Historical Fiction for Teens

outoftheeasyRecently, I finished reading two Historical Fiction books for Teens that really grabbed my attention.  I finished each book with a little sadness because they are not part of a series so I had to leave those characters behind.  The first one is Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys.  (Her first book Between Shades of Grey was excellent also!)  Out of the Easy is set during the 1950s in the French Quarter of New Orleans and the story centers around Josie Moraine.  Josie desperately wants to escape her life in the French Quarter, where her mother works as a prostitute, and go to college.  But she becomes entangled in a murder investigation which may tie her codenameveritytighter to everything she wants to leave behind.

The other book is Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.   This book is set during World War II and is divided into two parts.  The first part is narrated by “Verity”, who has been captured by the Germans while she is working as a spy in France.  The story she tells is how the Germans were able to capture and torture her for information and about her friendship with a British girl named Maddie.  The second part is Maddie who helps the reader understand who “Verity” really is and ties up the questions from part I.  This is a story that will linger with the reader after the book is finished!


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Beth is a Librarian at the Gaines Township branch of KDL. She really loves reading, especially all the wonderful teen books, but also enjoys genealogy and crafts!

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