Historical Fiction

a 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.

 

The Book Thief

By Markus Zusak

YAPB Zusak

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel — a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Fever, 1793

By Laurie Halse Anderson

YAF 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.

 

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.

 

The Loud Silence of Francine Green

By Karen Cushman

YAF Cushman

In 1949, thirteen-year-old Francine goes to Catholic School in Los Angeles where she becomes friends with a girl who questions authority and is frequently punished by the nuns, causing Francine to question her own values.

 

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 Brother Sam is Dead

By James Lincoln Collier

JPB Collier

Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town.

 

A Northern Light

By Jennifer Donnelly

YAF Donnelly

In 1906, sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and fiance, takes a job at a summer inn where she discovers the truth about the death of a guest.

 

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.

 

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.

 

The Ruby in the Smoke

By Phillip Pullman

YAPB Pullman

In nineteenth-century London, sixteen-year-old Sally, a recent orphan, becomes involved in deadly search for a mysterious ruby.

 

Under a Painted Sky

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.