both loyal and silent.
by Jennifer Donnelly

Brooklyn teen Andi acts out in her rage and grief over her younger brother's death to the point that she is forced to spend winter break with her estranged father in France; while in Paris, she discovers and becomes obsessed with a journal she finds that belonged to Alexandrine Paradis, an aspiring Parisian actress who lived two centuries earlier and who had a fateful encounter with the doomed French king and his young son.
Strings Attached
by Judy Blundell

When she drops out of school and struggles to start a career on Broadway in the fall of 1950, seventeen-year-old Kit Corrigan accepts help from an old family friend, a lawyer said to have ties with the mob, who then asks her to do some favors for him