Great Reads: YA Historical Fiction

I am the sort of reader who loves a good story, and I’m willing to give just about anything a try. Historical fiction has sparked my interest lately, in part because it is fascinating to read about how other people lived (or how authors imagine they might have lived). I am most of the way through listening to Revolution, by Jennifer Donnelly (highly recommended to me on audiobook by Valerie), and it has whet my appetite for books set in the past. Here are a few ideas for fans of page-turning, memorable works which take place in another time.

The Diviners, by Libba Bray

Seventeen-year-old Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, 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.
Read our review here.

If you liked this book, try: Out of the Easy, by Ruta Sepetys

Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson

When their owner dies at the start of the Revolution, Isabel and her younger sister are sold to Loyalists in New York, where Isabel is offered the chance to spy for the Patriots.
Read our review here.

If you liked this book, try:  Astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation by M.T. Anderson

Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein

Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France.

If you liked this book, try: Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick

Revolution, by Jennifer Donnelly

An angry, grieving seventeen-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.
Read our review here.

If you liked this book, try:  In Darkness by Nick Lake

Florence & Giles, by John Harding

In a remote and crumbling New England mansion, 12-year-old orphan Florence is neglected by her guardian uncle and banned from reading. Left to her own devices she devours books in secret and talks to herself – and narrates this, her story – in a unique language of her own invention. By night, she sleepwalks the corridors like one of the old house’s many ghosts and is troubled by a recurrent dream in which a mysterious woman appears to threaten her younger brother Giles.
Read our review here.

If you liked this book, try:  The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, Jane Eyre  by Charlotte Brontë.



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