Teen Historical Fiction

Historical fiction are not always the easiest books to read and can be overlooked in the rush for the newest vampire/werewolf or fantasy release.  The book suggestions below were published this year and cover a range of time periods.

Laurie Halse Anderson has started a wonderful series set during the Revolutionary War.  Chains, the first book in the series, was published in 2008 and received the Scott O’Dell Award and was a National Book Award Finalist.  The next book, Forge, was recently published and centers around Curzon, who was introduced in the first book.  Both books are true to the time period and look at the issue of a nation fighting for its freedom versus the continued enslavement of people based on skin color.

No Moon by Irene N Watts follows the story of a young servant girl, Louisa, who is hired as a nursemaid for two young girls.  The family she works for is planning a trip on the new luxury cruise Titanic and due to a mishap, Louisa must replace the nanny at the last minute despite her fear of water.  Even knowing the fate of the ship, it is a interesting read from the perspective of a young passenger.

Lastly, Three Rivers Rising by Jame Richards is a book that I originally didn’t think I would enjoy.  The entire book is in verse and follows the lives of three individuals leading up to and during the 1889 Johnstown flood.  Once you adjust to the rhythm of the book, the chapters just fly by.  Since the Johnstown flood is probably less known than the Titanic, the book could hold some surprises for readers.

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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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