Historical Young Adult Fiction

by Joshua Johnson | Aug 21, 2017

Add these Historical Fiction titles to your must read list.

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Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Liesel is a foster girl living outside of Munich during WWII, who loves stealing books.  With the help of her foster father she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during the bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.


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An epidemic of yellow fever sweeps through the streets of 1793 Philadelphia, destroying everything in its path.  Mattie lives above the family coffee shop with her mother and grandfather and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen.  At her feverish mother’s insistence she flees the city with her grandfather so they can fight to stay alive.


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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

Thirteen-year-old Charlotte Doyle is excited to return home from her school in England to her family in Rhode Island in the summer of 1832.  But when the two families she was supposed to travel with mysteriously cancel their trips, Charlotte finds herself the lone passenger on a long sea voyage with a cruel captain and a mutinous crew. Worse yet, soon after stepping aboard the ship, she becomes enmeshed in a conflict between them! What begins as an eagerly anticipated ocean crossing turns into a harrowing journey, where Charlotte gains a villainous enemy . . . and is put on trial for murder!


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The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of a woman with a future.


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Night Witches: A Novel of World War II by Kathryn Lasky

When her mother is killed during the siege, Valya is left with one burning desire: to join up with her older sister, a member of the famous Night Witches a regiment of female pilots who fly light planes through curtains of fire to bomb crucial targets. The pilots have been assigned a critical mission, one with the power to inflict serious damage on the Nazis.  This is based on women aviators from the Soviet Union during WWII.