Booked for Teens - April 5, 2017


Booked for Teens

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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April Showers Bring Time Indoors to Read Historical Fiction

It might be a really wet month. Happy Spring? Good enough, here's a list of some of our favorite recent historical fiction YA novels to transport you. Romance, action, adventure, tragedy... they've all been around forever, and these books prove it. Okay, there's one book about shapeshifters, and those haven't been around forever, but you know what I'm saying. Check them out!


Alex & Eliza
by Melissa de la Cruz

A fictionalized account of the courtship between revolutionary-era power couple, Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. Sparks fly when the young, broke, and ambitious Hamilton meets the wealthy Ms. Schuyler, but he has a lot of hoops to jump through before they can be together. Fans of the musical will find a lot to love here. 

by Laurie Halse Anderson

The long awaited finale to Laurie Halse Anderson's Seeds of America triology finds Isabel and Curzon, former slaves and current fugitives, still searching for Isabel's little sister. The action comes to a head in the Battle of Yorktown, and the question of whos freedom is really being fought for is front and center. A satisfying ending to a terrfic series.

Dreamland Burning
by Jennifer Latham

A girl in modern day Oklahoma discovers a literal skeleton in her closet, and as she researches who it might be, the readers is treated to the paralell story of Will, a 17 year old biracial boy that lived in Tulsa 100 years ago. As the story weaves between past and present, race, entitlement, and the 1921 Tulsa riots set the scene for a fantastic mystery.

The Gilded Cage
by Lucinda Gray

A pair of siblings from a farm in 1820's Virginia inherit a forture and move to a sprawling estate in England. As they are preparing to enter high society, the brother is killed, leaving the sister to solve his possible murder while grappling with her new place in society (money, yes, but also a much more restricted role as a pre-Victorian society lady), and her own sanity.

My Lady Jane
by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

A wild and funny alternate history of the short reign of England's Lady Jane. Maybe it's a bit of a stretch to call this one historical fiction, considering the main love interest shape shifts between human and horse, but a light grasp on history is well made up for with tounge-in-cheek pop culture references, romance, and adventure.

My Name is Not Friday
by Jon Walter

A twelve year old free-born black orphan is sold into slavery towards the end of the civil war. This lyrical and poetic account of the horrors and injustices of slavery is infused with both sorrow and hope.

Out of Darkness
by Ashley Hope Perez

Based on the true story of the most deadly school explosion in American history, this novel centers around two teenagers in 1930's Texas-- a black boy and a Mexican girl--who start a secret romance in spite of her stepfather's creepy, watchful eye. Both moving and tragic, this is one to read with a box of tissues.

Outrun the Moon
by Stacey Lee

15 year Mercy Wong has bribed her way into a fancy girl's boarding school in San Fransico, but it's 1906, and she isn't exactly being taught the business skills she was hoping to learn. Mercy is determined to break out of the Chinatown laundry her family owns, but when disaster strikes, her leadership skills are put to the test.

Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys

 Towards the end of World War II, four teens on the run converge as Russia advances through East Prussia. A smart Lithuanian nurse, a young pregnant Polish girl, and Prussian boy with a secret, and a frightningly delusional German soldier are all hoping to board the German ship Wilhelm Gustloff, and evacuate to a new life. History, however, has other plans for them.

The Steep and Thorny Way
by Cat Winters

In 1920's Oregon, a tough and fearless biracial teen tries to get to the bottom of her father's death. Being led by her father's spirit, Hanalee has to sidestep racial violence to find out what really happened the night her father died. This super atmospheric novel was inspired by Shakespeare's Hamlet.