Historical fiction for teens

The Night Diary

The Night Diary

Veera Hiranandani

In the vein of Inside Out and Back Again and The War That Saved My Life comes a poignant, personal, and hopeful tale of India's partition, and of one girl's journey to find a new home in a divided country.

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The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls

The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls

Jessica Spotswood

In The Radical Element, twelve of the most talented writers working in young adult literature today tell the stories of girls of all colors and creeds standing up for themselves and their beliefs

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Purple Hearts

Purple Hearts

Michael Grant

The gritty and powerful conclusion to New York Times -bestselling author Grant's epic Front Lines alternate history series that follows the young women American soldiers as D-Day approaches during the final days of World War II.

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A Drowned Maiden's Hair

A Drowned Maiden’s Hair

Laura Amy Schlitz

Filled with tantalizing details of turn-of-the-century spiritualism, this lively historical novel follows a feisty orphan after she's taken in by a band of phony spiritualists. Maud is drawn deeper into the deception--until a...

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The Goose Road

The Goose Road

Rowena House

A debut novel about one girl's remarkable journey across France during WWI.France 1916. Angélique Lacroix is haymaking when the postman delivers the news: her father is dead, killed on a distant battlefield. She...

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The Tides Between

The Tides Between

Elizabeth Jane Corbett

In 1841, fifteen-year-old Bridie Stewart and her family leave their grim existence in Covent Garden and travel to a prosperous new life in Port Phillip. Bridie's mother and stepfather expect Bridie to grow up during the long...

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Margot & Me

Margot & Me

Juno Dawson

Life on the farm is tough and life at school is even tougher, so when Fliss unearths Margot's wartime diary, she sees an opportunity to get her own back.But Fliss soon discovers Margot's life during the evacuation was full of...

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A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls

A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls

Jessica Spotswood

From an impressive sisterhood of writers comes an edge-of-your-seat anthology of historical fiction and fantasy featuring a diverse array of daring heroines. Contributors include Andrea Cremer, Marissa Meyer, and Lindsay Smith.

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Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, Book 3)

Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, Book 3)

Libba Bray

1920s New York. Lights are bright. Jazz is king. Parties are wild. And the dead are coming.After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that nearly claimed two of their own, the Diviners are set to face off against...

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The Convent

The Convent

Maureen McCarthy

Where once there were nuns, young girls and women who had fallen on hard times, Peach discovers secrets from three generations of her family. As their stories are revealed, Peach is jolted out of her comfort zone. But does she...

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Little Paradise

Little Paradise

Gabrielle Wang

Mirabel, a 17-year-old Australian-born Chinese girl, falls in love with a Chinese soldier stationed in Melbourne during WW II. When their affair is discovered JJ is posted back to China. Mirabel decides to follow him to Shanghai....

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 Read reviewSteal My Sunshine

Steal My Sunshine

Emily Gale

During a Melbourne heatwave, Hannah's family life begins to distort beyond her deepest fears. It's going to take more than a cool change to fix it, but how can a girl who lives in the shadows take on the task alone? Feeling...

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 Read reviewThe Year It All Ended

The Year It All Ended

Kirsty Murray

On Armistice Day 1918 Tiney Flynn turns seventeen and it feels as though her life is just beginning. Her brother and his friends are coming home from the Great War and her sisters are falling in love. But Tiney and her family find...

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Razorhurst

Justine Larbalestier

Kelpie and Dymphna are accustomed to the mean streets of 1930s Sydney, but this is a day that will test their courage, their loyalty, and their ability to survive both the ill-intentions of the living and the ever-presence of the...

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If Blood Should Stain the Wattle

If Blood Should Stain the Wattle

Jackie French

It's 1972 in Gibber's Creek, and across the nation, the catchcry is, 'It's time'. In 1972, and the catchcry is 'It's time'. As political ideals drift from disaster to the dismissal, it's also time for Jed Kelly to�..

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The Girl From Everywhere

The Girl From Everywhere

Heidi Heilig

It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons, and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer. Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard...

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Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this stunning debut tells thestory of two star-crossed misfits falling in love for the first time. 5 1/2 x8 1/4.

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The Smell of Other People's Houses

The Smell of Other People’s Houses

Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Ruth wants to be remembered by her grieving mother. Dora wishes she was invisible to her abusive father. Alyce is staying at home to please her parents. Hank is running away for the sake of his brothers. Four very different lives...

