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Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction

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Published by kelly jensen
A reader's guide to historical YA fiction.
A reader's guide to historical YA fiction.

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Published by: kelly jensen on Jun 14, 2011
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Taking Off

by Jenny Moss In 1985 in Clear Lake, Texas, home of the Johnson Space Center, high school senior Annie Porter struggles with her desire to become a poet, but her resolve to pursue her dream is strengthened when she meets Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher to go into space.

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Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind and now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past.
A Brief History of Montmaray

by Michelle Cooper

On her 16th birthday in 1936, Sophia begins a diary of life in a fictional island country off the coast of Spain, where she is among the last descendants of an impoverished royal family trying to hold their nation together on the eve of the second World War.

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Draw the Dark

by Ilsa Bick 17-year-old Christian Cage lives with his uncle in Winter, Wisconsin, where his nightmares, visions, and strange paintings draw him into a mystery involving German prisoners of war, a mysterious corpse, and Winter’s last surviving Jew.

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by Jame Richards 16-year-old Celestia is a wealthy member of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, where she meets and falls in love with Peter, a hired hand who lives in the valley below, and by the time of the torrential rains that lead to the disastrous Johnstown Flood of 1889, she has been disowned by her family and is staying with him in Johnstown.

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by Jennifer Donnelly An angry, grieving 17-year-old musician facing expulsion from her prestigious Brooklyn private school travels to Paris to complete a school assignment and uncovers a diary written during the French Revolution by a young actress attempting to help a tortured, imprisoned little boy — Louis Charles, the lost King of France.

When she drops out of school and struggles to start a career on Broadway in the fall of 1950, 17-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.

The Boy Who Dared

Between Shades of Gray

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In 1941, 15-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentences 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 Berlin Boxing Club

In October 1942, 17-year-old Helmuth Hubener, imprisoned for disturbing antiNazi leaflets, recalls his past life and how he came to dedicate himself to bring the truth about Hitler and the war to the German people.
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Dark Dude

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by Robert Sharenow

In 1936 Berlin, 14-year-old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust.

In the 1960s, Rico Fuentes, a pale-skinned Cuban American teen, abandons druginfested New York City for the picket fence and apple pie world of Wisconsin, only to discover that he still feels like an outsider and that violent and judgmental people can be found even in the wholesome Midwest.

Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women’s Army Corps.

Ten Cents a Dance

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by Carole Estby Dagg A novel based on the true story of 17year-old Clara Estby’s walk across America with her mother Helga in 1896 to win a ten thousand dollar prize and save their home from foreclosure. In 1940s Chicago, 15-year-old Ruby hopes to escape poverty by becoming a taxi dancer in a night club, but the work has unforeseen dangers and hiding the truth from her family and friends becomes increasingly difficult.

by Michaela MacColl Liza Hastings earns a position as a lady’s maid to the sixteen-year-old Princess Victoria at Kensington Palace in 1836, the year before Victoria becomes the Queen of England.

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