Historical Fiction

A fictional story that takes place during a notable period in history, and usually during a significant event in that period

 

Alex and Eliza

By: Melissa De la Cruz

YAF De la Cruz

1777. Albany, New York. It’s one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Eliza Shuyler can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Alex is an orphan, and a bastard one at that; only his association with Washington puts him in such esteemed company. And he has arrived at the ball as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers. But when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

 

The Berlin Boxing Club

By: Rob Sharenow

YAPB Sharenow

In 1936 Berlin, fourteen-year-old Karl Stern, who is considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust.

 

Blood and Sand

By: C.V. Wyk

YAF Wyk

Captured and sold as a slave, Attia befriends Xanthus, a fellow slave who has risen to the highest rank of gladiator combat, and the two form a bond that will spark a rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its knees.

 

Code Name Verity

By: Elizabeth Wein

YAPB Wein

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells the tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must do to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

 

The Dark Days Club

 By: Alison Goodman

YAPB Goodman

“London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears – and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading the into a death trap?” –Amazon.com

 

A Death-Struck Year

By: Makiia Lucier

YAPB Lucier

When the Spanish influenza epidemic reaches Portland, Oregon, in 1918, seventeen-year-old Cleo leaves behind the comfort of her boarding school to work for the Red Cross.

 

The Diviners

By: Libba Bray

YAPB Bray

Seventeen-year-old Evie  O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1962, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of  The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

 

Etiquette & Espionage 

By: Gail Carriger

YAF Carriger

In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is surprised to learn, lesson include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.

 

Flame in the Mist

By: Renee Ahdieh

YAF Ahdieh

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place – she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort – a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace. Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

 

Front Lines

By: Michael Grant

YAPB Grant

World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The unproven American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany. Three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Shulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reason for volunteering: Rio fights to honor her sister; Frangie needs money for her family; Rainy wants to kill Germans. For  the first time they leave behind their homes and families – to go to war.

 

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

By: Mackenzi Lee

YAF Lee

Henry “Monty” Montague was bred to be a gentleman. His passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men, have earned the disapproval of his father. His quest for pleasures and vices have led to one last hedonistic hurrah as Monty, his best friend and crush Percy, and Monty’s sister Felicity begin a Grand Tour of Europe. When a reckless decision turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything Monty knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

 

The Hired Girl

By: Laura Amy Shlitz

YAF Shlitz

Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, years for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself– because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of– a woman with a future.

 

And I Darken

By: Kiersten White

YAF White

In this first book in a trilogy a girl child is born to Vlad Dracula in Transylvania, in 1435 – at first rejected by her father and always ignored by her mother, she will grow up to be Lada Dragwlya, a vicious and brutal princess, destined to rule and destroy her enemies.

 

A Mad, Wicked Folly

By: Sharon Biggs Waller

YAF Biggs

In 1909 London, as the world of debutante balls and high society obligations closes in around her, seventeen-year-old Victoria must figure out just how much she is willing to sacrifice to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.

 

Midnight at the Electric

By: Jodi Lynn Anderson

YAF Anderson

Adri’s, Catherine’s and Lenore’s lives are interwined but not in the way that one would think. Adri lives in 2065 Kansas. Catherine lives in 1930’s Kansas, and Lenore lives in England in 1919. As Adri is preparing to go to Mars, she stays with her cousin in Kansas, where the training takes place. Upon settling in, she comes across letters written from Lenore to Beth. Through journals and, later, letters, Catherine narrates her own story of being in Kansas during the Dust Bowl.

 

My Lady Jane

By: Cynthia Hand

YAPB Hand

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.

 

Out of the Easy

By: Ruta Sepetys

YAPB Sepetys

Josie, is the seventeen-year-old daughter of a French Quarter prostitute, is striving to escape 1050 New Orleans and enroll at prestigious Smith College when she becomes entangled ina murder investigation.

 

The Pearl Thief

By: Elizabeth Wein

YAF Wein

Fifteen-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in a hospital now knowing how she was injured, and soon befriends Euan McEwen, the Scottish Traveler boy who found her, and later, when a body is discovered, she experiences the prejudices his family has endured and tries to keep then from being framed for the crime.

 

Prisoner of Night and Fog 

By: Anne Blankman

YAF Blankman

In 1930s Munich, the favorite niece of rising political leader Adolph Hitler is torn between duty and love after meeting a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter.

 

 Refugee

By: Alan Gratz

JF Gratz

Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930’s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together.

 

Under a Painted Sky

By: Stacey Lee

YAF Lee

“In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American girl, and Annamae, an African American slave girl, disguise themselves, as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail to California from Missouri”– Provided by publisher.

 

Walk on Earth a Stranger

By: Rae Carson

YAPB Carson

Lee Westfall, a young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold, must flee her home to avoid people who would abuse her powers, so when her best friend Jefferson heads out across Gold Rush-era America to stake his claim she disguises herself as a boy and sets out on her own dangerous journey.

 

Wolf by Wolf

By: Ryan Graudin

YAPB Graudin

“The first book in a duology about an alternate version of 1956 where the Axis powers won WWII, and hold an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents to commemorate their victory.” — Provided by publisher.