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Historical Fiction

Young Adult Historical Fiction
 
Chains
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
The Passion of Dolssa
by Julie Berry

Rescuing a mystic healer who is being violently pursued by a rogue monk in 13th-century Provensa, scrappy matchmaker Botille is challenged to protect the entire village against the monk's crusade to burn heretics.
Crossing Ebenezer Creek
by Tonya Bolden

Freed from slavery, Mariah and her young brother Zeke join Sherman's march through Georgia, where Mariah meets a free black named Caleb and dares to imagine the possibility of true love. 
The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
by John Boyne

Forced to leave Paris and move in with his aunt Beatrix in the wealthy Austrian home of Adolf Hitler, orphan Pierro is taken under Hitler's wing and thrust into circles of terror, secrets and betrayal.
The War That Saved My Life
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother. 
A Great and Terrible Beauty
by Libba Bray

After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma 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. 
Code Talker
by Joseph Bruchac

Using their native language, the Navajo Marines played an invaluable part in World War II as they sent messages, did maneuvers, and completed tasks with words that couldn't be deciphered by the enemy.
Walk on Earth a Stranger
by Rae Carson

A young woman who possesses a supernatural ability to sense the presence of gold disguises herself as a boy and seeks safety and romance in California -- where gold has just been discovered. 
Alex & Eliza
by Melissa De la Cruz

Before the world knew them as Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, young Alex and Eliza fell in love amidst the turmoil of the American Revolution. 
Prisoner B-3087
by Alan Gratz

A book based on the life of Jack Gruener relates the story of his survival during the Nazi occupation of Krakow, when he was 11 years old, through a succession of concentration camps, to the final liberation of Dachau.
Projekt 1065
by Alan Gratz

Living with his family in Berlin, Michael O'Shaunessey, the son of the Irish ambassador to Nazi Germany, works as a spy like his parents and participates in the horrific activities of the Hitler Youth in order to gain inside information for the British Secret Service.
Uprising
by Margaret Peterson Haddix

In 1927, Mrs. Livingston reluctantly recalls her experiences at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory, including the miserable working conditions that led to a strike and the fire that took the lives of her two best friends. 
My Lady Jane
by Cynthia Hand

A fantastical, comedic romance adventure inspired by the true story of Lady Jane Grey follows the experiences of a 16-year-old noblewoman who, on the eve of her marriage to a stranger, is swept up in a conspiracy to usurp the throne from her cousin.
Girl in the Blue Coat
by Monica Hesse

A grief-stricken procurer of black-market goods in World War II-era Amsterdam is compelled to help a desperate neighbor track down a missing Jewish teen who had been hiding from the Nazis.
Night on Fire
by Ronald Kidd

When thirteen-year-old Billie Sims learns that the Freedom Riders, a civil rights group protesting segregation on buses in the summer of 1961, will be traveling through Anniston, Alabama, she thinks change could be coming to her stubborn town. But what starts as angry grumbles soon turns to brutality, and Billie is forced to reconsider her own views.
The Revelation of Louisa May
by Michaela MacColl

Louisa May Alcott has problems: Her mother is taking a job over 100 miles away to earn money, leaving it to Louisa to care for the family; her father refuses to work for money; a fugitive slave is seeking refuge in their house; and a slave catcher has been murdered, making the Underground Railroad much more dangerous.
Secrets in the Snow
by Michaela MacColl

More interested in writing novels than participating in her family's eager efforts to marry her off, Jane Austen finds something lacking in every suitor before meeting the mysterious Mr. Lefroy, whose suit is challenged by a murder that compels Jane to clear her family of suspicion.
Girl With a Camera
by Carolyn Meyer

A tale inspired by the life and achievements of photographer Margaret Bourke-White describes how she spent her early years observing the natural world before mastering the art of photography and serving as the first female photojournalist in World War II.
Cloud and Wallfish
by Anne Nesbet

Picked up by his parents and taken to the airport with stern instructions to avoid answering questions, Noah is rushed to East Berlin, where he confronts astonishing secrets about his and his family's true identity.
Winter's Bullet
by William Osborne

A thrilling World War II adventure set in Amsterdam finds Tygo, a locksmith's son, caught between pleasing the Nazis in order to survive and loyalty to his countrymen.
Shadow on the Mountain
by Margi Preus

Swept up by the Norwegian Resistance when Nazi German troops invade his home, 14-year-old Espen performs illicit courier services before becoming a Gestapo-dodging spy throughout five years during which he loses friends, falls in love and plots a daring escape to Sweden.
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.
Moon Over Manifest
by Clare Vanderpool

Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past. 
My Name Is Not Friday
by Jon Walter

Living in an orphanage during the end of the Civil War, Samuel, a well-mannered black boy, takes the blame for his mischievous younger brother's prank and is sold into slavery in the South, where he plans diligently to regain his freedom.
Countdown
by Deborah Wiles

The fearful events of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis are witnessed by 11-year-old Franny, who finds her life and perspectives changing throughout the course of a week that is also marked by difficult family issues.
Paper Hearts
by Meg Wiviott

A graceful and powerful addition to Holocaust literature follows the true story of Fania and Zlatka from their detention and entrance into Auschwitz to their eventual liberation at the hands of the Russians.
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.
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