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Honey Girl

Honey Girl

Lisa Freeman

How to survive California's hottest surf spot: Never go anywhere without a bathing suit. Never cut your hair. Never let them see you panic. The year is 1972. Fifteen-year-old Haunani Nani Grace Nuuhiwa is transplanted from her...

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Under a Painted Sky

Under a Painted Sky

Stacey Lee

Includes an excerpt from the author's book Outrun the Moon.

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Burn Baby Burn

Burn Baby Burn

Meg Medina

Nora Lopez is seventeen during the summer of 1977, when New York is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam. Meg Medina transports us to a time when tempers and temperatures ran high to share...

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Freedom Swimmer

Freedom Swimmer

Wai Chim

This incredible tale about two boys' swim from mainland China to Hong Kong in search of freedom from poverty and oppression is inspired by a true story.

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A Brief History of Montmaray (The Montmaray Journals Book 1)

A Brief History of Montmaray (The Montmaray Journals Book 1)

Michelle Cooper

For anyone who loves the enchanting old-world charm of I Capture the Castle and the wartime adventure of How I Live Now, this is a book to be treasured.

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Boone Shepard

Boone Shepard

Gabriel Bergmoser

Boone Shepard is the first novel in a young adult book series about an Australian journalist's adventures in 1960s England.

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Salt to the Sea

Ruta Sepetys, Matt Jones

It's early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land.

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Revolution

Revolution

Jennifer Donnelly

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine's diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession.

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Tamar

Tamar

Mal Peet

Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Tamar is Mal Peet's astonishing novel about love, lies and secrets in a time of war.

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The Infernal Devices 1: Clockwork Angel

The Infernal Devices 1: Clockwork Angel

Cassandra Clare

First in Cassandra Clare's internationally bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy about the Shadowhunters.

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The Hired Girl

The Hired Girl

Laura Amy Schlitz

Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz brings her delicious wit and keen eye to early twentieth-century America in a moving yet comedic tour de force.

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The Lie Tree

The Lie Tree

Frances Hardinge

Another deliciously creepy novel from Frances Hardinge, the award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly By Night.

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When We Were Two

When We Were Two

Robert Newton

Dan had to go, He felt he had no choice, but leaving home was never going to be easy . . . Dan and his brother Eddie take off for the coast, in search of their lost mother, in search of a better life . . . but it's a long...

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Runner

Runner

Robert Newton

Charlie's father is dead and Charlie has to leave school to support himself and his mother. Squizzy Taylor, the notorious underworld criminal, employs Charlie as his runner. Charlie has a quick mind and can outrun any boy around,...

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Beck

Beck

Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff

The final novel from Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet is a sweeping coming-of-age adventure, with all the characteristic beauty and strenth of his prose.  

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Lies We Tell Ourselves

Lies We Tell Ourselves

Robin Talley

Lie #1: I'm not afraid Lie #2: I'm sure I'm doing the right thing

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The Fitzosbornes in Exile (The Montmaray Journals Book 2)

The Fitzosbornes in Exile (The Montmaray Journals Book 2)

Michelle Cooper

Michelle Cooper combines the drama of pre-War Europe with the romance of debutante balls and gives us another compelling historical page turner.

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Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact

Alison Goodman

The second novel in the thrilling LADY HELEN series sees Helen following orders that could bring about betrayl and annhilation.

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The Diviners: The Diviners Book 1

The Diviners: The Diviners Book 1

Libba Bray

Cassandra Clare meets Kerry Greenwood meets Patricia Cornwell in this first book in a blockbuster series set in 1920s New York about a teen psychic and her similarly gifted friends on the hunt for a serial killer.

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The Sultan's Eyes

The Sultan’s Eyes

Kelly Gardiner

THE SULTAN'S EYES is the sequel to ACT OF FAITH. The year is 1648 and life in Venice is serene for Isabella Hawkins and her friends Willem, Al - Qasim and Signora Contarini. Together they publish fine books like the controversial...

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Act Of Faith

Act Of Faith

Kelly Gardiner

England, 1640. Sixteen-year-old Isabella is forced to flee her home when her father's radical ideas lead him into a suicidal stand against Oliver Cromwell's army. Taking refuge in Amsterdam and desperate to find a means to...

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The Pearl Thief

The Pearl Thief

Elizabeth Wein

Fifteen-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in a hospital not knowing how she was injured, and soon befriends Euan McEwen, the Scottish Traveller boy who found her, and later, when a body is discovered, she experiences the...

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Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity

Elizabeth Wein

Only in wartime could a stalwart lass from Manchester rub shoulders with a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a special operations executive. When a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a...

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